Trade & Export Support for Women Business Owners
Did you know only 5% of Canadian women business owners export?
We want to change that by giving you the tools and confidence to access new markets and take advantage of international growth opportunities.
If you’re a business owner who wants to trade internationally but doesn’t know where to start, we can help you become import or export ready!
We work closely with partners, such as Business Women in International Trade (BWIT), to support women business owners become trade-ready and attend trade missions throughout North America.
If you have any questions about how we can help you with exporting and/or importing, send us an email or call us at 1.800.643.7014 ext. 112.
We can help you…
1. Understand Importing & Exporting Regulations
You may recognize the growth opportunities of importing and exporting, but may be overwhelmed by the prospect of learning about the rules, regulations, permissions and approvals required.
We can help you understand and comply with importing/exporting regulations and requirements for your specific product, and provide you with a plan so you can import/export legally and confidently.
2. Make Connections
If you are a woman entrepreneur exploring your exporting options, now you can access unprecedented support to make connections with Fortune 500 companies in trade missions to the US, Europe, Asia, Latin America and beyond—and we can help you access these opportunities!
3. Prepare for Trade Missions
We can connect you with other women business owners who are attending trade missions and keep you informed about preparation webinars, prior to conferences.
We can also help you create your pitch and capability statement so you feel confident to approach large corporations at supplier diversity or trade events.
4. Benefit from Social Procurement
Women-owned companies are diverse suppliers, and this means companies around the world want to do business with you. Learn more about social procurement and certifying as a diverse supplier >>
Access Other Trade Support
Check out these other resources from us and our partners to help you get import or export ready!
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) International Market Reports
On this site, you can find market intelligence reports on agriculture, food and seafood. Learn more >>
- BC Trade and Investment Representatives
They help British Columbia businesses contact potential buyers, investors, and other key partners in global markets. Learn more >>
- Business Women in International Trade
The BWIT Program, which is part of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), is the only national program that provides targeted products and services to help women entrepreneurs internationalize. BWIT’s mandate is to link Canadian women entrepreneurs with international business opportunities to help spur their company’s growth. Learn more >>
- Canada Tariff Finder
This handy tool helps you check tariffs for a specific good in an international market. Learn more >>
- Canada’s Free Trade & Investment Agreements
On this site, you can explore Canada’s free trade agreements (FTA) and learn more about them. Learn more >>
- CanExport Grant
The CanExport program provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered in Canada that are seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets. You may be eligible to receive up to $75,000 in funding (or 75% of eligible expenses). The program has been expanded to include submissions from companies in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industries, including fish and seafood. Learn more about the CanExport Grant >>
- Country Insights
This site, from Global Affairs Canada, answers intercultural questions from a Canadian and local point of view for a number of countries around the world. Learn more >>
- Export Development Canada (EDC) Assistance to Women Entrepreneurs
EDC has a $50 million Women in Trade Investments Program that provides equity capital for Canadian women entrepreneurs who are growing through exporting. Learn more >>
- Export Navigator
The Export Navigator pilot offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect your business to the market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts it needs at every stage of the process. Learn more >>
- International e-Commerce Essentials (ICE)
This workshop equips businesses with hands-on training and techniques to succeed in cross-border e-commerce by creating an integrated online strategy to drive global sales. Learn more >>
- Spotlight on Market Research on an International Scale
This guide, created by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, will help you conduct market research on an international scale to help you solidify potential export opportunities and avoid the risk of entering the wrong market. It includes factors that you should consider when profiling a potential international market, as well as common challenges that you may need to overcome to be successful. View the resource >>
- Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
The Trade Commissioner Service has updated their exporting guide! Whether you are a novice or seasoned exporter, this improved guide will help your business get export-ready and positioned for commercial success abroad. Take a look >>
- Trade Accelerator Program
The Trade Accelerator Program provides companies with access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources, and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector. WEC clients may qualify for full bursaries for this program! View upcoming sessions >>
- Trade Commissioner Service
The Trade Commissioner Service helps companies navigate international markets. View their services >>
- View More Business Growth Resources in our free Online Resource Library
- Webinar Recording | Are You Export Ready? Your Top Questions Answered
Upcoming Trade Missions and Events
Below are upcoming events for women business owners who are looking to make valuable connections to grow their business. Also check out the Business Women in International Trade calendar for events and trade missions.
