Kickstarter in Canada

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In June we announced that Kickstarter would open up to Canada-based projects for the first time this summer. Today we're happy to announce that that day has finally come!

Beginning today (like, right now!), people in Canada can start building their projects by clicking on the "Start a new project" button on the Start page. Starting Monday September 9, people in Canada will be able to launch their projects. We'll send an email that day letting everyone know when they can click the launch button.

Let's run through the basics on how things will work.

So Canada-based creators can start building their Kickstarter projects as early as today, and launch them beginning September 9?

Yes. We thought the month-long gap would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects before launching. Beginning September 9, they can launch and share their projects with the world.

Will there be a Canada-specific Kickstarter site?

Nope. Canada-based projects will be listed alongside all the other Kickstarter projects.

Can people outside Canada pledge to Canada-based projects?

Yes! Just like every other project on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to Canada-based projects from all around the world.

What currency will Canadian projects be listed in?

All Canada-based projects will be listed in Canadian dollars. If you are pledging from outside Canada, you will see the approximate conversion rate to US dollars before you complete your pledge. 

Will backing Canadian projects be similar to backing US projects?

The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc.) are identical for all projects. When pledging, however, backers of Canadian projects will enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter rather than through Amazon Payments. All pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor.

Are the fees for Canada-based projects the same as UK and US projects?

Yes, Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successfully funded projects and no fee to unsuccessfully funded projects in Canada. 

Payment processing fees for Canada-based projects are similar to those for UK projects. For Canada-based projects, the processing fees are:

  • Pledges less than $10 CAD are charged 5% + $0.05 CAD
  • Pledges of $10 CAD or greater are charged 3% + $0.20 CAD

If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees.

Will Kickstarter host workshops for Canadian creators leading up to the launch?

We're glad you asked! Yes, we will be hosting several workshops that will walk through building a project. There are three events this week, in fact: August 8 and 9 in Toronto, and August 12 and 13 in Montreal, with more events to come. Full details can be found here. Hope to see you there!

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      vanity on August 5, 2013

      when is the rest of the world coming? you know, big old europe, south america, africa, asia?

    2. Tom And Gary on August 5, 2013

      This is great news. Will people finally be able to donate using PayPal, and/or Bitcoin? Hopefully the payment system will not necessitate a credit card. Many of our past backers have complained about the lack of payment options :)

    3. Philippe Daigle on August 5, 2013

      Are you guys planning on making a French version of the site ?

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      Arjun Munjal on August 5, 2013

      What will be amazing is when kickstarter comes into third world countries and a whole new class of entrepreneurs emerge . they really are going to change the world!

    5. Alain de Lamirande on August 6, 2013

      Wow ! It's about time ! Better late than never !

      I have no compliments for you guys for taking so long !

    6. Piers Duruz | on August 9, 2013

      This is fantastic news opening up a major new market for Kickstarter, and comes just in time, as Indiegogo has been making major moves up North. Mark my words, Australia will be next (even if it takes 2 more years to roll out).

    7. Mark Weller on August 9, 2013

      Cool. Finally a solid player in the Canadian crowdsource space. Sorry gang, but the Canadian homebrew sites are pretty stinky.

    8. Shawn Powell on August 9, 2013

      I think the process is something worth doing even if you don't succeed in making your idea something more producing. Then pressing the button is something you can have made reference to in doing more submissions. Practice and study the process as it makes it's self known.

    9. Lois V Harrison on August 9, 2013

      God Bless America and Kickstarter!!

    10. Chelle Destefano
      on August 10, 2013

      Good news! But what about Australia and other countries too??? ;) hope this will happen very soon, I am dying to get my project on here from Australia

    11. John Palaima on August 11, 2013

      Why are you requesting a SIN number from Canadians backers and only a phone number from US citizens.. you do realize it is illegal in CAN to require anyone to provide SIN for anything other than employment income reporting, its tantamount to requiring a SSN in the US, and your requiring it for "Identification"...

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      Tom Connelly on August 12, 2013

      If you require a SIN number for Canadian's it's the beginning of the end of Kick Starter in Canada. It needs to be just like the US..great site!

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      Vicarious Entertainment on August 12, 2013

      Yeah, they don't ask for a SIN number anywhere...

      Awesome this has finally happened, great news.

