Market Access Program (MAP)

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The STEP Market Access Program (MAP) is a funding program designed to support the domestic and international marketing efforts of STEP members. Funds are provided to assist STEP Regular and Premium Member companies in entering new markets outside of Saskatchewan. New market sectors within established geographical markets will be considered.

Comments on Funding:

1. The non-repayable contribution from MAP will not exceed 50% for an initial visit to a new market; and 30% for up to two (2) follow-up visits; or 30% for participating but not exhibiting in a STEP led mission with a trade show component.
2. The maximum contribution to any applicant in each fiscal year is:
- $6,000 CAD for regular STEP member (up to 3 applications);
- $8,000 CAD for Premium Members (up to 4 applications).
3. Any funding applications must have an overall minimum cost of $1,000 CAD.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must:

  • be STEP regular members, in good standing, that produce an exportable product or service to markets outside of Saskatchewan, with at least 50% Saskatchewan content;
    - The last substantial transformation of the goods occurred in Saskatchewan, and at least 50% of the total direct cost of producing or manufacturing the goods is sourced within Saskatchewan (labour and materials).
  • be in full compliance with all government laws and regulations;
  • be currently an incorporated business, partnership or proprietorship based in Saskatchewan and must be a registered company (federally or provincially) for a minimum of two years. Applicants may be asked to produce a copy of certificate of incorporation or other supporting documentation;
  • be able to potentially provide a written trade strategy or export marketing plan for their company;
  • be exhibiting in a trade show, or trade event in a new export market outside of Saskatchewan and/or; participating and/or exhibiting in a STEP-led trade activity to a new export market (For those applicants who are participating in a STEP led trade mission with a trade show component, but are not exhibiting in the trade show, maximum reimbursement will be 30%).
  • For Premium Members – Activity can include new business development in current or prospective markets outside of trade shows.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


Other Things to Note:

Applications must be received no later than 45 days prior to the proposed visit to the trade show or trade event.

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