Canadian national trade organizations may access up to $400,000 in annual funding to cover up to 75% of the cost for new or expanded international business development activities.
What activities can be funded?
The following activity types may be funded:
Events, such as trade shows, networking functions, meetings, market visits, export training
Promotional and marketing tools and materials that promote integrative trade opportunities of a Canadian industry
Research, studies, international business development strategy updates, market diversification strategies
Who can apply?
Proposals will be accepted from:
Canadian national bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils;
Canadian national industry or trade associations;
Canadian regional sectoral industry associations with a national perspective (in some cases); and
Canadian national horizontal / multi-sectoral organizations.
Eligible expenses include:
- Expenses to promote or assist with international business development (such as advertising, promotional materials, booth and equipment fees, translation, shipping, market research, etc.)
- Airfare, Per Diem, Registration, Taxi-bus-car, and Travel expenses for individuals to take part in international business development activities, including:
- Applicant expenses to visit foreign markets (maximum of two representatives per organization)
- Canadian company expenses to visit foreign markets (one representative per company).
- Incoming expenses for foreign participants in incoming visitors programs.
To be eligible, your organization must:
- be incorporated;
- not directly sell products that are sold by your members;
- demonstrate adequate managerial and marketing capabilities to execute activities and meet recipient requirements;
- have sufficient financial resources generated from private revenues to cover your share of proposed activities;
- have and submit copies of financial statements for the past 2 years;
- not have access to other federal contribution programs with similar objectives that support the international business development efforts of a specific sector (for example, the AgriMarketing Program and the Expanding Market Opportunities Program); and
- not be funded entirely by Canadian government organizations (federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal or Crown corporations).
Contact our Team
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
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