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Key organizations to consult

There's a lot you can do to take your exporting business to the next level and a lot of organizations that are willing to help you get there.

The best part about exporting is that you don't have to go it alone. There's a wealth of resources you can take advantage of - from understanding basic contractual language to government-sponsored assistance and training. And when it comes to finding those resources, we've done the legwork for you. You'll find some of your best key resources listed in this section, all organized for easy reference.

Federal

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Developing Global Markets
ACOA offers export and trade training programs and seminars across Atlantic Canada, as well as business development financing. ACOA can help with advice, training, business plans, marketing plans, internships and interest-free loans. Training programs cover trade awareness, export counseling, export assessments, export training, trade missions and market information.

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)
CCC is a federal Crown corporation mandated to promote and facilitate international trade on behalf of Canadian industry particularly within government markets. When CCC is engaged as prime contractor on your export sale, CCC signs the contract with the buyer and then sub-contracts to you. This gives you an edge over the competition while reducing your project risks.

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can help companies succeed globally and lower the costs of doing business through four key services: Preparing for International Markets; Assessing Market Potential; Finding Qualified Contacts; and Resolving Problems.

CMHC International
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
CMHC is taking the lead in sharing Canada's housing expertise with the world. By helping other countries make housing more accessible and helping Canadian companies find opportunities in new markets, CMHC is becoming an ambassador of Canadian excellence. Includes sections on housing export, international consulting services, and international relations.

Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
FCC is Canada's largest provider of business and financial services to farms and agribusiness.

Financing, Venture Capital, and Consulting for Entrepreneurs
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
BDC helps create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)
DFATD supports trade by providing services to exporters, developing policy and attracting investment in the Canadian economy. DFATD helps large and small Canadian companies to expand and succeed internationally.

Government Services for Entrepreneurs
Canada Business
Canada Business provides a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations relevant to existing and potential business entrepreneurs.

Industry Canada
Industry Canada provides tools, information and network contacts. The Department works to improve conditions for investment, improve Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

Standards Council of Canada
SCC facilitates the development and use of national and international standards and accreditation services to enhance Canada's competitiveness and social well-being. The Standards Council carries out a variety of functions to ensure the effective and coordinated operation of standardization in Canada. It also represents Canada's interests on standards-related matters in foreign and international forums.

Starting a Business
Service Canada
Service Canada gives Canadians faster, easier and more convenient access to government programs and services.

Provincial

Alberta

Business Information Service for Alberta
The Business Link
The Business Link is a not-for-profit organization that provides information and advice on everything from start-up, incorporation, financing and loan programs, to product sourcing, government and private sector programs and services.

Exporting advice
Government of Alberta

This section of the Government of Alberta website provides links and information for businesses looking to export. It includes tactical tools that can allow you to assess your export readiness, view international market profiles, and learn about trade resources and financing options.

British Columbia

Small Business BC
Small Business BC is British Columbia's premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services.

Manitoba

Exporting and Trade Advice
Manitoba Trade and Investment
Manitoba Trade and Investment helps build the Manitoba economy through increased exports and the attraction and retention of direct foreign investment.

New Brunswick

Business Information for New Brunswick
Government of New Brunswick
This site provides a listing of New Brunswick-based companies, along with buyers looking to hire New Brunswick-based companies and businesses seeking to locate to New Brunswick.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Programs and Services
Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development
This site provides Atlantic-based organizations with information and resources for export success as well as an A-Z listing of programs and services offered by the Department.

Northwest Territories

Business and Resources
Government of Northwest Territories
If your organization is based in the Northwest Territories, this site will tell you how to do business with the provincial government and industry sectors such as diamond, mining, oil & gas, as well as many other topics.

Nova Scotia

Business Information for Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development
Creating the right environment for business to flourish in the new economy is one of the strategic directions outlined in Nova Scotia's growth strategy. Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development focuses on developing public policy, especially as it relates to promoting the best environment for businesses to start and expand in the digital economy.

Trade Development
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
This site helps Nova Scotia-based organizations identify new growth opportunities beyond Nova Scotia, including: learning the benefits of exporting; and finding new markets and opportunities; qualified buyers, and; distributors and partners in export markets.

Nunavut

Government of Nunavut
Nunavut-based organizations can find out how to do business with the Nunavut government and find information on Sealift, employment and more.

Ontario

Ontario Exports
Ontario Exports, the export development agency of the Government of Ontario, helps small- and medium-sized firms knock down barriers and seize new markets across the border and around the world.

Prince Edward Island

Innovation PEI
This site is a business hub for the region and provides information on various trade-related topics.

Quebec

Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ)
CRIQ is a leading source of innovation and expertise in manufacturing technologies, the environment, industrial information and standardization. CRIQ plays an important role in the economy by providing industries with the means to become leaders in national and international markets.

Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade
This Department supports economic development, innovation, export trade and research. In particular, it encourages coordinated and concerted action among the various players in the economic, scientific, social and cultural fields to promote job creation, economic prosperity, scientific development and sustainable development.

Info entrepreneurs
Info entrepreneurs offers a range of personalized services to meet your needs and contribute to your success. Their information agents can advise you each step of the way in your search for business information on federal and provincial government programs and services.

Investissement Québec (IQ)
IQ offers financing solutions that work for companies, cooperative businesses and non-profit organizations at every stage: start-up, expansion, export, R&D activities, merger and acquisition.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA)
An independent, non-governmental organization, SEDA makes a valuable contribution to the province of Saskatchewan through the development and delivery of a number of successful, well-established programs and services. Its mandate is to build the capacity of communities to grow and to direct the economic future of Saskatchewan.

Yukon

Yukon Economic Development
The Economic Development Department works with the Yukon business community and with other governments to support business development, trade and investment opportunities, and partnerships for the development of the Yukon economy.

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