Export, Innovate, Invest - The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Global Opportunities for Associations (formerly PEMD-A)

Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA), formerly the Program for Export Market Development - Associations (PEMD-A), provides contribution funding to support national associations undertaking new or expanded international business development activities, in strategic markets and sectors, for the benefit of an entire industry (member and non-member firms).

Annual non-repayable contributions range from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $150,000 and the funding approvals are made for a one-year period for activities and related expenditures taking place between April 1 and March 31 of the following year. GOA provides matching funds of up to 50% of eligible expenses.


The 2014-15 GOA application period is now closed. The 2015-16 application period for projects taking place between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, is scheduled to commence in fall 2014.

How to Apply

If your association wishes to apply in 2015-16 or if you have any questions, please contact the Global Business Opportunities Bureau by email at: goa@international.gc.ca.