Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

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Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative and dynamic program aimed at helping Halifax's enterprises overcome barriers to exporting. The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer TAP Canada in Halifax, a program that is quickly gaining momentum across Canada, and a reputation of achieving real results, fast.

The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP Canada) is an innovative, effective and comprehensive four-day program held over six weeks, helping Canada’s SMEs strategically scale-up and overcome barriers to exporting. Through TAP Canada, Canadian SMEs access a wide range of resources, tools, and training to be successful in the global environment. Participating companies will establish key contacts, access targeted expertise in a broad range of fields from top industry experts and formalize.

The uniqueness and success of TAP Canada reside in its dynamic hands-on approach to training companies, the direct involvement of top experts from the private and public sectors, the aggressive efforts to avoid the traditional academic classroom style of teaching business development and the practical and highly personalized coaching provided to each participating company.

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Registration Opens: October 1, 2019

Registration Closes: November 15, 2019

Successful Applicants to be Contacted: December 13, 2019


Day 1 & 2: Workshops - February 24 & 25, 2020

Educate: Financial Matters, Legal & Tax, Strategy & Advisory Resources, Supply Chain Management, Sales & Marketing

Day 3: Export Plan Day - March 2, 2020

Assess & Strategize: Companies will take a week to gather information ranging from production capability issues to HR and financial resources, and will return for a full day to formalize their export strategies and begin developing their export plan.

Day 4: Mentoring Day - March 30, 2020

Implement: Companies will be back for a full day of back-to-back individual 30-minute mentoring sessions where they will receive tailored coaching ranging from international taxation to FOREX management and international contract design from the experts.


The program fee of TAP is $5000 per company. However, through the generous support of our sponsors, a bursary will be provided to you to lower the cost to $499 plus HST per company.

Please note: Nominated companies who do not attend all four (4) TAP sessions and/or complete an export plan prior to the One-on-One Mentoring Day will be charged the full program fee. Nominated companies who do not attend all four (4) TAP sessions and complete an export plan prior to the One-on-One Mentoring Day will be charged the full program fee.


  • Dedicate two senior representatives to participate in the program.
  • Commit to attend all 4 days in full (2-day workshop, export plan day and one-on-one mentoring day).
  • Complete an export plan prior to the one-on-one mentoring day.
  • Bi-annually share information about your company's exporting activity after completing the program through an online survey link you will receive.



  • Your company generates more than $500K in annual gross revenue.


  • Your company is currently not exporting but has taken exploratory steps abroad; or
  • Your company is already exporting a product or service and wishes to increase its market share; or
  • Your company is motivated to expand to new markets.


  • Your company has a product or service with a defined competitive advantage.


  • Your company has two years of financial records.


  • Your company has a good record of Corporate Social Responsibility.

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