Export Development Canada is committed to building strong, sustained partnerships with Indigenous-owned and Indigenous-led businesses of all sizes. Our purpose is to provide Indigenous entrepreneurs with new opportunities to prosper by raising awareness of EDC’s services and removing barriers to access them. Your success is our goal, and we will work closely with you to help your company grow through international trade.


EDC acknowledges that our head office in Ottawa is on the traditional and unceded Territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation, who have been present here from time immemorial. We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples are the traditional guardians of all the lands we now call Canada.

EDC honours the long history of trade between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and celebrates the prosperity that emerged from these peaceful exchanges of resources, goods and knowledge.  We celebrate this legacy as we collaborate with Indigenous peoples today to build new, inclusive trade frameworks, in the spirit of reconciliation.


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EDC takes the risk out of selling internationally-- so you can protect your business as you grow. We have your back when taking your business beyond borders.

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EDC lets you know what's happening in business environments all over the world. Through our international connections and expertise, we'll guide you to new markets and customers.

Resources to help you get started


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Webinar: How Indigenous companies can get support for exporting

Learn about programs that help Indigenous exporters to access capital and enter new markets.


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Indigenous-owned and -led companies play a key role in Canada’s economic success



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Indigenous contribution to the Canadian economy


*Source: TD Economics
**Source: Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business


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The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) positions Aboriginal business at the focal point for strengthening Aboriginal communities, promoting progressive and prosperous relationships, and growing a new economy based on mutual respect and shared prosperity.

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Cando (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) is a national Indigenous organization involved in community economic development. We build capacity which strengthens Indigenous economies by providing programs and services to Economic Development Officers.  Cando is the only national organization that focuses on education and professional development for EDOs working in Indigenous communities or organizations.

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