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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:

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Events, such as trade shows, networking functions, meetings, market visits, export training

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Promotional and marketing tools and materials that promote integrative trade opportunities of a Canadian industry

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Research, studies, international business development strategy updates, market diversification strategies

Who can apply?

Proposals will be accepted from:

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Canadian national bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils;

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Canadian national industry or trade associations;

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Canadian regional sectoral industry associations with a national perspective (in some cases); and

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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

By email: CanExportAssociations@international.gc.ca

By mail:
Global Affairs Canada
CanExport Associations
CanExport Programs
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2

For general enquiries and feedback regarding the Trade Commissioner Service, please visit our Enquiries web form.

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