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Commerce en ligne pour le commerce de détail : des subventions à l'horizon

E-commerce for retailers: subsidies are on their way

April 5, 2017By Laurence Blanchette
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In the digital age, retailers must adapt to technological changes and, more often than not, must consider e-commerce as a business strategy. However, setting up an e-commerce web platform can be very expensive. In fact, e-commerce represents a third of Quebecors' expenses.

This said, the Government of Quebec stepped in: On March 19 of 2017, it announced a $4.63M subsidy to the CQCD (Conseil québécois du commerce de détail) to support Quebec entrepreneurs' digital initiatives.

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A success story: $45,000 to support a cheerleading team

In summer of 2014, Chantal Paquet from Quebec City, a cheerleading passionate, received a $45,00 funding from Futurpreneur Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada. Ms. Paquet already had premises for her business, but she wanted to appear online.

This amount allowed her to launch an e-commerce platform for her company Chik Loisirs/Diva Cheers to ease the inscription process for her gymnastic, dance and cheerleading classes as well as the sale of her products: bags, clothes, accessories and water bottles. One of the main long-term objectives of her business is to offer her classes in many cities of the province of Quebec.

E-commerce is expanding all over the world

Despite a few successful projects, subsidies are not enough: They are just a fraction of the budget required to set up an e-commerce business. Yet, it's a step forward!

You plan to implement IT tools in your SME? You could benefit from a $50,000 to $62,500 tax credit. Learn more in our article How to increase your productivity and get a tax credit.