Upcoming Events › Trade Events
COVID-19 has significantly affected global trade, and as nations embark on economic recovery, new opportunities present themselves for Canadian companies of all sizes. Join Global Affairs Canada's John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of International Trade, and Dr. Ailish Campbell, Chief Trade Commissioner & Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development, as they share their insights into how Canadian companies can leverage the newly ratified Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) to grow internationally. You will have an opportunity to ask your question on what…Find out more »
Learn how to design a 90-second pitch that is clear, concise and compelling with Volition’s proven narrative pitch-building technique. You’ll learn how to: Build a compelling pitch, without memorizing a script Engage and connect with your audience Portray confidence and be memorable Choose from the following Pitch Building Bootcamp Session dates: July 14, 2020 (1pm EST, 11am MT, 2pm ADT) – Register Now August 18, 2020 (1pm EST, 11am MT, 2pm ADT) – Register Now HAVE QUESTIONS? Please email email@example.com…Find out more »
The Canadian Export Challenge (CXC) Virtual Accelerators aim to provide current and aspiring entrepreneurs with guidance that addresses the most relevant aspects of the preparation and execution stages of the export journey. The Women Going Global Accelerator is an event designed to support women entrepreneurs who are thinking about, working towards, or are already exporting their products or services. The hour and a half sessions will include a mix of presentations, Q&A opportunities and small breakout sessions for more in…Find out more »
Learn how to design a 90-second pitch that is clear, concise and compelling with Volition’s proven narrative pitch-building technique. You’ll learn how to: Build a compelling pitch, without memorizing a script Engage and connect with your audience Portray confidence and be memorable HAVE QUESTIONS? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Learn More or RegisterFind out more »
Moody’s Foundation and WEConnect International are pleased to offer a capacity-building program for a select group of women business owners in Canada. The Virtual Boot Camp will take place over the course of two days on Tuesday, August 25th & Wednesday, August 26th, 2020. Applying to and attending the training program is FREE. This training program is ideal for growth-oriented women-owned businesses who are looking to scale their enterprises and require additional capital to grow. The two-day training program will…Find out more »
Are you interested in fast tracking your global business growth? This September, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), along with Export Development Canada (EDC), UPS, Mastercard and Scotiabank, are collaborating with Startup Canada to present the third annual, and first fully digital edition of the Canadian Export Challenge (CXC) for Canadian startups and scale ups powered by Google. This year, the CXC will aim to be a safe space for Canadian exporters and industry partners to come together, provide support…Find out more »
Women’s Enterprise Centre is a proud Marketing Partner of the Vancouver Trade Accelerator Program! New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver has successfully delivered Canada's Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results.…Find out more »
Join other women business owners for three days of education, corporate vendor matchmaking, networking, and golf. This boutique event offers exclusive access to partner corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, professional associations and other successful women-owned businesses like yours. Learn how to secure your largest, most profitable contracts ever… in a fun, creative setting. The conference takes place in Orlando, Florida, which welcomes 72 million visitors a year as the most popular destination in the United States for business and leisure travelers.…Find out more »
WBE Canada’s Annual Conference is the leading event for corporate & government leaders, procurement professionals and women-owned businesses in Canada. This year’s online conference will provide an upscale virtual experience featuring innovations in supply chains, opportunities to share best practices and top recommendations for the next decade. 5 REASONS TO ATTEND LEARN - the strategies, solutions and keys to supplier diversity - the benefits and key components of developing a strong supplier diversity program and how to leverage its benefits…Find out more »
On Our Blog
Check out our recent blog posts on International Trade below or visit the Trade section of our blog for all trade-related posts.
When a group of dynamic women entrepreneurs come together for a day of networking, learning and connections, wonderful things can happen. On September 14-20, Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada helped to organize an incoming trade mission of about 20 women business owners from VdU, the association of German women entrepreneurs, to Edmonton and Vancouver. To […]
Earlier this year, I was contacted by the German consulate in Vancouver, and was told they’d like to nominate me for one of their Information Tours. Curious, I did some research and found that, in 2019, Germany will host 15 groups of 15-20 journalists and sector experts from around the world. They meet with their […]