No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



Canadian exporting businesses owned and led by people identifying as women, Indigenous, Black and other dimensions of diversity, one of the main barriers to growth is lack of equitable access to capital. EDC Inclusive Trade Investments Program (ITIP) helps address that challenge and create more opportunities for growth.

Comments on Funding:

EDC Inclusive Trade Investments Program (ITIP) provides equity capital to diverse exporters.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Program criteria:

  • Canadian company owned and/or strategically led at the C-suite level by diverse person(s) (who identify as women, Indigenous, Black or other racialized peoples, LGBTQ2+ or people living with disabilities);
  • Diverse members of the C-suite have equity ownership that is consistent with other C-suite members;
  • Commercial revenue growth is accelerating towards C$1 million, with significant export growth potential;
  • Company that demonstrates commitment to establishing a diverse board of directors.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must contact EDC to find out if EDC can hep them. They must be prepared to discuss the following:


An overview of your company and sector;


Trailing 12 months (TTM) revenue and run rate;


Transaction term sheet, if available;


Use of proceeds and export profile.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Addresses underfunding faced by women and other diverse exporters by providing equity capital to support growth in global markets.
  2. 2
    Export Development Canada (EDC) has committed $200 million to invest in companies founded or led by diverse Canadians.
  3. 3
    Find out if EDC ITIP is right for your business by sending us a question. Or call us at 1-800-229-0575, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. 

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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