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The Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Tax Credit Program

The Interactive Digital Media (IDM) program is an indirect tax incentive program that can provide refundable tax credits. This program is aimed at increasing the amount of Canadian developed digital interactive media content. Currently British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia offer IDM tax credits.

While they are similar conceptually, each program is administered separately by each province and each province has its own rules and regulations. Generally, a Canadian taxable corporation (Canadian or foreign controlled) with a permanent establishment in the province that develops an IDM product. Eligible IDM products must be developed completely, or substantially, by the applicant in their respective province.

Your product must be an interactive product whose primary purpose is to educate, inform or entertain, and that achieves its primary purpose by presenting the information in at least 2 of the following: Text, Sound and Images.

Find Your Eligibility

Step 1

Canadian Private Corporation- CCPC
Publicly Traded
Foreign Controlled
Sole Proprietor

Step 2

(a) Educate the user
(b) Inform the user
(c) Entertain the user
(a) Text
(b) Audio
(c) Video
(a) Shelf-ready
(b) Accessible
(c) Online
(d) Ready for exploitation

Step 3

The product you are developing is intended to be used by individuals?
By interacting with your product, the user can choose what information is to be presented and the form and sequence in which it is to be presented?

Step 4

Your product is used primarily for interpersonal communication?
Your product is used primarily to present or promote your corporation?
Your product is used primarily to present, promote, or sell the products or services of your corporation?

Step 5



Our management team comes with over 20 years of experience in SR&ED tax credits and other innovation grants. Maxim Strategy Consultant’s diverse team of engineers and CPA's ensure that all claims are of the highest quality. This is evidenced through our greater than 90% track record of claims being assessed as filed, without Canada Revenue Agency reviews.


Maxim’s strategic approach focuses on identifying the most lucrative and beneficial mix of grant and tax incentives. This strategic approach enables Maxim to limit the time involved by your organization in developing a plan to identify and process applications and claims, while maximizing the return to your business.


With Maxim’s proven processes, we maximize your tax credits through personalized, hands-on consulting, while at the same time, focusing on minimizing the time to establish your claim. We work on a contingency fee structure, meaning we share the risk until the tax credits are received.


A dedicated team of professionals, made up of both engineers and accountants, will be assigned to the claim process for your business. Maxim’s SR&ED technical and financial experts will lead the process of the claim, from project identification to the filing of the tax returns. What separates us from others is that we are proactively involved in your business R&D processes. We work with you throughout the year, not just when it’s time to file your tax return.

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