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.

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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 recognize this legacy as we collaborate with Indigenous peoples today to build new, inclusive trade frameworks, in the spirit of reconciliation.

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Every time you make a sale, send a shipment, or provide a service, there’s a chance you won’t get paid. With EDC Credit Insurance, 90% of your insured losses are covered if your customer doesn’t pay.

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EDC can offer your financial institution a guarantee of repayment on the money you borrow, making it easier for you to access working capital.

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EDC Inclusive Trade Investments Program

The EDC Inclusive Trade Investment Program addresses underfunding faced by Indigenous and
other diverse exporters by providing equity capital to support growth in global markets. Learn more.



Resources to help you get started


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Webinar: Building a global brand: Set your Indigenous business apart

Learn how to build a global Indigenous brand identity to help your company thrive internationally.


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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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We can help you navigate, manage, and take on risk, so your business can grow. Whether it’s exporting products or services, Canadian businesses of all sizes and sectors have counted on us for international trade expertise and financial solutions since 1944. 

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



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


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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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