An international business development resource for firms in Newfoundland and Labrador

Programs & Resources


A listing of international business development programming provided by Newfoundland and Labrador’s industry associations that may support your firm’s priorities – from the perspective of specific sectors or specific international markets.

  • Advanced Technology Export Program (NATI)

    Supporting the international business development activities of advanced technology companies in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to provide them with opportunities to develop the skills needed for international business development.

  • Caribbean Project (NEIA)

    NEIA’s Caribbean Project actively assists firms in the investigation of, preparation for, and entry in to the Caribbean region – in markets like Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, etc.

  • Export and International Business Network (NEIA)

    NEIA’s Export and International Business Network is a group of firms providing clean technology products and related environmental services that are conducting business, or looking to explore opportunities, abroad.

  • Export Internship Program (NATI)

    The Export Internship Program is designed to offer work opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador university and college graduates, and to provide potential and existing exporters with quality trade advisory services. Selected companies will engage a graduate for a period of one (1) year, with substantial funding support.

  • Europe Market Development Program

    The Europe Market Development Program (EMDP) will help Atlantic Canada-exporting companies expand their presence and grow sales in new industry sectors and countries in Europe. EMDP leverages new opportunities offered under Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which provides preferential access to export opportunities and economic growth. Made possible by funding from the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces’, the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce coordinates access to Europe-based professional market development and sales support.

  • LEAN Programming (CME-NL)

    In the global race to compete, the Manufacturing Productivity Program – LEAN, is an effective method of reducing waste within the manufacturing process while instilling a culture of continuous improvement. LEAN enables a manufacturer to produce products in the shortest lead time, highest quality and lowest costs while increasing productivity and delivering value to local, national and global customers.

  • Commercialization Officer Internship and Directed Research Program (NATI)

    This 52 week cost-shared internship program is intended to support technology commercialization training and experience for individuals with an appropriate background in business, engineering, science and/or other equivalencies.

  • Intellectual Property Program (NATI / ACOA)

    This cost shared program (50% – 50%) will aid local businesses in learning about intellectual property and patents, and in filing their patent application.

  • Canadian Export Challenge

    Join Startup Canada, in collaboration with UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service to become export-ready, connect with Canada’s trade and global growth partners.

  • Entrepreneur International

    Mitacs Entrepreneur International can help. We assist with travel costs — up to $5,000 — to help you explore new business opportunities abroad.


Links to helpful international business development resources and contact information for relevant support agencies.

Funding and Financing Resources

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

    Through its programming, ACOA can help businesses acquire the tools to succeed in global markets, and assists in attracting foreign investment to the region.

  • Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

    Through a suite of programs and services, TCII’s team of international trade professionals works with clients to increase global competitiveness, minimize market expansion risks, diversify and expand export opportunities and help increase the value and volume of Newfoundland and Labrador goods internationally.

  • Export Development Canada (EDC)

    Export Development Canada provides Canadian exporters with trade financing, export credit insurance and bonding services, as well as foreign market expertise.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

    The BDC offers advisory services to help assess your international growth potential, identify target markets, and develop growth strategies. Business loans are also available through the BDC to help provide you with the working capital you need to expand.

  • Canada Tariff Finder

    The Canada Tariff Finder is a free tool that allows Canadian exporters to check the tariffs applicable to a specific good in a foreign market. The focus is on countries where Canada has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in place.

  • Global Affairs Canada

    With a mandate to increase and diversify international trade and foreign direct investment for Canadian firms, Global Affairs Canada provides a variety of international business development supports.

  • CanExport

    The CanExport program provides financial support for the development of new export opportunities for small and medium sized firms.

  • Trade Commissioner Service

    Canada’s network of trade commissioners in 161 cities abroad and in Canada helps firms navigate the complexities of specific international markets.

  • GrowExport

    A free program to build the export capacity of SMEs through: a diagnostic assessment to evaluate your firm’s potential export capacity; consultancy services to develop an export business plan for your company; six internationally recognized modules of FITTskills training; mentoring opportunities on how to enter into foreign markets; and participation in a familiarization mission to the U.S. border and/or Atlantic Canada’s international ports and logistics facilities.

  • LearnSphere

    LearnSphere programming helps firm acquire market research, export strategies, trade marketing materials (including online and electronic tools), lead generation and sales, and more.

  • CTA Connects

    The Trade Commissioner Service is launching a new recruitment campaign for its Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) Cleantech Program 2020, and is looking for Canada’s most innovative cleantech companies!

Sector-Specific Resources

  • Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA)

    ACADA is a collaborative SME-focused organization representing the interests of the aerospace, defence, marine and security industries in Atlantic Canada. ACADA is comprised of approximately 200 industry members and organizations across Atlantic Canada.

  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exports – Newfoundland and Labrador (CME-NL)

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Newfoundland and Labrador (CME-NL), as part of the largest trade and industry association in Canada, supports local businesses by standing up for their members and their issues.

  • Mining Industry NL

    Mining Industry NL is a not-for-profit industry association that represents all sectors of the mineral industry. Its objective is the growth of the industry for the economic and social benefit of all of the people of the province.

  • Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA)

    NAIA is a member-based non-profit organization that represents the interests of aquaculturists in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are passionate advocates on behalf of our members to facilitate and promote the responsible development of the aquaculture industry.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI)

    NATI is a not-for-profit industry association representing the province’s advanced technology sector. A leader in Atlantic Canada, NATI thinks and behaves like a business in pursuing opportunities that offer the most growth potential for its members.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA)

    NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE)

    NLOWE provides programs and services that connect and support women within Newfoundland and Labrador to start, grow and advance their businesses.

  • Noia

    Established in 1977, and now with almost 600 member companies, Noia is Canada’s largest offshore petroleum association. Noia core members provide products and services for the petroleum industry and associate members represent operators, trade associations, educational institutions and government bodies.

  • OceansAdvance

    OceansAdvance is the voice of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ocean Technology Innovation Cluster. The cluster is comprised of companies, institutions, and organizations dedicated to ocean and marine-related technology, education, training, research and development, promotion, delivery and application.

Industry groups working collaboratively towards job creation and economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador through the support of increased trade and investment activities


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