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CanExport Community Investments (CECI)

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

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Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

Deadline Date:

10/14/20 1:00 PM Ottawa Time (EDT)


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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.

As one of the many tools deployed by the Government of Canada to increase prosperity, the CanExport Community Investments program provides financial support to communities for their foreign direct investment (FDI) initiatives and activities. The program provides support to Canadian communities seeking to improve their capacity to attract, retain, and expand FDI in order to create jobs for Canadians, support innovation, and increase exports.

For the purposes of the program, FDI refers to international businesses establishing or expanding operations in Canada. The initiatives supported by the program must focus on supporting the attraction, retention, and expansion of foreign direct investment through specific types of activities. 


  • To enhance the capability and effectiveness of Canadian communities to attract employment—creating FDI by providing assistance to communities in developing FDI attraction, retention and expansion initiatives.
  • To help build business cases that will make foreign investors aware of the proven advantages of expanding into and within Canada.
  • To encourage and promote the pursuit of excellence in the development of investment programs by allocating funds on the basis of competition that is judged on clear, long-term planning principles and demonstrated cooperation between the private sector and municipal governments.
  • To help Canadian communities become more effective in dealing with FDI aftercare and support for specific foreign investment promotion initiatives.
  • To encourage intergovernmental cooperation, promote partnerships with the private sector, and demonstrate federal commitment to encourage FDI and retention.

For programming priorities and target markets, see

Activity categories:

  • FDI Training
  • FDI Strategic Planning and Analysis
  • FDI Tool and Material Development
  • Lead Generation and Meetings with Potential Investors

For eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167240

Estimated Size of Grant:

Non-repayable contributions range from $3,000 to $500,000. The program provides reimbursement of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible recipients are Canadian communities and non-profit, locally-based organizations that are seeking assistance, for example:
- To offset costs associated with developing marketing tools aimed at foreign investors;
for specific FDI training;
- To identify potential investors and/or coordinate interactions with them; or
- To develop and implement multi-year international investment attraction and retention strategies.

Please note that eligible recipients must be incorporated (legal entities) and able to enter into legally binding agreements.

The adjudication committees may support the provision of a contribution to a community or not-for-profit organization acting as a third party or intermediary on behalf of a number of eligible communities.

Specifically excluded as eligible recipients are departments, agencies, Crown corporations, and other organizations at the federal or provincial level.

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

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

The program will accept applications for 2021 projects between September 16 to October 14, 2020 closing at 13:00 pm Ottawa time (EDT). Do not wait for the last minute to register and to submit your application. The registration process may take a few days and you will not be able to access the application form until it is complete.

The first step of the application process is to register your organization in the Partners@International portal. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible if you are intending to submit an application for funding to the program, as it may take a few days for your registration to be confirmed. You will only be able to access the Application Form once you have (1) registered, (2) uploaded the letter of incorporation/proof of legal status, and (3) the funding call is launched.

Annual Cycle:
- The Call for Proposals is opened in September and closes in October.
- Applications are evaluated by an adjudication committee by January.
- Funded activities may begin as early as January 1.
- Claims for reimbursement with accompanying progress reports may be submitted starting in April.
- Funded activities must be completed by December 31 at the latest.
- Final reports and final claims must be submitted by the end of January at the latest.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Please contact for further information if you are a new applicant or require training.

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

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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;

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