Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
Grants to Canada small and mid-sized businesses to pursue global business opportunities. Funding is intended for activities to expand the applicant's overseas target markets. Eligible projects develop export options for Canadian products and services in all industry sectors, including agriculture and agri-food.
CanExport SMEs is a funding program designed to promote and enhance Canada’s trade diversification efforts. It offers grants and contributions to Canadian companies to help them prepare for and establish a presence in international markets where they currently have little or no sales.
The program focuses on export marketing activities of existing products and services in foreign markets.
CanExport SMEs supports exploratory activities as well as activities that contribute toward a longer-term strategy for internationalization. Companies may opt for a multi-year project, or submit a new application to build upon a previous project. Including up to 5 international markets helps companies accelerate their growth and pursue a regional expansion strategy. The choice of 7 activity categories allows for a high degree of project customization.
CanExport supports the following non-travel activities:
When travel resumes, CanExport also supports:
GrantWatch ID#: 191178
The program reimburses up to 75 percent of eligible costs to offer between $15,000 and $75,000 in funding per project.
Companies participating in trade missions organized by Global Affairs Canada for groups under-represented in international trade (women, LGBTQ2+ and Indigenous exporters) may exceptionally submit a project of less than $20,000 for consideration. Approved projects are funded at 75%.
Support for multi-year projects is available.
If you submit an application between April 1 and December 14, the start date of the funding agreement (the date that your expenses are eligible) will be the date that you submitted your project.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://portal-portail.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/en-CA/SignIn?ReturnUrl=/en-CA/CanExport/canexport-sme/
If you have questions not covered in the applicant’s guide or the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), contact the following e-mail address: CanExportSMEs@international.gc.ca.
TCS Enquiries Service
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
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