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Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED)

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Tax credit for R&D

Get a tax credit of 15% or a refundable tax credit of 35% on the first $3 million of qualified expenditures if you are a small Canadian-controlled private corporation.

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Deals with a scientific or a technological uncertainty

Involves formulating hypotheses specifically aimed at reducing or eliminating that uncertainty

Adopts an overall systematic investigative approach (e.g. testing the hypotheses by experiment or analysis)

Has the purpose of achieving a scientific or a technological advancement

Diligently logged, and has records of the hypotheses tested and results achieved

How it works

  1. Determine if your project meets the basic eligibility criteria, using the self-assessment tool. (Tip: if you've never applied before, you can get free in-person advice.)
  2. Calculate your tax credit.
  3. Complete and file the right forms with your income taxes.
  4. The tax centre will determine if further technical or financial review is required. If yes, your file will be sent to a coordinating tax services office.
  5. Your claim will be assessed and a Notice of Assessment will be sent to you.
  6. If you are owed a refund, you will receive it by cheque or direct deposit.

Government of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

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Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit

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Labour tax credit for film or video production in Canada
Tax credit of 16% on salaries and wages paid to Canadian residents working on a film or video production in Canada.

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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Direct Equity Tax Credit

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Tax credit for Newfoundland and Labrador investors
Tax credit of 20% (North East Avalon region) or 35% (other regions) for individuals and corporations who invest in Newfoundland and Labrador small businesses for start-up, modernization and growth.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Finance

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Film and Video Tax Credit

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Tax credit for film production in Newfoundland and Labrador
Get a refundable tax credit of 40% when you hire local labour or 25% of total production costs for films produced in the province.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Finance

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Innovation and Development Labour Rebate Program

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Tax credit for development and commercialization in Prince Edward Island (PEI)
25% tax credit for eligible labour costs on projects to develop and commercialize new products, processes and services in PEI.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Innovation PEI

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Digital Media Tax Credit

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Tax credit for interactive digital media production in Nova Scotia
Refundable tax credit of 50% for local labour costs or 25% of total funds spent in Nova Scotia in the development of an interactive digital media product.

Government of Nova Scotia, Finance and Treasury Board

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Nova Scotia Research and Development Tax Credit

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Tax credit for R&D in Nova Scotia
Tax credit of 15% for qualified scientific research and experimental development expenditures in Nova Scotia.

Government of Nova Scotia, Finance and Treasury Board

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New Brunswick Research and Development Tax Credit

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Tax credit for R&D in New Brunswick
Refundable tax credit of 15% for qualified scientific research and experimental development expenditures in New Brunswick.

Government of New Brunswick, Finance

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Tax Credit for Salaries and Wages R&D

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Tax credit for R&D in Quebec
Tax credit of 14 to 37.5% of labour costs for scientific research and experimental development expenditures in Quebec.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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Research Consortium Tax Credit

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Tax credit for cooperative pre-competitive research in Quebec
Private-sector partners creating a non-profit consortium for cooperative, pre-competitive research can get a tax credit of up to 80% of costs.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Tax Credit for Pre-Competitive Private Partnership Research

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Tax credit for pre-competitive partnership research in Quebec
Refundable tax credit of 30% for R&D work conducted in partnership with another private company.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Tax Holiday for Foreign Experts

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Tax holiday for foreign expert salaries in Quebec
Get a tax holiday—ranging from 100% of taxable earnings in the first year to 25% in the fifth year—when you hire a foreign expert to work on R&D in Quebec.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Tax Holiday for Foreign Researchers

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Tax holiday for foreign researcher salaries in Quebec
Get a tax holiday—ranging from 100% of taxable earnings in the first year to 25% in the fifth year—when you hire a foreign researcher to work on R&D in Quebec.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Ontario Innovation Tax Credit

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Refundable tax credit for R&D in Ontario
Refundable tax credit of 8% for innovative scientific research and experimental development expenditures in Ontario.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance

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Ontario Tax Exemption for Commercialization

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Tax exemption for commercializing Canadian intellectual property (IP)
Refund of corporate tax paid by Canadian universities within the first 10 taxation years for commercializing intellectual property (IP) in advanced health, bioeconomy (including clean energy technologies) and telecommunications, computer or digital technologies.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

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Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit

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Tax credit for book publishing in Ontario
Ontario book publishers may apply for a refundable 30% tax credit (maximum $30,000 per book title) for pre-press, printing and marketing expenditures.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation

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Saskatchewan Mineral Exploration Tax Credit

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Tax credit for investors in Saskatchewan mineral exploration
Non-refundable tax credit of 10% for Saskatchewan taxpayers who invest in shares issued by mining or exploration companies.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy

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Alberta Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program

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Tax credit for R&D in Alberta
Refundable tax credit of 10% for scientific research and experimental development expenditures in Alberta.

