About Trade Missions

What does a trade mission include?

Trade missions generally visit one or more countries and spend an average of 1.5 to 2 days in each city within a one week period. Participants will learn about doing business in the host market(s), and gain exposure to the social and business cultures while experiencing first-hand the services offered by Canada’s trade commissioners on the ground.

The structured program can include:

  • business briefings;
  • market and sector presentations/discussions;
  • effective networking events;
  • business-to-business meetings;
  • site visits (when possible);
  • face-time with the minister.

Is there funding available?

Canadian companies looking to participate on a trade mission may benefit from CanExport, a new funding program by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) that offers small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada, an incentive to diversify in export markets.  CanExport is a cost-shared program that provides eligible companies with the financial support to tackle new business opportunities by engaging in international business development activities, such as participating on trade missions, in trade fairs or conducting market research.

The Government of Canada as well as individual Provincial and Territorial governments also offer a number of programs that help Canadian businesses expand internationally.


How do I find out about upcoming minister-led trade missions organized by Global Affairs Canada?

Make yourself known to our network of Trade Commissioners in Canada and around the world. The more they know about your international business objectives, the better they can identify whether a trade mission or other export initiative is well suited for your company. Also, consider subscribing to the many communications products and social media outlets used by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) to provide updates and information on upcoming trade missions:

How do I know if I am eligible to participate on a trade mission?

If you are part of the Canadian business community, and contribute to Canada’s economic growth, have a demonstrated capacity for the internationalization and have good potential to add value to the Canadian economy, you can participate on a trade mission and benefit from the services of the Trade Commissioner Service.


Generally, interested companies will be required to register for a specific trade mission and will be screened for suitability based on the objectives of the mission and the organization’s expertise and capacity to provide the needed services and/or goods in the target market.