Creative Export Canada Launches New Export Development Stream: Up to $90K Grant

The Creative Export Canada (CEC) Program was recently awarded an additional $11 million per year to support Canadian small business exporting projects to increase export profitability for Canada’s Creative Industries.

With up to $90,000 per application, the Creative Export Canada (CEC) – Export Development Stream (EDS) supports the new and early-stage export projects of small businesses through grant funding to build capacity and expand into international markets.

Additionally, the CEC-EDS program offers funding support for seasoned exporters to expand into new international markets and build business networks.

Funding Snapshot: Creative Export Canada (CEC) Export Development Stream

Funding Amount

Eligible Canadian businesses can access up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $90,000 per fiscal year.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be incorporated under the laws of Canada, a province, or a territory;
  • Be a for-profit company or not-for-profit organization;
  • Be Canadian owned and controlled;
  • Have a maximum of $10 million in annual revenues in the current or previous fiscal year; and
  • Have a minimum of 1 full-time employee.

Please note: An applicant can submit only 1 application per deadline, including entities or subsidiaries of a parent company.

Project Eligibility

Eligible projects must:

  • Be market-ready at the project start date (content is fully developed and ready for sales);
  • Allow creative industries to expand their sales into international markets and/or develop international business networks;
  • Expect to generate export revenues;
  • Support one or more of the following creative industries:
    • Artistic craft;
    • Audiovisual;
    • Design (limited to exhibit design, fashion design, artistic product design, public art design, urban design);
    • Music;
    • Performing arts;
    • Publishing (books and periodicals);
    • Visual art; and
    • Interactive digital media (in combination with at least one of the industries listed above).
  • Focus on a specific target export market(s) (the targeted markets can be new or existing);
  • Have a minimum total cost of $15,000; and
  • Be funded at a minimum of 25% by private sources.

Eligible Cost Categories include:

  • Export planning activities (up to $30K max.), including the development of an export plan, international marketing plan, export pricing strategy, and market research on target export markets;
  • Export training and mentorship activities, including export training, networking activities, matchmaking services, and mentoring;
  • International market readiness activities, including versioning expenses, dubbing expenses, and translation and interpretation expenses; and
  • Market development activities (up to $40K max.), including travel-related expenses, marketing material, advertising costs, and venue rentals.

Program Timeline

The application deadline is July 26, 2023. Approved projects must start between April 1, 2023, and March 31, 2024.

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