Chatham-Kent-Leamington MP Dave Van Kesteren is encouraging local businesses to take advantage of two grant-based federal programs which could help them with exporting goods.
The AgriMarketing program is open to agribusiness and fish processors. The AgriMarketing program began in 2013 and will be open to applications until September 2017. It provides $341 million in grants over five years and it is open to companies with less than 250 employees and less than $50 million in annual revenue.
Here is a link to the AgriMarketing program – http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1357941192614
The CanExport program is open to all other businesses. This program started in January and has $50 million available over five years. Companies with between $200,000 and $50 million in annual revenue are eligible.
Here is a link to the CanExport program – http://www.international.gc.ca/canexport/index.aspx?lang=eng
Van Kesteren said these programs, especially AgriMarketing, speak “directly to this riding” with its proximity to the U.S. border and the anticipated ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union by the end of the year.
“These two alone are huge market opportunities and it’s a perfect fit because we have exports,” he said. “We have a manufacturing base here and it does much of their exporting to the States, so we can improve on that or we can maybe find new ones.”
The Conservative member also said the programs could be used by the agriculture industry and Wheatley’s fisheries.