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SMEs

Funding that helps your company grow into global markets

CanExport SMEs is no longer accepting applications. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, delays are anticipated. Measures are being put in place to limit the impact on our clients and shorten the delays of response. We appreciate your patience while we work diligently through the applications received.

Please visit this page for program updates.

You may wish to consult the Business Benefits Finder tool to find other sources of funding that can help Canadian businesses expand internationally.

Applications currently being processed: Applications received between March 11 and March 18, 2024.

Note: CanExport SMEs processes applications on a first come, first served basis.

What activities do we fund?

We support the following non-travel activities:

  •  Gathering market intelligence (custom research, reports and studies)
  •  Applying for intellectual property protection in international markets
  •  Applying for certification in international markets
  •  Seeking expert legal and business advice
  •  Search Engine Optimization
  •  Translating, adapting or creating marketing materials
  •  Attending virtual trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences

Based on Government of Canada Travel Advisories, we also support:

  •  Visits to foreign markets
  •  In-person participation at trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences
  •  Participating in a trade mission

Who can apply?

Eligible Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises must:

  •  be for-profit
  •  be an incorporated legal entity, limited liability partnership (LLP) or cooperative
  •  have an active Canada Revenue Agency business number
  •  employ fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees
  •  have $100,000 to $100 million in declared revenue in Canada during its past fiscal year (or 12 months for quarterly filers)
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