Information & Insights for Exporters
The following section contains, in no particular order, a number of external resources available for businesses looking to import/export.
This portal is a resource offered by the Federal Government and has several helpful tools for starting, financing, growing, managing your business in Canada:
Program search: Find government programs and financing to help start or grow your business.
Permit search: Avoid surprises. Find out what permits you may need to start, operate or expand your business.
Learning events: An ongoing calendar of webinars, in-person seminars, conferences and networking events related to specific sectors, funding programs and learning about new markets and regulations.
BDC is a government supported business development bank and the only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs through financing, advisory services and capital. In addition to financing, they offer a variety of programs aimed at export market development, market analysis and offer a number of tools, webinars and guidance. They also offer a robust set of free articles and tools, e.g: business planning tool, accessible here. BDC is a member of the Hamilton Chamber and has a location in downtown Hamilton, feel free to contact us for a direct referral!
The Ministry of Trade has many programs to support new exporters. See their evolving schedule of Exporting 101 and Accelerate to market (AIM) programs – here.
In Ontario we also have a virtual network called the Canada-Ontario Export Forum (COEF). The forum offers easy access to over 24 export agencies (federal government, provincial government, and non-government organizations) with global market expertise.
Step-by Step guides – Exporting, Exporting to the US and Exporting to Europe
Terrific info and guidance in all of them and although, no longer published in hard copy, easily downloaded to be used as a workbook.