Support for Export and Cultural Outreach – Books and Publishing – Section 2.1: One-Time Support for Business Opportunities

Aide à l’exportation et au rayonnement culturel – Livre et édition – Volet 2.1 : Soutien ponctuel aux occasions d’affaires



Program Type




Type of Aid


Financial Aid

50%, up to $15,000


This section of the project supports Quebec publishing companies and their export projects that demonstrate commercial potential in order to stimulate sales outside of the province for Quebec authors. These projects allow companies to pursue specific one-time business opportunities outside of their regular activities abroad. This section of the program can also support Quebec publishing companies, under exceptional circumstances, in the acquisition and translation of a foreign work so as to enrich the editorial quality of its catalogue.


  • Applications must be submitted at least three months before activities begin
  • Applicants must:
  • Be a certified Quebec publishing company or eligible for certification with the Ministry of Culture and Communications

  • Hold the distribution rights for the works indicated in the application for the targeted territories

  • Have a catalogue of works that fall under eligible categories, such as poetry, theatre, novel, illustrated children’s book, art book, comic, social science essay, or a collection of songs

  • School textbooks and self-published works are ineligible
  • Only one application can be submitted during this program’s funding period
  • A publishing company can receive a maximum of $60,000 cumulatively from Sections 1, 2.1, and 2.4 of this program over a two year period
  • Publishing companies must be able to allocate funds representing 30% of the estimated budget

Eligible Expenses

  • Economy class transportation costs not supported by other provincial or federal funding
  • Costs related to accommodation in targeted territories
  • Costs related to producing promotional material (catalogue, printed documents, graphic design, etc.)
  • Costs related to promotional activities (launches, bookstore tours, press relations, stand rental at an event, etc.)
  • Cost of purchasing advertising space (print or electronic media, signage)
  • Accreditation fees, if there is no organization in the targeted territories able to host
  • Translation fees for promotional materials (including excerpts from works)
  • Rights acquisition costs
  • Editing and translation fees for Quebec or foreign works
  • Consulting fees for work done outside of Quebec
  • Costs related to legal acts concerning commercial agreements abroad
  • Interpreter fees, if applicable

Supporting Documents

  • Completed SOD@ccès online application form
  • A brief description of the project and a schedule of activities
  • A summary analysis of the targeted territory, if applicable
  • The means to be employed by the publishing company to carry out activities
  • Gross sales outside of Quebec for the previous two years (in Canadian dollars)
  • Financial statements for the previous two completed accounting periods
  • Provisional budget
  • Detailed financial structure
  • Annual forecasts for gross sales outside of Quebec for the next two years in the targeted territory (in Canadian dollars)