Export financing

Although exporting offers many rewards like increased sales and market growth, it can put a strain on your finances. Many exporters seek external financing to support this activity. Various financing solutions are available to help you hire international trade expertise, to help you market and sell abroad, to help boost your working capital and to reduce your financial risks.

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    Financing programs

    • CanExport program
      You could get up to $50,000 to help your business develop new export markets.
    • Aboriginal Initiatives Fund III
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Your for-profit or non-profit Aboriginal organization could be eligible for a grant for its economic development project.
    • Aboriginal Tourism Development Funding Support Program
      Only Applies to : Canada
      You could get up to $10,000 for a project that is designed to help your Aboriginal tourism business move towards market or export readiness.
    • Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship
      You could qualify for a $3,000 grant for activities that support the promotion or development of export opportunities for Canadians.
    • AgriAssurance: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component
      Do you run an agriculture business? You can apply for funding to help you implement assurance projects that address market and regulatory requirements.
    • Agriculture Financial Services Corporation Lending
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Access loans and services to start or grow a farm, agribusiness or other small business.
    • ATB BoostR
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      This crowdfunding platform can help your Alberta business raise money through a community of supporters, in exchange for a reward.
    • Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you are an Indigenous entrepreneur seeking financing and business support, learn about loans, equity investments and services available to you.
    • Alberta Media Fund
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you publish books or magazines, or produce films or sound recordings, you could get a grant to fund new projects and cover eligible expenses.
    • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.
    • ATB Financial
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you are looking for money to help you start or operate your small business in Alberta, you may be eligible for financing opportunities.
    • Atuqtuarvik Corporation — Financing
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are Inuit and live in Nunavut, you can apply for a loan to start or expand your business.
    • BDC Capital
      Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of growth of your business.
    • BDC business loans
      You could get money to help you start or grow your business.
    • BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan
      As an Indigenous entrepreneur, you could get money to help start or grow your business.
    • BDC Small Business Loan — for existing business
      Only Applies to : Canada
      Get a loan of up to $100,000 within 5 business days. There are no application fees or hassles and the entire process is online.
    • BDC Xpansion Loan
      You could get financing to help you explore new domestic or foreign market opportunities.
    • Bioenterprise Seed Funding Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Has your business developed a unique agricultural or agri-food innovation in Southern Ontario? You could access seed financing and business coaching.
    • Business Development Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.
    • Business Investment Fund
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      Need financing to grow or expand your business? If it is part of the Province's strategic sector, you could be eligible for funding.
    • Canada Book Fund
      You could receive financial assistance for your Canadian book publishing business.
    • Canada Council for the Arts — Funding
      Are you an artist? You may be eligible for various grants and prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts.
    • Canada Feature Film Fund
      If you are an incorporated Canadian film producer, you could receive money to develop, produce and market your movies in English or French.
    • Canada Music Fund: Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms
      Your music publishing firm could receive a yearly contribution of up to $75,000 for projects that cultivate and promote Canadian music talent.
    • CanExport program
      You could get up to $50,000 to help your business develop new export markets.
    • CBDC General Business Loan
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      If you’re an entrepreneur living in a rural community in Atlantic Canada, you could get help to expand your existing business or buy a new one.
    • Collaboration Voucher Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be able to cut the cost of innovation technical expertise needed to keep your Ontario business competitive.
    • Community Futures Alberta — Small business loans
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in rural Alberta.
    • Community Futures British Columbia — Financing programs for entrepreneurs
      Only Applies to : British Columbia
      You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in a rural area of British Columbia.
    • Community Futures Manitoba
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      Find out about loans to start or grow a business if you live in rural and northern Manitoba.
    • Community Futures Program (NWT)
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      If you are starting a new business or looking to grow your existing business in the NWT, you could be eligible for business assistance, funding or counselling.
    • Community Futures Program (Quebec)
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Get funding for starting or growing a business in a designated rural or suburban area of the province of Quebec.
    • Community Futures Saskatchewan — Loans for small businesses
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in rural or northern Saskatchewan.
    • Community Futures Treaty Seven — Business development
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Are you an Aboriginal entrepreneur wishing to start or grow your business? You may be eligible for a business loan.
    • Consultant Advisory Services Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      You can access up to $5,000 to hire a consultant to help with an issue or a challenge faced by your SME or non-profit organization.
    • Craft business development
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Access skills development and funding assistance to develop or grow your craft business in Cape Breton Island and Mulgrave.
    • Creative Export Canada
      Get funding to develop exports in the creative industries sector.
    • Creative Industries Fund
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Your creative-industry organization could get funding to help you reach global markets.
    • Cultural industries — Financial assistance
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      Find out how you could get money to help cover costs related to your film, television, new media, music or publishing business.
