When can I apply?
OCASE is based on your fiscal year. Your claim must be based on actual expenditures, not projections, so you should submit your claim after the close of your financial year when all eligible activities are completed and a DVD of the work done is available. You may include any eligible productions with work done in that fiscal year, so there may be several projects claimed. If one production spans several years, you may include it on successive applications, as long as you claim only actual payments made within the fiscal period relevant to each application.
Ontario Creates does not impose a deadline for OCASE applications, but there are taxation deadlines that may preclude receiving a tax credit for your year. Please check in with the Canada Revenue Agency if you’re unsure whether you’re still eligible to file or amend your corporate tax return. (Canada Revenue Agency Film Services Unit: (1-833-446-0934)
Please note: there is an additional filing fee of $100 applied to applications for Certificates of Eligibility received more than 24 months after the year-end of the claim.