Finance your exports

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1. Federal programs

AgriMarketing — Market development stream

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

If your not-for-profit organization is part of the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sectors, you may be eligible for funding of up to $2.5 million per year. Eligible projects must aim to increase exports or domestic market share.

Eligible activities include those related to:

  • Market development, branding, and marketing
  • Exploratory missions, shows and trade seminars
  • Market research
  • Export capacity building
  • Technical support services and/or research that facilitates market entry

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • Be a member of the Canada Brand
  • Have a multi-year international strategy in place
  • Contribute a portion of the project costs

Other conditions apply.

AgriMarketing — SME Component

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

If your SME is part of the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sectors, you may be eligible for funding of up to $250,000. Eligible projects must aim to develop new export markets or further penetrate existing export markets.

Eligible activities include those related to:

  • Company-specific branding and advertising
  • Incoming and outgoing missions and trade seminars
  • Promotion and product training for buyers

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • Have fewer than 250 employees
  • Have annual sales of no more than $50 million
  • Have completed market research
  • Be export and market ready
  • Contribute a minimum of 50% of the project costs

Other conditions apply.

BDC business loans

Business Development Bank of Canada

Whether you are launching a business or looking to expand and grow an existing one, you could get a term loan to help you:

  • Start or buy a business
  • Buy, build or renovate your facilities
  • Buy equipment
  • Research and develop new products
  • Develop new markets for your products
  • Acquire information and communications technology
  • Sell your business

The loan comes with flexible terms.

You may need to provide credit references and to have invested money in your business. Other conditions apply.

BDC Small Business Loan — for existing business

Business Development Bank of Canada

Keep your cash flow. Rather than using the money you need for day-to-day activities, consider applying for additional financing. With the BDC Small Business Loan, you could get up to $50,000 within 5 business days, without fees or hassles. The entire process is completed online.

You need to have been operating your business for the past 24 months.

Other conditions apply.

BDC Xpansion Loan

Business Development Bank of Canada

If you are looking to expand into new domestic or foreign markets, this loan could provide you with funding to:

  • Invest in technology or develop new products
  • Launch a new marketing campaign
  • Purchase licenses, patents or trademarks
  • Hire and train additional employees
  • Obtain a certification

Other conditions apply.

Canada Feature Film Fund

Telefilm Canada

If your film production business is a Canadian-owned and controlled corporation, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Funding is available through a variety of programs, including the following:

  • Development Program
  • Production Program
  • Marketing Program
  • Theatrical Documentary Program
  • International Marketing and Festival Participation Program

Various Canadian content conditions apply. See the website for financing details. You may submit your application online at any time during Telefilm's fiscal year.

CanExport Program

Global Affairs Canada

You could get up to $99,999 to reimburse up to 50% of eligible expenses to promote your business in new international markets. Your for-profit business must:

  • Be incorporated or a limited liability partnership
  • Employ between one and 250 full-time employees
  • Have an annual revenue between $200,000 and $50 million

Eligible activities include:

  • Business travel
  • Trade fairs
  • Market research
  • Marketing tools updates
  • Legal fees for distribution or representation agreements

Eligible expenses include travel costs and contractor or consultant fees.

Other conditions apply.

Community Futures Program

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

If you live in a rural area or in a region that doesn't have many job opportunities, you may be able to get a loan to start or grow a business. The amount of funding available and the eligibility criteria depend on the region where you live.

You will need to create a business plan and describe any financing you have received or expect to receive through any other government or municipal program. The funding is a loan that must be repaid.

EDC bonding and guarantees

Export Development Canada

Posting bonds and guarantees is a necessary part of exporting that can tie up your cash flow. EDC has a range of bonding and guarantee solutions, offered in partnership with financial institutions, which can help you to free up the working capital you need.

  • Account Performance Security Guarantee
  • Foreign Exchange Facility Guarantee
  • Surety Bond Insurance

FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry

Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings

As a Canadian recording artist, song-writer, artist manager, record label owner, music publisher, distributor, or event producers of English language content, you could qualify for funding.

Eligible activities include:

  • Sound recording
  • Business development
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Business travel and tours
  • Creation of a music video
  • Workshops for songwriters

Depending on the program, the funding:

  • Comes in the form of grants, or a combination of loans and grants
  • Provides maximum amounts that range from $750 to $200,000
  • Generally covers up to 50% of the cost of eligible activities

Other conditions apply.

Finance your exports

Foreign Buyer Financing

Export Development Canada

If your business is active in the competitive international marketplace, EDC has a guarantee solution for transactions under $10 million. It allows you to provide financing options to your international customers who want to buy capital goods and/or services from Canada, helping you win more contracts.

Your customer's financial institution pays a competitively priced guarantee exposure fee based on the amount and length of the loan, the country risk, and credit risk of your customer. An administration fee may also be applicable

Foreign Exchange Facility Guarantee

Export Development Canada

You could free up some of your working capital by encouraging your financial institution to forego its usual demand for collateral on foreign exchange contracts.

This guarantee can also help you accurately budget your revenues and costs in Canadian dollars and pay your suppliers without fear of losing money because your exchange rates are locked in.

