VFX & Animation

The word is out that Vancouver is the place to be for VFX & Animation.

The Digital Entertainment & Interactive (DE&I) industry includes the booming Visual Effects (VFX) and Animation sector. From the world’s first CG TV series on ABC to a succession of recent major animated feature films and highly rated television series, Vancouver has established itself as a truly world-leading centre of VFX and animation talent and technology. The industry has a long track record of producing cutting edge animated content ranging from award-winning shorts to internationally renowned series and feature films.

In Vancouver, over 60 studios make up the VFX and Animation industry, comprising the world’s largest cluster of domestic and foreign-owned studios.


Why Vancouver?

  • Impressive and ever-increasing concentration of companies and talent, matched by first-rate infrastructure
  • Collaborative and close-knit environment, naturally fostered by the city’s compact design
  • Proximity to major industry hubs in the US, including Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle
  • Business-friendly climate, tax incentives and outstanding quality of life

From Classroom to Studio

The industry is also well-supported through education and training programs for artists, software engineers, and other technical-related professionals. They include:



Major Tax Incentives (not exclusive)


Domestic Tax Credits

  • Federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit: Canadian controlled production companies and production companies with a permanent establishment in Canada may claim 16 percent of qualified labour costs for an eligible production.
  • Film Incentive BC: British Columbia-controlled production companies receive a 35 percent refundable tax credit on eligible labour costs, limited to 60 percent of total production costs.

Key stats about Vancouver's VFX & Animation industry