Film, Television and Digital Media
Our thriving creative industries are well established, with world-class film, television, visual effects, animation and post-production companies, and a rich pool of creative talent that can support major feature-length projects - both on-screen and online. Our digital media companies create innovative products in wireless and mobile, video gaming, web 2.0, social media, interactive marketing and e-learning, with uses in entertainment, education, health care and other fields.
Film, Television and Digital Media Sector Snapshot
- Digital media generates annual revenues of $3 billion in British Columbia.
- We have 1,300 digital media companies employing 16,500 people.
- Our digital media companies produce video games, animation and visual effects, social media, interactive marketing and e-learning products.
- British Columbia has one of the top video game clusters in the world, with more than 120 game development studios employing 5,500 professionals.
- Digital media companies here develop products used in health care, education and other fields.
- We have been the staging ground for both blockbuster films (Deadpool, Planet of the Apes, Twilight, Mission Impossible 4) and independent productions.
Film and Television
Production companies spent approximately $2.6 billion on a total of 338 domestic and international productions in British Columbia in 2016/17.
Digital media generates annual revenues of more than $1.2 billion in British Columbia.
- British Columbia’s location on Canada’s west coast places it in the same time zone as studios in California, making it easier to develop efficient and convenient working relationships during business hours.
- British Columbia’s film, television and digital media sector enjoy strong relationships with other industries. This fuels a collaborative and open-minded approach to projects, resulting in innovative productions.
- British Columbia is home to a dynamic, highly skilled and multicultural pool of talent. Over 25,000 skilled and experienced storytellers, artists, engineers, and producers live and work here.
- Workers here can support the largest movie productions, from set construction and casting through to post-production and visual effects.
With more than 2.5 million square feet in stage space British Columbia studios can handle up to 50 productions simultaneously. We are one of the top three international full-serve production centres in North America.
British Columbia offers significant tax benefits. We have no corporate capital taxes, one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the G7 and the lowest personal income tax in Canada for individuals earning up to $125,000. B.C.’s general corporate income tax rate is only 12%. When combined with the federal rate, businesses pay a combined rate of 27%.
British Columbia's thriving Digital Media sector
View this video to learn more about why Digital Media companies choose to locate in British Columbia.
Film, Television and Digital Media Sector Incentives
The $100 million dollar BC Tech Fund, a venture capital fund-of-funds, was launched to invest in emerging technology companies in B.C. and support the development of a strong venture capital system.
Qualifying film, television and digital media companies in British Columbia are eligible for generous tax credits and incentives and a broad range of additional incentives.
||Tax Credit Rate
|Film Incentive BC tax credit (FIBC)
||Canadian-owned and controlled companies with a permanent establishment in B.C. The production must also have qualifying levels of Canadian content.
||Basic tax credit: 35% refundable tax credit on qualified B.C. labour expenditures
Regional tax credits: Additional 12.5% for principal photography conducted outside Vancouver area
Distant Location tax credit: Additional 6% for principal photography conducted in distant B.C. locations
Training tax credit:30% for B.C.-based individuals registered in an approved training program, capped at 3% of the corporation’s qualified B.C. labour costs
Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post-Production (DAVE) tax credit: 16% refundable tax credit on eligible labour costs for digital animation, visual effects, and post-production work
Scriptwriting Tax Credit: 35% refundable tax credit for eligible B.C. scriptwriting expenditure incurred by a qualifying production corporation before the end of the final script stage of a production (must be eligible for and claim the basic tax credit in order to claim the scriptwriting tax credit).
|Production Services tax credit (PSTC)
||Domestic and international production companies with a permanent establishment in B.C.
There is no Canadian content requirement
Basic tax credit: 28% refundable tax credit on qualified B.C. labour expenditures
Regional tax credit: Additional 6% for principal photography conducted outside Vancouver area
Distant Location tax credit
(Please see above)
Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post-Production (DAVE) tax credit (Please see above)
|Federal Canadian Film or
Video Production Tax Credit
|Canadian-controlled production companies
||25% of qualified labour costs for eligible Canadian productions
|Federal Film or Video
Production Services Tax Credit
|Canadian-controlled production companies and production companies with a permanent residence in Canada
||16% of qualified labour costs for eligible productions.
|British Columbia Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
||Taxable Canadian corporations with a permanent establishment in B.C. that are developing interactive digital media products.
||17.5% of eligible salary and wages
In British Columbia, we are committed to providing a competitive environment for digital media and the film and television industry. Industry-led associations work hand-in-hand with government to provide a range of supports.
- Creative BC is an independent agency supported by the Province of British Columbia to help build a sustainable creative economy across B.C.’s creative sector: film and television, digital and interactive media and music, magazine, and book publishing. The agency acts as an industry catalyst helping these industries to reach their economic and creative potential both at home and internationally.
- DigiBC: is a digital media and wireless technology association, offering networking, mentoring, professional development and marketing services; connects business leaders with government; and helps the industry attract, train and retain talent.
- British Columbia Technology Association: is a member-based industry association representing technology companies across the province, from start-ups to established businesses. It delivers programs and services including professional development and networking to help members connect and promote their businesses.
- Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia (MPPIA) is a member-based non-profit organization promoting British Columbia’s motion picture production sector. It represents studios as well as service providers to the industry.
- Canadian Media Producers Association — BC Producers’ Branch is a non-profit trade organization for British Columbia companies engaged in the production and distribution of television, feature film and digital media content.
Investments & Partnerships
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