Incentives

Numerous incentives are available to productions that shoot in North Bay, including:

  • City of North Bay concierge services
  • Northern Ontario-specific tax credits and grants
  • Additional support for scouting, site visits, and funding navigation

Learn more below, or reach out directly to filming@northbay.ca to discuss.

City of North Bay

Economic Development Department Concierge Service

The City of North Bay Economic Development Department is here to support your filming journey in our beautiful region. At every stage of your development from pre to post-production, we are here to offer support through our one on one concierge services that include:

  • Funding and incentive application support 
  • Filming application processing with NO permit fees
  • Connections to neighbouring communities 
  • Liaison services with all necessary City departments to streamline permits and approvals
  • Facilitated connections to neighbouring communities local service providers and community partners

NOHFC - Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Cultural Supports Program - Film and Television Stream

The Film and Television Stream is designed to increase film and television industry jobs and investment and to increase quality, original film and television productions produced in Northern Ontario, while showcasing its culture, geography, stories and talent. Funding decisions are based on the project’s Northern Ontario Benefits and Production Strength.

NOHFC funding is based on the project’s total level of spending in Northern Ontario. NOHFC provides assistance in the form of a conditional contribution up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum capped on a tiered basis according to the total northern spend.

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Ontario Creates

Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit (OFTTC)

The OFTTC is a refundable tax credit of up to 35% based upon eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying production company with respect to an eligible Ontario production. Productions that are shot in Ontario entirely outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), receive a 10% bonus on all Ontario labour expenditures incurred for the production.

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Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC)

The Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) is a refundable tax credit of up to 21.5% 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.

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Ontario Computer Animation & Special Effects Tax Credit (OCASE)

The OCASE Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit of up to 18% 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.

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Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC)

The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a refundable tax credit of up to 40% based on eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses claimed by a qualifying corporation with respect to interactive digital media products.

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Film Fund - Production

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.

The Ontario Creates Film Fund supports a range of projects across genres with both industrial and cultural benefits. Ontario Creates measures the results of the Ontario Creates Film Fund primarily based on net benefit from the proposed project to the province which includes but is not limited to return on investment and jobs created in the Ontario film industry.

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Film Fund - Development

The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Development Stream is intended to support development activities that lead to the increase of domestic feature film production in Ontario. The Film Fund provides support to Ontario producers for all stages of development activities.

The Ontario Creates Film Fund supports a range of projects across genres with both industrial and cultural benefits. Ontario Creates measures the results of the Film Fund primarily based on net benefit from the project to the province which includes but is not limited to return on investment and jobs created in the Ontario film industry.

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Film Fund - Marketing and Distribution Initiative

The Marketing and Distribution Initiative (MDI) is open to the Ontario Creates Film Fund – Production recipients and intended to assist producers to make a meaningful contribution to the domestic marketing and distribution of their projects leading up to and during their release.

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Additional Support

Ontario Creates services include complimentary scouting, image packages, and site visits, and on-the-ground production liaison support.

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CION - Cultural Industries Ontario North

Media Arts Production: Practiced, Employed, Developed (MAPPED)

A production assistance fund, designed to help film and television producers provide on-the-job training to Northern Ontario residents looking to work in the industry. With funding from FedNor, MAPPED seeks to supplement existing funding sources to hire and train emerging film and television workers by providing partial funding for Northern Ontario crew trainees to a maximum of $10,000 per production.

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Additional Support

CION offers no-cost one-on-one consultations for film producers and film makers looking to shoot in Northern Ontario. Consultations range from assisting in applying for relevant funding, maximizing your total available funding options and amounts, locating key crew and locations, identifying the right suppliers for production and post-production depending on the level and budget of your project, and locating hard-to-find resources.

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Telefilm

Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF)

This fund consists of 5 programs:

Development

The Development Program finances Canadian feature films at the development stage.

The Development Program has four streams:

  • Prequalified Stream
  • General Stream
  • Indigenous Stream
  • Stream for Black and People of Colour

Production

  • The Production Program finances Canadian feature films at the production or post-production stage.

Talent to Watch

The Talent to Watch Program supports emerging filmmakers looking to finance the production stage of their first feature film project(s).

The Talent to Watch Program has three streams:

  • Industry Partner Stream: For projects that are recommended by a Designated Industry Partner.
  • Festival Selection Stream: For emerging filmmakers who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival.
  • Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream: All Key Members of the Creative Team must be:
    • Indigenous;
    • Black;
    • People of Colour;
    • Women;
    • Gender-diverse individuals;
    • 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals;
    • Persons with disabilities; and/or
    • Members of an Official Language Minority Community

Theatrical Documentary

  • The Theatrical Documentary Program finances feature-length documentary projects in production and post-production.

Marketing Programs

  • The Marketing Program supports the marketing, promotion and distribution of Canadian feature films. 
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CMF - Canada Media Fund

CMF - Canada Media Fund

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) supports the creation of popular, innovative Canadian content and software applications. The CMF supports the Canadian television and digital media industries through two funding Streams: The Experimental Stream and The Convergent Stream.

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CAVCO - Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office - Film and Video Tax Credits

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)

The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) provides eligible productions with a fully refundable tax credit, available at a rate of 25 per cent of the qualified labour expenditure.

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Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)

The Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC) provides eligible production corporations with a tax credit at a rate of 16 per cent of the qualified Canadian labour expenditures incurred in respect of an accredited production.

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"We had an incredible experience filming 'All My Puny Sorrows' in North Bay. The local film office went above and beyond on behalf of the film. The local crew was talented and industrious. Everyone we came in contact with genuinely wanted us to succeed and to return again, which we undoubtedly will.Tyler Levine
President, Carousel Pictures

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