Frequently Asked Questions
Can my business apply to both EMAP and E for E?
Yes, you can submit applications to both programs and it is possible to be accepted in both programs. You can only be accepted once in each program per year.
What stage should my business be at before I apply?
Eligible applicants must have generated revenue within the last year. This means that your business has achieved sales, at least within Canada. If your product or service is still under development, your business is considered pre-commercial and therefore you are not yet eligible to apply to EMAP or E for E. Also, to be eligible for E for E, you should have either a formal export market plan or evidence of an entry strategy to an export market.
LearnSphere offers a range of export development programs for businesses at different stages of commercialization. Please contact us to learn if you may be eligible for other programs.
Can an application contain more than one activity?
Yes, you can submit one application that covers several eligible activities. You may use more than one consultant to complete each of these activities. If you intend to hire different consultants for different activities, please ensure you attach a consultant’s proposal for each activity to your application.
How do I find a consultant?
LearnSphere cannot recommend consultants for EMAP and E for E projects. You can ask people in your network (peers, colleagues, advisors working in economic development) to suggest consultants who could meet your needs. Consultants do not need to be based in your region; they can be located anywhere in the world.
What should be included in the consultant’s proposal?
Please see this template for an example of a quality consultant’s proposal.
What is meant by incrementality?
Applications must demonstrate incrementality. This means that the activities you are proposing are required for your business to pursue new export markets, either by launching new products/services or entering new geographic areas.
How long is a typical project?
Once your application has been accepted, it is referred to as your “project”. Most projects take approximately 3 to 4 months to complete. Targeted promotional campaigns could last for up to 6 months.
How do I finance the project?
You must be able to cash flow all planned activities in the project. EMAP and E for E will reimburse eligible costs once the work is complete and you have submitted a claim.
How are applications evaluated?
Applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. The evaluation is based on a list of criteria that constitutes a business case for the proposed project. Because the demand is high for these programs, the applications demonstrating the highest potential for economic impact to their region will be given priority.
How does the claims process work?
You are responsible to pay all project expenses, including HST, as they are incurred. Once the activities of your project are complete, you will submit a claim. You will be reimbursed only once the claim has been accepted.