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Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)-Government of Canada

May 15, 2019

Office of the Minister of Small Business & Export Promotion - April Update

As a part of the government’s Export Diversification Strategy, we recently announced a partnership with the World Trade Centre to expand their Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) and mobilize SMEs for export across the country. Minister Ng announced new funding under TAP for the Toronto Regional Board of Trade and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and Minister Lametti announced funding to the World Trade Centre Montreal.  These investments will have significant impacts for Canadian SMEs, as TAP has a proven track-record: while 75% of TAP participants have entered into new markets, increasing their export sales by 18%, another 48% of TAP businesses have actually hired new employees and created new jobs.

Minister Ng also continued to roll-out our Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, starting with the announcement that SheEO is the first successful recipient of the National WES Ecosystem Fund and will receive $2.5-million to deliver support for women entrepreneurs and address gaps in the ecosystem. She also visited WEF recipients in Vancouver.

In addition to these, Minister Ng has been busy hearing from and advocating for small businesses. In April, she:

We also wanted to highlight a few other government initiatives that may be of interest to you:

If you have any questions about any of these items or if you would like to get in touch with our team on any other matter, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the following people in our office:

  • Julia Van Drie, Special Assistant, Policy and Stakeholder Relations: vandrie@canada.ca
  • AJ Sivam, Advisor, Regional Affairs and Stakeholder Relations (Ontario): sivam@canada.ca
  • Arevig Afarian, Special Assistant, Communications and Regional Affairs (Quebec): afarian@canada.ca
  • Linda Campbell, Advisor, Regional Affairs and Stakeholder Relations (Western and Northern Canada): campbell@canada.ca
  • Ryan Nearing, Special Assistant, Communications and Regional Affairs (Atlantic): nearing@canada.ca


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