The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade helps Ontario companies expand their business within Canada and globally. The Digital Export Market Development Initiative (DEMDI) helps new and existing exporters in Ontario use digital tools to continue to create business partnerships and opportunities. We also have export specialists living and working in important international markets who help arrange local business connections for Ontario companies.

Questions about exporting? Contact us at trade.officer@ontario.ca.

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Resources to help grow your business

Market research to help you export

Trade Data Online
Trade Data Online is a service provided by the Government of Canada that allows the user to view Ontario’s trade relationships with top export and import markets. You can also find rankings of exports and imports from a given country in comparison to other international markets.

Export Development Canada country information

Search for international trade data by product and country.

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
The federal government’s Trade Commissioner Service offers more than 200 free reports analyzing specific industries. You can also sign up for recent information about international markets.

General information

Online Export Resources
A list of websites on a variety of export-related topics.

Tax credits for businesses
Available tax credits to help you lower costs, hire/train workers and compete in the marketplace.

For small businesses and entrepreneurs

Small Business Enterprise Centres
Located across the province and offers entrepreneurs all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Financial services to small businesses, including, term loans, subordinate financing and venture capital.

Canada Small Business Financing Program
A federal government program for small businesses to help you pay for equipment for new or expanded operations.

BDC Advisory Services for International Expansion
A network of consultants and highly experienced specialists that can help your business scale up, innovate, be more productive and globalize. Find a business centre.

Export insurance and trade finance

Export Development Canada (EDC)
Trade finance and risk management services for Canadian businesses expanding into international markets.

CanExport
A federal government program that provides funding and support to grow your business abroad.

International government contracts

Canadian Commercial Corporation
For exporters interested in bidding on large-scale infrastructure projects and international government contracts.