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How to apply for CanExport Innovation funding

Important: CanExport SMES and Innovation programs will reopen on Feb 15, 2023 for new projects that will begin on or after April 1, 2023.

As announced in the 2022 federal budget, additional financial assistance will be available to help Canadian businesses protect their intellectual property in foreign markets. For more information on eligible expenses, please visit the respective programs web pages.

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Apply for funding

Follow these steps to apply for CanExport Innovation:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the program details by reading our Applicant’s Guide.
  2. Create an account on our online portal.
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  3. Once you are signed in, enter your information under My Profile and select Update.
  4. On the CanExport Innovation landing page, select Apply Now!
  5. Complete the Application Basic Eligibility section. The purpose of this section is to determine whether your company meets the basic eligibility criteria of the CanExport Innovation program. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation of your Basic Eligibility by email within 7 business days. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility criteria, please consult Section 4.1 of the Applicant’s Guide.
  6. If your company is deemed eligible, you will then be able to complete and submit the rest of your application.
  7. Submit a completed application at least 60 business days before the start date of the first proposed activity. Please consult Section 9.3 of the Applicant’s Guide for more details on processing timelines.
  8. If you are having technical problems or need help resetting your password, contact

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