Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada's export credit agency. It is a Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada, which provides financing and risk management services to Canadian exporters and investors in up to 200 markets worldwide, with spread across all provinces in Canada, and permanent representations in .
As a Crown corporation, EDC operates at arm's length from the federal government and according to commercial principles. EDC's mandate is spelled out in the . The Corporation is financially self-sustaining. Its treasury and risk management strategies enable it to assist Canadian exporters without relying on tax dollars. EDC raises funds by charging fees for its services and interest on its loans, as well as issuing debt in capital markets.
EDC operates according to a approved annually by the federal government, and its Operating Principles dictate that it conducts its business in a manner that is respectful of applicable international agreements to which Canada is a party; is consistent with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitments; and ensures the sound financial management of its activities.
EDC is governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives primarily from the private sector. The Board's responsibility is to supervise the direction and management of EDC. The Board reports to Parliament through the Minister for International Trade. Board members are appointed by the Government of Canada.