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, you may be eligible for financial assistance through EMAP to help fund:

  • 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 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. 

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 export performance. 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 may apply once per year. 

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. 


Nov 1, 2018: ATTENTION  NOVA SCOTIA and NEW BRUNSWICK businesses: we are temporarily unable to approve any projects from Nova Scotia or New Brunswick as funds are fully committed. 

For NS businesses, funding for export-related activities is currently available through NSBI. Visit https://www.novascotiabusiness.com/export/small-business-development-program for more information.


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


EMAP. Helping SMEs improve export performance.



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