Global Affairs Canada's flagship publication on Canada's annual trade and economic performance, The State of Trade, has reached a milestone this year with the release of the 20th anniversary edition on August 29, 2019. The report also includes a synopsis of recent work on trade diversification. Read a brief summary of the highlights of this year's State of Trade report.
Canadian businesses continue to capitalize on improved European Union access under the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Find out which sectors have seen the most benefit and how the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) can help with entry to the market.
Canada's exports to the European Union continue to rise since the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) entered into force. See which markets and sectors have benefited the most.
The Canada–Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) has been modernized. Read about improved opportunities in this strategically located market.
Tom Sundher is an energetic champion of marketing BC lumber around the world and an aggressive proponent of opening new markets for Canadian wood. He sees vast potential in India, and his company is already reaping the rewards of diversifying its business there with assistance from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
Across industries, evidence shows that
“digitalization” is transforming the landscape of Canadian exports. Read more to find out how leveraging digital technologies is affecting the growth of Canadian services exports abroad.
Companies looking to expand and diversify to new markets can find lucrative opportunities through e‑commerce. This being the case, it is important to note that e‑commerce is not without its own challenges and those considering it should inform themselves about the required components and recommended practices. Find out what you need to know to connect online with global customers.
MindBridge Analytics Inc. is part of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) pilot program that dedicates resources to promoting high‑potential firms in target markets abroad. The Ottawa company, which uses artificial intelligence to uncover anomalies in financial data, is getting the word out to prospective global customers and partners through the fast‑track initiative.
E‑commerce offers companies the opportunity to access global markets and reach millions of potential customers online. The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) invites you to take advantage of a new e‑commerce toolkit to help unlock your company's full potential and prepare for online success. From selecting the right pathway to engaging with customers, these resources provide useful insights to guide your e‑commerce journey.
There are a variety of issues Canadians face when seeking to expand their businesses internationally. One way the Government of Canada helps to reduce and eliminate trade barriers is by negotiating preferential access to world markets through comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs). Let's look at some examples of how FTAs help Canadian SMEs to do business abroad.
Meet the trade commissioners who are working to set up and manage the four new Canadian Technology Accelerators in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei. Find out how these markets are right for high‑growth, high‑potential Canadian technology companies looking to partner and sell their products and services in the vast region.
Metamaterial Technologies Inc. is shining bright in global cleantech with their innovative solar power solutions. The Nova Scotia‑based company has also advanced into the international marketplace with the help of programs led by the Trade Commissioner Service.
Recent data suggests that an increasing amount of Indigenous companies in Canada are diversifying to new markets abroad, even more so than their counterparts. Find out how these companies continue to overcome obstacles and thrive in global markets.
Manitobah Mukluks, the world's leading manufacturer of modern mukluks and moccasins, is building capacity among Indigenous people and communities across Canada. At London Fashion Week and in growing markets abroad, the Aboriginal‑owned company is finding success by telling its story of tradition and sustainability.
Francis Huot is the Senior Trade Commissioner in Auckland, New Zealand, overseeing everything that has to do with trade and investment between Canada and New Zealand. For him, this also means making meaningful connections between the Maori community and Indigenous businesses in Canada. Find out more about the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Auckland.
For Iqaluit‑based Arctic UAV, the Canada‑EU free trade agreement has already had a positive impact on the company. The innovative Indigenous‑owned Canadian company is also leveraging the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service's (TCS) international network and market insights to expand their services across Europe.
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) recognizes the importance of an inclusive trade agenda, and is pleased to present the new Spotlight on Inclusive Trade, an informative guide outlining various topics that benefit Indigenous‑owned businesses. Download your free copy of the Spotlight on Inclusive Trade..
An initiative that has helped small businesses across Canada expand their horizons by exporting their products and services to new international markets is itself expanding. Past recipients are offering their insights on the program's benefits to their companies.
The long‑term symbiotic relationship between the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service has benefited not only the two organizations but countless Canadian companies and business professionals. Find out how you can also leverage the benefits to compete globally.
Check out a series of new videos by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service that explore the impact that Canada's trade commissioners have on businesses and how your company can take advantage of its unique programs.
The 2019 Canadian Export Challenge kicked off a seven‑city tour to showcase and support Canadian businesses to go global. The Trade Commissioner Service was on‑the‑ground supporting companies in each city along the way. Find out what trade commissioners said about their experiences so far, and where the tour is headed next.
Recent data suggests that women are increasingly likely to hold management positions in Canadian companies in several key industries, and that diversity near the top of major companies reflects positively on commercial performance.
A Vancouver‑based animation studio went looking for co‑producers in France. Learn how the Trade Commissioner Service helped it find the perfect partnership.
A program that helps high‑potential Canadian technology companies enter and excel in the international market is more than doubling in size. With four new locations in Asia and other enhancements planned, the Canadian Technology Accelerator will help even more entrepreneurs thrive in the world. Find out how to get your company involved.
Canvass Analytics makes leading‑edge products that allow industries to use artificial intelligence to automate their processes and improve efficiencies. The Toronto company is quickly moving into the international marketplace, with a strategy to target customers that are “progressive and ready to adapt” and the assistance of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS).
KalGene Pharmaceuticals is on a mission to reverse Alzheimer’s disease. See what three months at a Canadian Technology Accelerator did for its progress.
Patrice Mousseau turned the home remedy she made for her baby daughter's eczema into a commercial product that is now for sale in Hong Kong. With the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), the single mother is learning strategies to take her company Satya Organics from the kitchen to the international marketplace.
Sustainability is at the heart of Canadian International Resources and Development Institute's (CIRDI) work with developing countries. But now the organization faces the challenge of sustaining itself. Here's how CIRDI is diversifying its funding base to secure long‑term success.
With the launch of a new strategy for its 150th anniversary, Polytechnique Montréal is increasing its role around the world. In countries such as Mali, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is helping the school find opportunities in fields like mining education so it can become a model, a source of inspiration and a reference in engineering.
A Canadian protocol is spreading internationally that ensures the country's mining companies operate in the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible way at home. With the responsible practices of Canada's mining companies abroad and the assistance of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), the Towards Sustainable Mining initiative is increasingly becoming a global standard.
Dynamo Playgrounds is leading innovation in the commercial playgrounds industry. The company has products in over 40 countries—but its founder says Dynamo wouldn't be where it is today without government support.
Gogii Games has weathered market changes and expanded into new countries thanks to its ability to adapt. Learn more about this video game company's story.
POS Bio‑Sciences has transitioned from federal non‑profit to commercial success with products in more than 50 countries. Find out why it's leading the way in the food and nutraceuticals markets.
