CanExport and Intellectual Property Protection can help you with your legal fees

The CanExport program is a popular Canadian government grant that supports small… Learn More

Authors:  Silvia de Sousa

published 04/16/2020

The CanExport program is a popular Canadian government grant that supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) registered in Canada that are seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets. If you are a business person who is interested in intellectual property protection, certification, or adaptation of contracts for target market(s) during the uncertain period of COVID-19, CanExport can assist with associated expenses.

The CanExport program assists in covering some of the following expenses:

  • application fees to local authorities for the protection of intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright, etc.) in target market(s).
  • adaptation and translation of contractual agreements (sales contract, distribution agreement, licence agreement, services agreement, etc.) for the target market(s).
  • the cost of seeking legal, tax, or business advice specifically related to the target market(s).
  • the cost of engaging expert advice on regulatory issues for the target market(s), including on market access, intellectual property, trademarks, patents and certification.

Funding is provided on a cost-sharing basis between the applicant and CanExport. The program reimburses up to 75% of eligible expenses: the applicant is responsible for the remaining 25% (in-kind contributions do not count toward the 25%).

To be considered for funding, the applicant must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • be a for-profit company;
  • be an incorporated legal entity or a limited liability partnership (LLP) in Canada;
  • have a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number, but some exceptions exist;
  • have no more than 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees; and
  • have no less than $100,000 and no more than $100 million in annual revenue declared in Canada during its last complete tax reporting year (or during the last 12 months for monthly and quarterly filers).

Applications are accepted year-round through CanExport’s online platform located at .

TDS Law can assist you with your intellectual property matters.  If you need assistance, please email Silvia de Sousa at

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