What kinds of products are ineligible under the OIDMTC regulations of April 23, 2015?
The OIDMTC regulations of April 23, 2015 exclude certain types of products that provide any content that is: news, current events or public affairs programming; opinion, commentary or advice; or weather or market reports.
Other types of ineligible products are:
- products produced primarily for industrial, corporate or institutional purposes including vocational training products or products that educate or inform employees;
- products that are primarily a reference material or otherwise designed to be used as a resource for finding information, such as a guide for equipment or software, a dictionary or a map;
- products that aggregate content from various internet sources;
- products that are a search engine;
- products that are a blog; and
- products that are primarily a database, including a real estate or recipe database.
Primarily means more than 50%.
Products that fail the 80% or 25% tests will not be eligible for the OIDMTC. See P4 above.
Products where the majority of the content on the product is also hosted on a website that is not eligible under the new rules would be considered ineligible. See description of eligible websites in P4 above.
Specified and non-specified products will not be able to claim eligible expenditures incurred after April 23, 2015 due to any of the following:
- the product primarily informs the user,
- the product does not have a revenue generating stream (see P4 above);
- the website is not one described in OIDMTC regulation 34 (5) 9ii (see P4 above)
Products that are primarily promotional are not eligible for the OIDMTC. Products that primarily promote the applicant’s products or services, the Purchaser corporation’s products or services, or any third party’s products or services will be considered promotional. Ontario Creates reviews all the content on a product, development and marketing documentation, and examines how the product is used by individuals to determine if a product is primarily promotional.
Products used primarily for interpersonal communication are not eligible for the OIDMTC.