Helping Canada’s creative industries succeed in global markets

News release

GATINEAU, March 15, 2023

Canada is recognized globally for the quality of its creative industries, which showcase our talented artists and entrepreneurs, encourage innovation, and create economic growth.

Today the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced the renewal of the Government of Canada’s Creative Export Strategy. Beginning April 1, 2023, Canadian Heritage will receive $57 million over three years to continue delivering the Strategy, as announced in the last Fall Economic Statement.

The Government of Canada is committed to investing in Canada’s creative industries to help our businesses thrive on the international stage. The renewed Strategy will include increased funding for the Creative Export Canada program, as well as support for Canadian creative industries trade missions and key international trade events.

The Creative Export Canada program will continue to support projects from export-ready businesses and organizations that generate export revenues and help our creative industries reach more people around the world. The program will also help new and early-stage exporters to get export-ready, expand their sales into international markets, and develop international business networks. A percentage of the program’s funding will be reserved for Indigenous Peoples and/or members of equity-deserving communities.

Today, we are also launching the 2023–24 Creative Export Canada program Export-Ready Stream. The application deadline for submitting a funding application is April 26, 2023.

Learn more about the renewed Creative Export Strategy rollout in the attached backgrounder.


“Over the past five years, our Creative Export Strategy has provided many valuable opportunities to Canada’s creative industries to succeed in global markets. These industries are a key sector of our economy, and we must continue to invest in their future, their growth, and ultimately, their success. By also providing support to new and early-stage exporters, we will enable a new generation of creative industry businesses and organizations to build the skills and market knowledge they need to expand their sales internationally. This will benefit the sector for years to come.”

—Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick facts

  • The creative industries are a key sector of Canada’s economy. In 2020, the creative industries provided over 600,550 jobs and contributed $55.5 billion to Canada’s GDP, accounting for 2.7 percent of Canada’s overall GDP. Canada’s exports of creative goods and services was valued at $19.4 billion.

  • In 2018, the Government of Canada launched the Creative Export Strategy with an investment of $125 million over five years to improve the export capacity of Canada’s creative industries and fill a gap in federal export support to the sector.

  • Since its launch, the Creative Export Strategy has supported more than 1,900 businesses and organizations across Canada in all major creative sectors, with many benefiting from several of the Strategy’s different programs and services.

  • The delivery of creative industries trade missions and support at key international trade events will continue to be a cornerstone of the Creative Export Strategy. A Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand is scheduled from June 5 to 10, 2023.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Laura Scaffidi
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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