Northern Ontario Exports Program


Would your company like to grow its sales across Canada or around the world?

The Northern Ontario Exports Program is here to help. We have been helping small and medium-sized enterprises grow their business since 2011. Learn more about the programs we deliver across Northern Ontario below.



The Northern Ontario Exports Program supports companies in all sectors excluding tourism that meet these criteria:





Trade Mission Support Program

Accepting applications until December 31, 2023

The Trade Mission Support Program will offset costs associated with organizing and hosting inbound visits by foreign buyers (or their representatives) and multi-party missions to markets outside of Ontario. The objective is to increase face-to-face interaction between export-ready companies from Northern Ontario and prospective buyers in target markets.

Maximum project support is $10,000, subject to the discretion of the Program Advisory Committee. Eligible applicants are municipalities, trade associations, and not-for-profit organizations representing exporting sectors and companies in Northern Ontario. Eligible expenses are those relating to event hosting and coordinated group participation in new domestic and in-market events.


Export Marketing Assistance Program

Thank you for your interest in the Export Marketing Assistance program. The application window for Export Marketing Assistance is now closed. Congratulations to all the successful applicants!

Would your company benefit from new export-focused marketing and in-market business development activities? We can provide up to $10,000 (or 50% of project costs) for projects designed to:

  • Conduct market research, in-market intelligence, and matchmaking.
  • Develop traditional and digital marketing materials, website content, and SEO.
  • Participate in tradeshows and trade missions.
  • Tailor product labeling.
  • Secure product certification and intellectual property protection.


“For a growing company, launching a marketing campaign in the United States is a significant investment. By alleviating some of our expenses, the program has given us a real opportunity to land our first few US sales and grow beyond Canada.”

Kim Latimer, Communications Director, AirSuite Inc., Thunder Bay

“The Northern Ontario Exports Program is a growth platform that enables the globalization of high-impact products and services built in Northern Ontario. The funding provided by the program and its staff’s deep expertise was vital for us to bring our innovative Artificial Intelligence software and hardware to customers across the United States and Latin America.”

Bashir Chalabi, Marketing Director, Symboticware Inc., Sudbury


Customized Export Development & Training Program

Thank you for your interest in the Customized Export Development & Training program. The application window is now closed. Congratulations to all the successful applicants!

Support is available for export-ready companies to access customized business coaching. The program can provide companies with up to $21,000 (or 70% of project costs) to offset the costs of training and strategic planning activities in areas including:

  • Strategic export planning
  • Sales skills and performance management
  • Operations and productivity improvements (e.g., LEAN manufacturing)
  • Procurement, inventory, and supply chain management
  • Marketing and value propositions
  • Channel development
  • Cultural awareness


“Working with an expert introduced to us by the program, we tackled rising procurement and logistics costs, improved our supply chain processes, and increased our organizational awareness and resiliency. As a result, Miller Technology is better positioned for significant global growth.”

Melissa Nash, Manager Administration, Miller Technology Inc., North Bay

“The Northern Ontario Exports Program provides a network and seed money to connect companies in Northern Ontario with resources they wouldn’t otherwise meet. With this support, Soo Foundry & Machine has entered new markets.”

Robert Cohen, President, Soo Foundry & Machine, Sault Ste Marie