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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- 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.
- AgriMarketing Program
Do you have an agricultural business? You could get money to advertise and market your products and adapt appropriate quality and security assurance systems.
- BDC Capital
Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of your business' growth.
- BDC Xpansion Loan
Get financing to help you explore new domestic or foreign market opportunities.
- BDC financing
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Export Guarantee Program
An export guarantee could increase your chances of obtaining financing.
- FACTOR funding for the recording industry
If you have a recording business or if you are a song-writer, composer or musician and record in English, you could get money for certain activities.
- Farm Credit Canada – Loans and Lending Options
You could access capital for your farming or agri-business operation.
- 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.
- Grant Programs for Writers and Publishers
As a professional writer, collective or publisher, you can apply for various grants and prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts.
You may be eligible for financing if you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner.
- NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Inc.
Your foreign customer could get financing to purchase your products and services.
- Supplier Financing
If you have accepted a promissory note from a foreign buyer, consider selling it to free up your cash flow.
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 $350,000 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.
- Managing 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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