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CanExport SMEs Program │ Trade Commissioner Service:


Funds up to 50% of eligible costs for $10,000 to $50,000 in funding per project. The applicant may submit a maximum budget of $100,000; the minimum budget is set at $20,000.


CanExport SMEs provides up to $50,000 to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registered in Canada for international business development activities. The program helps develop export opportunities for products and services in new international markets.

Eligible Applicants

CanExport SMEs is open to all industry sectors. To be eligible, your company must satisfy 5 essential criteria:

  • Be for-profit
  • Be an incorporated legal entity or a limited liability partnership (LLP) in Canada
  • Have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number
  • Have 500 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Have $100,000 to $100 million in annual revenue declared in Canada during its last complete tax reporting year (or during the last 12 months for monthly and quarterly filers)

Eligible Expenses

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

Deadline Date

  CanExport SMEs is accepting applications from September 8, 2023 at 8 am EDT to September 22, 2023.
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