Water is essential for life, and smart municipalities are looking for technology to provide more intelligent ways to protect this lifeline. Find out how Real Tech Inc. will make its mark in the smart city space.
Locally engaged women trade commissioners navigate boardrooms all over the world. Many of them help Canadian clients get ahead in business, government procurement, research and development collaborations and more. As we celebrate International Women's Day, CanadExport brings you some of the stories of the women of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS).
Recent data suggests that women‑owned small and medium‑sized enterprises (SMEs) are taking their place on the international stage despite experiencing a number of gender‑specific challenges when growing business and reaching foreign markets.
Amika Mobile Corporation has developed technology that allows for critical communication with people in emergency situations. Co‑founder and CEO Dr. Suhayya (Sue) Abu‑Hakima says the key to the company's success has been government programs that helped it get off the ground and an
"aggressive but deliberate" strategy that is bringing it to the global market.
Promotional products are sometimes associated with "trinkets and trash." Jane Mitchell's marketing agency Oyster Promo sells branded items that are
"tangibly" different. With the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service's Business Women in International Trade program, its unique sustainable products are striking a cord as the company starts going global.
Caroline Desautels says that her company Toc Toc Communications works "outside the usual rules to create exceptional results." The Montreal boutique agency is taking advantage of certification that verifies it as a woman‑owned business and has developed a new methodology that appeals to the global market.
Going Global Innovation helps pioneering companies, universities and nongovernmental research centres in Canada pursue collaborative R&D opportunities abroad, with the aim to commercialize Canadian technologies. Now the unique initiative of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has increased financing and enhancements so that organizations can more easily take advantage of it.
Hatley Little Blue House is a family business with global ambitions. Find out how this children's clothing wholesaler is filling stores across North America, Australia and beyond.
A survey asked enterprises to rate how difficult various barriers were to exporting. Discover which obstacles exporters found most challenging.
As the calendar changes to 2019, Canadian exporters are turning to new markets abroad with the help of a ground‑breaking trade pact. The newly minted Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans‑Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will help diversify Canada's trade and investment towards the fast‑growing Asia‑Pacific region.
What do you do when the unexpected happens? Learn how one Canadian company navigated economic sanctions to turn them into financial opportunities.
BioMedica Diagnostics has an aggressive growth plan to refocus on existing markets and products, extend its global reach and develop new disruptive technologies. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has given the Nova Scotia company fast‑track status under a pilot program to help it produce more revenue and generate additional jobs in the community.
The extent to which a country is affected by another country's economic shocks depends on, among other things, the share—or concentration—of exports destined for that country. Discover how Canada's export concentration compares to other countries and the government's 2025 target to increase diversification.
Difficult climate conditions have made it an on‑going challenge for California to fill its municipal groundwater basins. The state has been eager to find innovative solutions that will ensure a reliable water supply for its population. Several of those solutions belong to Quebec City's H2O Innovation Inc.
Faced with a challenging environment in the U.S., Clearcable decided to diversify internationally into the Netherlands. Learn how it was approved for $45,000 in funding to explore the Dutch market.
Sweden is a vibrant source of students for the Vancouver Film School, which teaches everything from film and television production to high‑technology entertainment arts. The school's international strategy is getting attention in the country and all over the world with the support of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS).
Do you have what it takes to export? Learn about the characteristics, knowledge and capacities required to succeed in international markets.
Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs often find their opportunities at the end of a long "road" of discovery. Find out how Cypher Environmental found theirs on the actual road.
The holiday season means annual traditions such as drinking eggnog and making cranberry sauce come back into our lives. Find out how much Canadians consumed and traded these festive goods with the world.
As a young boy in Greece, Peter Tsantrizos dreamt of owning a garbage truck. Today the chemical engineer is getting rid of waste with environmental technology solutions that turn waste into energy and usable water.
Barb Stegemann is creating peace with perfume. Her social enterprise — The 7 Virtues Beauty — sources essential oils from countries that are rebuilding after violent conflicts. Find out about her amazing journey.
Go further faster by connecting with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Canada's export experts with the largest network of international trade professionals. Our informative guides, funding programs, and market reports are free to access and can help you take your business to the world.
CanExport, a funding program administered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), gives companies incentives to develop and diversify their sales abroad. CanExport has already helped more than 1,000 firms compete more effectively in the global economy, and it will now be enhanced significantly. Find out how your company can take advantage of CanExport.
PetalMD, which makes web tools for hospitals and clinics to easily schedule doctors and that allow patients to book their own appointments, is finding a market for its ground‑breaking products in France and Belgium. With the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), the company is moving ahead in the fast‑moving global life sciences field.
Mohammed Moin is on a mission to improve access to affordable drugs across the globe. Learn how the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helped him break into the Bangladesh market and secure a $50 million deal.
Nanoprecise Sci Corp uses sensors, sophisticated software and artificial intelligence to monitor mechanical components in the oil and gas industry as well as manufacturing plants. With its connections in India and the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), it's finding a healthy market for its technology in this vast country.
Canadian companies are seeing opportunities in the growing Indian market, and for those considering entry, now is as good a time as ever. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is here to help ease this process through its extensive global network and high‑profile connections.
Pacific Rim was skeptical about working with the Canadian government. But after tapping into this trade program, the young company has entered 12 foreign markets with its line of Canadian craft beers. Find out how they did it.
Learn how Nature's Touch is effectively entering Asia's grocery stores and educating consumers about improved food safety to warm them up to its frozen fruits.
After the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) identified a hot investment lead in Berlin, a team effort and personal touch steered German auto parts manufacturer Paul Kauth GmbH to choose Canada for its expansion into North America.
Alberta's DrillGear Oilfield Solutions Corp. and CalgaRIG Engineering are finding demand for their drilling rig products and services in Australia's energy market. With the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), these companies are making the best of the vast opportunities there.
Services will be essential to Canada's future export success—but it won't be easy. Slowing growth in commercial services means it could be a challenging road ahead. Find out where there's opportunity and room for improvement.
Breakthrough clean technology that removes complex, toxic pollutants from the wastewater produced by heavy industry and renders them benign has put a Canadian firm among the world's top cleantech companies.
Diversifying to new markets is a great way to grow your business; however, the amount of options available to companies can often seem daunting. A new guide from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) entitled the Spotlight on Market Research aims to help Canadian companies target the right markets, and reduce risk when expanding internationally. Read more in the Spotlight on Market Research.
Predicting and managing the spread of influenza and diseases such as Ebola and the Zika virus is critical. Toronto's BlueDot Inc. has developed products that help governments as well as businesses and individuals respond to these public health threats.
As the world adapts to a more sustainable future, Canadian exports of clean technologies and applications have soared over the past five years and the world is taking notice.
