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 reduce your financial risks.
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- ATB Financial
If you are looking for money to help you start or operate your small business in Alberta, you may be eligible for financing opportunities.
- BDC Capital
Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of growth of your business.
- BDC Small Business Loan — for existing business
Get a loan of up to $50,000 within 2 to 5 business days. There are no fees or hassles and the entire process is online.
- BDC Xpansion Loan
Get financing to help you explore new domestic or foreign market opportunities.
- BDC business loans
You could get money to help you start or grow your business.
- BDC growth capital for aboriginal business
Find out how you could get money to help start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- CBDC General Business Loan
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.
- SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing
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.
- 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.
- AgriMarketing — SME Component
Your SME in the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sector could be eligible for funding to develop or further penetrate export markets.
- AgriMarketing — Market development stream
Your not-for-profit organization in the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sector could be eligible for funding for market development projects.
- Agriculture Financial Services Corporation Lending
Access loans and services to start or grow farm, agribusiness or other small business.
- Alberta BoostR
This crowdfunding platform can help your Alberta business raise money through a community of supporters, in exchange for a reward.
- Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
If you are an Aboriginal entrepreneur seeking financing and business support, learn about loans, equity investments and services available to you.
- Alberta Media Fund
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
As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.
- Atuqtuarvik Corporation — Financing
If you are Inuit and live in Nunavut, you can apply for a loan to start or expand your business.
- Bioenterprise Seed Funding Program
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
Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.
- Business Investment Fund
Need financing to grow or expand your business? If it is part of the Province’s strategic sector, you could be eligible for funding.
- CanExport Program
You could get up to $99,999 to help your business develop new export markets.
- Canada Book Fund
You could receive financial assistance for your Canadian book publishing business.
- 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.
- Cluster Development Program
Work together with other local businesses to find export opportunities.
- Collaboration Voucher Program
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
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
You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in a rural area of British Columbia.
- Community Futures Manitoba
Find out about loans to start or grow a business if you live in rural and northern Manitoba.
- Community Futures Program
Get funding for starting or growing a business in a rural or disadvantaged area of the province of Quebec.
- Community Futures Saskatchewan — Loan products for small businesses
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
Are you an Aboriginal entrepreneur wishing to start or grow your business? You may be eligible for a business loan.
- Craft Business Development
Access skills development and funding assistance to develop or grow your craft business in Cape Breton Island and Mulgrave.
- Cultural Industry Growth Program
Find out how your creative arts business or consortium may be eligible for financial support for export development.
- Cultural industries — Financial assistance
Find out how you could get money to help cover costs related to your film, television, new media, music or publishing business.
- Early Stage Exporters fund
If your corporation has at least 3 employees and annual sales of $300,000 to $500,000, you may qualify for a grant of 50% of costs to start exporting.
- Eastern Ontario Development Fund
If you run a business or an incorporated, not-for-profit organization you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
- Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities: Financing
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)
Funding may be available for your organization if you provide business support services in French to a Francophone community in southern Ontario.
- Enriched Investment Tax Credit
Your manufacturing or processing business may be eligible to receive a tax rebate of 25%.
- Enterprise Trade Fund (Small Business)
You could be eligible for funding to open, develop or expand markets or to stimulate Yukon business activities.
- Enterprise Trade Fund (film and sound industries)
If your business is involved in the sound or film industry, you can apply for funding of up to $50 000.
- Entrepreneur Loan Program
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.
- Entrepreneur Support (SEED)
You may be eligible to receive a grant to start a new business or to improve the capacity of your existing business.
- Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund
If you are Aboriginal and live in the territories, you could get financing to start or grow a business.
- Export Development Program for Music
You could get financing to promote and expand your music business outside of Nova Scotia.
- Export Growth Program
You could be eligible for funding up to $15,000 to increase your export capabilities.
- Export Guarantee Program
An export guarantee could increase your chances of obtaining financing.
- Export Help! Program
You may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 to hire a consultant to provide you with export advice.
- Export Market Access — A global expansion program
If you have at least 5 employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a grant of 50% on costs to grow export sales.
- Exportateurs de classe mondiale Program
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.