Government of Alberta, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance

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BC Scientific Research & Experimental Development Tax Credit

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Tax credit for R&D in British Columbia
Refundable tax credit of 10% for scientific research and experimental development expenditures in British Columbia.

Government of British Columbia

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Yukon Research and Development Tax Credit

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Tax credit for R&D in Yukon
Tax credit of 15 to 20% for scientific research and experimental development expenditures in Yukon.

Government of Yukon, Department of Finance

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Development of E-Business Tax Credit

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Tax credit for development of a Quebec e-business
Tax credit of 30% (24% refundable and 6% non-refundable) for information technology (IT) sector salaries up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee working on e-business activities.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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Ontario research and development tax credit

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Non-refundable tax credit for R&D in Ontario
Reduce your corporate income tax with a credit of 3.5% for scientific research and experimental development expenditures in Ontario.

Government of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

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Small Business Tax Credit

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Reduced tax rate for Newfoundland and Labrador small business
The general corporate tax rate is 15% but small businesses get a big break: 3% tax rate.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Finance

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Economic Diversification and Growth Enterprises

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Incentives to grow new business in Newfoundland and Labrador
Tax rebates of 100% on provincial income tax, 50% on federal corporate income tax, and 100% on municipal property or business tax for 10 or 15 years.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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Town of Conception Bay South Business Incentive Programs

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Business tax reduction in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador
Tax reduction of 75% in year one, 50% in year two, and 25% in year three for approved businesses.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Town of Conception Bay South

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Aerospace Tax Holiday

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No corporate tax for aerospace and defence employers in PEI
Aerospace and defence related companies with more than 20 employees and a payroll over $700,000 get a full refund of all corporate income tax paid.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Innovation PEI

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Bioscience Tax Holiday

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No corporate tax for aerospace and defence employers in Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Bioscience companies with more than 10 employees and payroll over $750,000 get a full refund of all corporate taxes for 10 years.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Innovation PEI

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Share Purchase Tax Credit

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No corporate tax for bioscience companies in Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Companies in strategic sectors in PEI can give their investors a tax rebate of 35% on the value of their investment in the company.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Innovation PEI

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Specialized Labour Tax Credit

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Tax credit to attract investors to Prince Edward Island (PEI)companies
Companies in strategic sectors can offer a personal income tax credit of up to 17% to attract highly qualified workers to come to PEI.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Innovation PEI

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Business energy rebates

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Rebates on energy efficiency equipment in Nova Scotia
Get up to $15,000 to help cover the costs of buying energy efficient business equipment.

Government of Nova Scotia, Efficiency Nova Scotia

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Digital Animation Tax Credit

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Tax credit for digital animation in Nova Scotia
Tax credits of 17.5% to 50% on production and labour costs for digital animation companies in the province.

Government of Nova Scotia, Finance and Treasury Board

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Equity Tax Credit

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Nova Scotia equity tax credit
A personal income tax credit designed to enable people to invest in small businesses, cooperatives and other eligible organizations.

Government of Nova Scotia, Finance and Treasury Board

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Labour-sponsored venture capital tax credit

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Tax credit to support Nova Scotia small and medium-sized business
An annual tax credit of up to $2,000 for individuals to invest in small and medium-sized businesses and co-operatives.

Government of Nova Scotia, Finance and Treasury Board

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New Small Business Tax Deduction

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Tax credit for newly incorporated Nova Scotia businesses
This deduction effectively eliminates the Nova Scotia corporate income tax for the first three taxation years of a new small business after incorporation.

Government of Nova Scotia, Finance and Treasury Board

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Farm Land Identification Program

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New Brunswick property tax deferral for farmland preservation
Landowners are encouraged to preserve real property for agriculture through this program: 50% of the total taxes deferred on eligible farmland and outbuildings.

