Success Story – Mining Supply and Services Export Assistance Program
In 2014, the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), in conjunction with colleagues in North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay, launched the Mining Supply and Services Export Assistance Program, a program whose goal is to help small to medium sized firms in Northern Ontario develop an export plan that will capitalize on opportunities outside of the northern Ontario marketplace.
Throughout the program’s first five years of operation, 82 firms completed the strategic ‘One-on-One’ Export Marketing Program and 90 firms received funding from the Private Sector Export Marketing Assistance Program to facilitate export marketing activities.
Quite a few firms in Timmins have participated in the program, including Porcupine Canvas who noted an increase in sales of 35% after participating in the program and putting their plan to target new markets into action.