Tax Credit for Film Production Services (QPSTC) up to 42.6%*

The refundable tax credit for film production services is designed to stimulate job creation in Québec, essentially by encouraging foreign producers to choose Québec as a filming location as well as the realization of technical services such as animation and visual effects.

In the form of a refundable tax credit, its basic rate is a 20% all-spend, attributed to direct production costs, including the cost of labour and the cost of goods delivered on the territory of Quebec.

In addition, a bonus of 16% is applicable on the cost of labour related to digital special effects and computer animation as well as to shooting in front of a colour screen.

SODEC and Revenu Québec are jointly responsible for the administration of the tax credit programs for the audiovisual sector in the province of Quebec.

To be eligible, the minimum overall production budget must be CAD 250,000. The company must have a registered establishment in Quebec in the year of production. There is no cap, no sun set. Refer to the key positions for eligibility.

For more information on the process, eligibility requirements and deadlines for Quebec tax credits, visit SODEC’s website.

* This percentage combines the provincial and federal rates.

At the federal level, a 16% tax credit is available on Canadian professional labour expenditures incurred in an accredited production.

Eligible Personnal Withholding Tax Waiver 

Co-production

QUEBEC'S FISCAL MEASURES

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

The refundable tax credit for Québec film and television production covers labour expenditures incurred by a company that produces or co-produces a Québec film or television production.

The effective rate on the eligible estimate can reach :

– between 16% and 33% for an original Quebec production

– between 14% and 31% for a production adapted from a foreign format.

Requirements:

– A minimum of 75% of the goods and labour expenditures must be paid to companies or individuals residing in Quebec.

– The eligible company must have an establishment in Quebec and be under Quebec control.

– It must hold the rights to the production and, in the case of an official co-production with Canada, obtain co-production approval from Telefilm Canada.

– Distribution, broadcasting or online broadcasting in Quebec is required.

Find information about the refundable tax credit for film or television coproduction in Quebec through SODEC:

TELEFILM CANADA

Telefilm Canada is a Government of Canada Crown corporation in the Canadian Heritage portfolio. Telefilm supports film production through development, production, marketing and distribution assistance programs in the form of recoupable investments, grants and repayable assistance, and administers international co-production treaties and the Canada Media Fund (for television projects and digital content).

Potential bonuses for eligible labour expenses:

* Note: A minimum of 75% of goods and labour expenses must be paid to companies or individuals residing in Quebec.

Federal tax incentives (through Telefilm Canada) pertaining to the refundable tax credit for Canadian film production:

* Note: The Quebec producer must hold the rights for the production and obtain a confirmation from the Department of Canadian Heritage regarding the official co-production status of the production.

Therefore, the co-production tax credit can reach 32% of the labour costs.

Music Scoring

Quebec is a leader in the field of sound recording and music scoring. Thanks to its state-of-the-art recording studios and talented musicians, composers and technicians, the province’s audio industry can accommodate the needs of your film, television or animation projects. The 20% base credit (PSTC) applies to projects that meet SODEC’s requirements.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

The province of Quebec is well known for its innovations. In an effort to remain at the forefront of new technological platforms, virtual reality and augmented reality are eligible for the production services tax incentive, as long as the production meets the standard eligibility criteria.

Postproduction

There are many companies in Quebec that specialize in postproduction services and keep up with the latest technology. All your postproduction expenses incurred in Quebec are eligible for the Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC), even if you did not film in the province.

Studios and Equipment

With 450,000 square feet of studio space and additional space planned for the next few years, Montréal is one of the top North American cities for state-of-the-art studio and postproduction facilities. The studios also feature equipment rentals, backlots and on-site offices.

Virtual Production Stages

The technology and expertise required for virtual production are right here in Quebec!

Productions can now leverage the benefits of virtual production sets: by projecting visual effects onto a giant LED screen in real time, the traditional stages of pre-production, production and post-production are now overlapping.

Labour

These labour organizations represent Quebec’s professional and creative talent in the film and television industry.

ACTRA

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) represents over 23,000 artists, performers and professionals working in English-language recorded media in Canada, including television, film, radio and digital media.

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

AQTIS 514 IATSE represents 8,000 freelance professionals in over 200 audiovisual occupations related to design, planning, setup and post-production.

Christian Lemay
President

DGC Quebec

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 5,500 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.

Chantal Barrette
Business Agent

Visual Effects

Quebec is one of the largest hubs for visual effects!

Thanks to their strategic location, the companies based here have a clear understanding of North American and European needs. The expertise 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 16% tax credit bonus for labour costs related to visual effects and green screen filming is intended to support the industry’s technological development in Quebec.

Animation

16%

Additional 16% tax credit for eligible labour costs related to visual effects,  computer animation and filming in front of a green/ chromatic screen that aims at the technological development of the Quebec industry.

QUEBEC:

North America’s largest and most prestigious hub for visual effects and animation companies.

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Practical links:

FILM COMMISSION
SERVICES TEAM

Mathieu Viau-Renaud

Mathieu Viau-Renaud

Business Intelligence Advisor
438 496-4887
mathieu@qftc.ca
Chanelle Routhier

Chanelle Routhier

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

Ariane Dagenais-Plante

Coordinator, Film Commission Services
514 499-7070 #229
ariane@qftc.ca
Pascale Guindon

Pascale Guindon

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