Beginning in 2017, the Alberta government’s “Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC)” will attempt to stimulate investment in technology-related small and medium-sized Albertan businesses. The announcement comes as the Province seeks to diversify Alberta’s economy from a traditional focus on oil and gas. The AITC offers a 30 percent tax credit over two years for venture capital investors in IT, clean tech, health technology, gaming, visual effects and digital animation. Program details will be announced soon, with an overview available at this link.
- Unlike SR&ED, the program is budget limited, and awarded on a “first-come, first-served basis”
- Limited to Alberta investors who pay taxes in Alberta
- Province does not pick winners/losers and will not complete due diligence for investors
- Stakeholder process is now open, while details on program design and implementation are pending