Tulmar Safety Systems produces training equipment for commercial flight crews but needed some extra coaching of their own to crack a last minute code and propel them to their first contract in India.
This September 21, 2018 marks the one‑year anniversary that the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been in effect. With more than 510 million consumers in the EU market, Canadian companies are bound to find their niche in EU markets.
Establishing an office abroad can be challenging but with perseverance and assistance from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Canada's Nétur Inc. is flying high in Poland's Aviation Valley. From Warsaw, Poland, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
The Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has reduced tariff lines and increased export opportunities for Canadian businesses. Find out which sectors have experienced the fastest growth over the past year.
Forest fires have become an issue throughout Europe as temperatures rise, making it a hot market for Canadian portable water pump producer, WATERAX. Elevated EU competition, however, means that success won't come without extinguishing some fires themselves.
There is a world of business opportunities awaiting Canadian companies, however diversifying to new markets comes with inherent risks. A new guide, Spotlight on Export Financing, published by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) sheds light on Canada's trade programs and the suite of resources available to help Canadians. Acquire the capital and confidence required to explore new markets and seize commercial opportunities abroad—download your free copy of the Spotlight on Export Financing.
From international students studying across Canada to sales and licensing of our education services around the world, Canadian educational exports are on the rise. Read on to learn about the benefits this brings to Canada's economy—and society.
Global Affairs Canada announced a strategy and $15 million in funding to help exporters expand into new markets, promote Canadian clean technology capabilities, and enhance the country's position on the world stage in this increasingly competitive and rapidly expanding industry.
As part of $2 billion in measures to help the steel and aluminum industry brace itself for the impact of tariffs in the United States, the Government of Canada pledged $50 million to help companies diversify their export markets. Find out why diversification is important for all sectors.
There are different ways for Canadian goods and services to reach global markets and one of these is by establishing foreign affiliates abroad. Read about how sales by Canada’s foreign affiliates have recently been exceeding direct exports.
Selling goods and services in international markets can be very lucrative but it can also be risky. Exporters are using receivables insurance to help mitigate those risks international markets, and protect themselves against instability. Listen to the latest CanadExport podcast to learn about how the Receivables Insurance Association of Canada (RIAC) can help protect and strengthen your company’s operations.
A Canadian mining company is using artificial intelligence‑based technology to improve safety and reduce costs while expanding its global business. Find out how exporting plays a key role in its success.
The Canadian nuclear industry is putting a renewed focus on exports of its products and services as the world looks for sources of clean energy and develops clean technologies to combat climate change. From reactors to radioisotopes, companies and organizations in the sector are finding opportunities in markets abroad.
Fifteen years ago, BC Wood planted a seed that grew into a successful international event bringing Canadian companies together with global buyers. Find out how the Global Buyers Mission is sprouting new opportunities for the Canada's forestry and wood products companies.
Most businesses now have an online presence and while that brings many benefits, it also means companies may be vulnerable to cyberattacks. Business, employee and customer data is at risk, and companies are looking for ways to protect themselves. A new guide from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) can help mitigate those risks. The guide, entitled Spotlight on Cybersecurity, contains information on identifying potential threats and tips for protection. Read more in the Spotlight on Cybersecurity guide.
Relaunching a product that's been pulled from store shelves is challenging for a small company, and even more so when exporting to a distant market like Sweden. From, Stockholm, Sweden, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
While majority foreign‑owned companies in certain industries choose to operate in Canada to access the domestic market or resources, others come here for the United States market next door, new data suggests.
Global Affairs Canada's Office of the Chief Economist has released its flagship report, Canada's State of Trade: Trade and investment Update – 2018. The report provides a comprehensive summary of the main developments in Canada's commercial activities during the previous year. The 2018 report describes the events that took place in the global economy and trade in 2017, including the main developments in Canada's economy and those of its key economic partners. Read Canada's State of Trade: Trade and investment Update – 2018 report.
Canada's first designation for trade professionals marks its 20th anniversary in June 2018, and many Canadian trade commissioners consider the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)'s Certified International Trade Professional achievement to be a 'feather in their caps'.
A new wind power project on Pakistan's southern coast is bringing reliable green energy to the developing country and helping a Toronto company establish a foothold in the burgeoning Asian market. From Islamabad, Pakistan, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
Wind and solar power projects are replacing thermal generation in Pakistan, eliminating thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide per year while leading to local jobs and improved access to energy. Find out about the opportunities this creates for Canadian companies in this energy importer market.
While Canadians, like many people, have long envisioned finding fame and fortune in California some may have dismissed the market as too far and highly competitive, but businesses should take another look—especially now that the state has surpassed the United Kingdom as the world's fifth largest economy.
The world was watching Cuba as President Raúl Castro stepped down as president April 19, 2018, and while perceived change is fuelling hopes that it will mean more business opportunities on this island nation, perseverance will be key in what will likely remain a challenging and complex business climate. From Havana, Cuba, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
Bidding for contracts at NATO can be a difficult, lengthy and expensive process that might feel like trying to penetrate a defence "fortress", but as one company discovered, persistence does pay‑off. From Brussels, Belgium, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
Working with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—or NATO, as it is known—can be highly lucrative as well as fascinating for Canadian companies, but winning a contract bid can be tough. Get expert advice on getting in with the alliance.
A trade mission to introduce Quebec companies and researchers in fields from aerospace to artificial intelligence to Israel's innovative technology market could pave the way for the world's first flying cars. From Tel Aviv, Israel, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
Together parts of British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon make up Cascadia, a region where a dynamic partnership promises to propel innovation forward. From Seattle, United States, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
When we look at who is engaged in international trade, the focus is usually on those who export or who could potentially export, but who imports is also an important part of the picture.
A clinical partnership between children's hospitals in Toronto and in Abu Dhabi is the first of its kind, bringing advanced pediatric care to the United Arab Emirates. Read about how the agreement is boosting Canada's profile and opening doors wider for Canadian health‑care providers in the region.
Forging strong relationships goes a long way in bringing about business success in Brazil, where personal connections are lighting the way for an Ottawa‑based provider of telemetry and automation solutions for remote assets. From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
A trade mission has opened doors into Oceania for participants including an Ontario technology company that found buyers in Auckland for its e‑learning products. This story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
While some think offshoring and outsourcing are "bad" and result in job losses for Canadians, others think they are "good", improving Canada's competiveness. The verdict: researchers require data in order to analyze the evidence.
All shoes come with soles, but none quite like the "soul" of Zvelle's, a Toronto‑based producer of high‑end footwear. Find out how this Canadian company uses e‑commerce to reach customers around the world and build its brand amongst fashion connoisseurs.
