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Port Launches $250,000 Export Development Fund to Explore New Trade Opportunities


PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Port of Prince Rupert has launched a new funding initiative to help communities and economic development agencies assess new export opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.

The $250,000 Export Development Fund is a program to assist eligible organizations in developing new export opportunities across Canada’s northwest trade corridor. Opportunities could be related to an existing industry entering new markets, new or expanded industries that would be viable for export, or existing export industries that are not currently using the Port of Prince Rupert.

“Export-oriented industries have a disproportionately large impact on our local economies, and are critical to achieving economic growth and expansion,” said Ken Veldman, Director of Public Affairs for the Port of Prince Rupert. “By focusing on regional export ‘clusters’, and their need for competitive, reliable access to the markets that provide the most value, we hope to support a practical approach to growing our collective export trade portfolio.”

The goal of the Export Development Fund is to accelerate the identification and development of export opportunities, ultimately strengthening the economic vitality of communities across the northwest trade corridor. Throughout 2018 the Port of Prince Rupert will be working with interested organizations in a process that will hopefully see the fund fully allocated across multiple worthy projects.

Anchoring a strategic link between North America and Asia, the Port of Prince Rupert has become a trade solution for Canadian industries exporting to markets such as China, Japan and South Korea. The value of trade flowing through the port is equivalent to $35 billion annually, directly creating 3,100 jobs across northwestern British Columbia, and supporting tens of thousands of jobs in Canadian industries like agriculture and forestry that rely on the Port of Prince Rupert to reach overseas markets.

The Port of Prince Rupert will be introducing a formal application process for the Export Development Fund over the coming weeks. For more information about the Port of Prince Rupert’s Export Development Fund, including eligible activities and applicants, as well as funding principles, please visit

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Kris Schumacher
Communications Coordinator
Port of Prince Rupert
Direct: 250 627-2533