Export Market Access Program (EMA) - A Component of the Global Growth Fund

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Source: Jeanine Lassaline-Berglund via iMiN

The Ontario Exporters Fund has been established to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become export ready and help them gain/increase access to international export markets. The fund will be administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) with the support and funding from the Ontario government. The Ontario Exporters Fund is intended to:

1.                Help SMEs better understand their export capacity and thereby improve their ability to access foreign markets

2.                Encourage SMEs to develop focused export market access strategies

3.                Assist businesses realize their export sales objectives

Successful applicants need not be a chamber member.

•                 EMA is a cost-sharing grant program designed to help small to medium sized organizations to take advantage of opportunities in foreign markets.

•                 Key eligibility criteria: 5 or more employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more.

There are four categories of eligible activities:

1.                Direct Contacts International trade shows, fairs and exhibits as well as incoming and outgoing missions which are verifiable and supported by a recognized third party such as governments (municipal, provincial and federal) and trade related organizations.

2.                Marketing Tools Developing promotional materials to be used for increasing awareness of applicant's activities, and goods and services for potential international buyers and/or foreign audiences to broadly market the applicant's products.

3.                Market Research Conducting market research for more precise international market targeting.

4.                Foreign Bidding Projects This element of EMA is intended for providers of professional services (engineering, consulting, constructions etc.) bidding on foreign projects against foreign competition.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the EMA staff prior to starting the application process. EMA staff can be reached by calling 416 482 5222. In addition, please review the Frequently Asked Questions on the EMA Website, www.exportaccess.ca.

It should be noted that applications received less than 30 business days prior to the project start date may not be processed.