A Nova Scotia company is illuminating the streets of Aruba with high‑quality, energy‑efficient LED technology lighting. Find out how collaboration between Canadian trade commissioners in Caracas, Venezuela, The Hague, Netherlands, and Halifax, Canada helped power the connection.
Clean‑technology opportunities abound in China where one Vancouver, B.C., company is helping a pulp and paper mill turn methane released from sludge waste into fuel for its operations, while feeding China's appetite for cleantech solutions. This story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
A conversation with her grandmother led Tara Bosch, 23, to an idea that is now a multi‑million‑dollar business, as well as her personal mission: help the world kick sugar without giving up candy. With some savvy networking, SmartSweets' gummy bears have entered the United States this month, and new treats will soon follow.
Two sisters who have found success in the male‑dominated machine parts industry say trade missions for businesswomen help unlock opportunities. Find out how these events have helped Imbritech Industries Inc. make the right connections.
Tara Kelly is a firm believer in the potential of technology to change lives for the better. With a little help from the CanExport program her company, SPLICE Software, will take its information management solutions to global markets.
California beckons to women technology entrepreneurs from Canada, and Los Angeles is an important hub for those looking to get ahead in uber‑competitive tech fields. Find out how initiatives such as TechWomen Canada LA can help.
Chinese New Year festivities are wrapping‑up, and Canadian businesses will have much to celebrate throughout 2018 as the designated Canada‑China Year of Tourism may lead to an increase in Canadian exports to China. Find out how bringing more Chinese tourists to Canada will increase the demand for Canadian goods.
Wine is gaining popularity throughout China and as a growing number of tourists sample wines from Canada's vineyards, more bottles of Canadian wine will be uncorked in the world's most populated country. Initiatives in 2018 to bring more Chinese tourists to Canada present opportunities for winemakers to promote their brand.
The Portuguese market is booming for the Vancouver‑based Avigilon Corporation, which makes advanced video surveillance systems, and it serves as a key headquarters for managing operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From Lisbon, Portugal, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
Businesses owned by new immigrants to Canada have the potential to drive export activity here, a new report concludes, but these entrepreneurs may not be reaping the financial rewards they expect. CanadExport explores how these exporters can overcome the challenges of doing business abroad.
While successful businesspeople know that a good marketing strategy is a key factor in selling products and services, what works at home may not be right for international markets. Spotlight on International Marketing is a new guide to help companies sell more effectively abroad.
It has been decades since we've had new, effective treatment options for some types of skin disorders, but that is about to change thanks to an Ontario company and venture capital from Spanish and Canadian investors. From Barcelona, Spain, this story is one example of how trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities around the world help Canadian companies succeed.
Canada's economy is performing well—as indicated by factors such as GDP growth and an all‑time high employment rate—and while that is good news for many Canadians, it may prove challenging for exporters.
Globalization has created opportunities for Canadian businesses to become important links in global value chains. Spotlight on Global Value Chains is a new guide from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) designed to help companies take advantage of these key international business connections.
Canada's CAE Inc. makes leading-edge technology that simulates aircraft near-misses, battlefield skirmishes and even live births. The company’s new strategy to dominate in the training space worldwide is an exercise in getting closer to its customers—a good example for exporters, large and small.
As one of the first countries invited to become an Associated State of the Pacific Alliance, Canada is gearing up for talks in Australia in January 2018 to negotiate a free trade agreement with Alliance members as a bloc. Find out why business leaders see the deepening of ties with the region as a solid economic move for Canada.
The holiday season is a time for family, friends and good cheer—and for Canadian Christmas tree exporters, good sales. Statistics show Christmas tree exports totalled $43.1 million in 2016, shining brighter than previous year sales.
Demine Robotics is a small Canadian start‑up consisting of three recent university graduates, borrowed office space and big dreams: to rid the world of landmines and unexploded munitions that kill and maim thousands of people every year. Today the company founded on a young, new Canadian's hope for a better life is on the brink of its first international sale.
As e‑commerce continues to "trend," capturing a growing share of global trade traffic, Canadian companies are increasingly taking advantage of opportunities to reach customers online around the world. Global Affairs Canada has taken note, and is putting in place tools to help businesses navigate the lucrative but potentially complex marketplace for buying and selling on the Internet.
Cyberspace is quickly becoming the world's favourite shopping mall. For many Canadian companies, e‑commerce is becoming an integral part of their global business strategy to easily reach both consumers and business clients in international markets. Spotlight on E‑commerce is a new guide from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) designed to help companies become better‑prepared to navigate the world of e‑exporting, while avoiding some common mistakes.
An updated guide by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is designed to help Canadian companies generate online sales by reaching millions of consumers in China. The guide, An Introduction to E‑commerce in China, provides information about various aspects of selling online to this vast virtual market including market-entry strategies, logistics management techniques, and how e‑payments work in China.
How do you know whether your company has "made it" in another country? One tell-tale sign is that your product becomes so popular it gets a nickname. That's what happened to Saskatchewan's Schulte Industries Ltd. in Ukraine, where their rotary cutter is known as "the Barber of the fields." Find out how they did it.
The recently implemented Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will likely lead to increased EU investment in Canada—a figure which had already nearly doubled for service industries prior to the deal, economists say. Find out which areas saw the greatest rise in EU investment.
Facilitation payments are known in Italian as spintarella, or "pulling strings." In the Middle East, they are baksheesh. In Greek, they're fakelaki, or a "little envelope." In Kiswahili, kitu kidogo refers to "something small." In Latin America, it's a request for algo para el refresco, "something for a beverage" and in Chinese, they're chaqian, which means "tea money." Facilitation payments may go by many different names around the world, but in Canada they are now known as illegal.
Industrial research needed to get a new product to market can be quite the undertaking—one that is even more challenging with partners in other countries. However, sometimes the missing link for success just happens to be on the other side of the world. Learn how a program to bridge Canadian companies with international partners for industrial research collaboration is finding success in India.
German automobile makers that have driven the industry for years are now shifting gears to make way for technological advances. Find out how STARTUP AUTOBAHN can speed‑up the entry into Germany’s car market for Canadian technology companies.
Public‑private partnership projects (P3) are an area of expertise for Canadians and a growing model for public authorities around the world looking for creative ways to finance their infrastructure needed. With some $94 trillion in possible projects at stake, find out how your company can capitalize on Canada’s P3 reputation.
Canadians will mark the 25th National Conference on Public‑Private Partnerships in Toronto November 6‑7 with a renewed call to more aggressively take their P3 expertise to the international stage.
A Canadian company is set to revolutionize health-care delivery in Europe and beyond. Adapting a North American business model for several different European markets can be challenging, but as Sensory Technologies discovered, focussing on the similarities rather than differences is the key.