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

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Small Business Investor Tax Credit Program

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Tax credit to drive New Brunswick business investment
As a New Brunswick investor, you may qualify for a 50% tax credit up to $250,000.

Government of New Brunswick, Finance

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Exportateurs de classe mondiale Program

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Export market funding for Quebec agrifood enterprises
Get up to $100,000 of financial assistance, including a 30% reimbursement of marketing studies and materials and lump sum amounts for travel-related activities.

Agri-Food Export Group Québec-Canada

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Tax credit for Gaspésie and selected maritime regions of Quebec

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Tax credit for creating employment in Gaspésie and Maritime Regions
Tax credit on total eligible payroll of 30% for marine biotechnology, mariculture and recreational and tourism activities and 15% for all other eligible activities.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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Tax credit for the Integration of IT into SMBs

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Tax credit for the integration of IT in Quebec small and medium-sized enterprises
Credit of 20% of eligible expenditures to a total of $50,000 for the duration of the credit.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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Market Diversification for Quebec Manufacturing Companies

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Tax credit to extend product marketing outside Quebec
Your business may apply for a credit equal to 24% of eligible product marketing expenses to a maximum of $45,000.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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Tax credits for production of multimedia titles

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Tax credit for the production of multimedia titles in Quebec
Refundable tax credit for multimedia producers may amount to 37.5% of eligible labour expenditures.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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Tax credit for the design of factory-made products (fashion design section)

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Tax credit for fashion design in Quebec
Tax credit of 12% to 24% on the cost of in-house design activities (salary costs up to $60,000 admissible) or on the cost of external design activities by a consultant (65% of contract fees admissible).

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Tax credit for the design of factory-made products (industrial design component)

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Tax credit for industrial design in Quebec
Tax credit of 12% to 24% on the cost of in-house design activities (salary costs up to $60,000 admissible) or on the cost of external design activities by a consultant (65% of contract fees admissible).

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Tax holiday for a new business created to commercialize intellectual property

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Tax credit for commercialization of intellectual property (IP) in Quebec
If you create a new business by commercializing intellectual property stemming from a university or public research centre, you could be eligible for a tax holiday for up to 10 years.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Tax credit for an on-the-job training period

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Quebec tax credit for trainees
Get a tax credit of 12% to 25% of the eligible trainee wages and other costs of on-the-job training up to a maximum of 32 weeks.

Gouvernement du Québec, Revenu Québec

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Tax credit for technological adaptation services

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Tax credit for technology transfer in Quebec
Tax credit of 50% of the costs of transferring technology from a college technology transfer centre or liaison and transfer centre.

Gouvernement du Québec, Revenu Québec

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Quebec book publishing tax credit

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Tax credit for publishing Quebec books
Credit of 27% to 35% on various costs associated with publishing books, comic strips and collections of poetry in Quebec.

Gouvernement du Québec, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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Tax credit for film production services

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Quebec film, animation and special effects tax credit
Refundable tax credit of 20% to 36% of the cost of labour and goods relating to film production, computer-aided animation and special effects.

Gouvernement du Québec, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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Tax credit for multimedia event or environment productions sponsored outside Quebec

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Money to showcase your multimedia project outside Quebec
Tax credit of up to 35% of labour costs and production expenses relating to showcasing your Quebec production outside the province, up to a maximum credit of $350,000 per production.

Gouvernement du Québec, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program

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Property tax reduction for Ontario farms
Farm properties satisfying the eligibility criteria are taxed at 25% of the municipal residential tax rate.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

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Tax credit for Ontario employers
Refundable tax credit of 25% for employers who hire and train apprentices, up to $5,000 per year for up to 36 months.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance

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Co-operative Education Tax Credit

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Ontario co-op student tax credit
If your business hires co-op students, you may be eligible for a refundable tax credit of 25% to a maximum of $3,000 per placement.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance

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Gasoline used in unlicensed business equipment

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Refund for Ontario gasoline tax paid for unlicensed equipment
Get a refund for the tax paid for gasoline used in unlicensed manufacturing, construction or farming equipment.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance

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Tax refund for power takeoff equipment

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Refund for Ontario gasoline tax paid for auxiliary equipment
Get a refund on tax paid for fuel to operate auxiliary equipment such as cement mixers, aerial buckets, lifts and cranes or refrigeration units, power vacuums, pumps and blowers.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance

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Community Enterprise Development Tax Credit Program

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Tax credit for Manitoba community enterprise development
Manitoba residents and corporations that invest $60,000 annually get 45% (or $27,000) income tax credit while approved enterprises receive a maximum of $3 million in repayable capital.

