Trade & Invest BC opens doors to reduce the time, cost and risk of exporting by BC companies.

Get Help Exporting

In today’s global marketplace, exporting and other international trade opportunities are important success factors for a growing number of companies. But entrepreneurs are often intimidated by the prospect and challenges of doing business internationally.

There are plenty of opportunities for your business to grow beyond the borders of Canada; the rewards can be great, but exporting is not without risks.

Export Journey for BC Businesses

Export Readiness

An export-ready business has the capacity, resources, and management to deliver a marketable product or service on a global scale at a competitive price. Trade & Invest BC is your partner in reaching new global markets offer services, resources, and expertise to support your export-ready business.

Export Funding and Supports

Support for specific audiences and sectors

CanExport SMEs
Funding up to $75,000 and personalized advice to help Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) break into new international markets.

CanExport Innovation
Funding and advice to help Canadian organizations develop R&D collaborations and commercialize new technologies through partnerships in foreign markets.

Accelerated Growth Service
Financing, innovation, export and business advice from a dedicated adviser for growth-oriented Canadian businesses.

Businesswomen in International Trade
Representation and advocacy for Canadian women entrepreneurs in international trade looking to expand their commercial and economic interests internationally.

Canadian Technology Accelerators
Dedicated support for Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service to expand or access opportunities in foreign markets.

Canadian International Innovation Program
Support to create, develop, adapt, and validate technologies with high potential for commercialization with partners in Brazil, China, India, Israel, and South Korea.

Indigenous Business Export Support
Export support and resources for Canadian businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed and operated by Indigenous persons or communities.

International Scholarships Programs
Supporting Canadian post-secondary institutions in their internationalization efforts through inbound and outbound scholarships for faculty and students.

Funding and support services

Business Development Bank of Canada
Financing, innovation, export and business advice from a dedicated adviser for growth-oriented Canadian businesses.

Export Development Canada
Canada’s international trade experts helping large and small Canadian companies grow their business abroad.

EUREKA international research and development network
Access to technology, expertise, and markets in over 40 economies from the EU, Europe, Israel, South Korea and now Canada.

Business Growth and Support

Canadian Commercial Corporation
Services to help exporters secure international contracts with government buyers.

Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)
Enhance your global credibility and expertise. Learn and get certified with FITT courses and workshops.

Export Guides

Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service offers numerous guides to help companies establish foundational knowledge in their export journey. Use these guides to help plan and diversify your international business footprint. You will learn about:

  • what steps you need to follow to be export-ready
  • export processes and requirements
  • the benefits of global value chains
  • how to export to specific markets
  • how to sell to foreign governments

Programs for BC Businesses

Export Navigator Program

Export Navigator’s community-based advisors provide free support and ongoing guidance to help your business grow outside of B.C. Whether you need export advice or help with developing export strategies and researching new markets, we are standing by to connect you with expert guidance. This program is managed by Small Business BC and is available to B.C. businesses located outside of Victoria and Vancouver.

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

Essential strategy, resources, and mentorship to help SMEs scale up, develop, and activate an export plan designed to help you tap into your full export potential. The program has a reputation of achieving real results, fast. This program is managed by the Vancouver Board of Trade and is available to B.C. businesses in regions not currently served by Export Navigator program.

We Can Help

British Columbia has Trade Representatives in markets around the world. Contact the representative nearest you for support in doing business with British Columbia.