Canada's commercial services exports to the European Union (EU) have been rising steadily for nearly two decades, and since 2000 have out‑paced growth to the United States. Find out which Canadian commercial services are the largest in the EU markets.
The Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston helps Canadian technology companies connect with top-notch sources that give them important contacts, tips, funding and assistance to commercialize, scale‑up and make a splash in the world. For Boondoc Technologies Inc. of Halifax, "it seemed too good to be true.
Implementation September 21, 2017 of the Canada‑European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) gives Canadian businesses duty‑free access to a combined market of about 500 million consumers and a GDP of more than $22 trillion. Find out why this landmark trade agreement means a new era of cross‑Atlantic trade for Canadian companies.
The provisional application of the Canada‑European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) means Canada is now one of the few countries in the world to have guaranteed preferential access to the world's two largest markets: the United States and the EU. Find out how tariff elimination on goods, improved access for trade in services and government procurement and the breaking down of other trade barriers gives Canadian companies a leg‑up on competitors.
Organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai have recognized three innovative Canadian projects for their creative solutions to pressing global challenges. A third round of applications for innovation impact grants is underway: find out about business opportunities in Dubai.
Trade Commissioners are the heart and soul of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). We are on the ground in more than 160 cities around the world. We are the Humans of the TCS. Get to know us a little better.
Canadian artists and companies working in creative industries can consult a new series of reports that highlight opportunities and challenges in key foreign markets. See how these reports and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) can help Canadian companies bring their talents to the world stage.
The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program in New York City helps companies entering United States markets ramp-up their businesses. As one Montreal-based virtual reality start-up found out, working with the CTA can be a "fast-track" to success.
In conversation with CanadExport, Joshua Kleyman, a trade commissioner and coordinator of the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) in New York City, talks about the need for changing the technology incubator model overall, and what makes the CTA's efforts especially unique and helpful.
As the Canada‑Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, company representatives from both countries reflect on how the deal has helped business flourish.
As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this month, trade commissioners who have helped home‑grown businesses succeed around the world reflect on the evolution of Canadian trade and exporting. While Canadian exporting has evolved considerably over the years, when it comes to helping clients, some things stay the same, trade commissioners say.
The global economy has shifted to a higher gear and that stronger growth is reflected in Canada’s international trade performance, indicates the newly‑released Canada’s State of Trade: Trade and Investment Update – 2017, an annual report from Global Affairs Canada’s Office of the Chief Economist.
From birch bark canoes to snowmobiles, and from medical advances to technological breakthroughs, Canada is a nation built on trade and innovation. Canada’s accomplishments have contributed significantly to global progress. As we mark Canada’s 150th birthday, here’s a look at some of Canada’s key inventions.
A Canadian company that makes equipment to measure turbulence in the water could make tidal power installations more viable and profitable. In partnership with researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom, Rockland Scientific Inc. is conducting promising tests in some of the world’s foremost tidal channels that could make the technology more sustainable.
While the United States remains Canada’s number one trading partner, additional data analysis shows Canadian businesses are increasingly diversifying their export markets, with the number of exporters selling to other countries climbing over the last few years—particularly to China, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
Speeding‑up drug‑discovery research could prove beneficial, given the time and cost involved in developing new pharmaceutical products. Find out how an agreement between organizations in Canada and Germany may help the process along, and lead to new drugs for genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
From North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to Alabama, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Delta, the Southeastern United States ranks high as a place of business, with an influx of new industries that have reinvigorated and expanded its economic base. Find out why Canadians are stopping in rather than travelling through.
Two Canadian occupational therapists who have developed a unique tool that assesses and helps maximize brain functioning and cognitive skills are taking steps to bring their technology to global attention. The web and tablet-based tool detects even modest changes in neuro ability and measures their effect on a person's ability to function.
A Calgary company has found a way to convert CO2 emissions—which are potentially harmful—and put them to good use from reinforcing concrete to manufacturing high‑performance electronics. Now Carbon Upcycling Technologies has found a U.S. market for its novel technology, with the assistance of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
A Canadian company with technology that uses energy generated by renewable sources to create hydrogen for a wide range of uses is gaining contracts and notice across Europe and beyond. Hydrogenics is at the forefront to develop applications that could "decarbonize" energy that is stored and used around the world.
Heather Sheardown, a professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, had an eye-opening experience when she met with one of Canada's trade commissioners in Germany. The collaboration that resulted between her lab and Bayer Pharmaceuticals could lead to new ways to deliver drugs to the eye for debilitating illnesses such as age‑related macular degeneration.
A Vancouver company that makes sustainable technology to improve the health and increase the yield of plants without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers is turning heads in the world of agricultural technology. Terramera promises to unlock the power of nature to make "clean" food affordable.
The journey begins with a great idea. Find out how making the right business decision is crucial for bringing that idea to the world.
Ellen Melcosky has found a big global market for her Little Miss Chief wild-caught smoked salmon by promoting her company as distinctly Indigenous, telling her unique story and enlisting the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. It's a recipe that's bringing her success in countries around the globe.
Passed down through generations, Shut Ur Pie Hole's unique recipe for pies in jars is becoming a hit in the United States, attracting more than just pie lovers and foodies.
As a child growing up in Cambodia, Richard Yim vowed that one day, he would do something to rid the world of unexploded landmines that kill and maim thousands of people each year. That day has come.
For businesses looking to export, a guide by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is here to help—every step of the way.
Technology being developed in Canada designed to help first‑responders deal with natural disasters and mass emergencies is turning heads in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States.
A program supporting industrial research and development (R&D) projects with high potential for commercialization helps Canadians take the first step with technology partners from Brazil, China, India, Israel or South Korea. As space industry representatives discovered, results can be out of this world.
From creating visual effects for the silver screen to producing the popular video games played on smart phones, Canada's high‑tech companies are "rising stars" in the highly competitive Los Angeles digital entertainment scene.
The Netherlands is a hub for security technologies and a gateway to Europe and it can be a challenging place to get established, but Canadian companies are gaining a leg up through a new platform offering guidance and connections.
American enterprises account for the lion's share of research and development (R&D) spending in Canada by foreign multinationals, new data shows.
January 1, 2017 will mark two years since the Canada‑Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) came into force with numerous advantages for Canadian exporters, and the anniversary date will bring even more tariff reductions.
From lobsters to nuclear power training simulators Canadian goods and services are reaping the benefits of the Canada‑Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) and with more tariff reductions coming soon, businesses say things can only get better.
An established economy and a hub of stability and influence in the burgeoning Asia-Pacific region, Singapore—with its fast-paced business climate—is an ideal gateway to Asia. Here's a look at why so many companies are "singing the praises" of Singapore.
