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Ontario Tech Businesses Get Help Exporting COVID-19 Solutions and Other Products Abroad

Trade Accelerator Program expands province wide, provides targeted trade support for small and medium sized tech firms.

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OTTAWA, ON, January 18, 2021 – With consumers, workforces and industries making significant shifts online, the world is clamouring for technology and communications solutions. To help local Ontario firms meet that demand, a successful business support program is expanding province-wide. 

The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is a series of innovative, dynamic workshops that give companies the training and support they need to scale up, develop and execute an export plan. TAP is delivered by the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s World Trade Centre Toronto and, since its launch in October 2015, it has expanded to eight major centres across Canada. Now, in partnership with the Ottawa Board of Trade, TAP is recruiting tech companies for its first provincewide industry cohort. 

“The Ottawa region is known nationally as a hub of tech expertise – home to Ross Video and ROCK Networks,” said Sueling Ching, President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade. “By partnering with the World Trade Centre Toronto, we’re combining that domestic insight with TAP’s well-established trade network to help more Ontario tech firms become export ready and grow locally.”  

TAP graduates report an average growth of 33 per cent in export sales one year after participation in the program, and more than 90 percent of participants are exporting in international markets since completing the course.  

“To date, TAP has more than a thousand success stories under its belt – connecting small and medium-sized businesses with Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts,” said Leigh Smout, President of the World Trade Centre Toronto. “With the Ottawa Board of Trade, alongside other great corporate and government partners, we are ready to help more businesses climb themselves out of the COVID recession by exporting internationally – and we know a lot of businesses in the tech sector are primed to do just that.”  

TAP’s provincewide tech cohort begins on Wednesday, February 10 and will include five weekly half-day virtual sessions, concluding with a mentoring session. The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 3. Businesses can sign up at

TAP is supported by National Partners:

About Toronto Region Board of Trade

The Toronto Region Board of Trade is one of the largest and most influential business chambers in North America and is a catalyst for the region’s economic agenda. We pursue policy change to drive the growth and competitiveness of the Toronto region and facilitate market opportunities with programs, partnerships and connections to help our members succeed – domestically and internationally.

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