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Film Production Tax Incentives and Funding

Ontario Arts Council (OAC) offers grants to individual artists and arts organizations.

Project Grants: These are one-time grants for specific projects. They are not meant to cover operating or ongoing expenses. OAC also uses the term project grants for its grants to individual artists. Organizations that fail to meet the criteria for operating grants may apply for project funding if it is available.   

Operating Grants: These are grants that cover operating expenses of established arts organizations that meet the assessment criteria for on-going support. Arts organizations that receive operating support from the OAC have experienced the new assessment process for more than a year. Advisory panels are instructed to give a 50 per cent weighting to artistic quality and 50 per cent to financial and organizational effectiveness when evaluating how organizations meet the assessment criteria for operating grants.

For more information visit the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) website at:

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)
 wants to partner with business-minded Northerners to develop innovative technologies, invest in infrastructure, bolster collaboration and build economic development capacity.  By supporting your business vision, NOHFC can strengthen the North’s competitive advantage.  NOHFC programs focus on the growth of the existing and emerging sectors identified in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and the government’s key priority of helping communities prosper.

For more information visit the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) website at:

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) has created a range of programs and resources to provide financial, strategic and research support to Ontario’s cultural entrepreneurs and established trade and event organizations from the film & TV production industry.

OMDC support provides opportunities for film producers to create new products, and for film & TV producers to develop existing markets, access new markets and grow their business. Support is also available to established trade organizations for events and activities that stimulate the growth of Ontario's film & TV production industry.
OMDC promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation.

For more information visit the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) website at:

The Canada Council for the Arts is a funding agency and was created to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts, and operates at “arm’s length” or independently of government.

For more information visit the Canada Council for the Arts website at:

Rogers established the Rogers Documentary Fund in 1996 to foster the growth of documentary film production in this country in both official languages. Their creations help to sustain Canada’s tradition of quality, independently produced documentary films and videos and ensure that these productions are seen by the widest possible audience.

For more information visit the Rogers Documentary Fun website at:

bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) has distributed millions of dollars in grants to Canadians for the production of short form scripted projects. Many of the resulting works have been honoured with awards around the world.

For more information visit the bravoFACT website at:

The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization that supports the development of Canadian dramatic feature films.

For more information visit the Harold Greenberg Fund website at: 

For more information please contact:

Piero Pucci
Development Officer 

Tel: (807) 625-3965

Sector/area of expertise: Knowledge Based Sectors & Business Retention and Expansion