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Welcome to Niagara Region! Home to Canada’s most filmed location, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Niagara has been home to the production of the Handmaid’s Tale, Season 4, Port Colborne, The Sherwood Yard, Ceres Global Ag and Sherwood Forest Lane.

Niagara region is the home to the 12 local municipalities of:

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Thorold
  • Pelham
  • Niagara Falls
  • Welland
  • Wainfleet
  • Fort Erie
  • Port Colborne
  • Grimsby
  • St. Catharines
  • Lincoln
  • West Lincoln

If you would like to contact one or more of our local municipalities, please complete the information form below and it will be forwarded to the local municipality that you wish to talk to.  This form will save you time and effort of having to repeat your request multiple times.

Permits

Niagara region is the home to the 12 local municipalities of:

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Thorold
  • Pelham
  • Niagara Falls
  • Welland
  • Wainfleet
  • Fort Erie
  • Port Colborne
  • Grimsby
  • St. Catharines
  • Lincoln
  • West Lincoln

All of which can offer you that unique site to enhance your production for movie or television filming. Each local municipality has it’s own permit process so please navigate to the location you’re interested in to be directed to their website.

Two other additional organizations that have film permit processes:

  • Niagara Parks Commission
  • St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Niagara Region would provide oversight of the following Regional municipal assets:

  • Police
  • Municipal road ways
  • Municipal buildings

Tax Credits Programs

Ontario has some of the most competitive tax credit programs in Canada, positioning the Niagara Region and the province to better attract foreign productions while marketing the region as “film-friendly”.

There are both Federal and Provincial tax credit programs.

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, CPTC

To be eligible for the CPTC, the applicant must be a Canadian-owned, taxable corporation that is primarily in the business of Canadian film or video production. The CPTC is available at a rate of 25 per cent of the qualified labour expenditure.

Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit, PSTC

To be eligible for the PSTC, the applicant can be either a foreign-owned corporation or a Canadian-owned corporation that is primarily in the business of film or video production services. The PSTC is a tax credit equal to 16 per cent of salary and wages paid to Canadian residents or taxable Canadian corporations (for amounts paid to employees who are Canadian residents) for services provided to the production in Canada.

Provincial Tax Credits

Tax credit programs in the province of Ontario are administered by Ontario Creates in conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit

The OFTTC is a refundable tax credit based upon eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying production company with respect to an eligible Ontario production. The OFTTC is generally “harmonized” with the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The OFTTC is generally calculated as 35 per cent of the eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying production company with respect to an eligible Ontario production.

Ontario Production Services Tax Credit

The Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) is a refundable tax credit based upon Ontario qualifying production expenditures (labour, service contracts and tangible property expenditures) incurred by a qualifying corporation with respect to an eligible film or television production. The OPSTC requirements are generally “harmonized” with the federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit administered by the Canadian Audio Visual Certification Office of the Department of Canadian Heritage (CAVCO) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The OPSTC is calculated as 21.5 per cent of all qualifying production expenditures incurred in Ontario.

Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit

The OCASE Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit based on eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying corporation during a taxation year with respect to eligible computer animation and special effects activities. The OCASE Tax Credit may be claimed on eligible expenditures in addition to the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC) or the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC). The OCASE Tax Credit is calculated as 18 per cent of the eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying corporation with respect to eligible computer animation and special effects activities.

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a refundable tax credit based on eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses claimed by a qualifying corporation with respect to interactive digital media products. A 40 per cent tax credit is available for eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses incurred by qualifying corporations that develop and market their own products (known as “non-specified products”). The credit is 35 per cent on eligible Ontario labour expenditures for products developed under a fee-for-service arrangement (known as “specified products”). A 35 per cent credit on eligible labour expenditures is also available to qualifying digital game corporations and specialized digital game corporations (see large digital game corporations below).

Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit

The OCASE Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit based on eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying corporation during a taxation year with respect to eligible computer animation and special effects activities. The OCASE Tax Credit may be claimed on eligible expenditures in addition to the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC) or the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC). The OCASE Tax Credit is calculated as 18 per cent of the eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying corporation with respect to eligible computer animation and special effects activities.

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a refundable tax credit based on eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses claimed by a qualifying corporation with respect to interactive digital media products. A 40 per cent tax credit is available for eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses incurred by qualifying corporations that develop and market their own products (known as “non-specified products”). The credit is 35 per cent on eligible Ontario labour expenditures for products developed under a fee-for-service arrangement (known as “specified products”). A 35 per cent credit on eligible labour expenditures is also available to qualifying digital game corporations and specialized digital game corporations (see large digital game corporations below).

The Ontario Creates Film Fund is intended to increase the level of domestic feature film production in Ontario. It provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects with development and production financing. Marketing and Distribution support is also available for films that have been supported via Film Fund-Production.

Film Fund – Production

Film Fund – Development

Film Fund – Marketing and Distribution Initiative

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