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Grants to Ontario Book Publishers for
Business Development Activities

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Ontario Creates - Export Fund

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05/03/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ontario book publishers for activities that contribute to company growth. Funding is intended to support activities that improve the company's business development strategy. Eligible activities include attendance at industry events, including online activities. The proposed export development plan must support the company’s content creation and exploitation activities in relation to a slate or catalog of titles. Proposed activities must take place outside of Canada.

Program Adjustments for 2021-2022

Ontario Creates understands that COVID-19 has created many challenges across the creative industries. Company activities that facilitate international business and audience development are eligible provided they align with the objectives of the Export Fund program. Travel and participation in industry events organized by third parties is not required. Eligible activities/costs may include but are not limited to:

  • Design and production of marketing materials including equipment, staff and operations costs
  • Participation in virtual events and meetings including equipment, staff and operations costs
  • Market and business consultants to facilitate connections with audience and other partners
  • As the COVID-19 situation evolves, successful applicants will be permitted to make activity changes as necessary. As always, activity changes must be approved in advance.

Ontario Creates values and supports diversity and gender parity at all levels and business roles within creative industries. They acknowledge that many communities continue to face systemic barriers, preventing them from participating meaningfully in these industries. Ontario Creates applies a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the evaluation criteria for this program, and directs jury members to do the same. Applicants proposing projects/activities that support, reflect, and strengthen diversity and gender parity in Ontario are expected to tangibly demonstrate a genuine and sustained commitment to these equity-seeking communities. Ontario Creates encourages applications from companies that are led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour) or Francophone individuals and applicants that otherwise meet the provincial definition of diversity.

Eligible Activities can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 188933

Estimated Size of Grant:

Publishers may apply for the following maximum levels of funding, based on eligible sales revenue:
- Publishers having sales revenues from Canadian-authored titles over $400,000 may apply for up to $15,000 capped at 50% of the total costs for all activities.
- Publishers having sales revenues from Canadian-authored titles between $20,000 - $400,000 may apply for up to $6,000 capped at 50% of the total costs for all activities.

Term of Contract:

Activities must occur between August 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is open to export-ready book publishers. Companies must:
- Be Ontario-based and Canadian-controlled;
- Be incorporated;
- Be a private sector, for-profit company; however, Ontario Creates will consider the eligibility of a not-for-profit publisher application if the publisher is able to provide a good business case as to how/why attendance at the particular events is critical to the planned strategic growth of the company, and that the events will result in measurable business growth that can be quantified as anticipated $ results.
- Have been in operation in Ontario for at least one year;
- Have minimum sales revenues from Canadian-authored titles of $20,000;
- Derive more than 50% of their total sales revenues for the Company from book sales;
- Have at least 50% of their titles written by authors who are neither shareholders nor owners of the publishing firm;
- Have a minimum of 6 Canadian-authored titles in print, and have at least 2 books currently signed and/or in production; and
- Have an export development plan for a number of book titles/series or projects with defined, achievable and measurable business development goals.

Up to three representatives per company, per activity will be considered. At least one of the participating representatives at each activity must be a decision maker at the executive level within the applicant company. Companies are advised to choose the individual(s) best suited to take advantage of this opportunity. Company Representatives must:
- Be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants / permanent residents;
- Be Ontario residents;
- Ideally be working full time with the applicant company (sales agents, external consultants, etc. are ineligible). However, Ontario Creates will consider, on an exception basis, providing support for a senior, long-term, part-time employee who has the authority to make key decisions for the publishing company. If this is relevant for your company, please contact the Program Consultant in advance of your application to determine if the exception will be allowed.

Travel that is primarily for professional development, training, to participate as a speaker, receive an award, etc. will not be supported through this program.

For additional information about ineligible costs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an upcoming Ontario Creates Export Fund - Book Information Session. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm ET on the day prior to the Information Session. The same information is provided in both sessions.

Webinar #1:
- Register at:
- Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
- Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm ET

Webinar #2
- Register at:
- Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
- Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

If you are interested in attending an Ontario Creates Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to staff by April 8, 2021 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.

Pre-Application Information:

- The deadline for complete submission is Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET, through the Online Application Portal. Applications and documentation received after this deadline will not be considered.
- Decisions will be communicated to applicants in July 2021.

Ontario Creates welcomes applications from people with disabilities, people who are deaf, and people who have barriers to accessing technology. If you would like to request an alternative process or format for submitting an application please contact the relevant Program Consultant a minimum of four weeks before the deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early to allow ample time to compile and complete the necessary information. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may begin at any time and save information as it is entered. Once saved, you can go back and edit and/or add information until the time when the application is actually submitted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For more information, please contact:
Bianca Spence
Program Consultant
Phone: 416-642-6698

For a French information session, email

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