International trade and investment

Do you want to increase your sales and revenue, grow your business and expand your markets? Trade and investment are key components of a thriving, more prosperous Atlantic Canada. ACOA wants to help you grow your business in markets near and far because when companies succeed abroad, they create jobs here at home and help grow our economy.

Our role

ACOA is the federal department in Atlantic Canada with a strong on-the ground presence and deep links to businesses, stakeholders and communities. The Agency is well equipped to help businesses succeed in global markets, and to assist the provinces in attracting foreign investment to the region.

What we do:

Diversify and thrive:

Global markets are changing at a rapid pace. Trade diversification is about securing more opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors to compete and succeed in emerging and fast growing global markets and sectors.

Trade diversification:

Trade and investment is one of the action areas of the Atlantic Growth Strategy designed to expand business activities between Atlantic Canada and international markets. Through AGS investments, we will:

Looking to diversify your markets?

If you are an ambitious company or co-operative in need of export development funding, the Business Scale-up and Productivity stream of the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program helps businesses to accelerate their growth and assists with the adoption of innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity and global competitiveness as well as the development of and entry into new markets.

Contact the ACOA office nearest you to find out more, or send an e-mail to our export development team.

Our partners in export development:

Looking to invest in Atlantic Canada?

In 2016, Canada maintained its second place position among 10 countries ranked by KPMG , with business costs 14.6 percent below the US. The Atlantic region’s low labour and facility costs makes it the lowest cost region within Canada.

As an entry point to major North American markets, Atlantic Canada has much to offer.

Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

Learn more about the Regional Joint Cooperation Commission between Atlantic Canada and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

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