Programs, support and services

Ontario’s export programs and services are an invaluable way to make connections with new customers and new markets.

The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade helps Ontario companies expand their business within Canada and globally. We offer a wide range of export programs and services from exporter preparation and export education webinars and seminars to help business learn about exporting and opportunities in target markets, to export business missions in conjunction with some of the world’s major trade shows and curated B2B meetings.

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Before selling outside of Ontario

Before you can begin selling outside of Canada, you must have a Business Number (BN) and an Import/Export Program Account from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

  • Visit Business Revenue Online to register for a BN and/or add an import-export account to an existing BN.
  • You must include your BN Import/Export Program Account on all of your customs documents. This applies to most shipments coming into or leaving Canada.
  • If you have questions, contact the CRA: Business Window at 1-800-959-552 or visit Business Registration Online (BRO)

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Webinars and workshops on exporting

We offer a wide range of free exporter preparation and export education webinars/seminars to help businesses learn about exporting and international markets.

They include:

  • First Steps in Exporting series and general exporter preparation webinars offering hands-on, practical advice from industry experts
  • pitch preparation workshops highlighting how to effectively pitch your business to potential buyers and partners
  • cross border seminars/webinars, including New Exporter to Border States (NEBS) and New Exporters of Technology and Services to the US (NETSUS) and workshops on e-commerce, which are designed to help Ontario companies get their goods and services across the border
  • market/region-specific webinars focused on helping Ontario companies take advantage of new business opportunities in global markets
  • industry-specific webinars offering learning opportunities tailored to a specific industry/sector

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Talk to an advisor

Our skilled export advisors can help you get your business ready for new markets. Contact us to learn about the resources available to help you select markets to target and develop market entry strategies. 

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