Film and Television Tax Credit

The film and television tax credit is for eligible corporations that produce eligible film or video productions in British Columbia (B.C.). The credits are for domestic productions with qualifying levels of Canadian content.

The film and television tax credit program consists of five distinct tax credits:

  • Basic tax credit
  • Regional tax credit
  • Distant location regional tax credit
  • Film training tax credit
  • Digital animation or visual effects (DAVE) tax credit

Budget 2015 expands the DAVE tax credit to include eligible post-production activities for productions with principal photography that begins on or after March 1, 2015.

With the 2016 Provincial Budget, the Province intends to clarify B.C.’s film and television tax credits for animated productions in a regional or distant location area. For more information, read the notice

For full details about the film and television tax credit program, including eligibility requirements, and how and when to claim the tax credits, see the bulletins:

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for the film and television tax credit, you may qualify for the production services tax credit program.

Claiming the Credits

You can claim the credit(s) by completing the British Columbia Film and Television Tax Credit form (T1196), attaching the eligibility certificate or the completion certificate you received for your production from Creative BC, and submitting it with your T2 Corporation Income Tax Return to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

A separate T1196 and eligibility certificate is required for each production. Enter the total amount of credits from all productions you are claiming on line 671 on Schedule 5, Tax Calculation Supplementary - Corporations.  

You must claim the credit(s) no later than 36 months after the end of your corporation’s taxation year. 

The credit is fully refundable, but must first be applied against total income tax payable.  There are no carry-back or carry-forward provisions.

Legislation

The following legislation applies to the film and television tax credit program:

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about the film and television tax credit.

Federal Film or Video Tax Credit

For information about the federal tax credit for Canadian film or video production, see the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Creative BC

Contact Creative BC with your questions about eligibility, applications and certificates.

Useful Contacts

Contact us about policy and legislation questions for film tax credits:
 
Contact Canada Revenue Agency about B.C. or federal tax credit claims:
 
  • 1-866-317-0473, Ext. 5 (Vancouver)