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Expanded programs will help boost Atlantic exports

14 August 2017

Expanded programs boost Atlantic exports2News Release

LearnSphere Canada extending successful export support programs across Atlantic Canada with ACOA investment


August 14, 2017 – Halifax, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Helping Atlantic businesses succeed in global markets will raise incomes, generate growth and strengthen the middle class and those seeking to join it.

That is why the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is investing in two export support programs that will help Atlantic Canadian small and medium sized businesses to begin exporting, increase their export sales and diversify their export markets.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, today announced an investment of $3 million for LearnSphere Canada Inc. to expand its Export Market Access Program and its E-tools for Exporting program to businesses across Atlantic Canada over the next twelve months. The funding is being provided through ACOA’s Business Development Program which helps Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs to grow, become competitive and increase their productivity.

This announcement builds on the goals of the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy announced July 4, 2017, to double the number of Atlantic exporters, increase the value of export sales, diversify export markets and increase foreign investment in the region.



“International trade is the engine of Canada’s economy. These expanded programs will help more exporters reach new markets and either make their first sale abroad, or increase existing export sales. The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in the tools businesses need to expand their market reach and create more middle class jobs across the Atlantic region. These programs help set the stage for industries in Atlantic Canada to take advantage of trade opportunities under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)”

– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

“Atlantic Canadian companies have what it takes to succeed. They have the smarts. They have the skills. These expanded programs will help them reach export markets faster by helping them implement their strategic plans more quickly.”

– The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

“We are thrilled that ACOA has announced funding to expand LearnSphere’s practical and accessible export development programs to businesses across Atlantic Canada. Clients tell us consistently how valuable and timely our programs are in their efforts to sell products and services internationally. We look forward to serving SMEs from across the Atlantic region.”

– Annette Comeau, Chief Executive Officer, LearnSphere Canada Inc.

Quick Facts

  •  LearnSphere will help more than 180 companies across Atlantic Canada reach their export goals over the next year through the EMAP and E for E programs.


  •  The EMAP and E for E programs assist businesses with market research, export strategy, branding, e-commerce, digital media and more.


  •  Today’s announcement supports the Trade and Investment action area of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy aims to double the number of exporters in the Atlantic region by 2025, raise the value of exports, increase the number of exporters selling to more than one market, and attract more foreign investment to the region.


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Robert Bourgeois
Media Relations
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Tel: (506) 851-6773

Amy Boudreau
Director, Domestic Projects
LearnSphere Canada Inc.
Tel: (506) 452-0387

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