Ontario regional opportunities investment tax credit

Important notice

A temporary increase in the Ontario regional opportunities investment tax credit rate has been announced. See what's new for Ontario corporations.

A new 10% refundable income tax credit is introduced for capital investments. A Canadian-controlled private corporation that invests in capital property that becomes available for use on or after March 25, 2020, in designated regions of Ontario may be eligible for the tax credit.

Eligible property is capital property included in capital cost allowance class 1 or class 6 with some exceptions. Expenditures for these classes include costs for constructing, renovating or acquiring eligible commercial and industrial buildings and other assets.

If the property is a building, or an addition or alteration to a building, at least 90% of the floor space of the building is used at the end of the tax year for a non residential use.

The tax credit is available for expenditures of more than $50,000 and up to a limit of $500,000 in the tax year. In general, the qualifying region includes the north, the east (except the Ottawa region) and the south-west of Ontario.

A qualifying corporation that is associated with one or more other corporations during a particular tax year may claim this credit if each of the other corporations has agreed in writing to waive, under subsection 97.1(7) of the Taxation Act, 2007 (Ontario), its right to claim this credit for any tax year of the other corporation that overlaps with the particular tax year. This waiver must have been filed with the CRA.

Claiming the credit

File a completed Schedule 570, Ontario Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit, with your return. 

For more information on the tax credit, see the schedule and section 97.1 of the Taxation Act, 2007 (Ontario).

On line 472 of Schedule 5, Tax Calculation Supplementary – Corporations, enter the amount of the credit you are claiming.

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