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With rising takeout sales, demand for Gallimore food containers spikes

Article October 20, 2020 Maker of compostable takeout containers turns to EDC to help meet demand during COVID-19.

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Tracking Canada’s economic recovery from COVID-19

Report October 16, 2020 The Canadian Economic Recovery Tracker, a new Export Development report, highlights key trends in Canada’s economic performance to provide greater visibility on the recovery from COVID-19.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19’s demands on the economy

Weekly Commentary October 15, 2020 As the economy restarts, is it all about demand, or is there more?

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Silver linings in a global pandemic: Canada’s agri-food yields strong growth despite trade disruptions

Blog October 14, 2020 Farm Credit Canada’s Craig Klemmer highlights key opportunities for agriculture during COVID-19

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19, recovery, and inflation

Weekly Commentary October 08, 2020 Are price hikes lurking around the corner, or are these fears unfounded?

An artist sets up her online store.

Costing and financing e-commerce platforms

Blog October 06, 2020 How to choose, cost out and finance an e-commerce platform for your Canadian business.

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Global Economic Outlook—Autumn 2020

Guide October 01, 2020 As the world grapples with COVID-19 and rapidly shifting economic and political news, Canadian exporters are facing new risks during these uncertain times. EDC’s Global Economic Outlook offers insight on these challenges to help you make better business decisions.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: Fast won’t last

Weekly Commentary October 01, 2020 We’re already seeing a growth moderation that will test our mettle, and future containment of infections is far from guaranteed.

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Packaging company grows, despite COVID-19, with bank and EDC help

Article September 30, 2020 Read how the EDC BCAP Guarantee helped Good Natured Products get financing.

Colourful skirts twirl in a local marketplace.

How to boost sales by localizing your shopping cart for new markets

Blog September 30, 2020 Tips to make online customers feel right at home on your website, no matter what market they’re in.

A woman entrepreneur gazes over a sprawling city.

Getting online with Google: What your customers want

Blog September 29, 2020 How to set up a great digital experience for your customers, to navigate the current economy and beyond.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19 and CETA’s third birthday

Weekly Commentary September 24, 2020 Does this anniversary bring hope for better outcomes on the other side of the current maelstrom?

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: Debt drama

Weekly Commentary September 17, 2020 In 2020, we’ve seen the steepest year-over-year rise in public debt-to-GDP ratios in recent history.

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Country Risk Quarterly—Autumn 2020

Guide September 15, 2020 In these uncertain times, EDC is keeping a close eye on how COVID-19 is impacting Canada and the global economy. Stay on top of changing country risks, so you can make more informed decisions.

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How a Calgary company used EDC to help it make a COVID-19 pivot

Article September 11, 2020 Traditionally, Fluid mainly specialized in producing environmentally responsible, advanced chemical systems for a variety of uses within the oil and gas sector. Now they are also producing hand sanitizer.

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SaaS companies positioned to thrive with careful measures

Article September 10, 2020 See how COVID-19 impacted the SaaS sector and what indicators show for the future.

Peter Hall, EDC

What is post-COVID-19 growth going to look like?

Weekly Commentary September 10, 2020 Canadian sectors, like retailing and international trade, look positively V-shaped, and give hope that the rest of the economy might soon follow.

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Growing opportunities: Overcoming COVID-19’s impact on agri-food

Webinar Learn to overcome challenges from COVID-19 and discover key opportunities in the sector for growth.

Three entrepreneurs gather excitedly around a laptop to see their new online store.

Selling online has never been easier...or more necessary

Blog September 08, 2020 COVID-19 has closed the doors of many retail stores, but it opened a huge window to online opportunities

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The New NAFTA: How to leverage CUSMA to enter new markets

Webinar Explore key changes from NAFTA to CUSMA and learn how to leverage the trade deal to enter into new markets.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: The role of pent-up demand

Weekly Commentary September 03, 2020 When economies falter, what brings them back up again?

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Here’s why cash flow forecasting is critical during COVID-19

Blog August 27, 2020 A proactive approach now can ensure a stronger cash flow position in the future.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19 and the demand for food

Weekly Commentary August 20, 2020 Food producers, like all other industries, have been hugely affected.

Farmer in soybean field.

COVID-19: Canada’s agri-food sector yields strong results despite pandemic

Report August 20, 2020 Canada’s agriculture exports have been remarkably resilient during the COVID-19 crisis. Read this EDC Economics overview for a snapshot of this vital Canadian sector.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19 and the gold rally

Weekly Commentary August 13, 2020 The world is abuzz over gold’s recent rally to a record high of US$2,000 and beyond.

