No Fixed Amount
Type of Program:
The Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) is a refundable tax credit based upon Ontario qualifying production expenditures (labor, service contracts and tangible property expenditures) incurred by a qualifying corporation with respect to an eligible film or television production.
It can be combined with the federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit of 16% of qualified Canadian labor expenditures.
Comments on Funding:
Funding is 21.5% of all qualifying production expenditures incurred in Ontario. The labor expenditures must be at least 25% of the qualifying production expenditures claimed.
The OPSTC can be combined with the federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit of 16% of qualified Canadian labour expenditures. There are no per-project or annual corporate tax credit limits.
When It Ends:
Applicants cannot claim the Ontario production services tax credit if they claim the Ontario film and television tax credit for that same production for any tax year.
The applicant must:
Apply to Ontario Creates (an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport) for a certificate of eligibility
submit the application via the OntarioCreates Online Application Portal (OAP) ,
pay the administration fee by Interac e-transfer to Ontario Creates at the time of submission of the application,
file the certificate of eligibility and a completed Schedule 558, Ontario Production Services Tax Credit together with the tax return to Canada Revenue Agency in order to claim the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit.
- 1There is an additional filing fee of $100 for applications that are submitted more than 24 months from the company’s relevant year-end; and a fee of $100 for amended Certificates.
- 2There is an administration fee for each application for an OPSTC Certificate of Eligibility, payable at the time of submission of the application. The administration fee is calculated as 0.15% of the eligible expenditures for the application. There is a minimum fee of $5,000 per application and a maximum fee of $10,000 per application, as set out in the OPSTC Administration Fee Schedule (see Appendix 4). OPSTC administration fees are used by Ontario Creates to offset its costs of administering the OPSTC.
Certificate of Eligibility documentation:
- 1Completed OPSTC Application
- 2Administration Fee
- 3Ontario Creates Waiver Declaration & Statement of Intent to Claim COVID-19 Extensions signed by an authorized signing officer (officer and/or director) of the corporation.
- 4Incorporation documents for the qualifying corporation
- 5Please complete and sign the Corporate Schedule for the applicant company with all the information requested on the form.
- 6Production Services Agreement between copyright holder and qualifying corporation. If the production is domestic, please provide a copy of all signed final financing agreements.
- 7Copy of the Official Designee Affidavit signed for purposes of the Federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit, if applicable
- 8Synopsis for the production (additional material may be requested)
- 9Chain of title documentation (such as a legal opinion)
- 10CAVCO Accreditation Certificate, if available OR CAVCO Part A Certificate, if available (domestic productions)
- 11Cast List with names and residency addresses
- 12Crew List with names and residency addresses
- 13Production Schedule including start and end dates of preproduction, principal photography and post production.
- 14Financing Plan for the production (for domestic productions)
- 15Detailed Cost Report (if production has been completed) OR Production Budget
- 16Schedule of Final (actual) Ontario Qualifying Production Expenditures (if the production has been completed) OR Schedule of Projected Qualifying Production Expenditures. Please refer to the Qualifying Production Expenditures template posted on Ontario Creates’ website.
Other Things to Note:
The OPSTC requirements are generally “harmonized” with the federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit administered by the Canadian Audio Visual Certification Office of the Department of Canadian Heritage (CAVCO) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Covid Related Measures:
Ontario extended deadlines and other measures due to COVID-19 – Due to delays resulting from COVID-19, Ontario is introducing regulatory amendments to temporarily extend some timelines and amend some requirements.
Ontario production services tax credit – For productions for which eligible expenditures were incurred in Ontario in tax years ending in 2020 and 2021, Ontario proposes to temporarily:
- 1allow certain companies an additional 24 months to meet minimum spending requirements;
- 2allow certain companies to claim otherwise eligible expenditures incurred in the two tax years before the year in which principal photography begins.