CanExport Associations: Quick Program Guide for Entrepreneurs


Through this CanExport program, Canadian national industry associations and trade organizations may access up to $250,000 in annual funding. CanExport will cover up to 50% of eligible costs for new or expanded international business development (IBD) activities that benefit an entire industry: organization’s members and non-members alike.

Comments on Funding:

Canadian national industry associations and trade organizations may access up to $250,000 in annual funding. We will cover up to 50% of eligible costs.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


January 11, 2022


  • Canadian national bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils
  • Canadian national industry or trade associations
  • Canadian regional sectoral industry associations with a national perspective (in some cases); and
  • Canadian national organizations representing companies majority owned by under-represented groups in trade (e.g. Indigenous, women, LGBTQ2+).

The applicant must:

  • be a not-for-profit corporation,
  • Not directly sell products that are sold by its members
  • have sufficient private revenues to cover 50% of costs for proposed activities, confirmed by 2 years of financial statements.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit a complete draft application that includes:

  1. a multi-year (minimum three-year) international business development strategy approved by the applicant’s governing body (for example, the Board of Directors);
  2. the organization’s financial statements from the past two years. 

Other Things to Note:

The 2022-23 application process for projects taking place between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023, will be open from November 30, 2021 to January 11, 2022 (noon / 12:00 p.m. EST).

Program Contact:

CanExport Associations website

How to apply for CanExport Associations funding

Frequently Asked Questions – CanExport Associations


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