The Export Market Access (EMA) program is administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and funded and supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Government of Ontario. It offers a non-repayable contribution towards costs of certain export-related activities undertaken by Ontario-based small and medium enterprises.
Eligible companies must have been incorporated for at least two years, have between 5 and 500 employees, be currently producing their own products in Ontario, have a minimum of $500,000 in annual sales, and have market-ready products to be sold in export markets. There are four categories of eligible activities: international visits to trade shows/potential clients, development of promotional materials, market research, and bids on foreign projects (in professional services industries).
A non-repayable contribution worth up to 50% of eligible costs; minimum contribution is generally $5000 and maximum is $30,000.
Applications must be submitted online through the OCC’s portal. Up to three events can be included on a single application, and a company can make a maximum of two applications in any twelve month period. Applications can be made on an ongoing basis and OCC aims to reach a decision within 30 business days.
More information is available at the Export Market Access website.
The OCC’s contact points for the EMA program are available here.
Wilson Cook Associates can assist with applications for this program. If interested please contact us at Wilson Cook Associates.