For the second year in a row, Export Development Canada (EDC) and our partners, employees and customers faced the challenges and uncertainties of the global pandemic with determination and resolve to move forward. Through it all, we not only tested our resilience, but also strengthened it—by working together to build back Canadian trade in a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable way.

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29,800

customers served, up 23% compared to 2020

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$111 billion

in total business conducted by our customers with the help of EDC solutions

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10,325

financial transactions supporting micro, small and medium-sized companies, up 5% compared to 2020





Building a stronger and more sustainable economic future for Canadians

By 2030, EDC aims to help Canada regain its standing as a leader in international trade. This year’s integrated annual report focuses on progress toward our 2030 vision.

 
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Performance

Whether dealing with a global health crisis, a national response to climate change, or Canada’s exporting challenges, EDC demonstrated its value to Canadian business and the economy.


 

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Customers first

While supporting companies affected by the pandemic, we also looked to getting them back on track to achieving their growth objectives.

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Future focused

By prioritizing the sectors and markets that offer the best potential for long-term, sustainable growth, we help build a more resilient, sustainable and competitive Canadian economy. 


 

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Values led

Doing what’s right, and taking action to empower people and protect the planet, is at the heart of our business approach. 

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Martine Irman, Chair Export Development Canada

Message from the Chair

EDC is one of those companies that stepped up, again this past year, to find new ways to respond to the constantly shifting circumstances of the crisis.

    

Mairead Lavery, President and Chief Executive Officer Export Development Canada

Message from the President and CEO

We are adapting our business at this critical juncture, with the goal of maximizing our impact for Canadian exporters and the economy.

   

Sophie Roy, EDC Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer Export Development Canada

Q&A with the CCSO

Adding the Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer role to my portfolio signalled our intent to accelerate the embedding of ESG values, principles and processes across our organization and in our support of Canadian companies.


 

Making an impact that matters

While growing the number of companies we serve is important, it’s the nature of our impact on customers and on Canada that matters most. Have we helped customers grow their trade revenues? Have we helped Canada transition to a lower-carbon economy? Going forward, these types of questions will be considered alongside our usual business metrics to help quantify our true impact.

 

EDC success stories

 
 
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