- Fisheries and Sealing — Commercial Fisheries Freight Subsidy
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.
- Foreign Buyer Financing
If you export capital goods or services, your foreign buyer could benefit from EDC's financing solutions for terms ranging from 2 to 5 years.
- Fuel Injection Program
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
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.
- Grant Programs for writers and publishers
As a professional writer, publisher, or part of an author collective, you can apply for various grants and prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts.
- Growing Forward 2: Growing Value — Commercialization
If you are an agriproducer or agriprocessor, you could receive financing for pre-commercialization, commercialization and market development activities.
- Incoming Buyers Program
Your business could receive up to $2,250 to bring an international buyer to your business.
- Investing in Business Growth and Productivity
Your established Ontario business or not-for-profit organization may be eligible for funding to grow and be more productive.
You may be eligible for financing if you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner.
- Makigiaqvik Loans
If you have an Inuit-owned business you may be eligible for a loan of up to $50,000.
- Market Access Program
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
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 Program
You could obtain financial assistance for marketing costs from start-up through to international exporting.
- Music PEI Funding Program
If you are a musical artist from PEI, you may apply for a grant to assist you in developing your craft.
- NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Canada
Your foreign customer could get financing to purchase your products and services.
- Northern Business Opportunity Program (Northern Ontario)
Your Northern Ontario business could be eligible for grants or loans ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.
- Northern Ontario Development Program
Apply for financing to grow your business in Northern Ontario.
- Nova Scotia Business Inc. Payroll Rebate
You could receive a payroll rebate for your knowledge-based, growth sector-oriented project.
- Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit
You may be entitled to a 30% refundable tax credit, to a maximum of $30,000 per literary work, if you publish or promote work by a Canadian author.
- Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Enterprises
You may be eligible for a loan of $5,000 to $25,000 for your innovative Ontario-based social enterprise.
- Ontario Exporters Fund
Apply for funding to help you hire an export manager to develop an export plan for your existing business.
- Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
You could be eligible for a tax credit toward the labour and marketing costs of your digital media production.
- Ontario Media Development Corporation Export Fund
Discover how your cultural media company could receive funding for export development.
- Ontario Music Fund
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 Exportation — Volet Entreprises
Planning to export to new markets? You could get financial assistance to cover expenses or fees related to your export marketing activities.
- Programme d’aide à l’exportation et au rayonnement culturel
Do you own a cultural business? If so, you could get financial support for your export projects and cultural outreach activities.
- Quality Improvement Support Program
You could receive financing to enhance trade and export opportunities and improve your competitiveness in the global marketplace.
- Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP)
Find out about financial and other resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.
- Rise Asset Development
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.
- Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative
Up to $100,000 of funding may be available for you to establish or grow your agri-business.
- Sivummut Grants to Small Businesses
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
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
As a business or an incorporated, not-for-profit organization you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
- Strategic Investments Program
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.
- Tax credits — Market Diversification for Quebec Manufacturing Companies
Would you like to sell your manufactured products outside Quebec? This tax measure can help you cover your certification costs.
- Touring Artist Fund
You could get funding to help you exhibit your artistic work outside the Yukon.
- Tourism Industry Partners Program
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
Access funding to develop your tourism business in the Northwest Territories.
- Yukon Venture Loan Guarantee Program
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.
- EDC Accounts Receivable Insurance
Insure up to 90% of your export business against a number of commercial risks.
- Insurance solutions for exporters
Find export-related insurance that can lessen the risks of doing business overseas and help you increase your working capital.
- Trade Protect
Protect your business from non-payment by foreign buyers with insurance for up to $500,000 of your export sales.
If you export, financial institutions may be willing to buy your accounts receivables if these are insured with Export Development Canada.
- EDC bonding and guarantees
Learn about your bonding and guarantee options when exporting your goods.
- Protect against risk in international trade
Learn how to develop an export policy that can help protect your business from political and commercial risks when doing business abroad.
- Getting paid: Understanding export transactions
Now that you've arranged to export goods to an international buyer, how do you get paid? Learn about the different methods of payment.
Find private sector financing
There are a wide variety of different private sector organizations that may provide financing to 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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