What we can do for you

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will provide you with on-the-ground intelligence and practical advice on foreign markets to help you make better, more timely and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve your goals abroad.

We Offer…

…hands-on knowledge of international markets      

  • Our knowledge comes from helping thousands of companies each year tackle concrete problems and pursue opportunities in foreign markets.
  • Through our presence in 161 cities worldwide, we gain market intelligence and insight, and uncover opportunities for Canadian companies.
  • With offices across Canada, we can help companies prepare for international markets, right here at home.

…an unbeatable network of international business contacts

  • We have privileged access to foreign governments, key business leaders and decision-makers because we are part of Canada’s embassies and consulates.
  • Our business contacts include potential customers, distributors, sources of finance or investment, technology partners and intermediaries.

Services for Canadian companies and organizations

TCS services are offered free of charge to client companies and organizations.

If you are part of the Canadian business community, and contribute to Canada's economic growth, have a demonstrated capacity for internationalization and have good potential to add value to the Canadian economy, you can benefit from our services.

Meaningful economic ties include maintaining established offices, a subsidiary, a plant, a research and development establishment or a joint venture in Canada. A capacity for internationalization is reflected in having researched foreign markets, dedicated human and financial resources, and having a business plan. Increased economic activity benefitting Canada could be increased exports of Canadian-made products or services, technology transfer, new job creation, increased research and development activity or increased production in Canada.

We can help you successfully navigate the complexities of international markets, whether you're looking to:

  • export,
  • establish your company abroad,
  • tackle a market access issue,
  • pursue a joint-venture or strategic alliance,
  • participate in global value chain
  • seek technology and R&D partnerships.

Contact a Trade Commissioner.

Our commitment to you

We take pride in the excellence of our service and will contact you within five working days of receiving your inquiry.

While business conditions may vary greatly from one market to another and taking into account your commitment to and competitive advantage in each market, we do our utmost to tailor our services to your specific needs in each of the markets you are targeting.

We understand the sensitivity of your business information and will hold it in the strictest possible confidence. Client confidentiality is a key part of the core values of the TCS and a statement of our commitment to integrity and professionalism for all our employees. We collect and use relevant information in order to better serve you, or to refer you to an appropriate resource. 

If an access to information request is received by Global Affairs Canada and records recovered relate to your business activities, we will abide by section 20 of Canada’s Access to Information Act and will seek your input in the processing of the records. For details on how we treat your company’s information, please see our Trade Commissioner Service Disclosure Notice.

If you have feedback on our services, please contact the TCS by email at feedback.tcs@international.gc.ca.

Your commitment to us

It is imperative that companies we support do business responsibly, ethically and within the law. If we receive information regarding the commission or possible commission of offences under Canadian law, this may be disclosed to law enforcement or other authorities. For certain types of services for which the reputation of the Government of Canada may be affected, the TCS requires a signed Integrity Declaration. This attests that your company understands our ethical expectations, has not been charged, convicted or sanctioned for bribery or corruption, and will not engage in such illegal activities. By signing the Integrity Declaration your company will abide by Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) and will operate in a manner consistent with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on responsible business conduct. If a company has had issues with bribery or corruption previously, it must disclose this information in the Declaration. We will then assess and determine the level of support we can provide to your company. For information about the Declaration, please contact a trade commissioner.

Working with Partner Organizations

The Trade Commissioner Service works with partner organizations such as provincial or municipal governments or industry association that deliver programs and services to Canadian businesses.  Learn more about how we can work together to support our common clients.