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What is the CanExport Community Investments (CECI) Program?

What is Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)?

For the purposes of the CanExport Community Investments program, FDI refers to international businesses establishing or expanding operations in Canada. (The  program does not fund initiatives related to mergers and acquisitions, investments from within other parts of Canada, trade and export.)

A foreign investor in this context is not someone who simply injects funds into local operations. Foreign direct investors tend to have a significant say in the management of local operations from an administrative standpoint, rather than simply voting through shares.

Program purpose

The purpose of the program is to assist Canadian communities’ capacity to attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment by providing funding for approved FDI projects. Overall, the  program aims to increase Canadian employment and improve Canada’s capacity to compete in the global economy.

Projects - Examples

Activity categories:

Activity categories:
FDI TrainingFDI Strategic Planning and AnalysisFDI Tool and Material DevelopmentLead Generation and Meetings with Potential Investors
  • FDI Training (course, webinar)
  • FDI Strategy/Framework
  • Business Retention and Expansion Plan for FDI
  • Best Practices/Bench-marking studies
  • FDI Action Plan
  • SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
  • Market Studies
  • List of key sectors as investment attraction targets
  • Business case
  • Development or redesign of FDI website
  • Addition of significant architecture or functionality on website for FDI attraction
  • Economic Database Analysis/Acquisition
  • Region/Community economic profile
  • Labour Force Profile
  • Sector-specific fact sheets
  • Design and Layout of promotional material
  • Site Selection Criteria for potential investors/site selectors
  • List of prospective investors/Targeted company research
  • Meeting in Canada with potential foreign investors
  • Meeting with potential pre-qualified foreign investors
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