For the first post in this series of benefits, we want to reach out to the Maker / DIYer Member Group.

Did you know that the AFCI connects members around the world? Have you wanted to join up but were unsure of the costs and benefits?

AFCI (Association for Creative Industries) is a global association for the creative arts and products industry. Members from around the world come together to be inspired, to influence each other and the industry, and to build entrepreneurship.

Being a member of AFCI Canada has monetary benefits too.

Members get 20% off at Staples Copy / Print Centre. Take your art and supersize it for a wall print or save the next time you need to print media for your next event.

We also offer opportunities to connect with manufacturers, or publications. Joining AFCI means expanding your network.

At AFCI, the team came up with a benefit that will allow1 new members join for a significantly reduced rate. Follow this link and check out these START-UP Memberships or join the International START-UP MAKER/DIYer  designation for a cost of $75 USD for one year, or $110 for a 2 year membership. Regular price for membership is $165 USD. Take advantage of the special membership offer.

1(To qualify for this membership companies must be in development of a creative arts industry product, service or application that has been introduced into the market within the last year or will be within the next year; have been in business for less than two years; have annual sales under $100,000; and not have been an AFCI member within the past two years.)

Once you join there are added savings such as joining us at our amazing annual trade show – Creativation – for no additional cost. Non-members pay $300 USD.  As a member you would attend for FREE!  Phoenix awaits!

AFCI Member Benefit includes admission to and discounts for Creativation


For events closer to home, we offer creative retreats across Canada. These events include all classes and business seminars, as well as your hotels and meals. So far we have annual retreats in Ontario, Alberta, and New Brunswick (coming in 2018!).

Our next AFCI Canada Retreat is in Olds, Alberta. Secure your Spot Here!

Olds Alberta

JOIN NOW so you can have access to our Facebook Groups to extend support, camaraderie and opportunities specifically for Maker/DIYers only.   Embrace the opportunities to expand, connect and to teach.

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Kim Evans

VP of Membership, Association for Creative Industries-Canada