Digital news subscription tax credit

The digital news subscription tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit for amounts paid by individuals to a qualified Canadian journalism organization (QCJO) for qualifying subscription expenses after 2019 and before 2025.


A qualifying subscription expense is the amount an individual paid in the year for a digital news subscription of a QCJO that is primarily engaged in the production of original written news content and it is not engaged in a broadcasting undertaking as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Broadcasting Act. An individual can claim the credit if they have entered into an agreement with a QCJO for a digital news subscription.

How to claim the credit

Individuals can claim the credit on their income tax return for the years 2020 to 2024.

The maximum credit will be calculated by:

Only the individual(s) who entered into the agreement can claim the credit:

If the digital news subscription provides access to content in non-digital form or content other than content of the QCJO:

For more information on the digital news subscription tax credit criteria, go to Guidance on income tax measures to support journalism.

If you have questions about the digital news subscription tax credit, please call the Individual tax enquiries line at 1-800-959-8281.

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