International Trade Minister announces $3.3 million for 34 industry associations to promote trade

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June 22, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Industry associations play a key role in fostering international business development. They represent countless small and medium-sized enterprises that are the backbone of our economy and the engine for new job creation. Their activities also promote best practices among their members that benefit the entire economy.

In an effort to expand and support Canadian ingenuity and innovation, the Government of Canada encourages associations to look beyond Canada’s borders for new opportunities with Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA), a key pillar of Global Affairs Canada’s Global Markets Support Program (GMSP). Through the GMSP, Global Affairs Canada contributes to Canadian economic growth and prosperity by promoting greater Canadian participation in international markets.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing $3.3 million to 34 industry associations to share the costs and risks of 114 separate international business development initiatives.

GOA supports three types of international business development initiatives:

  • direct contacts, such as trade shows, meetings, matchmaking, seminars, incoming visits and export training;
  • marketing tools, such as website development targeting foreign customers and other materials that promote trade opportunities; and
  • research tools, such as market research or market intelligence reports or the update of a multi-year international business development strategy for an industry.


“I have witnessed the important role associations play in ensuring their members and the workers they employ benefit from new contacts, clients and market intelligence. With a little encouragement from Global Affairs Canada, these associations can expand their reach around the globe, creating more jobs and increased prosperity at home. This is another way in which we are supporting growth for the middle class.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

Quick Facts

  • GOA is supporting Marine Renewables Canada of Halifax, Nova Scotia, to attend the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Ireland.

  • GOA is supporting Groupe CTT of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, to attend the textile trade show Texprocess in Germany.

  • GOA is supporting the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada of Ottawa, Ontario, to bring foreign delegates to the International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium being held in Ottawa.

  • GOA is supporting Aerospace Industries Association of Canada of Ottawa, Ontario, to assist 25 Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises to attend the Paris Air Show.

  • GOA is supporting the Air Transport Association of Canada of Ottawa, Ontario, to attend the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) trade show in the United Kingdom.

  • GOA is supporting Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre Society of Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend Carrier and Mobile Solutions conference in Finland.

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