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Kickstarter in Canada!

Today Kickstarter is officially open to projects based in Canada!

We’re thrilled that Kickstarter is now available to creators in Canada. We've been waiting a long time for this day to come, and we can’t wait to see what creative projects our friends in Canada will launch — films, art, games, albums, plays, performances, and much more. 

Since we announced that people based in Canada could begin building projects, more than 2900 (!!) people have started making one. Already several dozen Canada-based projects have launched today. This was the first project to launch.

Projects in Canada function just like every other Kickstarter project, with a few small differences. Let’s go over how it works. 

Can people outside Canada pledge to Canadian projects? 

Yes! Backers from anywhere in the world can pledge to any project on Kickstarter. 

Is there a Canada-specific Kickstarter site? 

No. Canada-based projects are listed alongside all of the other Kickstarter projects. Backers can check out projects based in Canada specifically through the location sections of the Kickstarter homepage (the first row of projects under Staff Picks) and the Discover page (the Cities area in the sidebar). 

What currency are Canada-based projects listed in? 

Projects from Canada-based creators are listed in Canadian dollars (CAD). 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! We've hosted a few workshops and meetups across Canada in the weeks leading up to launch, and we plan on hosting more. You can request an event in your city here!

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      Creator Alexandre Deschamps on September 9, 2013

      So excited about this :)

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      Creator Charlyn W on September 9, 2013

      Thank you Yancy for a great and inspiring Kickstarter school day yesterday! :)
      Not only do I want to launch a project, I now also want to work for you guys! ;D

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      Creator Elettra Pizzi on September 9, 2013

      We are ready to launch too! Just waiting your your review! :) So excited! #DanteTheFilm

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      Creator Janis Schwing on September 9, 2013

      I am ready to publish, soon as I can get the funding---thank you for the service you provide!!! I haven't been so excited about anything in a long time!!! thanks---Janis Schwing, Adventures of the Critters Around the Tahish Family Farm

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      Creator Crowdfunding Dojo on September 9, 2013

      This is an important day fro crowdfunding everywhere. It's especially interesting to note how much faster Canada was announced compared to the UK, and how much faster it was between the Canada announcement and the Australia announcement. I'm sure all the people in New Zealand (the next major, western, primarily English speaking nation) must be watching the Kickstarter blog closely.

      Can't wait to see all of the Amazing Canadian Kickastarter's coming out!

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      Creator Paul Jarvis on September 9, 2013

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Launched mine this morning, so excited to be part of Kickstarter.

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      Creator Cheryl Bowman on September 9, 2013

      Thank you for that information. Looking forward to see Canadian projects.

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      Creator Among Meeples on September 13, 2013

      A EU site (not just UK) would be appreciated - and gain tons of projects.

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      Creator Richard Cosh on September 15, 2013

      don't forget to check out the officially unofficial Kickstarter Canada fan pages at facebook.com/kickstartercanada and https://twitter.com/CDN_Kickstarter :)

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      Creator Gareth Husk on September 18, 2013

      Not a huge fan of the fact that Amazon isn't the payment processor - or paypal. Availability o
      f a small number of processors I recognise is a plus point.

      There's a project down the road in Abbotsford I was going to fund and ... I haven't, maybe I'll just send her a postal order/pre-paid card

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      Creator infozetar on September 27, 2013

      Hi
      Your projects are amazing. Oh here I can’t help sharing some experience of fabrication after designs done.
      We are working with a Injection Moulding vendor in China the name is Zetar Industry (http://www.zetarmold.com), Located in Shanghai China (a very big modern city). They are really good.Moving fast and very professional. They helped me with my new design. I asked them to do the injection mold, then plastic injection molding mass production. I was surprised by their rich experience in Injectin Molding and punched lead time. Guys in Zetar deserve every good word just as you are.

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      Creator J. Pednaud on October 2, 2013

      Have any Canadian projects been selected as staff favourites? Also, it now being Halloween season, how about some Halloween-ish favourites?

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      Creator infozetar on October 4, 2013

      Hi
      Yes,your point is great, if you are intrested in injection molding,please scan the next.
      The mold basically consists of a sprue, a runner, a cavity gate, and a cavity. The sprue is the channel located in the stationary platen that transports the melt from the plasticator nozzle to the runner. In turn, melt flows through the runner and gate and into the cavity. With a single-cavity mold, usually no runner is used, so melt goes from the sprue to the gate.
      We are special in mannufacturing injection moulding, Please kindly visit the websit: http://www.zetarmold.com

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      Creator Ron Williams on October 7, 2013

      Why can't we use Amazon for payments? I am not going to reenter my credit cards.

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      Creator Joel et Monique Bautista on December 24

      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.

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      Creator Adeel Kazim on December 30

      Hey guys,

      I am an independant filmmaker from Toronto and this is my first Kickstarter project (hopefully not my last).

      "Deuce" is meant to show my appreciation for the classic sports film. It is meant to pay homage to the films that have inspired us and showed us what it takes to be the best that you can be.

      Here is the link:

      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adeelkazim/deuce-a-short-film-about-becoming-a-pro-tennis-pla

      I would love for some input and hopefully I can answer any questions you guys may have.

      If you like what you see, feel free to back my project :P

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      Creator Blue label Lab on January 31

      Hi Guys.

      We would like to thanks Kickstarter for coming to Canada. We launched our first project and reached our goal in less than 14 hrs.

      If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We learned a lot in little time from Kickstarter and its awesome backers.

      Thanks,

      Ary and Bob / Big Time Clock

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      Creator كيمو نور on April 12

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      Creator Wynand Engelbrecht 7 days ago

      Please help me? I note there are a great number of projects listed in South Africa. I also wish to enroll my project, but I cannot find a portal for South African portals. How do I go about it?
      Wynand upnfiresa@gmail.com