Production Services Tax Credit

A refundable labour based tax incentive for international projects made in BC.

The PSTC is a refundable corporate income tax credit. When filing tax returns, your corporation may claim a specified percentage of the labour costs incurred in making a production. The credits are applied to reduce tax payable, and any remaining balance is paid to the corporation.

Please note that your production corporation must apply to Creative BC to receive an accreditation certificate for the production. In order to claim the PSTC tax credits, your production corporation must file a corporate income tax return, along with the certificates, with the Canada Revenue Agency.

The PSTC is not subject to any Canadian content requirements. In addition, there is no limit on the PSTC that may be claimed on a particular production and there is no limit that a corporation or group of corporations can claim.

The program includes four initiatives: Basic, Regional, Distant Location and Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post-Production (DAVE).

FOR PRODUCTIONS WITH A PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY START DATE AFTER SEPTEMBER 30, 2016*:

Tax Credit

Value

 Basic PSTC 28%
 Regional PSTC 6%
 Distant Location Tax Credit 6%
 Digital Animation, Visual Effects + Post-Production (DAVE) 16%

*For productions with a principal photography start date before September 30, 2016, please contact Creative BC for more information. 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Jill Reilly | Business Analyst - Tax Credits
    Tel: +1 604 730 2237

    Tim Mudd | Business Analyst - Tax Credits

    Tel: +1 604 730 2231

    CLARA PARK | Business Analyst - Tax Credits

    Tel: +1 604 730 2232


    CAITLIN QUACH | Business Analyst - Tax Credits

    Tel: +1 778 657 6278