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Grants to Canada Communities and Nonprofits to Increase Employment Rates and Expand Participation in the Global Economy

CanExport Community Investments (CECI)


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Funding Source
Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/09/22 7:00 PM Ottawa Time (EDT) Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada communities and locally-based nonprofit organizations for projects to increase employment rates and expand the country's participation in the global economy. Applicants are required to register in the online portal prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for foreign direct investment projects.

The CanExport Community Investments program provides financial support to communities for their foreign direct investment (FDI) initiatives and activities. The funding helps communities seeking to improve their capacity to attract, retain and expand FDI in order to create jobs for Canadians, support innovation and increase exports through specific types of activities.

The program defines an investor as:

  • An international business establishing or expanding operations in Canada
  • Someone with a significant say in the management of local operations (not simply voting through shares and not someone who simply injects funds)

The program supports activities that will help you attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment, such as:

  • Developing marketing tools aimed at foreign investors
  • Getting specific foreign direct investment training
  • Identifying or coordinating with potential investors
    • Developing and putting in place multi-year strategies to attract and retain international investment

For information regarding eligible expenses, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who can apply?
- Communities seeking to improve their capacity to attract, retain and expand FDI
- Non-profit partnerships at the local community level

You can apply if you are:
- A Canadian community or
- A non-profit, locally based Canadian organization

You must also meet these criteria:
- Be incorporated (a legal entity)
- Be able to enter into legally binding agreements.

The program does not fund initiatives related to mergers and acquisitions, investments from other parts of Canada, trade or export.

The program does not fund departments, agencies, Crown corporations and other federal or provincial organizations.

For information regarding activities and expenses not covered, see:

Pre-Application Information
CanExport Community Investments will be accepting proposals for the 2023 year from October 3rd to November 9th 2022.

Applicants should avoid waiting until the last minute to submit their applications.

Applicants must register their organization in the online portal before applying. It may take a few days for the registration to be confirmed, but applicants will be contacted once their registration is complete.

If an applicant accesses other federal government support, the total federal support cannot exceed 50 percent.

Applicant's Guide:
Watch a registration video:

Estimated Size of Grant
The program provides non-repayable contributions between $3,000 and $500,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses.

Term of Contract
Agreements are made for a one-year period, from January 1 to December 31.

Contact Information
To Register and apply:

If you have questions that this guide does not answer, please contact:

TCS Enquiries Service
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2

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