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Nova Craft Canoe: The path of the paddle

Success Story From a backyard start-up to a Canadian export success story, Nova Craft Canoe shares Canadian values and culture with the world.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: Reading the GDP data

Weekly Commentary August 06, 2020 Dated numbers are still telling scary stories. As such, it’s best to look at the details for signs of true recovery. Things are moving so quickly and radically that the details are more important than ever.

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Taking control of your cash flow

Article August 05, 2020 Cash-flow conservation and management practices can help your company navigate the COVID-19 economy.

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Canada’s forestry industry grapples with impacts of COVID-19

Report August 03, 2020 The forestry sector is an important economic driver and a vital source of employment for Canadians. Read this EDC Economics overview for a pulse check on the industry and how it will need to adapt in the coming years.

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COVID-19: Understanding the macroeconomic impacts of the global pandemic

Report July 30, 2020 This EDC Economics report reviews the rapidly-expanding research on the significant revenue losses, weaker commodity prices and volatile financial markets due to COVID-19.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: Is global trade back up?

Weekly Commentary July 30, 2020 As we wrestle with COVID-19, is international trade back up, backing up, or is there a backup in capacity that’s stalling things?

Peter Hall, EDC

Tracking the COVID-19 economy

Weekly Commentary July 23, 2020 How is Canada weathering the pandemic? Check out EDC’s new Canadian Economic Recovery Tracker.

Ian Tobman, EDC

Top 10 risks living in a COVID world

Weekly Commentary July 16, 2020 EDC’S Top 10 Global Risks identifies the uncertainties facing Canadian businesses

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EDC COVID-19 impact survey suggests the worst is behind us

Blog July 14, 2020 Despite significant challenges, Canadian companies are identifying new opportunities, domestically and internationally, and investing in online capabilities to beef up sales.

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COVID-19: Insights on the impact on Canadian businesses

Report July 13, 2020 EDC Research Panel summer survey outlines how the pandemic is affecting Canadian companies in domestic and international markets.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: Containing the second wave

Weekly Commentary July 09, 2020 Is the fledgling rebound from COVID-19 lockdowns at risk?

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Get digital: Upping your e-commerce game

Webinar COVID-19 has changed everything, including how to sell online. Our webinar explains new ways to boost your digital presence and acquire new customers.

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The new e-commerce: An eight-part series to help your company thrive

Blog July 07, 2020 E-commerce experts show companies how to survive and thrive in the COVID-19 economy.

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Seafood industry slowly recovering from COVID-19

Article July 06, 2020 COVID-19 has forced Atlantic Canada’s seafood industry to rethink how they do business.

Peter Hall, EDC

Trade imminent bounce-back from COVID-19?

Weekly Commentary July 02, 2020 COVID-19’s economic mayhem has given rise to a wide variety of recovery paths

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Forging closer ties: EDC aims to build lasting partnerships with Canada’s Indigenous community

Article June 30, 2020 EDC keen to build lasting partnerships with robust Indigenous business community

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Global Economic Outlook with Peter Hall

Webinar A new economic reality means a new set of risks and opportunities. Our webinar will give you the latest insights into the global economy.

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Mid-year 2020 Trade Confidence Index

Article June 25, 2020 In the 2020 mid-year TCI, the outlook of Canadian exporters fell to its lowest level ever. COVID-19, protectionism, trade tensions and economic concerns all contributed to their declining confidence. Discover the highlights of this insightful survey, including the top markets of interest for exporters.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19’s effects anything but even

Weekly Commentary June 18, 2020 COVID-19 has generated no winners—only survivors.

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Global Export Forecast—Summer 2020

Guide June 18, 2020 Get expert insights from EDC’s Economics team on the current trends influencing global trade and Canadian exporting.

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Reinventing business during COVID-19

Article June 16, 2020 A CEO shares lessons learned while creating a new business during the pandemic.

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SnapCab works to create a safe place during the COVID-19 pandemic

Article June 15, 2020 Stepping up to support frontline workers

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: A glimmer of hope?

Weekly Commentary June 11, 2020 For Canada, June is looking upbeat.

Peter Hall, EDC

Is COVID-19 the biggest test yet for the retail sector?