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      Jamie Naessens (deleted) on August 12, 2013

      Kickstarter's requirement that Canadians share sensitive personal data (SIN number) as well as bank account information (required to process payments) should raise a big red flag to Canadians. There is nothing in the privacy policy that calls out the specific use of the SIN, nor does it address the security of the data. When asked directly about why they require such data, they said it was due diligence and to satisfy government regulations, however they were not specific. Further, they imply on sign up that it was merely to verify that you are a real person - certainly there are many other ways to do this. I hope Canadians will ask these questions of Kickstarter before sharing, and not just settle because they just want the service. It may be a great service, but think twice before jumping in.

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      Wayne Gilbert on August 13, 2013

      When will you have an introductory session in Vancouver?

    16. Johnny O'Toole on August 14, 2013

      Dam! Lots of Spam and no answers to legitimate questions. Shitty.

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      Graham Mitchell on August 22, 2013

      I take it that there's still no good solution for Canadians who want to back US-based projects, then, since Amazon Payments is now completely locked down?

    18. Stopher Christensen on August 26, 2013

      From the little digging that did, the SIN is most likely due to the fact they will be collecting and transferring funds on our behalf once the project is successfully funded. The CRA is very interested in this information and i doubt we will get away from having to share it with KS. If there was a canadian version of amazon payments KS would likely not require our SIN, but Amazon would. Long story short, you would have to cough up your SIN to someone eventually as there can be large sums of money involved.

    19. PO-MO Inc. on August 28, 2013

      I haven't been able to get my account stuff entered... I keep getting pushed to Amazon accounts for the US only. Can someone help me?

    20. Abhinav Dixit on September 6, 2013

      hi i am new to kickstarter and when i tried start my project by proceeding with a click on start your project button , then one page popped up asking about US.UK or canada address.. there is no option for those who belong to other to start my project this site meant to help aspirants of UK,US only..

    21. Rightbread Team on September 9, 2013

      What time is the official launch, seeing as I cannot post my project yet.

    22. Mihaela Stancu on September 22, 2013

      Hi there,

      Am I going to be safe giving my SIN number to Kickstarter? I am waiting for an answer before submitting my project here. Thank You!

    23. Yang Li on October 15, 2013

      I paused here when the kickstarter asking me the SIN number. I am doubting...

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      Joel et Monique Bautista on December 24, 2013

      HI everyone, we have launched “ KREMAS” one of our Haitian delights recently on Kickstarter, and we believe even if we go to family or friends but we need OTHER PEOPLE TO ENJOY in a easier way to discover projects, or they wont hear about them until it is too late, they might be interested.

    25. Patrice Lebel on January 5, 2014

      this is an excerpt from the CAN governement website :
      "Who Can ask for my SIN number?

      Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a confidential number that is restricted to income reporting purposes. There are a select and limited number of federal government departments and programs specifically authorized to collect the SIN.

      The authority to collect and use the SIN is tied to a specific legislated purpose, not necessarily to a particular body. For example, an employer can collect an employee’s SIN to provide them with Records of Employment and T-4 slips for income tax purposes, as can provincial or municipal agencies to report financial assistance payments for income tax purposes.

      Institutions from which you earn interest or income, such as banks, credit unions and trust companies, must also ask for your SIN.

      If you live in Quebec, Hydro Québec is required by provincial law to collect a SIN for opening new accounts.

      You are not required to provide your SIN number to any other private-sector organization or person such as a landlord. There is no law preventing private-sector organizations from asking for the SIN for other purposes, such as identification, but they do need to make people aware that collection of a SIN is optional and not a condition of service.

      Our Office recommends that no private-sector organization request the SIN from a customer, and that no customer give the SIN to a private-sector organization, unless the organization is required by law to request it.

      Any organization that collects your SIN, whether it operates under PIPEDA or the public-sector Privacy Act, a must do so under strict rules to protect your privacy

      Legislated uses of the SIN (or legislation that regulates its use) include:

      Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Employment Insurance contributions or claims (the original purposes for the SIN);
      Income Tax identification;
      Banks, trust companies, caisse populaires and stock brokers when they sell you financial products (GICs or Canada Savings Bonds) or services (bank accounts) that generate interest. They declare your interest to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for income tax purposes;
      Various Veterans Affairs benefit programs;
      Canada Student Loans or Canada Student Financial Assistance;
      Canada Education Savings Grants;
      Gasoline and Aviation Gasoline Excise Tax Applications;
      Canadian Wheat Board Act;
      Labour Adjustment Benefits Act;
      Tax Rebate Discounting Regulations;
      Race Track Supervision Regulations;
      Garnishment Regulations (Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act);
      Canada Elections Act;
      Canadian Labour Standards Regulations (Canada Labour Code);
      Farm Income Protection.
      Programs authorized to use the SIN:

