On August 22, 2019, the CanExport funding program undertook two significant updates that impacted how the program operated and the value it provided to Canadian exporters. The first and most notable update was to the program’s contribution amount, while the second focused on company eligibility. Previously, agriculture and agri-food companies were unable to apply; these types of applicants are now encouraged to submit funding applications.
Applicants are now able to access up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum $75,000. These had previously been set for 50%/$50,000.
All new applications will be considered for the new contribution rate and eligibility criteria, but any applications submitted prior to August 22 will be evaluated under the program’s old rules. Please note that companies can only have one active project funded by the program at a time; despite the program update, all previous successful applicants still need to wait until their supported project activities have completed and all project claims have been processed before they can apply again.
What Are CanExport and AgriMarketing Grants?
CanExport is a Canadian government grant that offsets the cost of export marketing projects, such as participation in trade shows or missions. Provided federally, businesses and organizations across Canada can apply for this funding to expand export marketing budgets and get more value out of export expansion projects.
AgriMarketing is a now-closed Canadian government funding program that provided funding for many of the same projects and activities supported through CanExport. The biggest difference between the two programs was that AgriMarketing only supported agricultural producers and agri-food processors whereas CanExport supported all other applicant types.
How Did these Export Marketing Grants Change?
Changes rolled-out to both the CanExport and AgriMarketing funding programs had a direct impact on the way funds are administered:
- Contribution Increase: CanExport and AgriMarketing grants have historically provided up to 50% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $50,000 per application. As of August 22, 2019, CanExport’s new funding contribution amount increased to 75% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $75,000 per application. This is a significant increase that greatly reduces a business’ export marketing costs.
- Program Realignment: Now closed, AgriMarketing will no longer process new applications. All applicants, even agricultural producers and processors, are encouraged to use the CanExport program for all new applications. CanExport’s expanded eligibility criteria supports previously ineligible companies, so long as your marketing activities and target market are eligible for funding.
How Can Businesses Apply for CanExport Funding?
To apply for CanExport marketing grants, businesses must complete a comprehensive application that includes a detailed plan for expanding sales in global markets. Applicants need to show the value of the project (new leads or revenue), a detailed breakdown of project expenses, and explain why the new market is of strategic importance. Businesses must receive application approval prior to incurring funding-eligible expenses.
To discuss your upcoming project and discuss if it’s a good fit for Canadian export marketing grants, please contact Mentor Works.
Post updated: October 9, 2019.