Manitoba interactive digital media tax credit

Important notice

Changes to the Manitoba interactive digital media tax credit, including a permanent extension, have been announced. See what's new for Manitoba corporations.

Manitoba Economic Development and Training will issue a tax credit certificate to a corporation that develops and produces an eligible interactive digital media project in Manitoba. The certificate can be issued upon completion of the project or, if the purchaser is not the government or a public body, on a yearly basis. However, the corporation must first receive a certificate of eligibility before the start of the project.

A qualifying corporation must be a taxable Canadian corporation with a permanent establishment in Manitoba.

The credit is refundable. Projects that receive a certificate of eligibility and start product development before 2023 qualify for the credit.

The credit is equal to:

  • 40% of eligible project costs paid in the tax year to residents of the province, when a corporation pays at least 25% of the salary and wages to employees who are Manitoba residents for the project period
  • 35% of eligible labour costs for the year, when a corporation that pays less than 25% of its wages to Manitoba employees, incurs labour expenses of at least $1 million more than government assistance related to those expenses

Companies may claim up to $100,000 in eligible marketing and distribution expenses directly attributable to a project that meets the requirements to claim marketing and distribution costs.

Where a government or public authority is the purchaser of an interactive digital media product, the amount paid by the purchaser and the amount of the interactive digital media tax credit cannot be more than 100% of the project's costs.

Repaid or repayable government assistance and repayable or recoupable Canada Media Fund support do not reduce eligible labour costs.

Claiming the credit

On line 614 of Schedule 5, Tax Calculation Supplementary – Corporations, enter the amount of the credit you are claiming.

Supporting documents – File the tax credit certificate with your return no later than the filing-due date of the tax year following the tax year in which the project was completed.

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