Annex: Details of Tax Measures and Other Legislative Initiatives


This Annex contains detailed information on certain tax measures and other legislative initiatives proposed in this Budget.

Simplifying the Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit

The Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects (OCASE) Tax Credit is an 18 per cent refundable corporate income tax credit available to companies that undertake computer animation and special effects activities on eligible film and television productions in Ontario. To be eligible for the OCASE Tax Credit, a film or television production must also be certified for either the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit or the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit, “tethering” the OCASE Tax Credit to these other film and television tax credits.

The government is proposing to remove this tethering requirement and replace it with the following new eligibility rules to ensure the credit continues to only support professional productions. These new rules deliver on the government’s commitment to explore opportunities to simplify tax credit support for computer animation and special effects activities:

  • A qualifying corporation would be required to incur a minimum of $25,000 in Ontario labour expenditures for each film or television production for which the OCASE Tax Credit is claimed. The minimum labour expenditure threshold would be required to be incurred in the taxation year of the claim or cumulatively between the taxation year of the claim and the previous taxation year. Once a qualifying corporation incurs the minimum labour expenditure threshold within up to two taxation years for a specific production, expenditures related to that production in those taxation years and any subsequent taxation years would be eligible; and
  • Certain types of productions would be excluded from eligibility, including but not limited to instructional videos, music videos and gaming videos.

The new rules would be effective for productions for which the qualifying corporation commences computer animation and/or special effects work on or after March 26, 2024.

Extending the Temporary Gas Tax and Fuel Tax Rate Cuts

The Ontario government temporarily cut the gasoline tax rate by 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax (diesel) rate by 5.3 cents per litre on July 1, 2022. The gasoline tax and fuel tax rates are currently 9 cents per litre. These tax reductions are set to end on June 30, 2024, when the tax rates would return to 14.7 cents per litre for gas and 14.3 cents per litre for fuel.

The government is introducing legislation that would amend the Gasoline Tax Act and the Fuel Tax Act to extend the rate cuts so that the rate of tax on gas and fuel would remain at 9 cents per litre for an additional six months until December 31, 2024.

Reviewing Ontario’s Tax System

Since 2018, the government has taken significant action to lower costs for families and seniors, including with the introduction of the Low-income Individuals and Families Tax (LIFT) Credit, and the Ontario Seniors Care at Home Tax Credit. To help build Ontario’s economy, the government introduced the Ontario Made Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit, brought in tax measures to support small business, and provided supports to the mining sector, along with a number of other tax measures. The government has also taken steps to enhance digital options for Ontario businesses to meet their tax compliance obligations, reduce red tape and simplify Ontario’s tax administration.

As part of its plan to build a strong Ontario, the government announced a review of the province’s tax system in the 2023 Budget. Since then, the government has consulted with a focused group of tax experts, economists and business leaders.

Based on the input from the consultations the tax system review will focus on opportunities to update the tax system to support greater productivity, including on innovation and research, to promote fairness, to enable greater simplicity and transparency, and to modernize administration.

Property Assessment and Taxation Review

The government is undertaking a review of the property assessment and taxation system focusing on fairness, affordability, business competitiveness and modernized administration tools. Consultations have commenced to seek input on the scope and priority areas of the review. Consultations will continue with broader engagement of stakeholders from across the province starting early spring. To maintain stability for taxpayers, the provincewide property reassessment will continue to be deferred until this review is complete.

Reviewing Alcohol Taxation and Fees

The government is proposing to eliminate the wine basic tax that applies to sales of Ontario wine and wine coolers in on-site winery retail stores. The new rate would come into effect on April 1, 2024.

The government will also conduct a targeted review of taxes and fees on beer, wine and alcoholic beverages with the aim of promoting a more competitive marketplace for Ontario-based producers and consumers.

Summary of Measures

Table A.1 reflects the cost of proposed tax measures in this Budget.

Table A.1
Summary of Measures
($ Millions)
  2024–25 2025–26 2026–27
Simplifying the Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit s s s
Extending the Temporary Gas Tax and Fuel Tax Rate Cuts 620
Eliminating the Wine Basic Tax 8 8 8
Total 628 8 8

Table A.1 footnotes:

Notes: Numbers reflect the benefit to individuals, families, businesses and other beneficiaries. Numbers represent a decrease in government revenue. Total is based on the sum of rounded figures for the purpose of presentation.
“–” = a nil amount.
“s” = a small amount (less than $1 million).

Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance.

Technical Amendments

Amendments may be proposed to various statutes administered by the Ontario Minister of Finance, or other statutes, to improve administrative effectiveness or enforcement, maintain the integrity and equity of Ontario’s tax and revenue collections system, or enhance legislative clarity or regulatory flexibility to preserve policy intent.

Proposed legislative amendments include:

  • Amendments to the Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998 to include the term “small estate certificate” and “amended small estate certificate” under the definition of the term “estate certificate.”
  • An amendment to the Financial Administration Act to provide express authority for intra-day credit for loans entered into by the province of Ontario.
Updated: March 26, 2024
Published: March 26, 2024