Canadian Trade Commissioner service launches export programme to help SMEs


The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service has launched a new programme called CanExport[1]. The programme will help SMEs by offering them incentives to develop and diversify their export markets.


$50 million (CAD) available to SMEs looking to participate in international events

CanExport is a 5 year programme which will provide $50 million (CAD) to SMEs seeking new export opportunities. It will share the cost of expenses for initiatives to develop new markets, including activities such as participating in trade fairs and business travel to target markets.

According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner's website, proposed activities must be part of the applicant’s long-term international business development strategy. This can include activities such as international business development events such as exhibiting at trade shows, participating at conferences, trade missions, business-to-business meetings and visits. The programme also highlights that action-oriented activities, such as planning targeted meetings with buyers or one-on-one matchmaking events, are considered to have more value than passive activities such as walking a trade-show floor.

Uncover prime opportunities in Asia and benefit from Gastech's targeted meeting programme

The Canada Pavilion at Gastech Japan will be a prime opportunity for Canadian companies who are planning to export to Asia.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service lists energy as a priority export sector in Japan and Japan's location also provides a 6 hour flight to key Asian markets.

Canadian companies can also make use of the Gastech Global Meetings Programme for planned targeted meetings with buyers, providing exhibitors bilateral networking and matchmaking opportunities across international supply chains.

Please contact our commercial team below for further information about participating in the Canada Pavilion at Gastech.

[1] New program helps exporters expand their horizons, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, 11 January 2016