Canada's unit labour cost (ULC) in manufacturing has improved considerably in recent years compared to the United States, according to data published by The Conference Board, an independent American organization that measures labour costs in the United States relative to other countries.
From creating visual effects for the silver screen to producing the popular video games played on smart phones, Canada's high‑tech companies are "rising stars" in the highly competitive Los Angeles digital entertainment scene.
Los Angeles is known as the entertainment capital of the world, home to major studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, DreamWorks, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros.—but entertainment is only one part of the big picture of Southern California's creative economy.
Canadian companies that export goods and services to the European Union will gain under the Canada‑European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Two Canadian companies share their views on what this landmark agreement means for their business.
Helping companies around the world migrate to Google Apps has brought vast business opportunities for Vancouver's AppBridge Software Inc. With the assistance of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and the CanExport program, the company's global presence is expanding to Japan and beyond.
Doing work in developing countries that is supported by international financial institutions can be lucrative for Canadian companies, while offering a degree of security, certainty and standards not always found in such markets. As LEA Group Holdings Inc. has found out, it can also have an even greater meaning.
Identifying, bidding for and working on international development projects supported by International Financial Institutions is an intricate yet rewarding exercise. Find out how your company can pursue IFI opportunities with the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
Zafin, a Vancouver‑based banking software company, called upon the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) for key market intelligence and high level introductions. From the U.S. to Africa, to Vietnam and Europe and beyond, that's exactly what they got. Learn more about the impact the TCS can make on your international expansion.
Protecting your company from corruption requires knowledge and vigilance at all levels. In this conclusion of a two‑part series, CanadExport explores the strategies to avoid getting involved in bribery and corruption—and how to deal with it when it happens.
PMG Technologies, a Quebec‑based automotive safety and testing company, is pursuing two challenging yet lucrative markets: China and India. With help from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, PMG Technologies quickly and efficiently found its footing in each country.
In the first article of a two‑part series, CanadExport looks at the problem of corruption in international business. Be aware of the legal, financial and reputational risks and read on to find out what one Canadian company did when confronted with corruption abroad.
It can be challenging to have many different products, sectors and potential customers. Cypher Environmental is cleaning up one market at a time, and leaving its customers looking for more.
It's been a tough 10 years for Energold Drilling Corp. and other Canadian companies working in Argentina. Having found a niche and invested in the country, the Vancouver company is thriving there today, with the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. And it expects a bright future ahead.
Could your company benefit from mentorship by industry leaders, support in accessing financial resources, and key strategic partners? Then look no further than the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA). Hear what one company has to say about its experience in the CTA. Apply today.
For Alberta's Nelson Environmental Remediation, a robust export market has been the key to staying alive. With sales cycles that can last years or even decades, long‑term marketing and intelligence gathering are a must.
An intergovernmental network based in Europe is opening doors for innovative Canadian firms in the global marketplace. EUREKA promotes and supports market‑oriented global R&D and innovation, as well as facilitating access to financing. Find out how the program can help your company bring its products, processes and services to international customers.
Vancouver's Ayogo Health Inc. is empowering patients through its engaging game‑based technologies. The company's hard‑won success in the health technology field is improving lives, attracting investment and turning heads among life sciences, pharmaceutical and technology giants around the world.
Foreign direct investment has traditionally played a significant role in Canada's economic development. However, will multinationals operating in Canada continue to be a major contributor to Canada's economic prosperity? Find out in the latest from Global Affairs Canada's Office of the Chief Economist.
Size often matters for Canadian SMEs looking to do business with some of the world's largest corporations. A Moncton, New Brunswick‑based company found that the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service made it look bigger than it is—and increased the opportunities available to it at the same time.
Exports of services are bringing added value to Canadian companies looking to ensure their profitability and to make their products more competitive internationally. CanadExport shows how to take advantage of the booming global market for high‑value services.
Women entrepreneurs can learn about exporting, make connections and find new markets on Canadian trade missions organized by the Business Women in International Trade program. As one West Vancouver business owner found out, you can even leave with a massive contract in the works.
Major multinational corporations are buying goods and services from Canadian business women under programs and initiatives that promote diverse suppliers. Learn how your company can take advantage of them at three upcoming women‑focused trade missions that will help you build new networks and forge partnerships.
Female‑owned SMEs may represent a small share of Canadian exporters, but they account for a sizeable portion of exporters in particular industries. Global Affairs Canada's Office of the Chief Economist takes a closer look at female SMEs' share of exporters by industry.
Getting products to customers around the world is a complex business, given myriad choices, new technologies and inevitable pitfalls. CanadExport offers tips and strategies to achieve shipping success—and avoid logistical nightmares.
A new Global Affairs Canada study finds that companies that use the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) export more in value, in product varieties, and to more markets than companies that do not use the TCS. So what are you waiting for? Contact the TCS today.
You have to be prepared for complicated infrastructure work in dynamic Southeast Asia, but there are also vast opportunities. Some successful Canadians companies in the region share their strategies, challenges and colourful stories about jumping into the Southeast Asian infrastructure boom.
It's no surprise that Southeast Asia is experiencing significant economic growth and widespread urbanization, but how can Canadian companies capture their share of these opportunities? Listen to the latest CanadExport podcast about infrastructure exports to Southeast Asia.
Canadian companies with innovative offerings will find that Thailand is a surprisingly progressive, well-located and resilient place to do business. We’ll show you how to avoid some common pitfalls and find some spectacular opportunities in this Southeast Asian powerhouse.
Often overlooked by Canadian companies doing business in Southeast Asia, Cambodia welcomes foreign investment, boasts a direct business culture, booming growth and an enthusiastic market for new products. CanadExport helps you discover business opportunities in this small but dynamic, fast-paced and well-connected country.
It's been a long journey for Novadaq Technologies, from the leading edge of medical diagnostics to success in a growing number of health-care markets around the world. Find out how a network of local distributors is helping the company successfully navigate the transition.
Canadian non-resource-based exports saw strong growth over 2014 and 2015. As of November, non-resource-based exports were up 34.9% since January of 2014. See what this means in the latest from Global Affairs Canada's Office of the Chief Economist.
Canadian companies exporting to APEC member economies may wish to consult a new online reference tool on the trade and tariff regimes for these countries—saving firms time and money as they navigate cross-border trade.
Small businesses in Canada can boost their prospects abroad through the new CanExport program, which helps them seek and develop new export opportunities. Find out how this program could help your company by sharing the risk of testing new markets—and leaving your comfort zone behind.
Could your company use some financial assistance to travel to target markets, attend a trade fair or conference, or conduct market research? Listen to the latest CanadExport audio podcast to learn about a new funding program designed to kickstart your international expansion.
New hassle‑free credit insurance that's available online is a game‑changer for small businesses that want to quickly and easily ensure they can close their foreign sales. CanadExport profiles a leading‑edge company that's using Export Development Canada's Trade Protect to keep its bank happy and avoid losses.
Foreign‑controlled firms play an important role in the Canadian economy. In fact, a clearer picture is emerging of the important role of foreign‑controlled firms for the Canadian economy and which countries are investing in Canada.
It makes the smallest parts on an aircraft, as tiny as one‑quarter the thickness of a human hair, yet Shimco is becoming critical to the international aerospace market with the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. Find how this tenacious little company is taking on the Goliaths of its industry—and winning.
Hear what one company has to say about developing and strengthening long‑term relationships in business, expanding into new markets, navigating cultural differences and opening doors to new customers.
Azzimov Corp. in Montreal is making shopping online as easy as in a store, focusing on big data to make sense of the tens of millions of items that Internet retailers offer. With the help of the Canadian Technology Accelerator, Azzimov's new "product-centric" search platform is in use in some of the largest markets in the world.
Global markets bring enormous risks as well as rewards. When a Montreal software company found that it faced impossible competition in a planned move into a U.S. market segment, it changed tactics and rethought its approach. Read on to find out what happened next.
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is working to bring the potential of the giant Southeast Asian infrastructure sector onto the radar of Canadian SMEs. The time to get involved is now; find out how to get a foot in the door and take advantage of TCS resources from marketing essentials to helpful introductions in the region.
If your company could use mentorship by industry leaders, support in accessing financial resources — not to mention key strategic partners — look no further than the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA). Hear what these two companies have to say about their experience in the CTA.
Canadian expertise in infrastructure is second to none, and Southeast Asia offers compelling opportunities, from roads and airports to hospitals and water-treatment systems. In the first in our series of articles on ASEAN, CanadExport shows you where and how to look for opportunities in the powerhouse ASEAN region and offers strategies for finding success there.
If your company could use mentorship by industry leaders, support in accessing financial resources — not to mention key strategic partners — look no further than the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA). Hear what these two companies have to say about their experience in the CTA.
Much has been said of the need for Canada to grow its exports by diversifying to markets outside of the U.S. But the latest from our Office of the Chief Economist takes a closer look at rates of growth by U.S. state, with some interesting observations for Canadian companies.
Small Vancouver company leverages Canadian Technology Accelerator in Silicon Valley to boost its revenues
There is nothing easy about Silicon Valley. A new Trade Commissioner Service short documentary follows Neurio, a small Canadian company looking to make a breakthrough in the demanding world of Silicon Valley. See how the Canadian Technology Accelerator is helping companies stand out in a crowd.
It started as a directory of voice‑over actors on a nascent internet a decade ago. Today, Voices.com has grown into a massive digital media marketplace. Now the Canadian Technology Accelerator is helping the company find a voice in the $26‑billion global language services industry.
Andrew Angus, founder and CEO of Collingwood, Ontario‑based Switch Video, says to dream big. He should know; his small company has found a way to transform his company into a global player. Find out how.
Is your company a high‑growth, market‑ready firm looking to access global markets faster? If so, watch the new TCS documentary which features an on‑the‑ground look at one company's experience participating in the Canadian Technology Accelerator in the U.S.
Just five years ago, Reflex Wireless was an idea in a university laboratory; today, the company is selling high‑tech products that are improving lives and finding success in the highly competitive Health IT field. With the help of the Canadian Trade Accelerator, it has a surprisingly large global footprint.
The claim is often made that Canada does not have many large firms. This supposed lack of large firms, it is thought, hinders Canada's international commercial performance. Read on to see what our Office of the Chief Economist has to say about that.
With an economy that's tripled in size in the last decade, a low‑cost skilled workforce, a strategic location and moves to "value‑up" in areas such as technology and aerospace, the market for Canadian products and services in Turkey is strong. Find out how to write your company into Turkey's amazing success story.
A new hands-on tool can be used by Canadian businesses to pursue business development with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers active in the Marcellus Shale Gas Reserve, the largest of its kind in North America.
Hong Kong beckons today, as a springboard to China, a low-tax, service-driven economy and a wealthy market with a taste for new and innovative products. Find out how your company can take advantage of this international gateway.
The Herfindahl-Hirschman Index might sound like a list of medical conditions, but it's not. It's a key statistic used to measure the concentration of markets. Find out how Canada measures up in the latest facts and figures from our Office of the Chief Economist.
Keep your ear to the ground if you're interested in bidding for a NATO contract. Get ready for a long, intricate and expensive process and don't forget to follow up. In the second in our series on bidding on NATO contracts, CanadExport gives you the goods on how to play the same game as your competitors — and win.
With a vast procurement program in its operations and missions around the world, providing NATO with goods and services is immensely rewarding for companies large and small. In the first of two articles on NATO contracts, CanadExport looks at why this lucrative market may be right for you.
While energy continued to perform strongly among Canadian exports in 2014, that performance masks surprisingly strong growth in other areas — a testament to the strength and flexibility of Canada’s economy.
With a strong U.S. dollar, a market that’s close and familiar and the assistance of the Canadian Business Women in International Trade program, Canada’s women entrepreneurs are finding opportunity in exports to the U.S. On this International Women’s Day, CanadExport looks at how they’re making it happen.
Are you ready to export? It’s a question that many entrepreneurs ask themselves, given the risks as well as the rewards of developing sales outside of Canada.
Looking to connect with multi-national corporations, learn about export markets and reach out to new international customers? Make it happen by joining the Canadian Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) team at upcoming annual trade missions for women entrepreneurs.
It’s time for Canadian companies to prepare to take advantage of the historic Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union. Find out how your company can succeed in this lucrative yet challenging market.
A Canadian pioneer in the field of satellite Internet access is finding customers for its unique antennas all over the world. With a successful reseller strategy and vertical markets that are limited only by the imagination, the sky’s the limit for C-Com Satellite Systems.
It has often been said that the significant flow of goods between Canada and China is one-sided, with Canada importing much more merchandise from China than the Chinese import from our country. However, new statistics suggest that Canada’s trade deficit with China may not be quite as large as initially thought.
Canada’s diversified immigrant population makes an important contribution to our export success, especially in emerging markets. CanadExport looks at a report that suggests how new Canadians can become important strategic assets for the country.
A study commissioned by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Italy is helping companies capitalize on the country’s ambitious plans to renew its public infrastructure. With one of the world’s largest economies, there are rewards for Canadian firms that can navigate Italy’s many complexities.
