Soutien aux exportations bioalimentaires

(in French only)


(in French only)

Soutien aux exportations bioalimentaires (SEB) is a funding program offered through the Export Fund aimed at accelerating projects to develop markets outside of the province by Québec agri-food businesses. The assistance is for enterprises that wish to:

  • Better prepare and strengthen their export capacity;
  • Diversify their markets outside of Québec. 

Please be advised that this second and final project submission period for the year 2020-2021, is now closed. This application filing period has taken place from November 11 to December 31, 2020.

Companies wishing to change the terms of an active agreement can join the program team if the anticipated expenses for their project have changed.

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Eligible Clientele  

For-profit and social economy agri-food enterprises that are legally incorporated in Québec, and which have an establishment in the province, that market, for a minimum of two years at the time of application, agri-food products or food produced or processed in Québec. 

For your project to be accepted, your company must also meet certain selection criteria, particularly in relation to your financial situation. Assess your financial situation now with our calculator.

Activities and eligible expenses

To be eligible, a project must be aimed at the development of a new market or the diversification within a market, and which will incur eligible expenditures of at least $10,000 and include one or more of the eligible activities showed in the table of eligible expenses, carried out over a maximum period of 12 months.

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Expenses related to the export projects of companies applying to the program are eligible from the date of the start of their project as indicated in the application form. Companies may submit expenses from October 1st, 2020. However, due to the measures taken by the Governments of Canada and Quebec to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the following activities remain ineligible for this second project submission period og the 2020-2021 edition :
  • Hosting foreign buyers or partners
  • Exhibition at a trade show outside Québec
  • Travel and living expenses of a consultant
  • Prospecting missions and other trips outside Québec by company employees

The eligibility of these activities will be reassessed when the Public Health Branch of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux gives its approval.

Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance will take the form of a non-reimbursable contribution for up to 50% of eligible expenses. 
Eligible percentage Maximum financial assistance
per year and per applicant*
50 %
*The maximum financial assistance
granted to an applicant covers all related enterprises.

The total amount of government assistance cannot exceed 75% of the total eligible expenses for the project.
Maximum financial assistance thresholds exist for the following activities:
Activity Maximum financial assistance
Hiring of specialist for markets development outside of Québec
  • Hiring of one person until the expiry of the Soutien aux exportations bioalimentaires program anticipated for March 31, 2021
  • $30,000 over a continuous period of 52 weeks
Access to an online sales platform
  •  First year of access only
  • $10,000 per platform
Registration of a trade mark
  • $10,000 per year
Provision of merchandizing expertise
  • $25,000 per year
Recruitement of an agent or distributor
  • $25,000 per year
Purchase of market data
  • $25,000 per year
The maximum eligible rate for consulting and support fees is $150/hour, the excess of this rate is not eligible.

Criteria for selection

The Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) will analyze admissible applications based on the following criteria:
  • Assessment of the incentive nature of the financial assistance compared to the financial situation of the enterprise;
    • expected amount of financial assistance greater than 1% of equity;
    • dividends paid during the last three years less than or equal to 25% net profit over the same period;

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  • Alignment of the project and the enterprise’s business model;
  • Capacity of the enterprise to complete the project;
  • Assessment of the risk associated with project activities;
  • Assessment of the potential impacts of the project.

In addition to these criteria, the project will be evaluated based on the quality of the company's responses to the questions in the application form. Please consult the Applicant's Guide (in French only) to verify that your answers contain the information necessary for the analysis of your project.


An enterprise that wants to receive financial assistance from the SEB program must satisfy all general conditions as well as the following:
  • If the enterprise has 50 or more employees, it must hold or be in the process of obtaining a francisation certificate, in order to respect the provisions of the Charter of the French Language (CQLR, chapter C-11, sections 135 to 154).
  • Adhere to ethical behaviours that are not likely to tarnish, even by association, the image of integrity and probity of the government. 

To apply for financial assistance

Applications must be sent to Groupe Export agroalimentaire Québec-Canada which will then forward completed applications to MAPAQ and AAFC for analysis. Groupe Export will also send to the enterprise, via email, instructions for providing MAPAQ with financial statements. 
  1. In French, complete all sections in the registration form. 
  2. Compile all the documents related to the activities being requested in the form, such as:

    -  The organization’s francisation certificate;
    -  Service offers from consultants including proof of consultants’ expertise;
    -  Technical specifications;
    Table detailing the costs of purchasing trade marks (in French only); 
    Table detailing the anticipated costs of access to each online sales platform (in French only);
    -  Description for the position of development specialist for markets outside of Québec and the curriculum
       vitæ of the candidate to be hired;
    -  The enterprise’s organigram before and after the hiring.
  3. Send the application form and all required documents by email to:  If you have a handwritten signature on the application form, please scan the last page of the application form and include it as an attachment to your email along with the electronic version of the form that was completed on the computer screen. A project will be considered received if all sections of the form are duly completed and the document is signed.
  4. Follow the instructions contained in the correspondence from Groupe Export to provide MAPAQ with the enterprise’s financial data and the last two financial statements covering three financial years.

Failure to reply to and any refusal to answer a question or to provide a required document may result in the rejection of the application. 
Recipients of financial assistance under the Soutien aux exportations bioalimentaires program will be required to complete a sheet on the impact results of the assistance on an annual basis.

Financial assistance from the Export Fund to Support Agri-Food Exports by Businesses is implemented under the Canadian Partnership for Agriculture.

Since funds are limited, it is important to forecast your needs accurately for the next 12 month period. Overestimating your needs tends to reduce access to a smaller number of beneficiaries. Thus, funds not spent on a project may influence your ability to obtain future funding under that program.



For any questions regarding financial assistance for individual export projects, please contact :


Christine Gingras
Director, Government programs

Odile Bélanger
Project Manager, Finance and Programs

Lyne Desmarais
Administrative Officer, Program Management