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.

    Canada

    Alberta

    • 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.
    • Agriculture Financial Services Corporation Lending
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Access loans and services to start or grow a farm, agribusiness or other small business.
    • 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 your organization is involved in the creation of media products (print, screen, digital, and sound), you could be eligible for a grant.
    • 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 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — WD
      Only Applies to : Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
      Your Western Canada organization can get financing and other support to accelerate growth, or to nurture inclusive regional ecosystems.

    British Columbia

    Manitoba

    New Brunswick

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — ACOA
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Your Atlantic Canada organization can get financing and other support to accelerate growth, or to nurture inclusive regional ecosystems.

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — ACOA
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Your Atlantic Canada organization can get financing and other support to accelerate growth, or to nurture inclusive regional ecosystems.

    Northwest Territories

    Nova Scotia

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Industries Fund
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Your creative-industry organization could get funding to help you reach global markets.
    • 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.
    • Export Growth Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      You could be eligible for funding up to $15,000 to increase your export capabilities.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — ACOA
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Your Atlantic Canada organization can get financing and other support to accelerate growth, or to nurture inclusive regional ecosystems.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Nunavut

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Ontario

    Prince Edward Island

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Marketing Support Assistance
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You could obtain financial assistance for marketing costs from start-up through to international exporting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — ACOA
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Your Atlantic Canada organization can get financing and other support to accelerate growth, or to nurture inclusive regional ecosystems.

    Quebec

    Saskatchewan

    Yukon

    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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