Programs, support and services

Ontario companies that export likely already know it can be an important way to grow your company and increase profit. But it can also feel daunting.

The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade can help Ontario exporters identify new opportunities for international growth and help prepare you for success with education programs, export business missions to key markets, setting up targeted meetings with distributors and one-on-one guidance from skilled international market consultants.

Webinars and workshops on exporters

Ontario offers several free online workshops and webinars to help business take advantage of new markets. They include industry-specific webinars tailored to a specific industry/sector. If you are looking for more introductory sessions, see our webinars and workshops for new exporters.

See the full calendar of trade programs and events.

Attend a business mission

A business mission is an online event that brings together a group of Ontario companies (also known as a business delegation) and international buyers/partners for online business meetings.

Ontario international market consultants organize these events for specific sectors and lead business missions to international markets. These missions will help you promote your products and services to international clients and match you with pre-screened prospective partners and buyers.

Business missions may also include participation in virtual trade shows in the same region and sector. Participating in the trade show portion of the mission will help your company to showcase its products and services to international clients under the Ontario, Canada brand. During the show, your company will be included in an online Ontario directory produced for the main trade event. Your business will also be profiled on, an online resource for international buyers to learn more about Ontario delegations. 

By joining a trade mission, your business can: 

  • participate in curated business meetings with potential partners and buyers
  • showcase your products and services and pitch your company
  • learn about new markets
  • take advantage of the Ontario, Canada brand and be promoted on social media

Talk to an international market consultant

Our skilled export advisors provide free, personalized export consulting and can help you get your business ready for new markets, tell you about the resources available to you, select markets to target and develop market entry strategies. 

International market consultants covering Asia, Eurasia, Australia and Africa; and Europe and Americas.

We also have an international network of Ontario Trade and Investment Offices, co-located in Canadian missions abroad, who can advise on international business development, share critical business insight on target markets and also connect you with relevant business partners in:

  • China: Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai
  • Europe: London, Munich and Paris
  • India: Mumbai and New Delhi
  • Mexico: Mexico City
  • South Korea: Seoul
  • Japan: Tokyo
  • U.S.A.: Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC 

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