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July 5, 2019

July 2 FilmOntario Update

Cabinet Shuffle

As you are all undoubtedly aware, Premier Doug Ford shuffled his Cabinet on June 20th. The Honourable Vic Fedeli has moved from the Ministry of Finance to Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, while retaining his Chair of Cabinet position, and the Honourable Michael Tibollo has moved to become Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. We would like to thank Ministers Fedeli and Tibollo for all the work they have done to support the screen-based industries in their former roles, and we look forward to continuing to work with them as they take on new challenges.

 At the same time, we would like to welcome Ministers Rod Phillips and Lisa MacLeod to their new roles as the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Over the summer FilmOntario will be working with staff in both the new Ministers’ offices to provide information on the contributions that the screen-based industries make to the economy and to the province, and to emphasize the continued importance of the tax credits in sustaining those contributions.

Congratulations to our new Ministers, as well as all the other Ministers who received new appointments last month.

Ontario Creates Deadline Reminders

A reminder that the deadline for Cycle 2 of the Ontario Creates Film Fund – Production is Thursday July 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm. This is the second of three deadlines for the Fund, with the final deadline on October 30th. Full guidelines and application procedures can be found here.

In addition, the deadline for the Ontario Creates Interactive Digital Media Fund – Concept Definition and Production is on August 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Information sessions for this Fund are coming up on July 15 and 18, 2019 (registration is required). Full guidelines, registration information, and application procedures can be found here.

OIDMTC Budget Changes Passed

The changes to the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC), lowering the threshold for companies to be considered Specialized Digital Game Corporations, have been passed into law with the passage of the government’s Budget Bill. Once companies meet the new threshold of $500,000 in eligible labour expenditures annually, they can submit their OIDMTC applications on a yearly basis rather than waiting for the end of a project to apply.

For additional requirements and benefits of this change, please see this notice from Ontario Creates, and contact them directly with any questions.

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