Funding to Help Companies Grow into Global Markets

April 5, 2023
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Small and medium sized companies may access up to $50,000 in funding to assist with international market development activities.

CanExport SMEs

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.

Supported 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
  • Visits to foreign markets
  • In-person participation at trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences
  • Participating in a trade mission

Eligible Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises must:

  • be for-profit
  • be an incorporated legal entity, limited liability partnership (LLP) or cooperative
  • have a Canada Revenue Agency business number
  • employ fewer than 500 full-time equivalent employees
  • have $100,000 to $100 million in declared revenue in Canada during its past fiscal year

How to Apply

CanExport SMEs is a competitive program with limited funding. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once funds are fully allocated, the program no longer accepts applications for funding. Trends over the past 2 years have shown the program being fully committed by the fall.

CanExport SMEs is now accepting applications for fiscal year 2023-24 for projects starting April 1, 2023.

Please visit the CanExport SMEs Portal to apply!

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