3 October 2022

By : Olivier Bilodeau


The Government of Canada wishes to assist Canadian companies in their international expansion project. The program is designed for SMEs, ie companies with less than 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and annual revenues of $100,000 to $100 million.

CanExport finances 50% of project costs for a minimum amount of $10,000 and a maximum of $50,000 per application. It is therefore necessary to submit projects of at least $20,000 and a maximum of $100,000. Once the project is completed, it is possible to make a new request that targets different markets from the previous request.


Target market

CanExport aims for the SME to target a market where it is not yet present. To determine if it is a new market, there are two possible criteria, namely having sales:

  • Less than $100,000, or;
  • Less than 10% of the company’s total sales (domestic and international sales combined).

The SME can target up to 5 target markets in its request. It is important to note that 4 countries are divided into sub-national markets: Brazil, China, India and the United States.


Eligible expenses

The program has a variety of allowable expenses. Here is a non-exhaustive list:

  • Commercial events
  • Marketing and translation
  • Interpretation service
  • Contractual agreement
  • Intellectual property
  • Certification
  • Consultant in business, tax and legal advice
  • Realization of a market study.

For more details on the program, I invite you to click here.


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