Weekly Commentary June 04, 2020 COVID-19 has been a nasty shock for retailers the world over.

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How COVID-19 is changing the face of the retail sector

Report June 02, 2020 With a dramatic shift in consumer spending and shopping habits, the pandemic is forcing seismic changes on retail business models and operations. Read this EDC Economics overview for a pulse check on the retail landscape and how it will adapt to a new normal.

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Economic impact of COVID-19 threatens Africa’s hard-won gains

Blog June 01, 2020 The continent is on course for its first recession in 25 years.

Peter Hall, EDC

Global tourism rocked by COVID-19

Weekly Commentary May 28, 2020 Few industries have felt the sting of COVID-19 more than global tourism.

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COVID-19: Manage your cash flow and ramp up for business

Webinar Learn the cash-flow management strategies your company can use to survive now and ramp up for business post-COVID-19.

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COVID-19 leaves tourism industry reeling

Report May 26, 2020 With international travel shut down and consumers struggling with financial hardships, this sector has suffered a severe blow. Read this EDC Economics overview to discover when the industry could bounce back.

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Staying connected with the U.S. during COVID-19

Article May 26, 2020 EDC representatives in Atlanta and Chicago share COVID-19 impacts on their markets and outlooks for the future

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Managing your cash flow during COVID-19—and beyond

Blog May 25, 2020 EDC’s Jennifer Cooke shares insights on how Canadian businesses can manage cash flow during the pandemic

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COVID-19: EDC survey finds 10 key impacts on Canadian businesses

Blog May 22, 2020 EDC Research Panel survey outlines how the pandemic is affecting Canadian companies in domestic and international markets.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19 and the auto sector

Weekly Commentary May 21, 2020 Things were looking good for the global automotive sector entering 2020

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Market insights: Monitoring the business impact of COVID-19 on Africa

Blog May 19, 2020 How markets in Africa have been impacted by COVID-19

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COVID-19 causing unprecedented setbacks for cleantech industry

Report May 15, 2020 Expected to be a major driver of Canada’s future economic growth, clean technology is being hit hard by the global pandemic. Get more insights by reading this EDC Economics overview.

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Market insights: Monitoring the business impacts of COVID-19 on the Middle East

Blog May 13, 2020 EDC’s chief representative shares his first-hand account of the market challenges in the Middle East

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EDC helps Canadian businesses equip COVID-19 front-line personnel

Article May 12, 2020 Front-line workers are facing a global shortage of PPE to fight COVID-19. EDC has joined that fight.

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COVID-19 puts the brakes on the auto industry

Report May 08, 2020 With assembly operations shut down and supply chains stalled, this sector has been hit hard by the pandemic. Read this EDC Economics overview to find out how it will rebound.

Stephen Tapp, EDC

EDC’s COVID-19 survey

Weekly Commentary May 07, 2020 Until official data are posted, surveys are our best view of reality. What does EDC's survey say?

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Going the distance: 5 ways to build a virtual team

Blog May 07, 2020 Building a high-performing remote team takes a special skill-set. Here’s how to do it.

Kareway Homes owner Wayne Cunnningham and his wife Carol at their job site.

Construction company finds pandemic relief with BCAP

Article May 06, 2020 When COVID-19 made a promising bank loan fall apart, BCAP and EDC helped get it back on track.

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5 ways EDC can help your business get through COVID-19

Blog May 06, 2020 Five ways EDC can provide financial support to those in need

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Export Help Hub

Tool May 04, 2020 Insights to guide smart export decisions.

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COVID-19: Planning for today’s survival and tomorrow’s growth

Blog May 01, 2020 Resources of support for Canadian companies impacted by the pandemic

Peter Hall, EDC

We’re not through the worst bit…yet

Weekly Commentary April 30, 2020 EDC Economics is in perpetual forecast mode until further notice. Here is our latest Global Economic Outlook.

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Market insights: Monitoring the business impact of COVID-19 on Colombia

Blog April 30, 2020 EDC’s Camilo Bresciani gives an inside look at the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Colombia

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Market insights: Monitoring the business impacts of COVID-19 on Peru

Blog April 30, 2020 EDC’s regional manager shares his first-hand account of the challenges in Peru.

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COVID-19: United States export forecast with Peter Hall

Webinar Watch our webinar to learn how Canadian companies exporting to the U.S. can deal with the impact of COVID-19.

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Monitoring the business impacts of COVID-19 on the United Kingdom

Blog April 27, 2020 EDC’s regional vice-president gives a first-hand account of the challenges in the U.K.