    • E-tools for Exporting program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Access financial assistance to help develop and integrate electronic tools that can improve your business and exporting success.
    • Eastern Ontario Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you run an incorporated business, you could receive project funding that supports business expansion and innovation in your region.
    • Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities: Financing
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      If you are a Francophone living in Manitoba, you may be able to get financing to start or grow a business.
    • Economic Development Initiative (Southern Ontario)
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Funding may be available for your organization if you provide business support services in French to a Francophone community in southern Ontario.
    • EDC Direct Lending
      Get financing to sell into markets outside of Canada.
    • Enterprise Trade Fund (film and sound industries)
      Only Applies to : Yukon
      If your business is involved in the sound or film industry, you can apply for funding of up to $50,000.
    • Enterprise Trade Fund (Small Business)
      Only Applies to : Yukon
      You could be eligible for funding to open, develop or expand markets or to stimulate Yukon business activities.
    • Entrepreneur Loan Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You may be eligible to receive up to $100,000 directly from authorized lenders backed by a government guarantee for your new or expanding business.
    • Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
      If you are Aboriginal and live in the territories, you could get financing to start or grow a business.
    • Export Growth Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      You could be eligible for funding up to $15,000 to increase your export capabilities.
    • Export Guarantee Program
      You could increase your chances of obtaining financing from your bank.
    • Export Market Access — A global expansion program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you have 3 to 500 employees and annual sales of $300,000 or more, you may qualify for a grant of 50% on costs to grow export sales.
    • Export Market Access Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Access financial assistance to help you market yourself more effectively, increase your exports and grow your business.
    • Export Readiness Micro-Voucher Program
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Your Alberta business could get up to $5,000 for the development of a targeted international market strategy focused on one country.
    • Export Support Fund
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Your Alberta business could be eligible for funding of up to $20,000 per year for a select range of approved export activities.
    • Exportateurs de classe mondiale Program
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are in the agri-food business, you could get funding to explore export markets, develop strategies, and seize business opportunities.
    • FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry
      If your business operates in the English sound recording industry in Canada, you could qualify for funding to support various business activities.
    • Farm Credit Canada — loans and lending options
      You could access flexible financing options for your farming, agri-food or agribusiness operation.
    • Femmessor — Réussir en affaires
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could obtain funding, training or mentoring for a project relating to the acquisition, start-up, expansion or consolidation of a business.
    • FIJE Fund
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are a woman, an immigrant or a young entrepreneur of the Haute-Yamaska region, you could get a loan of up to $50,000 for your business project.
    • Fisheries and Sealing — Commercial Fisheries Freight Subsidy
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      As a commercial fisher or business owner, you could get a grant to cover up to 50% of the cost to ship within Nunavut and southern Canada.
    • Seafood Innovation and Transition Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      If your fisheries-related business or organization is transitioning from shellfish to groundfish, you could be eligible for funding.
    • Fonds de solidarité FTQ
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If your Quebec business is in a period of growth and profitability, you can use this fund to obtain personalized business solutions that meet your needs.
    • Buyer Financing
      EDC can help give your business a competitive advantage by providing your international buyers with flexible payment options.
    • Fuel Injection Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Your advanced manufacturing or social innovation business could access up to $30,000 in seed funding for growth projects in Southern Ontario.
    • Funding programs for Nunavut filmmakers
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are a filmmaker, producer or owner of a production company based in Nunavut, you may get money to create films, television shows and digital media.
    • Growing Forward 2: Growing Value — Commercialization
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      If you are an agriproducer or agriprocessor, you could receive financing for pre-commercialization, commercialization and market development activities.
    • Incoming Buyers Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      Your business could receive up to $2,250 to bring an international buyer to your business.
    • Industry Development Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Your not-for-profit, cultural media industry organization could be eligible for funding and support to hold industry-enhancing events in Ontario.
    • Innovation Rebate Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Apply for a 25% rebate on projects valued up to $15 million that will increase the global competitiveness of your business.
    • Interactive Digital Media Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible for funding to help you cover some the costs of commercializing your interactive digital media content.
    • Investing in Business Growth and Productivity
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Your established Ontario business or not-for-profit organization may be eligible for funding to grow and be more productive.
    • Jobs and Prosperity Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible for funding to help with business projects that will enhance productivity and help you compete in the global marketplace.
    • Makigiaqvik Loans
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you have an Inuit-owned business and are living in the Qikiqtani region, you may be eligible for a loan of up to $50,000.
    • Manufacturing and Processing Exporter Hiring Tax Incentive
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      Your Saskatchewan business may be eligible for a tax credit if your number of employees has increased since 2014.
    • Market Access Program
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      If you want to market your product or service beyond Saskatchewan, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some costs to exhibit at a trade event in a new market.
    • Market Development, Product Enhancement and Diversification Program
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      If you work in New Brunswick's agri-food industry, you may be eligible for financial assistance to target and/or expand export markets.
