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“I would highly recommend TAP for smaller medium sized business considering exporting. The program helped us kick start our overseas program, taught us about issues we would not have considered, probably helped us to avoid making some mistakes, and introduced us to experts we can work with to solve problems and help us along the way.” – STACS DNA



The Ottawa Board of Trade is proud to host the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), facilitated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade and the World Trade Centre Toronto. This dynamic, hands-on workshop is geared to provide companies with access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector. 

TAP graduates report an average growth of 42% in export sales one year after participation, and more than 85% of participants have entered new markets since completing the courseSince its launch in October 2015, TAP has expanded to more than 30 cities across Canada.

The Ottawa Board of Trade hosted the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) for the first time in November 2019. Registration is currently open for the cohort of Fall 2020.

Fall 2020 Cohort runs over the course of 8 weeks:

November 3: Strategic Planning for Export Market
November 4: Support and Advisory Resources
November 12: Legal and Tax Implications to Going Global
November 19: International Finance for Export
November 26: Building Capacity and Supply Chain Management
December 3: International Sales and Marketing
December 4: International Sales and Marketing Continued
December 11: Export Plan Submission
January 7 - 14, 2021 Mentorship


Companies can participate in TAP via partner nomination or direct application. All applications are reviewed by the TAP team to ensure the program is a good fit and allow participants to maximize its benefits. All applications will be considered on program criteria and assessed on their merits.

The program fee is $5,000 per company; however, generous support from our partners will allow us to reduce this fee to $495 +HST.



The companies being sought for TAP-Ottawa should meet the following guidelines:

  • Generates more than $500,000 in annual revenue
  • Has been operating for at least 2 years and receiving revenue for its product, service or technology
  • Is already exporting a product, service or technology, but wishes to diversify its export markets or has taken exploratory steps to expand into new markets
  • Has a product, service or technology with a strong competitive advantage as a result of quality or patent protection
  • Is located anywhere in Ontario (not limited to the National Capital Region)
  • Is willing to dedicate two senior representatives to participate in the program and apply its resources


Companies that meet the profile are welcome to apply for the program by submitting the following electronic application form below. Once your application is approved, an invoice will be sent to you via email.


The Ottawa Board of Trade in partnership with the World Trade Centre Toronto hosted an  information session on Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) on September 17th. 

TAP is an award-winning program designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises gain knowledge and the necessary network of contacts to unleash their export potential. Through a series of in-depth workshop sessions with leading trade and industry experts, SME owners and executives learn to overcome export barriers and reach new markets faster.

The next cohort of the program in Ottawa will begin November 3-4, 2020. Watch this webinar to learn more about the program benefits and format.


For more information, contact Lynn Ladd, Programs & Membership Experience at 613.853.3985 or email


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