Venture Capital Programs

Venture Capital Programs encourage investors to make equity capital investments in British Columbia small businesses that will enhance and diversify the provincial economy.

The government recognizes that creating new small businesses and expanding existing ones will contribute to a healthy economy. These programs give small business continuous access to early stage venture capital to help them develop and expand.

B.C. investors receive a 30% tax credit on their investment in a Venture Capital Corporation (VCC) or an Eligible Business Corporation (EBC).


2019 Tax Budget Year

The 2019 tax budget year started on January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019.

VCCs and EBCs planning to raise tax credit supported investment require a 2019 equity authorization.

To apply for an equity authorization, please submit a completed Additional Equity Application to your Portfolio Manager. Application forms are available under the EBC Forms and VCC Forms sections.

Tax credit budgets are limited and tax credits are available on a first come first serve basis. VCCs and EBCs are encouraged to claim tax credits as soon as possible.


2018 Tax Budget Year

The 2018 tax budget year ended on December 31, 2018.

All EBCs and VCCs that raised equity during the 2018 tax budget year should now have claimed tax credits for their investors through the electronic Tax Credit Application (eTCA).

Small amounts of tax credit funds are still available. Registrants wanting to claim 2018 tax credits should contact their Portfolio Manager to determine if any tax credits are remaining.