Trade Accelerator Program



Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative and dynamic program aimed at helping Manitoba’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome barriers to exporting. The WTC Winnipeg is pleased to offer TAP in Manitoba, a program that has rapidly gaining momentum across Canada, and a reputation of achieving real results, fast.

Through its Expert partners, TAP gives companies access to top exporting advisors, resources and contacts. Companies are given the opportunity to work with industry leaders to build a comprehensive Export Plan, and then begin its implementation.

This extensive program is offered to Manitoba businesses for only $495 +GST (includes 2 participants). The cost for each additional participant is $295 +GST.


More than 78% of participants are now actively exporting in markets including China, India, Mexico, Japan, U.K., Italy, Sweden, and the US. Average growth of 19% in total revenue and 38% in export sales one year after participation. TAP has helped over 1,000 companies to prepare for exporting with resources and contacts.

TAP-Manitoba Partners

> Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) | National Partner
> Export Development Canada (EDC) | National Partner

> Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) | National Partner
Air Canada Cargo (AC Cargo) | National Partner
> Supply Chain Canada
> Global Affairs Canada
> Naida Communications
> People First HR Services
> TDS Law


Click here for TAP results in Manitoba (infographic)




The next TAP cohort will be offered virtually in Fall 2021.

The 8-week program will comprise of half-day interactive sessions on the following components:




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Eligibility Guidelines

The companies sought for TAP participation should meet the following criteria:

> Is already exporting a product, service or technology, but wishes to diversify its export markets
> – OR – Has taken exploratory steps to develop their business abroad
> Generates more than $500,000 in annual revenue
> Is willing to dedicate senior representatives to participate in all stages of the program
> Has a product, service or technology with a strong competitive advantage as a result of quality or patent protection
> Is a good corporate citizen devoid of corruption and environment and human rights violations
> Can share two years of financial statements with its application to demonstrate its solvency


Please click here to fill out the online application form.



Winkler Canvas | TAP Fall 2017

“TAP opened our mindset and provided important contacts allowing us to expand and grow our business from regional to global.” – Jeff Hildebrand.

TAP Results
> Increased export sales by 130%.
> Markets pursued: U.S., Germany and Argentina. Currently working with two partners who have global reach in the Oil/Gas & Military sectors.

Lennard Taylor | TAP Fall 2017

“TAP Canada has really made us think strategically about our business, not only for exporting, but overall. The support in writing the plan and the questions that arose from the process made me think about how to grow the company. We look forward to working together with the many contacts we have met through the program.” – Laural Bickford

TAP Results
> Increased export sales by 20%.
> Market pursued: U.S.


Ecopoxy | TAP Fall 2017

“Throughout the program, I was introduced to the TAP-Manitoba Expert Partners. I’ve since used the services of these industry experts and found them very instrumental to my company’s growth.” – Jack Maendel

TAP Results
> Increased export sales by 700% (based on the reported export sales percentage in relation to the reported annual revenue.)
Hired 4 new staff members.


K-Tec Earthmovers | TAP Fall 2017

“I found tremendous value in participating in TAP Canada. I’ve gained the contacts, knowledge and confidence needed to pursue new international markets.”  – Allan Friesen.

TAP Results
> Increased export sales by 20%.
New markets pursued: England, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Japan.
Hired 58 new staff.


Click here for TAP Manitoba Success Stories (Infographic)


For further information on TAP Canada, contact:

Camille Bardy
Trade Advisor

World Trade Centre Winnipeg

Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program is supported by the Mobilizing SMEs to Export initiative to assist in delivering Canada’s Export Diversification Strategy.