Go Canada

24 - 28 Sept 2018


Are you interested in exploring new export opportunities or developing existing business in Canada, the 10th largest economy in the world?

The Go Canada programme will highlight the increasing opportunities for Northern Irish firms in Canada, in light of the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU & Canada in 2017. This programme is specifically designed to help Invest NI companies develop their exports and win business in Canada.

If you are interested in exporting to Canada, click on the Apply Now link and answer the questions to see if you are eligible to participate.

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Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 03 August 2018.

Why Canada?

  • Population of 36 million – 90% of whom live within 200km of the United States border.
  • Similar business culture to Northern Ireland and its consumers and businesses buy similar products.
  • An affluent, high-tech industrial society with a market oriented economy, low inflation and high living standards.
  • As part of the North American Free Trade Area, Canada can provide a springboard into the huge US market and the Mexican market.
  • Overall, Canada ranks 18th out of 190 in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.
  • Canada ranks in the world’s top 5 producing countries for almost all mineral resources and boasts the world’s third-largest oil reserves.
  • The construction industry is estimated to grow by more than three per cent annually to 2020.
  • Ontario – Particularly Toronto is a sector for Fintech growth. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), is the world's ninth largest equity exchange in terms of market capitalization.

Read the Doing Business in Canada guide for further information on business opportunities in Canada.

Export advice and Guidance

Our trade team in Belfast will be on hand with advice and guidance to prepare for the visit. Working with our Trade Advisers in-market, we can provide tailored market research and arrange individual appointments for your company.

Cost of Participation

Total cost to companies will be £1,000 plus VAT to participate on the Go Canada Programme, which includes four nights accommodation in the group hotel. Companies will be responsible for their own flight arrangements and will receive 50% assistance towards flight costs up to a maximum of £400.

For further information on the Trade Mission please contact

The aim of the programme is to ensure that companies are adequately prepared to take advantage of the huge opportunities in the Canadian market.

Please Note - De Minimis Statement

Companies who have exceeded their De Minimis aid limit will be unable to claim assistance towards travel, accommodation and in-market support for this mission. The maximum De Minimis aid any single recipient can receive is €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) over a 3 year fiscal period.

Benefits of Participation

  • 1:1 consultancy support from the Invest NI team in market
  • Individual tailored market research
  • Group workshop to address common export issues with Regional Director Michael Barton
  • Group workshop to develop an individual export sales presentation
  • A four day group visit to Canada involving qualified meetings with potential customers or partners
  • Four nights hotel accommodation
  • Guidance on a follow-up action plan on how to develop the opportunities
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