NEWS: Minister Ng announces new measures to help Canadian small businesses access global markets amid COVID-19

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced new actions to help Canadian businesses grow while navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the global marketplace.

The Government of Canada launched the CanExport SMEs program—delivered through the Trade Commissioner Service—in 2016. As an investment totalling $190 million, this program has helped thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs break into new international markets with funding of up to $75,000 to cover travel costs and other expenses.

With international travel restricted due to COVID-19, the CanExport SMEs program is pivoting to now help small businesses:

  • develop and expand their e-commerce presence by covering partial costs associated with online sales platforms and digital strategy consulting, as well as advertising and search engine optimization
  • attend virtual trade shows and other business-to-business events
  • navigate new COVID-19-related trade barriers by helping pay for new international market certifications and requirements

Canada is working to build a sustainable and resilient recovery that benefits everyone. That is why these new measures will also provide dedicated support for Indigenous and women-owned small businesses, which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

This new support will help hundreds of small businesses in the coming months explore new opportunities to sell their world-class Canadian products and services in the international marketplace, grow their businesses, and create good jobs for Canadians.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for CanExport SMEs program funding.

Note to members: Funding for select virtual events is available through the CFEA. To maximize funding for your company, we recommend you access these events through us and apply to CanExport for events not available through us.