Partnering with Canada

No matter the preferred partnership approach for carrying out your project, Canada has a great deal to offer:

  • Coproduction treaties or agreements currently in force with nearly 60 countries
  • Access to public funding (if applicable)
  • Access to different tax credits
  • A large pool of internationally recognized creators and technicians
  • Four seasons and a multitude of locations and landscapes
  • The opportunity to work in both official languages of the country (English, French)

Three main types of collaboration with Canada

Audiovisual coproduction governed by a treaty

An official coproduction is a feature film or a television program produced jointly between Canadian and foreign coproducers in accordance with audiovisual coproduction treaties signed between partnering countries.

Coproduction applications must be certified by the Canadian government. To this end, we evaluate and recommend projects likely to be recognized by the Department of Canadian Heritage as audiovisual treaty coproductions.

Consult the eligibility criteria for an official coproduction application

Verify the list of coproduction treaties with Canada

Find a Canadian partner

Co-venture (coproductions without treaty)

This type of audiovisual coproduction must be certified by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Canadian Program Certification (CRTC)

Film or video production services tax credit

The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) co-administers the production services tax credit (PSTC) program with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)


The Canadian audiovisual industry has numerous resources and organizations to help foreign partners find a Canadian partner.

Cultural agencies

National Film Board of Canada

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Funding agencies

Canadian Film Centre

Canada Media Fund

The Canada Council for the Arts

Ontario Media Development Corporation

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

Tax credits available in Canada

Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit

Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects (OCASE) Tax Credit

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC)

Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC)

New Brunswick’s Labour Incentive Film Tax Credit

Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC)

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)

Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)

Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit (SFETC)

Quebec Dubbing Tax Credit

Quebec Film and Television Production Tax Credit

Quebec Production Services Tax Credit

Film Incentive BC

Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit

Newfoundland and Labrador Film and Video Industry Tax Credit

Prince Edward Island Film & Television Office

Yukon Film Incentive Program

Professional Associations

Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC)

Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son

Canadian Women in Communications and Technology

Association québécoise de la production médiatique

Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)

Canadian Society of Cinematographers

Front des réalisateurs indépendants du Canada

Directors Guild of Canada

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD)

Société des Auteurs de Radio, Télévision et Cinéma

Writers Guild of Canada


Location notes

Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation

Nova Scotia Busines Inc.

New Brunswick Fil Nouveau-Brunswick Canada

Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du Québec

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Manitoba Film and Music

Creative Saskatchewan

Alberta Culture and Tourism

Creative BC

Yukon Media Development

Northwest Territories – Industry, Tourism and Investment

Nunavut Film Development Corporation