TAP Program

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is proud to host KW’s first 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 for small to medium-sized enterprises and is designed to help business development & activate a market entry strategy.  The program provides essential knowledge, resources and coaching to businesses so that they can strategically scale-up and overcome barriers to exporting.

The program requires 4 full days of participation, over the course of 6 weeks: 2-day seminar, export plan day (just over a week after seminar) and mentoring day (takes place 4 weeks later, where an export plan is presented).  The hands-on workshop delivers access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources, and contact network.    

The average growth for participating in TAP is approximately a 70% increase in international sales in just 1 year after participation.  TAP participants have gotten into markets such as China, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Sweden, US, UAE etc.  The program’s goal is that participants are trade-ready to export their goods internationally.

Become involved in the Trade Accelerator Program in 1 of 2 ways:  partner nomination or direct application.  Applicants are considered on program criteria and assessed on merits.  Partner Nomination can be done through organizations like Global Affairs Canada or the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (or other sponsor/partners).   Self-Application is done through the Toronto Region Board of Trade. The fee is waived by the referring partner/sponsor at the value of $5000. For more information about the nomination period or how to nominate a partner, please visit https://wtctoronto.com/tapapplication/. 


2-Day Workshop: September 16th & 17th

Export Plan Day: September 25th 

Expert Mentoring Day: November 6th

Download the application form below and please send the completed form to Saba Shafiq.