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  • Yukon is home to one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits and one of the world’s largest undeveloped lead-zinc districts.
  • Yukoners enjoy a very high quality of life.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.
  • Yukon has been a site location for a number of feature films including the 20th Century Fox's, "The Big Year" starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black.
  • Partnerships are key to our success.
  • Yukon businesses are leading the way.

Film IncentivesYukon film incentives

Yukon is a film-friendly region with generous incentive programs for filmmakers shooting on location in Yukon, including rebates based on Yukon spend, travel and training costs.  Yukon is famous for its hospitality and warm, welcoming spirit.  Plus we know a thing or two about working in the cold.

Film Funding Programs

1) Film Location Incentive

The Film Location Incentive encourages production companies from outside Yukon to film in Yukon and hire and train Yukoners.  There are three components to this incentive program.

Yukon Spend Rebate

Television programs, television movies (Movies of the Week), documentaries and feature films (but not commercials) are eligible for a rebate of up to 25 per cent of Yukon spend, provided criteria are met.

Training Rebate

Productions (not commercials) are eligible for a rebate of up to 25 per cent of wages paid to individuals providing on-set training (techniques and equipment) to eligible Yukon labour.

Travel Rebate (Available to productions not accessing the Yukon Spend Rebate)

Commercials productions are eligible for a 50 per cent rebate on travel costs to a maximum of $10,000 or 10 per cent of Yukon spend.

2) Film Training Initiative

Up to $3,000/person/year is available to Yukon residents for training for a career in film.  Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to a career in this field (such as significant recent course work and/or work experience).

3) Yukon Filmmakers Fund

Up to $8,000 per applicant is available to Yukon resident film and video professionals to assist them in developing viable careers and businesses making films and videos for broadcast or commercial release.  Two intakes per year:  June 1 and December 1.

4) Film Development Fund

Up to 50 per cent of the actual Yukon expenditures to a maximum of $35,000 or 33 per cent of total project expenses (whichever is the lesser) can be available to Yukon residents or Yukon corporations to assist with the costs of development of film projects in Yukon.  Development is the work necessary to get a project ready to be put on film, and may include acquiring the property, writing script drafts, budgeting, packaging of stars, director and other creative personnel, and obtaining production financing.  The applicant is required to have market place support in the form of either a broadcast development agreement, which is a broadcaster’s cash contribution to a production in order to acquire the rights to air the program on their station during a specified period, or a distribution arrangement, which similarly shows there is a market for the project.

An additional $10,000 may be available to an applicant if the broadcaster/distributor requires more senior personnel not available in Yukon to be attached to the project.

5) Film Production Fund

Up to $500,000 per project is available to Yukon corporations who financially and creatively control projects to assist with the costs of producing a film in Yukon.  Production is the period of time during which the project is being captured on film or videotape.  The applicant is required to have marketplace support in the form of a broadcast license which is a commitment by a licensed broadcaster to participate financially in the production of the project, or a distribution arrangement.

For productions solely controlled by a Yukon resident or corporation, the contributions will be based on 30 per cent of Yukon expenditures or 30 per cent of total production costs whichever is the lesser.

For co-productions the contribution will be based on 30 per cent of Yukon expenditures or 20 per cent of total production costs whichever is lesser.

Additional information can also be found on the YFSC website.

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