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Fund Description

A cost-sharing grant to help Ontario SMEs cover costs incurred to develop export sales in foreign markets.

Funding Details

50% of eligible costs up to $30,000 per project.

Eligible Expenditures

  • Marketing Tools: development of branding-related materials, promotional materials, and electronic media
  • Foreign Bidding Projects: bidding on foreign projects against foreign competition
  • Market Research: research done with the goal of providing more accurate international market targeting ($5000 maximum)
  • Direct Contacts: participating in international trade shows, exhibits, or fairs which are supported by third parties such as governments

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible companies must be small to medium-sized with 5 to 500 employees. They must be manufacturers with an export mandate with goods and services currently produced in Ontario. Company must have minimum annual sales of $500,000 and be currently established and operating in Ontario. Companies with annual sales between $300,000 and $500,000 should apply to the Early Stage Exporters program.