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Five tips to help manage global supply chains disrupted by COVID-19

Article April 27, 2020 Technology is key to overcoming COVID-19 disruptions

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Currency exchange risk: How to handle the ups and downs during COVID-19

Blog April 24, 2020 Currency exchange fluctuation is an even bigger risk during COVID-19. Here’s how to make sure your company comes out on top.

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COVID-19 grounds aerospace industry

Report April 24, 2020 With air traffic at a standstill, this sector is in for a wild ride. Read this EDC Economics overview to discover how it could take years for this industry to recover.

Peter Hall, EDC

The oil industry and COVID-19

Weekly Commentary April 23, 2020 Today’s oil patch woes are inconceivable – and not entirely caused by the virus.

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COVID-19: Navigating the turmoil in Canada’s energy sector

Report April 17, 2020 Read this insightful report by EDC Economics for an overview of the global oil and gas crisis and its ramifications for Canadian producers.

Peter Hall, EDC

COVID-19: The impact on industry

Weekly Commentary April 16, 2020 The need for business support is universal, but not uniform; some need more than others.

A young woman is sitting on a couch, looking at her computer and taking notes, while her son is in the background playing with a wooden horse.

COVID-19: Get financing and support for your business

Webinar Our new webinar will show Canadian companies how to access the financial relief available to you.

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Market insights: Monitoring the business impacts of COVID-19 on India

Blog April 15, 2020 Regional managers gives a first-hand account of the challenges in India due to COVID-19

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COVID-19: The sectoral and regional economic fallout in Canada

Blog April 14, 2020 Oil, gas and cleantech, transportation, manufacturing and service sectors experiencing severe challenges

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COVID-19 crisis: Challenges mount for many Canadian sectors

Guide April 14, 2020 EDC Economics analyzes the potential sectoral fallout in Canada

Peter Hall, EDC

The coronavirus policy response

Weekly Commentary April 09, 2020 In global government stimulus programs, there’s an urgent need for speed

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How to make it through COVID-19 with your business intact

Blog April 08, 2020 10 principles on getting through the COVID crisis from an EDC customer.

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Market insights: Managing COVID-19 business risks in Southeast Asia

Blog April 07, 2020 Get an inside look at the challenges Southeast Asia facing due to COVID-19.

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Market insights: Monitoring the business impacts of COVID-19 on South America

Blog April 06, 2020 EDC regional managers give a first-hand account of the challenges in Brazil and Chile

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Market insights: Managing COVID-19 business risks in China

Blog April 03, 2020 Get an inside look at the challenges China is facing due to COVID-19.

Bridge in Melbourne, Australia

Market insights: Monitoring the business impacts of COVID-19 on Australia

Blog April 03, 2020 EDC’s Teresa Nizzola gives an inside look at the impacts of COVID-19 on Australia

Peter Hall, EDC

Coronavirus and the consumer

Weekly Commentary April 02, 2020 If consumers aren’t overwhelmed with the huge but temporary decline, they’ll be the motor of a solid recovery.

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Running your export business remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Article March 30, 2020 Tips and resources for your business.

Peter Hall, EDC

The coronavirus crunch

Weekly Commentary March 26, 2020 Coronavirus is rocking the world. How much, and for how long?

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UPDATED FAQs: What Canadian exporters need to know about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Article March 25, 2020 Frequently asked questions on COVID-19

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Making virtual business connections during a global health crisis

Blog March 23, 2020 Seven tips to keep doing business in times of isolation.

Peter Hall, EDC

The coronavirus and business investment

Weekly Commentary March 19, 2020 How will business investment be affected by the coronavirus?

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How to manage business risk during the COVID-19 crisis

Article March 18, 2020 Canadian exporters need a solid strategy to manage impacts of COVID-19

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EDC supports Canadian exporters during COVID-19

Blog March 16, 2020 EDC is here to help Canadian exporters navigate the impact of the coronavirus on their business.

Peter Hall, EDC

The expanding coronavirus (COVID-19) threat

Weekly Commentary March 12, 2020 No business is untouched by the Coronavirus; how is this global issue going to play out?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains

Webinar Watch our webinar to learn how the coronavirus is affecting global trade and how your company can be protected.

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Demand for Canadian exports drops with virus outbreak

Blog February 10, 2020 Economists are tracking what impact coronavirus will have on global trade.