Part of StrongerBC, B.C’s Economic Recovery Plan is introducing the Launch Online Grant program investing $12 million to help small and medium-sized businesses move their business model online.

This grant provides funding to BC businesses to create an online shop and/or improve its experience to attract new customers and expand to new markets. 

The grant pays up to 75% of eligible expenses with a maximum of $7,500 for each business.

It is first come first served so be sure to get the funding while it lasts.


  • BC-based business
  • Under 149 employees
  • Sales of more than $30,000 in the past year 
  • Does not have an online store currently or has an online store that has a limitation

What the Funding Covers

Funding will help up to 75% of the expenses such as:

  • Service provider costs:
  • Platform and website development
  • Copy and online content writing
  • Developing an online inventory of goods and products
  • Pictures (including a photographer), stock photos

Digital customer costs:

  • E-commerce platform subscription (up to 1 year)
  • Online advertising (up to 1 year)
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    Banners and other embedded advertising
  • Staff training to manage the online shop, learn about digital marketing, etc. 


  • Successful applicants must use one or more B.C-based service provider(s) to build or improve their online store. You can search for a local service provider here.
  • You must start and finish your online shop within 12 weeks 
  • You must submit a project proposal in order to get funding 

Find the full details of the Launch Online Grant here.