      Immigration Adjustment Assistance Program;
      Income and Health Care Programs;
      Income Tax Appeals and Adverse Decisions;
      Labour Adjustment Review Board;
      National Dose Registry for Occupational Exposures to Radiation;
      Rural and Native Housing Program;
      Social Assistance and Economic Development Program"

    26. Patrice Lebel on January 5, 2014

      So basically, since the funds from kickstarter could be considered as income, it's probably a must. But, my concern would be about how insecure is the way they ask about it. The channel isn't secure by default, it's http (not https), even if they say that the form is secure, it doesn't matter, the data could be intercepted.

    27. jerry allen conner on June 25, 2014

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    28. Stefano Garcia on August 22, 2014

      why do we need to put our SIN

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      Alex Smith on December 8, 2014

      Kickstarter is making a big mistake by asking us canadian, for our SIN!

      We need to have a site like Kickstarter, where our privacy is not invaded!

      What if there was a website in Canada that would be just like kickstarter, but would function very differently!

      One, where all you have to do is:

      Sign up for an account!

      And with the email address listed, i can create an idea, and on the idea page there would be a section for backers to communicate with the project creator directly! :)

      Kind of like a messaging system! And the way the project creator would create and receive funds is:

      I would write up my idea, and all the people who give me their feedback, can communicate with me directly! And i, in exchange can ask them, something as simple as, if they live in the same province/state, and the same city! And if they do, and are willing to meet up to bring this idea to life! And if they are willing to pitch in either $1-100! To bring the creator's project to life! And there would be rewards!

      So, say if my project idea was:

      A New Canadian Supercar!

      I would upload the idea like this:

      Hey Guys :)

      My Name is Alex Smith :)

      And i'm a big car enthusiast!

      Ever since i was a kid, i've always wanted to start my own car company!

      Now that i'm fully grown up, i think the time has come for that great idea to be realized!

      So, let me get started!

      This is my Idea:

      A Canadian Supercar :)

      A supercar that's designed, engineered and manufactured in Canada!

      But more importantly, one that is beautiful, powerful, eco friendly, and affordable, by every Canadian! :)

      So, this is amessage to every Canadian who want's to realize this dream! Let's join hands and make this dream a reality!

      My email address is listed below! I'm th eproject creator! And i'm looking for a designer and an engineer!

      I want to raise a $1,000,000! For this project!



    30. Shiv Shambhu on February 13, 2015

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      Lisa Ray on February 23, 2015

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    33. Derek Morin on March 27, 2015

      I created a campaign, I'm almost done creating it actually... and I can't change my country from USA to Canada... can you guys help me?

    34. Jeff Kuryk on April 13, 2015

      Could someone clearly state how to submit a Canadian Transit Number & Bank account number from the Bank of Montreal to Kickstarter.

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      Bruce Brennan (deleted) on May 7, 2015

      I spent couple of days preparing text, video, audio, images for my now-not-going-to-happen Kickstarter project, only to find out at the end that they want my SIN. Because they will be "collecting money on my behalf". Even though they were actually gonna transfer that money to my company, not me.

      Check out what Amazon does for non-US sellers: "IRS regulations require non-U.S. taxpayers to provide Form W-8BEN to Amazon in order to be exempt from U.S. tax reporting requirements." to "collect money on their behalf". C'mon....

      And this is what CRA says about giving your SIN to someone other than those legally bounded to collect it:

      I remember once a lady at the counter in Tj Maxx in Phoneix asking me if I wanted to apply for a tjmaxx credit card that will get me 10% off of everything in there (not that I could, I'm not US citizen, but she didn't know that). All I had to do is fill out the form and they will submit it and send me the card. I took a peek at the form and one of the things they asked was to put my SSN (well, that would be my SIN, eh? ;) on that form. Ha. Ha.

      Seems like Indiegogo is on the horizon....

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      zyt123 (deleted) on July 11, 2015

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    37. Ehrica Kho on July 16, 2015

      Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank "W8 BEN Form" to fill out?

    38. Jessica Barden on September 10, 2015

      I wish you people all the very best. I am currently working on my small business with the help of but i would take my project help with Kickstarter Canada soon ;)

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      Namaku Keren on October 20, 2015

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      Doa Ibu Tersayang on October 23, 2015

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