Creative Export Canada

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New – As part of the renewal of the Creative Export Strategy, the Creative Export Canada (CEC) program’s funding envelope has been increased by $4 million per year. Its total funding is $33 million for 3 years ($11 million per year, from 2023-2024 to 2025-2026).

The $11 million per year will be divided into 2 funding streams: the Export-Ready Stream and the new Export Development Stream.

In addition, the CEC program has expanded eligibility to a new creative industry, artistic craft.

A percentage of both streams of the CEC program’s funding will be reserved for companies and organizations where at least 50% of the owners and/or board members self-identify as Indigenous peoples and/or members of equity-deserving communities.

The CEC program provides visibility and funding to help Canadian creative works achieve financial success abroad. CEC aims to heighten exposure of Canadian creative works in international markets and to increase export profitability for Canada’s creative industries.

You can apply for funding through the CEC program under 1 of the 2 streams.

Export-Ready Stream

The Export-Ready Stream, formerly known as CEC, will continue to provide $7 million in funding per year to support export-ready projects that generate export revenues and help Canadian creative industries reach more people around the world.

The period for submitting a funding application for projects with expenses starting between April 1, 2023, and March 31, 2024 is now closed. The next intake will be in the Fall of 2023 (launch and deadline dates to be confirmed), for projects with expenses starting between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025.

Apply Export-Ready Stream

Export Development Stream

The new Export Development Stream will provide $4 million in funding per year to support projects from companies and organizations with little to no export experience to enter international markets where they currently have little to no sales, to expand their sales internationally, and to develop international business networks.

Apply Export Development Stream (coming soon)

The Application Guidelines will be published in the coming months.

The application period will be announced in the coming months.

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