Expanding Market Opportunities Program

Anticipatory Call for Proposals

Applications must be submitted by Monday, December 16, 2019, 8:00 p.m. EST to the Expanding Market Opportunities’ on-line funding management system.

Budget 2019 announced the renewal of the Expanding Market Opportunities (EMO) program for $64 million over three years beginning on April 1, 2020. As a result, we are launching an anticipatory Call for Proposals for fiscal year 2020-2021.

Please note that funding for the EMO program 2020-2021, is dependent on there being Government appropriation for fiscal year 2020-2021, and some EMO program features may be subject to change at a later date. Any changes to the EMO program will be communicated to all account holders in our funding management system.

Proposals will be reviewed for eligibility and assessed by an Evaluation Panel.

Please note that for all proposals submitted, no commitment or obligation exists on the part of Natural Resources Canada to make any financial contribution to your organization’s proposed project until a written agreement is signed by both parties.


What does the Expanding Market Opportunities program do?

The Expanding Market Opportunities (EMO) program provides funding to forest product associations, provinces and wood product research organizations to:

  • increase Canada’s presence in national and international wood markets
  • enhance knowledge of Canadian wood products among wood suppliers and their customers
  • promote the use of Canadian wood in non-traditional construction such mid-rise and non-residential buildings

Who is eligible for funding?

Eligible organizations and institutions include:

  • not-for-profit forest products associations and manufactured housing associations
  • provinces and provincial crown corporations
  • not-for-profit organizations engaged in forest product research

What types of projects are funded as part of the program?

The EMO program has two main components: International markets and Domestic markets.

International markets project funding helps to:

  • promote the use of Canadian wood products in key offshore markets.
  • increase knowledge of Canadian wood products and wood construction systems among construction practitioners and authorities.
  • promote the Canadian forest sector’s environmental performance to address market access and regulatory issues that could limit trade.

Examples of international projects include:

  • constructing demonstration buildings that showcase wood frame and mass timber technology and Canadian wood products.
  • training developers, builders, architects, engineers and students on building with wood in international markets and Canada.
  • promoting wood as a construction material by providing technical information and quality assurance support, participating in trade shows and developing marketing material.
  • working with foreign governments to encourage the use of wood and wood-friendly regulations/codes and standards.

Domestic markets project funding helps to:

  • increase the use of wood in non-residential and mid-rise applications.
  • educate designers, specifiers and architects about ways to incorporate Canadian wood products throughout the planning, designing and building phases.

Examples of domestic projects include:

  • sharing technical information via tradeshows, design manuals, in-office training, webinars, seminars and tours.
  • developing marketing and communication materials and market opportunity studies.

Funding for domestic demonstration projects is now provided through the NRCan program Green Construction through Wood program (GCWood).


How do I establish an account to submit a project proposal?

Eligible organizations are invited to fill out this application to set up an account. We will notify you about calls for proposals through your user account.


How will I know when there is a call for proposals?

We issue our annual call for proposals at the start of November via email to those who have user accounts.

At that time, we will provide a detailed handbook explaining program guidelines, including how to fill out the application form and the evaluation criteria for proposals.

If you have any questions about the EMO program, contact NRCan’s Wood Markets Secretariat.


What is the history of the EMO program?

The EMO program combines activities previously delivered under three separate programs:

  • The Canada Wood Export Program (established in 2002, focused on offshore markets);
  • The North American Wood First Initiative (established in 2007, focused on North American markets); and
  • The Leadership in Environmental Advantage in Forestry (established in 2007, focused on highlighting the environmental credentials of Canadian forest products for buyers in Asia, Europe and North America).

To help Canadian wood producers diversify and expand export opportunities for their products in traditional and emerging overseas markets, EMO supports market development offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, London, Toulouse and Mumbai.