Go Canada

19 - 22 March 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, earlier this year. 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 the region, click on Apply now link below and answer the questions to see if you are eligible to take part.

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Answer a few questions to see if you are eligible to download an application form.

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Closing date for applications is Friday 15 December 2017

Why Canada?

Canada is an attractive market. It has a similar business culture to Northern Ireland, and its consumers and businesses buy similar products. It has a population of approximately 36 million, 90% of whom live within 200km of the United States border.

Canada is 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, breaking into the Canadian market can act as a springboard into the huge US market and also the Mexican market.

Key Canadian sectors are:

  • Aerospace
  • Biotechnology
  • Business services
  • Defence & security
  • Entertainment & tourism
  • Food & drink
  • Hi-tech
  • Real Estate industries

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.

Additional information

For further information on the Go Canada Programme please contact Regional Director Michael Barton on 001 416 593 1290 ext 6236 or by email at michael.barton@investni.com or Programme Administrator Cathy Larkin on 028 9069 8055 or by email at cathy.larkin@investni.com.

Business opportunities in Canada

View the guide to Doing Business in Canada

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 enhance pitch optimisation skills
  • 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

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.

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