Tax Credit for Production Services (QPSTC)

SODEC is responsible for the administration of the province of Quebec’s motion picture tax credit programs. The minimum spend to be eligible is $ 250 000 CAD. The company must have a registered Quebec establishment.

There is no cap, no sunset. Refer to the key personnel positions for eligibility purposes.

The Tax credit for production services is designed to provide an incentive to production companies employing Quebec based talent to create digital animation, visual effects, VR/AR, using virtual production stages & post-production in the province of Quebec.

For more information on the province of Quebec’s tax credit process, eligibility requirements and timelines, click on the below links:

Key personnel positions for eligibility purposes.

Co-production

The attractiveness of Quebec for co-production is undeniable: in addition to the possibility of contributions from investors, distributors and broadcasters, Quebec producers have at their disposal several fiscal tools and public funds that attract foreign producers.

Outline of the refundable tax credit for film or television co-production in Quebec (via SODEC):
The basic rate is 14 to 20% of the Quebec financial plan (depending on the category of eligible films).
A bonus for eligible labour expenses may be added :
* Note that a minimum of 75% of the expenses for goods and labour must be paid to companies or individuals residing in Quebec.

The federal tax measures (via Telefilm Canada) of the refundable tax credit for Canadian film or video production represents:

* Note that the Quebec producer must hold the rights to the production and obtain a certificate from the Department of Canadian Heritage regarding the official co-production status of the production.
Thus, the co-production tax credit can reach up to 32% of labour costs.

Music Scoring

Quebec is one of the leaders in the field of sound recording and music scoring. Whether it is for the quality of its cutting-edge recording studios, for its talented musicians, composers and technicians, the Quebec audio industry will cater to the needs of your film, TV series or animation projects. If your music scoring is done in the province of Quebec, you can benefit from the 20% all spend tax credit.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

The province of Quebec is known for its innovations. To remain at the forefront of new technological environments, virtual reality and augmented reality are eligible for the tax incentive in film production services, as long as the production meets the usual eligibility criteria.

Post-Productions

Many companies in Quebec specialize in post-production services and are always at the forefront of new technology. All your post-production expenses made in Quebec are eligible for the QPSTC tax credit, even if you did not film in the province.

Studios and Equipment

With 450,000 square feet of studio space and the addition of more square feet in the coming years, the province of Quebec offers state of the art studios and post-production infrastructures which are at the cutting edge of technology. The studios also offer equipment rental, backlots and onsite production office space.

Virtual Production Stages

The technology and expertise for virtual production is available in Quebec!

Productions can now benefit from the advantages of virtual production stages: the projection of visual effects on a gigantic LED screen in real time means that the traditional stages of pre-production, production and post-production are now overlapping.

Labor

The province of Quebec’s motion picture labour organizations represent Quebec’s highly skilled, and creative talents in film and television.

ACTRA

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media.

Stephane Moraille
Associate Director

AQPM

The Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) advises, represents and accompanies independent film, television and Web production corporations whose productions, both French and English, are recognized in Quebec and at the international level.

Hélène Messier
Chief Executive Officer

AQTIS LOCAL 514 IATSE

This new IATSE local union represents more than 6000 workers of the industry in the province of Quebec. ”The long-time tradition of fifilmmaking is part of our DNA“, and we represent all categories of artists and technicians in the industry.

Christian Lemay
President

DGC Québec

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media.

Chantal Barrette
Business Agent

Visual Effects

Quebec is one of the largest hubs for visual effects!

Strategically located the companies based here understand the needs of North American and European clients. The skills of our technicians and the talent of our many artists are recognized worldwide.

16%

The bonus of the 16% tax credit for labor costs for visual effects and color screen filming is intended to support the technological development of the Quebec industry.

16%
The bonus of the 16% tax credit for labor costs for visual effects and color screen shooting is intended to support the technological development of the Quebec industry.

Animation

16%

Labor-based computer-aided special effects, animation & filming

QUEBEC:

The largest and most prestigious hub of visual effects and animation companies in North America.

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Chanelle Routhier

Chanelle Routhier

Commissionner, Film & TV, Province of Quebec
514 499 7070 #231
chanelle@qftc.ca
Ariane Dagenais-Plante

Ariane Dagenais-Plante

Coordinator, Film Commission Services
514 499 7070 #333
ariane@qftc.ca
Pascale Guindon

Pascale Guindon

Coordinator, Film Commission Services
514 499 7070 #230
pascale@qftc.ca

Aurée Lepage

L.A. Representative & Event organizer
+ 1 310 528 4606
auree@qftc.ca