LearnSphere’s Export Market Access Program (EMAP) provides financial assistance to help you market yourself more effectively, increase your exports and grow your business.


How does EMAP work?

If you’re working to enhance the way you market and sell your exports outside of Canada, you may be eligible for financial assistance through EMAP to help hire a consultant, mentor or agency for activities such as:

  • Market research or strategy development
  • Export plan development
  • Mentoring / coaching to improve export market research and planning
  • Lead generation
  • Sales
  • Development of promotional materials (brochures, catalogues, trade booth designs, etc.)

Projects should be focused on B2B sales and able to be completed within 3 to 4 months. Projects should not exceed 6 months duration.

Still not sure how it works? Please read these responses to some Frequently Asked Questions. 

"It is an additional tool that you can use to look at expanding your reach and getting ready to export."   

Lin Paddock
VP, Sales and Marketing
Virtual Marine

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How much $ is available?

The maximum EMAP contribution is 65% of project costs, up to a maximum of $15,000 per year. Total project costs must be more than $5,000 to apply.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for financial assistance through EMAP, you must be an Atlantic-based SME or NGO undertaking incremental activities that aim to improve business to business sales outside of Canada. Eligible applicants must have generated revenue in the last year. 

The following industry sectors are not eligible: retail / wholesale, real estate, government services, personal / social services and softwood lumber. Professional services are generally not eligible applicants. Consultant travel and trade show attendance fees are also not eligible for reimbursement. 

Applicants cannot make any financial commitments prior to submission, or costs incurred will not be eligible.

Please note that meeting the eligibility requirements does not mean that your application will be approved. All applications are subject to an evaluation process once eligibility is determined. Priority will be given to current exporters and to applications that clearly demonstrate how the activity will impact growth of international business to business sales.

For more information, read our responses to Frequently Asked Questions, download our EMAP Program Guidelines or contact us: info@learnsphere.ca or 1-877-644-2267.

When you are ready to apply, please complete the online application form:  Apply Today


EMAP. Helping SMEs improve export performance.



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