Through its various agencies and programs, the Government of Canada is ready to work hand in hand with Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses, to see them succeed abroad.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, is the best place to begin exploring your target foreign market. Whether your business is small or large, new to exporting or an experienced exporter, the TCS can help you assess your business potential by providing insights into emerging trends abroad and pointing out any major barriers or regulations you may face.

With locations across Canada and in more than 150 Canadian embassies and consulates worldwide, the TCS can help you prepare for international markets, connect with qualified contacts and deal with unforeseen issues. To receive notifications about your sectors/markets of interest, sign up.

  • CanadExport

  • CanadExport is the official e-magazine of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. Published twice a month, it provides updates on trade and investment opportunities abroad, information on international markets, how-to columns, and articles on upcoming trade fairs and missions, trade policies and agreements. Subscribe today.

Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency. Offering insurance and financial services, along with support for Canadian direct investment abroad, EDC is a valuable resource for Canadian businesses. Small firms that are new to the international market will find the information and tools offered by EDC particularly useful.

Canadian Commercial Corporation

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) connects foreign government buyers with Canadian expertise by negotiating and executing government-to-government contracts. Backed by its strong relationship with international buyers and access to Canada’s innovative industrial base, CCC is uniquely positioned to facilitate and promote international trade.

CCC can operate either as a prime contractor (selling directly to foreign governments) or as a procurement agent (sourcing Canadian goods and services on behalf of foreign governments).

Business Development Bank of Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) provides financing, venture capital and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses. It also works with Export Development Canada to give potential exporters access to a range of financial resources and consulting services that are tailored to their needs. BDC looks beyond your business numbers and is committed to helping you succeed. 

Industry Canada

Industry Canada offers various programs, resources and tools to assist small businesses grow and compete abroad. These include:

Other Resources

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Agri-Food Trade Service

The Agri-Food Trade Service provides centralized access to market information, trade counselling and export support activities, helping take exporters from initial enquiry to foreign market.

Canada Border Services Agency: Information for Importers

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is the government body responsible for enforcing import regulations and standards. The CBSA provides essential information on the importing process to help you ensure your goods can enter the country.

Canada Business Network: Importing, exporting and investing abroad

The Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation. Its goal is to give your business the resources it needs to grow and prosper by providing information on importing, exporting and investing abroad. With its network of service centres across Canada, the Canada Business Network can help you make well-informed business decisions in a global economy.

Canada Revenue Agency: Agreements for avoiding double taxation

Canada has agreements with many countries that ensure you do not pay tax on the same income in two countries. These agreements help reduce tax barriers to international trade and investment. Find out which countries have a double taxation agreement with Canada.

Industrial Research Assistance Program

The National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides technical and business advisory services and potential funding to SMEs in Canada to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace.