Our role in the federal government

As a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, CCC is part of a whole-of-government approach to supporting Canadian export sales, bringing together Government departments and agencies to provide the best possible solutions for Canadian exporters and international buyers. Our partners include:

Department of National Defence (DND)

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are together the largest federal government department. DND/CAF share a unique relationship in the Government of Canada; they are the only department where military members work alongside civilians (non-military members). Together, they form The Defence Team, which is comprised of over 100,000 employees, including:

  • 68,000 Regular Force members
  • 27,000 Reserve Force members
  • 24,000 civilian employees

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence have complementary roles to play in:

  • providing advice and support to the Minister of National Defence 
  • implementing Government decisions regarding the defence of Canadian interests at home and abroad.

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Export Development Canada is Canada’s export credit agency. Their job is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. EDC is a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm's length from the Government.

EDC provides insurance and financial services, bonding products and small business solutions to Canadian exporters and investors and their international buyers. EDC also support Canadian direct investment abroad and investment into Canada. Much of their business is done in partnership with other financial institutions and through collaboration with the government of Canada.

Unlike most export credit agencies that rely on governmental annual appropriations, EDC is financially self-sufficient and operate much like a commercial institution. EDC collects interest on their loans and premiums on their insurance products. EDC also has a treasury department that sells bonds and raises money in global capital markets.

EDC is committed to the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Its rigorous due diligence requirements ensures that all projects and transactions are supported financially, environmentally and socially responsible.

Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Global Affairs Canada manages Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage the country's international trade and to lead Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance. This includes:

  • ensuring that Canada's foreign policy reflects true Canadian values and advances Canada's national interests;
  • strengthening rules-based trading arrangements and expanding free and fair market access at bilateral, regional and global levels;
  • working with a range of partners inside and outside government to achieve increased economic opportunity and enhanced security for Canada and for Canadians at home and abroad;
  • managing Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable international development and humanitarian results;
  • engaging in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its international development and humanitarian objectives.

Industry Canada (IC)

Industry Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

This includes managing Canada's airwaves and overseeing its bankruptcy, incorporation, intellectual property and measurement systems; providing financing and industry research tools to help businesses develop, import and export; encouraging scientific research; and protecting and promoting the interests of Canadian consumers.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is the common service agency for the Government of Canada's various departments, agencies and boards. With a strong focus on quality services and sound financial stewardship, PWGSC ensures optimum value by enabling other government departments and agencies to provide their programs and services to Canadians.

The department includes twelve branches that are responsible for providing and managing services to the Government of Canada, Canadians, and internally to the department. They also manage a Special Operating Agency, the Translation Bureau.

PWGSC services are provided across Canada through five regional operations and operating offices in Europe and Washington.