Venture Capital Program

The Small Business Venture Capital Program offers tax credits to investors to encourage them to make equity capital investments in B.C.-based small businesses.

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).

 

2021 Tax Budget Year

The 2021 tax budget year started on January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021.

VCCs and EBCs planning to raise tax credit supported investment require a 2021 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. VCCs and EBCs are encouraged to claim tax credits as soon as possible after raising investment.

 

2020 and 2021 Tax Credit Certificates

To ensure that all investors who invested in a registered business receive a tax credit, we have changed the way we manage our tax credit budgets. As a result, those investors who invested during calendar 2020 will receive a tax credit certificate with a Taxation Year of 2020 listed on the certificate. This refers to the tax budget year a tax credit was claimed in.

Individual investors who invested in the first 60 days of the calendar year – from January 1 to March 1, 2021 will receive a tax credit certificate with a Taxation Year of 2021.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses the Investment Date on the certificate to determine if the tax credit can be applied to the previous year’s tax return. 

Therefore, an individual investor who receives a tax credit certificate with the Taxation Year of 2021, and where the certificate’s Investment Date is between January 1 to March 1, 2021, can elect to claim the tax credit when filing their 2020 tax return.

 

Budget 2019 changes to the Venture Capital Programs

Budget 2019 introduces several changes to modernize and enhance the small business venture capital tax credit program.

Read a summary explanation of the tax credit program enhancements (PDF, 115KB).

As part of Budget 2019, “convertible right” (i.e. Simple Agreement for Future Equity, or “SAFE”) was added to the definition of “equity share” under the Small Business Venture Capital Act.

Read the Convertible Right (SAFE) Instrument Policy Statement (PDF, 140KB).

The Tax Credit Application Certification are the terms and conditions the EBC/VCC certifies when entering an investment through the electronic Tax Credit Application system (eTCA).

Read the Tax Credit Application Certification Text from eTCA (PDF, 77KB)

The following policy statement defines the "service costs" that are acceptable "activity costs" when a small business is involved in the export of goods or technology.

Read the Service Costs Associated with Exports Policy Statement (PDF, 87KB).

If you have contacted the Investment Capital Branch and spoken with a Portfolio Manager regarding applying to register an EBC with the Venture Capital Tax Credit Program you can PDF the required registration application documents and email them to the Portfolio Manager.  Alternately, you can email the documents to the branch at InvestmentCapital@gov.bc.ca.

The following registration application documents are required:

 

How to submit a VCC registration application

If you have contacted the Investment Capital Branch and spoken with a Portfolio Manager regarding applying to register a VCC with the Venture Capital Tax Credit Program you can PDF the required registration application documents and email them to the Portfolio Manager.  Alternately, you can email the documents to the branch at InvestmentCapital@gov.bc.ca.

VCC registration information can be found on the Venture Capital Corporation Registration page.