Funding Opportunities

Financing a domestic operation is a difficult task for many small to medium-sized business owners, particularly with the added stress of exporting. As such, we have gathered a comprehensive list of top sources of export financing to support you through this process.

Women in Business Initiative
Under the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Women in Business Initiative (WBI), non-profit business organizations can receive funding offering women business owners the resources they need to grow their businesses and compete.

Status of Women Canada Women’s Program
The Women's Program provides financial and professional assistance to organizations to carry out projects at the local, regional and national levels in order to improve the status of women in key areas, such as women's economic status and violence against women and girls.

Women's Enterprise Initiative Loan Program (WEI)
WEI is a not-for profit program launched by Western Economic Diversification Canada in an effort to facilitate the dismantling of barriers facing women entrepreneurs. This initiative provides business information and services (including business loans), advisory services and training options to women business owners and has offices in each of the four western provinces.

Microlending for Women in Ontario
Microlending programs provide small loans to individuals to support personal entrepreneurship. The goal of Microlending for Women In Ontario is to help low-income women start and build successful businesses.

Services for Small Business


CanExport will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets and sectors.

Discover the highlights of the CanExport program in this presentation for women exporters.  

Canada Business Network
The Canada Business Network provides aspiring entrepreneurs and small business with the resources needed to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations.

Canada Small Business Financing Program
Need financing? The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.

Industrial Research Assistance Program
The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides technical and business advisory services and potential funding to SMEs in Canada to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace.

BizPal is an online service that benefits Canadian businesses by helping them identify which permits and licences are required from all levels of government and how to obtain them.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office grants, registers, and administers intellectual property rights. Intellectual property – patents, trade-marks, copyrights and industrial designs – enables creators and innovators to increase the value of their products and services.

Canadian Company Capabilities
Thinking of expanding your markets? Exhibit your products and services to a global audience. Each month, 500,000 domestic and international companies browse Canadian Company Capabilities looking for suppliers. Add your company profile to the database.

Corporations Canada
Are you thinking of incorporating?
Corporations Canada provides leading-edge resources, tools and information designed to make it easy for entrepreneurs to file for federal incorporation.

Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program
The Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) provides support to eligible Canadian small-and medium-sized enterprises to help them adopt digital technologies that can boost their productivity and competitiveness.

Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Whether you are a debtor (you owe money) or a creditor (you are owed money), the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy wants to help you understand the bankruptcy and insolvency process and provide you with the information you need to best manage your situation.

Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) promotes entrepreneurship by providing financing, consulting and venture capital services to Canadian entrepreneurs, with a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Incremental Funding Under the Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) is a loan-loss sharing program which allows financial institutions to share the risk of lending to small and medium-sized enterprises with the Government of Canada. This report examines the extent to which financing would have been available from private sector lenders in the absence of government support.

Other Funding Programs

Visit our Trade Commissioner Service’s Funding Programs section for other opportunities.