Government of Manitoba, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

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Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit Program

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New-investment small business tax credit in Manitoba
Through this program, eligible small businesses can offset the costs of issuing new equity investments of $100,000 to $10 million.

Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Jobs and the Economy

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Gasoline Competition Assistance Program

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Commission for gasoline and propane sold in Saskatchewan
Service station owners and bulk fuel dealers located along the Alberta and Manitoba borders can receive a commission of 25% to 100% of the tax differential to compete with their interprovincial counterparts.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Finance

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Manufacturing & Processing Investment Tax Credit Saskatchewan

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Tax credit for manufacturing and processing in Saskatchewan
For purchases made on or after March 23, 2017, the tax credit is equal to 6% to encourage plant and equipment investment for use in manufacturing and processing in Saskatchewan.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Finance

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Saskatchewan Manufacturing and Processing Profits Tax Reduction

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Income tax reduction for manufacturing and processing in Saskatchewan
Corporation income tax is reduced by as much as 2% on Canadian manufacturing and processing profits, as reported on the T2 CIT return.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Finance

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City of Saskatoon Business Development Incentives Program

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Tax abatement incentive to encourage business in Saskatoon
Exemptions and reductions of any city tax or fee, waiving of utility deposits and down payments on land, and exemptions or reductions of prepaid servicing levies.

Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority

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BC book publishing tax credit

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Tax credit for British Columbia book publishers
Companies get a credit equal to 90% of the base amount of Support for Publishers contributions they receive in the tax year.

Government of British Columbia

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Interactive digital media tax credit (B.C.)

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Tax credit for interactive digital media in British Columbia
Corporations that develop interactive digital media products in BC after August 31, 2010 and before September 1, 2018 receive 17.5% of eligible salary and wages incurred in the tax year.

Government of British Columbia

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Training tax credit for employers

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British Columbia apprentice training tax credit for employers
Organizations that employ apprentices enrolled Industry Training Authority programs get 20% to 50% up to $6,000 in enhanced tax credits.

Government of British Columbia

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Yukon Small Business Investment Tax Credit

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Tax credit for Yukoners who invest in Yukon business
Investors in small businesses may be eligible to a tax credit equal to 25% of qualified investments.

Government of Yukon, Department of Economic Development

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Fuel tax exemptions or refunds

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Yukon fuel tax exemptions or refunds
Point of sale tax exemptions on motive fuel and refunds on gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel for authorized activities.

Government of Yukon, Department of Finance

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Yukon Manufacturing and Processing Profits Tax Credit

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Tax credit for Yukon manufacturing and processing
Large corporations engaged in manufacturing and processing may claim up to 9.5% on profits earned in Yukon. Small corporations may claim up to 0.5%.

Government of Yukon, Department of Finance

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Tax Credit Rate Increase for Biopharmaceutical Corporations

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Tax credit for biopharmaceutical R&D in Quebec
Preferential tax credit rate of 22% for labour costs relating to biopharmaceutical R&D in Quebec.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit

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Tax credit for animation and special effects work in Ontario
Refundable tax credit of 18% on local Ontario labour costs related to the creation of computer animation and special effects for use in film and television.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation

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Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit

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Tax credit for Ontario film and television content
Refundable tax credit of 35% on local Ontario labour costs related to the production of Canadian film and television content in Ontario.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation

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Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

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Tax credit for interactive digital media creation in Ontario
Refundable tax credit of 35 to 40% of eligible labour, marketing and distribution expenditures related to the creation of interactive digital media products in Ontario.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation

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Ontario Production Services Tax Credit

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Tax credit for film and television production in Ontario
Refundable tax credit of 21.5% of production expenses for films and television shows produced in Ontario.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation

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Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit

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Tax credit for sound production in Ontario
Refundable tax credit of 20% of production and marketing costs for sound recordings produced in Ontario.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation

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