Project profile — Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Services


TFO Canada
2014-01-07 - 2019-04-10
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (33.30%)
• America, regional (33.40%)
• Asia, regional (33.30%)


• Trade Policy And Regulations And Trade-Related Adjustment: Trade facilitation (33120) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to develop the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and related trade-support institutions in developing countries to pursue export opportunities in Canada. Components of the project specifically targets developing countries with which Canada has negotiated, or is negotiating, free trade agreements in order to help them to benefit from these new agreements. Through SME-led job creation, this project also contributes to reducing poverty in developing countries. Project activities include: (1) providing Canadian market trade information and online Services by producing information papers, website content with import/export product offers, market entry studies, e-bulletin; (2) providing Canadian market access services and Trade Support Institution capacity building in 25 priority countries through sector specific training on market access to Canada; and (3) providing Canadian market access services for up to 8 of the Least Developed Countries in the garment sector and to trade agreement developing country partners to Canada.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) improved ability of women- and men-led small and medium enterprises (SME) in 40 developing countries to access the Canadian marketplace, generating more than $10 million in new export sales, and much more after the project comes to an end because of the recurring and self-sustaining nature of trade; and (ii) improved ability of trade-support institutions in over 30 countries to help SMEs exporters access the Canadian marketplace.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2018: The Trade Information Services component continued to deliver improved online and contact services to TFO Canada’s clients, and is on track to accomplish or surpass most of its objectives; the project's anticipated small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) engagement has surpassed the original target of 600 SMEs and 100 Trade Support Institutions (TSI), with the registration of 1,035 and 328 respectively and; the addition of 221 new Canadian importers also surpassed the project's target, with 728 importers registered, 228 more than anticipated. The TFO Canada’s Priority Countries, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Trading Partners Responsive Facility (TPRF) components have made progress towards achieving their target: 80 Priority Country SMEs receiving orders and requests for quotation; under the LDC’s 8 women-led companies generated US $282,049 worth of sales, and nearly 250 new jobs, mostly for women, were created as a result of these export sales; 4 MBA Market Entry Studies were also prepared for a range of SME exporters from developing countries in different sectors; combined, 16 TPRF projects have leveraged US $1.6 million from stakeholders, including TSIs and SMEs; 56 companies have reported export sales of US $3,756,933 and; 37 participating women-led companies (66%) generated US $1,941,467 worth of sales. These results are contributing to the ultimate outcome of reducing poverty in developing countries through employment created by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) including women entrepreneurs with the support of selected Trade Support Institutions.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
26-08-2019 Disbursement $101,490
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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