Life sciences

The Canadian life sciences sector has a long history of leadership, from creating the world’s first pacemaker to discovering stem cells. Among Canada’s strengths are its R&D with it’s world leading health institutions and incubators, it’s recognized leadership in pharmaceuticals and medical devices (Canada is the 10th largest market for pharmaceutical sales, the 8th for medtech devices) and its thriving ecosystem from coast to coast (Canada is home to North America’s second largest life sciences corridor). The sector is broad and covers several large industries including pharmaceuticals and biotech (including vaccines), medical technologies and digital health, natural health products, medical cannabis, healthcare services (e.g. hospital management, training) and animal health.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service with dedicated Life Science Trade commissioners at key foreign embassies and at Regional Offices across Canada are here to help! Trade Commissioners provide export ready companies with market potential assessments, market intelligence, key contacts, and troubleshooting in addition to navigating the benefits of free trade agreements. Our global network works hand-in-hand with other government partners, regional economic development agencies and industry associations to help position its clients for success abroad.

The Trade Commissioner Service also supports Canadian Life Science companies and Life Science Associations seeking funding in support of their international trade activities through the following programs:

Ready to do business internationally? Our trade commissioners around the world can support Canadian companies with market intelligence, identify new business opportunities, and find qualified contacts that will help them succeed in foreign markets.


Title Dates City Country
C2MP – Canada Chicago Mentoring ProgramFebruary 1 -
September 30, 2022
ChicagoUnited States of America
MEDICANovember 14-17, 2022DuesseldorfGermany


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