Grant programs for artists

Canada Council for the Arts

If you are a professional artist involved in dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts or writing and publishing, you can apply for a grant to help cover costs related to activities such as:

  • Creation/production
  • Professional development
  • Residency
  • Travel

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have specialized training
  • Be recognized as a professional by your peers
  • Have a history of public presentation or publication

Grants are also available for organizations, groups, and collectives.

Grant Programs for writers and publishers

Canada Council for the Arts

If you are a professional writer, publisher, or part of an author collective, you may be eligible for grants and prizes intended to help with various aspects of your literary profession, such as:

  • Creation/translation
  • Operating funds
  • Organizational development assistance
  • Presenting and dissemination assistance
  • Professional development
  • Project assistance
  • Publication/promotion
  • Travel

As well, grants may be available to help you attend author residencies, literary readings and festivals.



As a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner, you may be eligible for financing to help pay for:

  • Recordings and production
  • Artistic development
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Domestic and international business development

Financing amounts range, depending on the activity.

NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Canada

NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Canada

Increase your chances of landing export sales by providing financing options to your buyer as part of an overall sales proposal.

Eligible foreign buyers could obtain financing to purchase goods and services from Canadian exporters, including purchases of a relatively low dollar value.

Contact NORTHSTAR early in the export contract negotiations and they could issue you a complimentary letter of intent to assist in negotiations with your prospective customer.

Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Are you looking to start a business? Is your community facing economic development issues? There are programs and services available to help you succeed at every stage of your business.

Find resources that can help you:

  • Start a business or improve productivity
  • Innovate or adopt new technologies
  • Market or export your goods or services
  • Plan for succession
  • Promote your region

Support may also be available for economic development, diversification, and recovery of communities, as well as renovation and expansion of community infrastructure.

Soft Landing program

Canadian Digital Media Network

Are you ready to introduce your ICT product or service to international markets? If you have existing revenues and are a client of the Canadian Digital Media Network's hub partners, you could be eligible for reimbursements of:

  • Up to $4,000 towards transportation and accommodation costs
  • Up to 3 months of desk space at a co-working location, accelerator or incubator

To be eligible, your ICT product or service must be market ready and there must be potential for growth in foreign markets.

Other conditions apply.

Working Capital Financing

Export Development Canada

Increase your chances of securing financing from banks with a government guarantee on your export-related activities or foreign investments.

  • Coverage of export-related activities varies from 75% to 90%.
  • Up to 100% coverage is available on foreign investments.
  • Costs are based on the associated risks, the duration of the contract and the amount of financing required.

To qualify, your financial institution must be willing to establish a credit arrangement with your business and participate in the financing.

BDC growth capital for aboriginal business

Business Development Bank of Canada

As an aboriginal entrepreneur, you could get up to $25,000 to start a business or up to $100,000 to grow your existing business. You could also get business advice for 2 years.

You should:

  • Have a good business idea
  • Have experience in management
  • Have personal or corporate guarantees
  • Be willing to work with a mentor
  • Operate on- or off-reserve in Canada

You can use the loan to buy land or equipment, develop new products, create an Internet site or learn how to export and more.

2. Provincial programs

Exportateurs de classe mondiale Program

Agri-Food Export Group Québec–Canada

You could get a refund of up to 30% of the cost of activities related to exporting products outside of Quebec.

Eligible activities include:

  • Market exploration
  • Market validation
  • Hosting buyers in Quebec
  • Participation in trade shows

You must:

  • Conduct processing and packaging activities in Quebec
  • Have processed or marketed agri-food products predominantly from Québec for at least 2 years
  • Be able to provide a three-year export business plan.

Other conditions apply.

Finance your exports

Programme d’aide à l’exportation et au rayonnement culturel

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get up to $100,000 for export projects, if you are engaged in motion picture or television production, or in commercial activities related to books, art trade, music and performing arts, or contemporary art galleries.

The program has 5 components:

  • Sodexport — Business
  • Sodexport — Project
    • Support for variety show tours outside Quebec
    • Purchase of rights outside Quebec (businesses in the field of books and publishing)
  • Collective presence in markets and trade fairs, and other export activities
  • International relations
  • Special projects

Other conditions apply.

Programme Exportation — Volet Entreprises

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

Want to increase your business opportunities? You could get financial assistance to cover up to 30% of eligible expenses, to:

  • Hire an export specialist
  • Develop an international business plan
  • Exhibit at a trade show

Businesses in the following sectors are excluded:

  • Personal services
  • Retail and wholesale
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Performing arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

Other conditions apply.

SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing

Investissement Québec

You may be eligible for a loan, a loan guarantee, or funding in "quasi-equity" of $50,000 or more for business projects such as:

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment
  • Building modernization
  • Business succession, transfer, or acquisition
  • Increase in working capital
  • Trademarks acquisition
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization

The maximum duration of funding is 25 years. Agricultural sectors, finance, real estate and retail are excluded.

Other conditions apply.

Tax credits — Market Diversification for Quebec Manufacturing Companies

Investissement Québec

If you would like to market your products outside Quebec, you may be able to benefit from this refundable tax credit covering up to 24% of eligible certification costs, incurred prior to January 1st, 2016, to a maximum of $45,000.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Be located in Quebec
  • Manufacture eligible goods
  • Have assets of $50 million or less
  • Carry out 75% of its activities in the manufacturing sector
  • Have a corporation certificate issued by Investissement Québec

Other conditions apply.

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