Ecosystem Overview

EDC works with a wide range of partners and financial institutions, within Canada and abroad, to support Canadian exporters. Our solutions are available through most major Canadian financial institutions.

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Financial Institutions

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Since most of EDC’s financial solutions are delivered in collaboration with your financial institution (scheduled banks, credit unions, alternative lenders), your account manager will work with EDC to determine the right solution for you.

Speak to your commercial account or relationship manager at your financial institution about your international growth plans, and to find out if EDC solutions could help you increase your working capital.


Government & Crown Corporations

EDC is one of several government organizations that supports Canadian companies to grow and succeed internationally. EDC works closely with its government partners and the following tools have been developed to support Canadian companies throughout their exporting journey.

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Business Benefits Finder

The Government of Canada’s Business Benefits Finder brings together federal, provincial and territorial government programs and support services into one place. Simply answer a few questions about your business and see what is available to help you.



Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

BDC is Canada’s business bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. They help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and capital. We work with BDC, our sister crown corporation, in a complementary way to help Canadian companies throughout their growth journey.

BDC can help you:

  • Kick your next projects into gear with financing that’s adapted to your reality.
  • Face your next challenges with confidence thanks to expert advisory services.
  • Fuel your growth or your transition projects with the right funding solutions.

Canadian Commercial Corporation

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) supports you to pursue sales to foreign governments at all levels and provides a government-to-government contracting mechanism that de-risks the transaction for both you and your buyer.  CCC partners with qualified Canadian businesses to advocate for your proposal and level the playing field.


Farm Credit Canada

As Canada’s leading agriculture lender, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) lives and breathes Canadian agriculture and agri-food. They support, strengthen, and celebrate the industry and lend money and provide other services to primary producers, agri-food operations and agribusinesses that provide inputs or add value to agriculture. We work with FCC to increase financial support to exporting agri-food companies.


Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade, and build a fair, efficient, and competitive marketplace.

ISED can help you:

  • Get a small business loan by sharing the risk with potential lenders.
  • Innovate and protect your intellectual property.
  • Implement and gain the benefits of clean technology throughout your business.

Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is Canada’s most comprehensive network of international business professionals. The TCS helps companies navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions. On the ground in more than 160 cities worldwide, the TCS is gaining market intelligence, uncovering opportunities for Canadian companies, and helping reduce business costs and risks. The TCS and EDC work in close collaboration to support Canadian exporters and investors of all sizes to help them succeed in international markets.

The TCS is a free service of the Government of Canada, helping companies prepare for international markets, assess market potential, find qualified contacts, and resolve business.

Private & Industry Organizations 


MaRS Discovery District

MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. A registered non-profit, MaRS supports high-growth startups and scale-ups tackling key issues in health, cleantech, fintech and other sectors. In addition, MaRS convenes all members of the tech ecosystem to drive breakthrough discoveries, grow the economy and make an impact by solving real problems for real people—in Canada and around the world.

MaRS can help you:

  • Get expert advice from a network of experts across Canada.
  • Connect to potential partners, investors, and a whole community of entrepreneurs like you.
  • Access detailed reports on your target market and possible leads.

Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT)

The World Trade Centre Toronto (WTC-T) is the trade services and scale-up arm of the Board. Its goal is to deliver best-in-class programs to help businesses build plans to accelerate their trade and growth. Through WTC-T, the Board provides international trade services and expertise through comprehensive research, trade education and strategy building workshops, as well as outbound trade missions.

The WTC-T's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) helps your business maximize revenue growth and unlocks new market opportunities. TAP is a one-stop-shop that will get businesses ready to go global in just a few sessions, culminating with a customized strategic export business plan carefully vetted by top industry experts!


StartUP Canada

Startup Canada is the gateway to Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that points you in the right direction, eliminates barriers, and champions your needs to private and public sector partners. They’ll connect you with support organizations and peers across the country with industry expertise, regional knowledge, and funding to help you start and build successful businesses.


Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)

We’ve collaborated with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) to deliver EDC-FITT international trade training. The training program pairs FITT’s internationally accredited FITT skills courses with EDC’s trade expertise to equip import-export professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed internationally.


Inclusive Trade


Supplier Diversity Councils



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Date modified: 2024-04-26