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Canada’s Sustainable Economic Growth (SEG) Strategy focuses on building economic foundations in partner developing countries, growing business and investing in people. Building on this, its bilateral programming prioritizes aid for trade and trade facilitation. For example, the Canada-Asia Trade and Investment for Growth Program (TRIGR) is a responsive and directive technical assistance program with a global reach, designed with trade facilitation as one of its programming areas.

Canada also provides support to multilateral trade facilitation projects, with its activities outsourced through regional and international organizations for selection, management and implementation. Canada is a founding donor of the World Bank Group's Trade Facilitation Support Program (TFSP), and has also supported various initiatives such as the Aid for Trade Program delivered by the African Development Bank ( $15M); the Canada-Americas Business Environment Reform implemented by the International Finance Corporation ($11M); the WTO Standards and Trade Development Facility ( 7.5M); and many others.

For more information, or to request bilateral trade facilitation or capacity building assistance, please contact your closest Canadian embassy or consulate.


  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development—Development Programming: To advance Canada's aid effectiveness agenda and to sharpen the focus of Canada's international assistance, the Government of Canada has established five priorities for the international assistance envelope, several of which tie into trade facilitation.
  • Trade Facilitation Office Canada: TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada facilitates access to the Canadian marketplace and shares Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries.
  • Canada Border Services Agency: International Capacity Building Program: The CBSA has internationally renowned centres of expertise that deliver training and provide mentoring expertise related to marine operations, border services officer recruitment, detector dog programs, and laboratory and forensic sciences. The CBSA's approach focuses on sustainable capacity building projects designed to maximize benefits for the recipient country.