Creative Export Strategy

What we do

The Creative Export Strategy helps Canadian creative industries maximize their export potential and stand out in the global market by providing:

  • funding for export projects;
  • opportunities to participate in trade missions and industry events abroad;
  • export-related guidance and information;
  • support in markets abroad to find and develop business opportunities.

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Who the Strategy supports

Canadian for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations operating in the following sectors:

Artistic craft

Performing arts



Visual art

Interactive digital media



How the Strategy supports Canadian creative exporters

Export-Ready Stream ($7 million per year)

One intake per year

Funding for export-ready projects that forecast generating export revenues. Eligible projects can receive up to $2.5 million in funding.

Funding supports activities such as:

  • development or implementation of digital or other technologies related to the international discoverability and monetization of Canadian content;
  • international market access;
  • facilitating the movement of exports to international markets; 
  • marketing and promotion.

Export Development Stream ($4 million per year)

Up to two intakes per year

Funding for:

  • new and early-stage exporters to build capacity and expand into international markets;
  • seasoned exporters to expand into new markets and build business networks.

Eligible projects can receive up to $90,000 in funding per fiscal year.

Funding supports activities such as:

  • export planning;
  • export training and mentorship;
  • international market readiness;
  • market development.

A percentage of the program’s funding is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples and members of equity-deserving communities.

Trade missions and events

To help Canadian businesses and organizations meet potential partners and explore trade opportunities around the globe, Canadian Heritage:

  • leads creative industries trade missions, which include market intelligence, networking opportunities with the local business community, and tailored business-to-business meetings;
  • strengthens business programming for Canadian delegates at sector-specific international creative industry events.

Creative Export Navigator Service

Advisors provide free support through:

  • export advice and guidance for new and early-stage exporters;
  • assistance navigating government programs and services with an export focus;
  • market research on key international trade destinations.

Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is a free service that supports the growth and internationalization of Canadian companies by helping them:

  • prepare for international business;
  • find global opportunities and qualified contacts;
  • resolve business problems abroad.

The TCS is available to support Canadian creative industries worldwide, including through dedicated officers located in key markets.

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Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Creative Export Strategy
25 Eddy Street
Gatineau (Québec)
J8X 4B5

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