COVID-19 and Canada’s international trade
Canada is committed to supporting Canadian businesses and the free flow of goods and services across our international borders.
- Financial support and services for business operating globally
- Keeping supply and trade links open
- Additional resources for businesses operating internationally
- Canadian innovations
1. Financial support and services for exporters
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes financial measures and programs to support Canadian businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps take Canadian businesses to the world by connecting them with international opportunities, funding and support programs, and our on-the-ground network of Trade Commissioners in 160+ cities worldwide. The TCS is here to help your business navigate this time of uncertainty and provide country-specific advice and guidance to help you mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
- CanExport applicants and recipients should consult the program-specific measures for information about how applications or approved activities may be impacted by COVID-19.
- Export Development Canada (EDC) offers businesses expert advice as well as insurance and financial support. They have expanded their offering in response to increased demand during these challenging times. Working in collaboration with federal partners and Canadian financial institutions, EDC is helping Canadian companies to swiftly access capital and protect their business.
- Register for a MyEDC account to gain access to market insights, expert advice and tools that can help Canadian businesses fuel smart business decisions while mitigating risk in a volatile economy.
- Access EDC’s Export Help Hub to get detailed, expert answers to your pressing questions, curated based on what thousands of other businesses are asking EDC about trade and the impacts of COVID-19.
- Watch EDC’s free webinars for an array of webinars filled with international insights from expert panelists.
- Search and filter a list of the main government and Crown corporation COVID-19 business resources to find the support best suited to your needs.
- The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) provides support for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19.
2. Keeping supply and trade links open
Canada and its international partners are committed to supporting global trade and investment during this global health crisis. Canada is also working closely with its international partners to ensure that the measures we take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic do not impose unjustified or harmful burdens on workers, businesses, and our global economies.
Canada and Asia-Pacific cooperation
- Statement on joint collaboration by APEC members amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Statement on joint international effort to ensure supply chain connectivity amid COVID-19 pandemic
Canada and G20 cooperation
- Readout: Minister Ng meets virtually with G20 international trade counterparts to coordinate economic action plan
- Statement on joint action plan to facilitate flow of goods, services and personnel amid COVID-19
- G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Statement
Canada and WTO cooperation
- Statement from Minister Ng on joint commitment with WTO members to support small businesses
- Statement on joint commitment with WTO members to maintain predictable and rules-based trade at this critical time
- Statement on joint WTO efforts to ensure open and predictable trade for food and agricultural products amid COVID-19
- Statement on Multi-party Interim Arrangement for appealing trade disputes through WTO
Canada and international cooperation
- Minister Ng speaks with Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade
- Readout: Minister Ng meets with European Union Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan
- Readout: Minister Ng speaks with South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee
- Readout: Minister Ng speaks with New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth
- Readout: Minister Ng speaks with India’s Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce and Industry
3. Additional resources for businesses operating internationally
In today's interconnected global business climate, COVID-19 is affecting the way Canadian companies operate. Efforts to control and mitigate the spread of the virus include temporary restrictions on travel and at borders. These efforts could have further implications on international business development activities.
International business travel and advisories
Customs and borders
Agriculture and agri-food industry
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) information on COVID-19
- Information for the agriculture and agri-food industry
4. Canadian Innovations
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