Canadian trade has been following a pronounced diversification trend away from the U.S. and to emerging and developing countries. Find out more in this week’s analysis from our Office of the Chief Economist.
When Target Corporation announced in February that it lost $1-billion in Canada last year, many industry-watchers saw it coming. The retailer’s failed launch in Canada is a textbook case for companies looking to successfully move into any new market.
The risks and rewards of joint ventures in India
Looking to start a joint venture in India? Download the latest CanadExport audio podcast which features an expert who tells it like it is when it comes to tackling the challenges of partnering in one of the biggest markets in the world.
Canadian foreign affiliate sales increased from $350 billion in 2002 to $500 billion in 2012. But what does this trend mean for Canadian companies that serve foreign markets? Find out in the latest analysis from our Office of the Chief Economist.
It’s no surprise that India is not the easiest place to do business. However, despite declining growth rates, the country is showing a renewed confidence. CanadExport speaks to former Microsoft India chairman Ravi Venkatesan about the bounce in India’s step.
Growing up in China, Jacqueline Shan learned about traditional medicines. In Canada, she got a "crash lesson" in business. The combination has led to a range of successful herbal products, despite some setbacks. Read about Shan's journey and tips for success.
The Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement reinforces Canada's engagement in the Americas. Under the new free trade agreement, each country will eliminate 98 percent of its tariffs on goods imported from the other country. Find out how your company can benefit from greater trade and investment with Honduras.
Small and medium-sized companies can boost their sales by exporting to fast-growth markets, although they can fail dramatically in such places as well. CanadExport looks at strategies that can help you make it in the emerging world.
With intense price competition, layers of bureaucracy, creaking infrastructure and a complex culture, India is a challenging place to do business. Learn the strategies that Canadian companies are applying to thrive in India and other emerging markets.
To Ravi Venkatesan, if you can “crack the code” in India, your company will have success all over the world. As the former CEO of Cummins Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in India, he should know, Find out what he says about how-and why-to make it in India.
The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement provides unprecedented new access for Canadians to the world’s 15th-largest economy, and will make South Korea a larger gateway into this dynamic region. Find out what it means for your business.
H.G. Wells wrote of the imperative in nature to "adapt or perish." The same could be said of the export market: companies that sell goods and services abroad must continuously modify their products to suit global or local needs.
China's economy is no longer growing at a brisk double-digit pace and the country is moving from an export-led growth model towards a more domestically-oriented economy. So what will this mean for Canadian SMEs? Find out what Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada's Office of the Chief Economist has to say about China's changing economy.
Chris and David Hobbs, twin brothers at the helm of Two Tall Totems, a mobile development company in Vancouver, were busy turning heads at a recent wireless technologies trade fair in Barcelona. Find out what they did to stand out in the IT crowd.
From its early days in the 1940s, providing utility trailers to work camps developing Alberta’s booming oil fields, ATCO Structures & Logistics has made a name in the world of temporary structures. CanadExport looks at the strategies that have brought this mobile pioneer success in more than 100 countries.
Jack Diamond, one of the principals of Toronto-based architectural firm Diamond Schmitt Architects, shares his advice to Canadian service exporters, as well as how CETA will affect his small business, and why Europe matters for his company. Listen to this podcast.
Riding a packed city bus through the streets of Shanghai on a visit to China eight years ago, Wendy Weir witnessed a moment that would send her on a journey into the world of international business.
Brazil is one of the world’s most enticing markets, boasting a stable economy and an innovative science and technology industry. So what will it take for innovative Canadian companies to take advantage of this potential? Find out in the latest CanadExport audio podcast.
A large-scale Brazilian education and internship program in Canada is enhancing skills and forging critical trade and investment ties between the two countries. Find out how to get your company involved.
Canadian companies doing business with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are meeting the challenges of this hot market head-on. CanadExport looks at some of their experiences and the strategies that are helping them make it in this complex, competitive and relationship-centric region.
Canada is drumming up business in ASEAN, a powerhouse of 10 dynamic countries in Southeast Asia marching toward economic integration. In the first of two feature articles, CanadExport looks at where the prospects are in the region and the strategies that are helping Canadian companies find success there.
When they took over Arconas Corp. just over a decade ago, Pablo Reich and Dan Nussbaum found a niche for the commercial furniture company making airport seating, a specialty market where they saw sky-high potential.
Are you about to sell your product abroad or partner with a dream client? Great. But even if it is a business marriage made in heaven, make sure you negotiate and sign a written contract. If not, it may cost you a lot of time and money — even with a trustworthy partner.
From the beginning of the 1990s until the first quarter of this year, world exports increased by more than five times to reach a total of $4.5 trillion, but growth has not been constant throughout this period.
Canadian businesses thinking of entering the Indian market know the learning curve can be steep. A company with a growing presence in India shares two key pieces of advice.
In business, it's not only what you know, it's who you know. So get to know the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service's extensive network of contacts via Twitter. Follow us, retweet us, and tap into our nifty list of trade commissioners on the ground in markets around the world.
Quebec-based Ciara Technologies went from being a "completely unknown company" to being invited to bid on major contracts for Europe's automotive giants — in less than a year. Find out how the company went from zero to sixty faster than many firms.
After a decade of decline in exports, the Canadian auto industry has seen strong export growth over the past three years, with exports rising 58% since 2009. However, exports are still far off their record peak.
Halifax-based MedMira has spent the past 19 years expanding its business across the world and shows no sign of slowing down. The disease diagnostics company credits its success to both its cutting edge technology and assistance from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
At first glance, air transportation may not seem particularly important to Canadian exporters. After all, only 10.3% of Canadian merchandise exports, by value, were transported by air in 2012. But according to DFAIT's Office of the Chief Economist, the numbers tell a different story.
Crowdsourcing, the online practice of soliciting services, ideas or content from undefined groups both on and offline, is gaining in popularity among companies as an inexpensive way to accomplish costly or tedious tasks, like accessing key market intelligence. But is this just a fad?
Are you developing your market-entry plan for Brazil, Russia, India or China? While each market has its own unique characteristics, your success in these countries depend on six proven strategies gathered from trade commissioners and savvy business women.
Learn about how a Canadian company in the renewable energy sector is refining its market entry strategies, gaining high-level market insight, tapping key decision makers, and getting strategic advice on which markets to prioritize — all quickly and efficiently.
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A Quebec company credits the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement with its success in the South American market. The company says the agreement, coupled with Chile's proactive approach to trade, is giving it an edge there — even 15 years after the agreement was signed.
Over 60 percent of Canada's gross domestic product relies on trade, which is why the Government of Canada is pursuing the most ambitious trade expansion plan in its history. The latest CanadExport podcast features an expert who talks about why free trade agreements matter.
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