Canada's Creative Export Strategy

The creative industries are a strength of the Canadian economy, at the heart of our competitive advantage on the international stage. Canada's creative industries are strong and innovative, and have the potential to be leaders in accelerating the growth of the Canadian economy.

In 2016, the creative industries accounted for:

  • $53.8 billion in GDP
  • 2.8% of Canada's overall GDP
  • more than 650,000 direct jobs
  • countless spin-off jobs
  • $16 billion in exported products, up 1.3% from 2015.

We support creative industries in achieving international business objectives through the Creative Export Strategy.

The Strategy is divided into three pillars:

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Description of the infographic: Our plan to maximize the export potential of creative industries

Pillar number 1: Boost export funding in existing Canadian Heritage programs

Position creative industries for export and sales in foreign markets, and bolster funds available through existing programs:

  • Canada Arts Presentation Fund
  • Canada Book Fund
  • Canada Music Fund
  • Canada Periodical Fund
  • Telefilm Canada*

*Telefilm Canada is a portfolio organization of Canadian Heritage

Pillar number 2: Increase and strengthen the presence of Canadian creative industries abroad

Offer direct services to companies that are ready to do business abroad through the Trade Commissioner Service of Canada.

This support is provided in Embassies and Consulates abroad in, but not limited to, the following cities:

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • London
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Shanghai
  • Mumbai
  • Tokyo
  • Sydney
  • Mexico City
  • Buenos Aires
  • Abu Dhabi

Pillar number 3: Establish a new creative export funding program and build relationships needed to make business deals

Creative Export Canada – a new program to grow creative industries by funding export-ready projects

Coordination of trade missions, international trade events and partnerships to create trade opportunities and increase export capacity.

Create trade opportunities for creative industries, and ensure a strong presence for Canada as Guest of Honour Country at the Frankfurt International Book Fair 2020.

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