BC Government Launches $7500 Grant for eCommerce Websites
The Launch Online Grant program was started by the BC government on February 3, 2021 and is administered by Alacrity Canada. This BC eCommerce grant is aimed to help BC businesses by providing funding to create an online shop and/or improve their e-commerce experience to attract new local customers and expand to new markets. As part of StrongerBC, BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, the program has been provided $30 million to help businesses get their operations online. The program works on a first-come-first-serve basis, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible.
How does the program work?
The program is available to BC-based businesses to create an online shop or improve their online experience. The BC eCommerce grant pays up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $7,500 per business. Also, up to 25% of funds will be reserved for Indigenous businesses and businesses operating outside of the Lower Mainland and greater Victoria. The funds must be used to hire BC-based company(ies) to do the online store development.