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CanExport Associations │ Trade Commissioner Service:


access up to $250,000 in annual funding.


Canadian national industry associations and trade organizations may access up to $250,000 in annual funding. We will cover up to 50% of eligible costs for new or expanded international business development (IBD) activities that benefit an entire industry: organization’s members and non-members alike.

Eligible Applicants

Proposals will be accepted from:

  • Canadian national industry or trade associations
  • Canadian national bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils;
  • Canadian national horizontal / multi-sectoral organizations
  • Canadian national organizations representing companies majority owned by under-represented groups in trade (e.g. Indigenous, women, LGBTQ2+)

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • be a not-for-profit corporation
  • not sell products that are sold by your members
  • have sufficient private revenues to cover 50% of costs for proposed activities, confirmed by 2 years of financial statements

Eligible Expenses

We support the following non-travel activities:

  • Export training
  • Creating/updating strategy for international business development or market diversification
  • Gathering market intelligence (custom research, reports and studies)
  • Translating, adapting or creating marketing tools and materials
  • Attending virtual trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences

When travel resumes, we also support:

  • Visits to foreign markets
  • Organizing trade missions for SMEs in your industry
  • Organizing an incoming delegation of foreign buyers
  • In-person participation at trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences

Deadline Date

  The 2024-25 application process for projects taking place between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025, is scheduled to commence in fall 2023.
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