Exporting and International Business

General and Government Resources

Business Development Bank of Canada provides products and services for Canadian exporters. Their web site at http://www.bdc.ca has many useful links.

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) has a new website that provide exporters with instant, up-to-the-minute access to trade opportunities with U.S. government agencies. Visit the CCC USA opportunities site at http://www.usopportunities.com

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funds a wide range of projects and contracts in third world countries. Visit their site at http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca

Export Development Corporation helps Canadian companies to compete in world markets. EDC provides risk management services, including insurance, financing, and guarantees. Its services are of particular importance to smaller companies. Their site is at http://www.edc.ca.

InfoExport  is the international trade web site of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). See http://www.infoexport.gc.ca.

MERX - Government Bidding Services This is the Canadian on-line information service for federal, provincial and municipal tenders and RFPs. It also lists international contracts for CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency). For more information, visit their web site at http://www.merx.com or call 1-800-964-6379.

Standards Council of Canada has a web site that provides over 300,000 pages of standards-related information for companies, whether they are exporting technology to Australia or gaining a foot hold for a new building product in Europe. See http://www.scc.ca

The Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. lists U.S. General Services Administration opportunities on its web site at http://www.canadianembassy.org

U.S. General Services Administration is responsible for purchasing for the American government agencies. Visit its site at http://www.gsa.gov

B2B On-line Directories

ECeurope.com claims to be the largest B2B eMarketplace on the Net. It is a good place to sell and buy products and services to European companies. The web site is located at http://www.eceurope.com

WorldVideoBusiness is a business to business e-marketplace source of international trade leads, and tender opportunities from companies and government organizations around the globe.

International Financial Institutions (IFIs)

Asian Development Bank is the only one that makes extenstive use of consultants and contractors in the planning for large projects. This provides many opportunities for smaller firms to get some international work. Opportunities are posted on the ADB web site, and individuals can express their interest by filling out an on-line form for projects they are interested in. See http://www.adb.org.

World Bank is the largest of the IFIs giving out billions in contracts every year. See them at http://www.worldbank.org

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. See http://www.ebrd.com

Inter-American Development Bank funds projects in Central and South America. See http://www.iadb.org

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Visit their site at http://www.oecd.org

United Nations Development Programme. Visit http://www.undp.org

World Health Organization. See http://www.who.ch


Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian professionals have greater access to working in the United States. However, there are restrictions and conditions that must be met. For more information, check out these sites: