OMDC Newsletter
Winter 2017

Tax Credit NewsNew Tax Credit Administration Fee Structure

Ontario’s tax credit application volumes, values and administration costs have increased significantly over recent years, including a 221% increase in the number of products applying for tax credits. However, the associated tax credit application fees have not increased in more than a decade. The current administration fee structure has not kept pace with the increased volume of applications and is not sufficient to cover the actual costs of administering the program.

To address this issue, on April 1, 2017, OMDC will implement a new tax credit fee structure for tax credit programs which will offset administration costs and move towards cost recovery. The new fee structure will apply a consistent rate of 0.15% of eligible expenditures to all tax credits, with a credit-specific minimum and maximum cap. The new fee structure will help ensure the sustainability and stability of Ontario’s tax credit program. The fee structure reflects work required to review tax credit applications, is proportional to the value of the credit received by the applicant and is equitable for each sector.

The new tax credit administration fee structure will be applied to tax credit applications received on or after April 1, 2017.

Ontario Confirms No Change in Treatment of Talk Shows

On January 11, 2017, the Ministry of Finance posted a bulletin on their website which confirms that there is no change to the treatment of talk shows under Ontario’s screen-based tax credits.

Tax Credit Milestones

In recent months, OMDC has reached several milestones:  we issued the 2,000th Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) Certificate, the 1,500th Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) Certificate and the 1,000th Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects (OCASE) Tax Credit Certificate. Those OIDMTC and OCASE Certificates relate to approximately 8,270 products and 1,930 productions!

OMDC Program Deadlines

Note: *All Program Deadlines are by 5 pm

OMDC Film Fund

April 6, 2017 | OMDC Film Fund Development and Production Deadlines

October 10, 2017 | OMDC Film Fund Development and Production Deadlines


OMDC IDM Fund: Concept Definition, Production, Marketing Support

April 10, 2017 | IDM Fund: Concept Definition and Production Deadline
August 28, 2017 | IDM Fund: Concept Definition and Production Deadline
January 31, 2018 | IDM Fund: Marketing Support * continuous close deadline

Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

May 3, 2017 - OMF – Music Company Development Deadline
May 4, 2017 - OMF – Music Futures Deadline
For Domestic Artist-Entrepreneurs, Music Managers, Music Publishers and Record Labels

October 4, 2017 - OMF – Music Futures Deadline
- For Domestic Booking Agents and Music Promoters/Presenters

OMDC-Led Research

The State of Content Distribution: Review of Content Distribution in the Cultural Media Industries
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is pleased to announce the release of The State of Content Distribution: Review of Content Distribution in the Cultural Media Industries; a research report that outlines patterns and models of distribution that are common across the film & television, music, books, magazines and interactive digital media industries. This report was prepared by Nordicity, and is available for download on the OMDC’s website in both English and French.

The report focuses on outlining how market-ready content gets from the content owner to the end-user, with a specific focus on providing models that visualize current and emerging patterns of distribution that occur across all six cultural media industry sectors. Through discussions with stakeholders and industry, Nordicity was able to distill the many potential patterns and nuances of content distribution into six models: Content Owner(s) to Other Content Owner, Direct to End-User, Direct to Retail, Direct to Platform, Via Distributor and Platform-Driven.

In addition to developing these models, the report also examines some of the key challenges and opportunities for Ontario content creators as they navigate through these models. These challenges include: a lack of scale and market power, discoverability, access to information and access to platforms. In addition, the report also highlights several emerging issues for consideration, including increased importance of brand, growing digital channels, increasing number of monetization tools, and more niche audiences.

In addition to highlighting the challenges facing content owners and creators, the report also looks at selected examples of public interventions that have been put into action elsewhere, including, for example, initiatives by the Welsh Books Council, New Zealand Film Commission, and Creative Skillset. 

OMDC-Supported Research

Measuring Success: The Impact of Interactive Digital Media in Ontario

This report, Measuring Success: The Impact of Interactive Digital Media in Ontario, was initiated by Interactive Ontario and is the first in-depth study devoted solely to Ontario’s IDM industry. Hoping to fill a knowledge gap  felt by industry, policymakers and the wider public, the research looks at the impact of IDM companies in terms of the products and services they provide, employment figures and salaries, demographics and growth planning (including barriers and challenges to growth) as well as the economic impact of the IDM industry on the province. Primary data was drawn from an online survey and a series of stakeholder interviews. February 15, 2017.

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The Fem-LED Research Project: Fem-LED: A look into female leadership for women in digital media and tech today and tomorrow (OCAD University)

The Fem-LED research project, led by OCAD University’s Super Ordinary Laboratory, examined female leadership in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector, including the Interactive and Digital Media (I&DM) sector. The research project identifies both existing challenges and barriers to female leadership and entrepreneurship in the ICT/I&DM sectors, as well as develops an understanding of opportunities for improvement.

CMPA Women and Leadership English CoverWomen & Leadership: A Study of Gender Parity and Diversity in Canada’s Screen Industries
Canadian Media Producers Association

This report was commissioned by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and offers a comprehensive look at the global initiatives, policies, programs, legislation and regulations aimed at improving gender parity and diversity within the screen-based industries. The report surveys 561 individuals in Canada’s screen-based industries for their perspective on obstacles to the advancement of women in the screen-based industries, as well as identifies global best practices that can potentially be adopted in Canada

CMPA Women and Leadership English CoverDigital Dialogue Breakfasts Podcast

The Digital Dialogue Breakfast Series is a forum for ongoing conversation among decision-makers in the cultural media industries. Missed a session? We’ve got you covered. All of the past Digital Dialogue Breakfasts can be accessed below, as audio recordings. Simply expand the series year and click the play button on the session you wish to listen to. If you are active on iTunes, please visit our channel here. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to automatically receive new episodes. You can also subscribe to our Simplecast RSS feed here.

OMDC Digital Dialogue Breakfasts | SESSION 4 | Wednesday, December 6, 2016 | London, Ontario

Exploring the Value Chain in Augmented and Virtual Reality Content Creation  
The market for augmented and virtual reality is anticipated to grow by 89%, to $16 billion globally in 2020. Content creators from across the sectors will speak about the challenges and successes they've had experimenting with this emerging form of content from financing and concept definition to development and marketing and distribution.
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Moderator:  Nigel Newton, Consultant for AR Innovation + Strategy

Bernie Roehl, CEO, Virtual Escapes
Damir Slogar, Founder and CEO, Big Blue Bubble
Keith Makse, CEO, Red Meat Games
Dr. Rhonda Bathurst, Executive Director, Museum of Ontario Archaeology

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OMDC's OAP Training Videos Available Online!

As always, applicants can access OAP training videos for assistance using the application portal. The videos can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

OAP Quick Tip

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