EDC’s here to help Canadian companies access the funds they need to grow and succeed in international markets.
We know that your financial institution may not be able to support all of the risks associated with your international growth plans. Our working capital guarantees are designed to take on some of the international risk that your financial institution would not be comfortable with alone. That means that they may be in a better position to offer you more favorable lending options to match your business needs, or free up your assets held in collateral.
In short: EDC guarantees help maximize the working capital you can access through your financial institution.
Who is eligible?
EDC working capital guarantees are designed to support Canadian exporters facing financial challenges: Specifically, when your financial institution is unable to support increases in—or access to—your working capital, due to risks inherent in your international growth and activities.
Our definition of an exporter is broader than you might think!
We support Canadian companies:
Currently selling—or planning to sell—goods or services abroad;
Scenarios where an EDC working capital guarantee can help your business
If your company is:
Taking on new international customers or global contracts, but facing a cash crunch between winning the business and getting paid.
Buying new equipment, or warehousing inventory closer to foreign buyers, but your operating line facility is maxed out.
Opening an international office or acquiring an affiliate, but your financial institution isn’t able to support growth through international assets.
Using assets as collateral against a letter of guarantee, standby letter of credit or foreign exchange contract.
If you recognize your business in one of these challenges, discover how one of our guarantees could help free up your working capital.
How we work with partners
EDC works with a wide range of partners and financial institutions, within Canada and abroad, to support Canadian exporters.
Our working capital guarantees are available through most major Canadian financial institutions.
Since these guarantees are delivered in collaboration with your financial institution, 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.
About working capital guarantees
EDC working capital guarantees help share the risk your financial institution is able to take on related to your international business growth. This enables them to lend you more capital or release your assets that would, otherwise, be held as collateral. That’s cash put back to work for your business.
Need a larger operating line or a loan for international expansion?
If you’ve maxed out your credit with your financial institution and need a bigger operating line or new loan, your banker may be able to leverage the Export Guarantee Program (EGP) or Trade Expansion Lending Program (TELP).
Assets held in collateral against a standby letter of credit?
If you need to provide your client with a standby letter of credit or other trade finance instrument, and your bank is holding assets as collateral, an Account Performance Security Guarantee (APSG) can put that cash back in your account.
Feeling the crunch of margining against your FX contract?
If you have a foreign exchange (FX) contract with your financial institution and they’re holding your assets as collateral, a Foreign Exchange Facility Guarantee (FXG) can free up your pledged working capital.
The EDC Advantage
We’re here to help you increase your international business presence.
Our goal is to accelerate the growth of Canadian companies, boost their competitiveness and achieve success by going global.
We understand the complexities of accessing the capital you need to take on international opportunities and grow your revenue—and have expert advice and solutions to support you.
Working with EDC gives you a partner with international expertise.