The Canadian Trade and Investment Facility (CTIF) is a demand-driven project funded by Global Affairs Canada that provides technical assistance (TA) to organisations across the Asia-Pacific region to support more inclusive, sustainable and poverty-reducing trade and investment.
Providing technical assistance for Asian-Pacific business growth
In response to approved applications from eligible organisations, CTIF provides technical assistance for small-scale initiatives that contribute to more inclusive, sustainable and poverty-reducing trade and investment in Asia-Pacific countries.
Connecting to experts
TA providers subcontracted by CTIF through competitive selection processes work with eligible national and regional authorities to improve policy-making practices among regional and national institutions, and with public, private and non-governmental stakeholders to increase access to markets and finance by Asia-Pacific-based SMEs, particularly those led by women.
Offering a variety of support services
Technical assistance activities can include but are not limited to training (virtual/remote and in-person), exposure visits, advisory services, conference support, research, policy development advice, stakeholder engagement, and other forms of organisational strengthening or capacity building initiatives. CTIF does not provide direct financial support to recipient institutions.
Building international relationships for Canada
CTIF is managed by a Canadian consortium led by Cowater International (Cowater) in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). The CAD $11.6 million facility began operations in August 2018 and is expected to continue through to March 2025.