    • Marketing Support Assistance
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You could obtain financial assistance for marketing costs from start-up through to international exporting.
    • Métis Assistance Program (Saskatchewan)
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      If you are a Métis business owner in Saskatchewan, learn how you could get up to 40% of your project costs covered.
    • Métis Voyageur Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are Métis, your Ontario-based business may be eligible for loans up to $1M with better rates and fewer restrictions than with commercial lenders.
    • Micro-Loan Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You may be eligible to receive financing to help start or expand your PEI-based business.
    • Music PEI Funding Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      If you are a musical artist from PEI, you may apply for a grant to assist you in developing your craft.
    • MUSICACTION
      You may be eligible for financing if you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner.
    • NATI-ACOA Export Internship Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      Your export ready business may qualify for wage subsidies to hire recent graduates to help with export activities.
    • Northern Business Opportunity Program (Northern Ontario)
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Your Northern Ontario business could be eligible for grants or loans ranging from $200,000 to $1 million.
    • Northern Ontario Development Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Apply for financing to grow your business in Northern Ontario.
    • NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Canada
      Your foreign customer could get financing to purchase your products and services.
    • Nova Scotia Business Inc. Payroll Rebate
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      You could receive a payroll rebate for your knowledge-based, growth sector-oriented project.
    • Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Enterprises
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible for a loan of $5,000 to $25,000 for your innovative Ontario-based social enterprise.
    • Ontario film and television funding
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You could be eligible for funding to help your Canadian corporation develop, produce and export Ontario films and television shows.
    • Ontario Media Development Corporation Export Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Discover how your cultural media company could receive funding for export development.
    • Ontario Music Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you run a business, a consortium, an industry association or a not-for-profit organization active in the Ontario music sector you may be eligible to apply for funding.
    • Programme d'accès aux marchés
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are seeking to expand your business' sales in the food-processing industry, and gain access to new markets, you could be eligible for financing.
    • Programme d'aide à l'exportation et au rayonnement culturel des œuvres cinématographiques, télévisuelles et interactives québécoise
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Do you own a cultural business? If so, you could get financial support for your export projects and cultural outreach activities.
    • Programme d'appui aux fromageries
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Do you own a cheese factory that processes less than 5 million litres of milk annually? You could benefit from financial assistance to improve your competitiveness.
    • Programme Exportation — Volet Entreprises
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Planning to export to new markets? You could get financial assistance to cover expenses or fees related to your export marketing activities.
    • Quality Improvement Assistance
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You could receive financing to enhance trade and export opportunities and improve your competitiveness in the global marketplace.
    • Quebec Economic Development Program
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Find out about financial and other resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.
    • Rise Asset Development
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia Ontario
      If you are an entrepreneur facing mental health or addiction challenges you could get $300 to $10,000 to help start, grow or promote your business.
    • Sivummut Grants to Small Businesses
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you live in the Baffin (Qikiqtaaluk) region of Nunavut, you could get up to $25,000 to start or grow a business.
    • Small Business Development Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      You could qualify for a government rebate of up to $15,000 to increase your export capacity.
    • Soft Landing program
      Are you ready to take your ICT business global? Get help making the right connections abroad.
    • Southwestern Ontario Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      As an incorporated business or not-for-profit organization, you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
    • Strategic Investments Program
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      You could get funding to start or grow a business, or to help build Nunavut's economy if you run a not-for-profit corporation or society.
    • Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      You may be eligible to receive financial support to start a new business or improve your business' capacity.
    • Tax credits — Market Diversification for Quebec Manufacturing Companies
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Would you like to sell your manufactured products outside Quebec? This tax measure can help you cover your certification costs.
    • Touring Artist Fund
      Only Applies to : Yukon
      You could get funding to help you exhibit your artistic work outside the Yukon.
    • Tourism Industry Partners Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You could get financing to help your business consortium market an Ontario tourist destination to tourists outside Ontario or Canada.
    • Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      Access funding to develop your tourism business in the Northwest Territories.
    • SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could get a loan, a loan guarantee or financing in "quasi-equity" for up to 100% of project costs related to the growth of your business.
    • Women in Cleantech Challenge
      Are you a female entrepreneur looking to put your cleantech idea into action? You could get funding and support, while competing for $1 million.
    • Yukon Venture Loan Guarantee Program
      Only Applies to : Yukon
      Get help securing financing from commercial lenders by lowering the risk associated with the loan.

    Reduce your financial risks

    There are ways to reduce your risks without losing out on good opportunities to grow your business.

    Find private sector financing

    There is a wide variety of private sector organizations that provide financing which may meet your needs.

    • Private sector financing
      Your business may be eligible for different types of private sector financing, including debt and equity.
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