BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES
Administered by SREDA, the Business Development Incentives is a tax abatement initiative that can include exemptions or reductions of any city tax or feel waiving of utility deposits and down payments on land; and exemptions or reductions of prepaid servicing levies. The incentive was established to encourage the attraction and expansion of businesses to facilitate investment and long-term job creation.
VACANT LOT AND ADAPTIVE RE-USE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Vacant Lot and Adaptive Re-use Incentive Program is designed to encourage development on existing vacant or brownfield sites, and the reuse of vacant buildings in established buildings in the city by providing financial and/or tax-based incentives to owners of eligible properties.
INDUSTRIAL LAND INCENTIVES PROGRAM
Through the Industrial Land Incentives Program, the cost of land can be deferred by offering a long-term lease at a 10-year locked-in rate based on the City of Saskatoon’s cost of borrowing plus 1%. There is also an option to purchase the land at the market value at the time of the lease agreement.
TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH
SASKATCHEWAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT
The Saskatchewan Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit encourages innovative research and development activity in Saskatchewan. The 10% income tax credit is refundable on the first million dollars of annual eligible expenditures for Saskatchewan Canadian-controlled private corporations.
SASKATCHEWAN COMMERCIAL INNOVATION INCENTIVE
The Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive is a new growth tax incentive that offers eligible corporations a reduction of the provincial Corporate Income Tax (CIT) rate to 6%, for a period of 10 years. A first of its kind in North America “patent box” style tax incentive, the SCII program is open to a wide variety of eligible intellectual property (IP) types, including patents, plant breeders’ rights, trade secrets and copyrights (computer programs and algorithms).
SASKATCHEWAN TECHNOLOGY START-UP INCENTIVE
The Saskatchewan Technology Start-Up Incentive offers a 45% non-refundable tax credit for individual and corporate equity investments in eligible technology start-up businesses, capped at a maximum annual benefit of $140,000 per investor.
MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING PROFITS TAX REDUCTION
The Manufacturing and Processing Profits Tax Reduction, reduces the Saskatchewan Corporation Income Tax (CIT) rate by as much as 2% points on Canadian manufacturing and processing profits, as reported on the federal T2 CIT return. Saskatchewan-based firms with a high allocation of income to Saskatchewan will receive a larger tax reduction than firms with a low allocation of income.
MANUFACTURING AND PROCESSING INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT
The Saskatchewan Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for Manufacturing and Processing (M&P) is available to manufacturing and processing corporations filing a T2 CIT return with some allocation of taxable income to Saskatchewan. This is a refundable tax credit designed to encourage plant and equipment investment for M&P activities in Saskatchewan.
CORPORATION INCOME TAX REBATE FOR PRIMARY STEEL PRODUCTION
The Corporation Income Tax Rebate for Primary Steel Production provides a tax incentive for eligibility primary steel producers that make a minimum capital investment of $100 million in new or expanded productive capacity.
AGRICULTURE & AGRI-VALUE INCENTIVES
SASKATCHEWAN LEAN IMPROVEMENTS IN MANUFACTURING
The Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program provides funding assistance to agribusinesses for adoption of best practices, new technologies and state-of-the-art processes that stimulate improvements in productivity and efficiency. SLIM provides 50% cost-shared funding to a maximum of $500,000 per proponent.
SASKATCHEWAN VALUE-ADDED AGRICULTURE INCENTIVE
The Saskatchewan Value-Added Agriculture Incentive (SVAI) program offers a 15% non-refundable tax credit for value-added agriculture facilities that make a significant capital investment to expand production capacity. Qualifying projects include new and existing value-added agricultural facilities.
PRODUCT2MARKET: VALUE ADDED
Product2Market: Value-Added promotes the development and expansion of small to medium-sized enterprises by supporting agri-business product development and the marketing of value-added products.
AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Agriculture Development Fund supports the growth of the agriculture industry in Saskatchewan. ADF develops solutions to emerging problems that constrain production and value-added processing.
MINING & ENERGY INCENTIVES
SASKATCHEWAN PETROLEUM RESEARCH INCENTIVE
The Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive is intended to encourage research, development, and demonstration of new technologies that facilitate the expanded production of Saskatchewan’s oil and natural gas resources.
OIL AND GAS PROCESSING INVESTMENT INCENTIVE
The Oil and Gas Processing Investment Incentive (OGPII) offers transferable royalty/freehold production tax credits for qualified Greenfield or brownfield value-added projects at a rate of 15 per cent of eligible project costs.
TARGETED MINERAL EXPLORATION INCENTIVE
Part of the Saskatchewan Mineral Development Strategy, the Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive (TMEI) supports the diversification of Saskatchewan’s mineral sector by encouraging exploration for base metals, precious metals, and diamonds. Other components of the strategy include the provision of new airborne geophysical data and complementary ground-based geoscience investigations.
Business in Saskatoon
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