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CanExport increases project funding limit

I’m happy to share some good news about CanExport Program.

As of August 22, 2019, the CanExport will increase project funding limit up to $75,000 to cover up to 75% of eligible expenses. The program will also be expanded to include agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry, including fish and seafood. Eligible expenses are related to marketing the business or product in a new export market including but not limited to the following:

  • Business travel;
  • Participation at trade fairs, trade shows, conferences, trade missions;
  • Shipping and handling costs related to the participation;
  • Translation & interpretation costs;
  • Market research;
  • Adaptation of marketing tools for a new market; and
  • Legal fees associated with a distribution/representation agreement.

In order to make the changes to our systems, the CanExport for SMEs application system will be closed from August 9 to 21 and will re-open on August 22. Any current projects and those submitted before August 9 will continue to have access to a maximum of $50,000 in funding to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses.

Check eligibility of your company and your project for the government funding by submitting eligibility check form.

Interview to Plant Magazine, June 2019

Recently, I had a pleasure of contributing to the newest Plant magazine issue and sharing my thoughts on government grants for manufacturing sector. I would like to share this interview with you, in hopes that it will enable you to understand the whole government funding concept better and give you practical tools on how to start the grant application for your business.

Funding changes.

It’s quite the task to stay up to speed on all the government grants a manufacturer can access. “The funding is always changing. Only a handful of programs are over five years old,” says Igor Chigrin, author of a book on the subject (Get Funded) and a government-funding expert at Fair Grant Writing in the Greater Toronto Area. “Funding is often limited by changes in government budgets and the government is not that good at communicating changes, but it’s absolutely worthwhile,” Chigrin says. “Government funding can give manufacturers the cash they need, and often it’s not repayable.”There are six main categories targeted for government funding:

  1. Equipment purchasing
  2. Skills training
  3. Export marketing
  4. Research & Development
  5. Software
  6. Hiring

He suggests identifying the programs you qualify for and make note of the deadlines, the eligibility requirements and the availability of the grants, details that unsuccessful applicants overlook. It’s mandatory to call the programs to ensure funding is available. “It’s always a good idea to establish a relationship with a funding agency early on.” It could take two to six weeks or six to eight months for approval, depending on the requirements. “Before you actually get your money you have to submit claims and demonstrate two things: you have expenses, and you have accomplishments. The main benefit to the manufacturer is productivity improvement. Chances are you will get more funding if this is the case.” Chigrin offers this advice to manufacturers looking to invest access grants and contributions: “If this is the road they want to take, it requires patience.”

Finding adequate funding to invest in your business can be challenging, but there are sources to tap and resources available that point to the best way forward.

Check eligibility of your company and your project idea by submitting eligibility check form.

 

Good News – Bad News and Event Invitation Reminders

I am happy to share the good news that Yves Landry Foundation’s AIME program that helps manufacturers recover 50% of the cost of skills training in advanced technology, equipment, software or process (e.g. Lean), is back for a short time. The applications are accepted for training with completion dates between Feb.29, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

Don’t procrastinate! Last time the funding ran out within 2-3 months. Check your eligibility now or reply to this email to get started.

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On a sad note, as of May 31st, Southwestern and Eastern Ontario Development Funds no longer accept applications until further notice. The provincial government is working on some modifications to the programs, and we will keep you posted.

The funding programs constantly change, as you can see. To get you up-to-date, we invite you to attend the following events where we will go through the funding programs available for Ontario businesses.

June 20th, 10 a.m. Webinar: Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things and Government Funding. Register here.

June 26th, 10 a.m. Seminar: Enterprise Resource Planning and Government Funding. Register here.

I am heading to Windsor to attend Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association’s Annual Conference tomorrow, on June 12th. If you are attending too, please, reply to this email and I will be happy to meet you.

ERP Success through Planning and Government Grants Seminar

Join Us for ERP Success through Planning and Government Grants Seminar on June 26, 2019 in Burlington, ON!

Sign up now to RSVP for our special event where you’ll learn:

How foreign exchange strategies can save money
How to leverage SR&ED more effectively
How to select the right ERP features for make to order manufacturers
Critical success factors of ERP implementations
Government funding opportunities
Best practices for submission of funding applications

Seminar Speakers:

Mark Corker, Seradex
Igor Chigrin, Fair Grant Writing

Date and Time: June 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Venue: MtechHub Innovation Centre, 3517 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7M 1A9

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[Webinar Invitation] June 20, 10:00am – Industry 4.0 & IIoT and Government Funding

How would your business and life change if you increased operational efficiency by 10% to 50%? Attend this webinar to learn how to reach that level and use the government funding to pay a portion of the solution cost.

When: Thursday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. EST
Where: The link to the webinar will be sent automatically as soon as you sign up here.

Agenda:

10:00 a.m. Introduction and Welcome

10:05 a.m. Applying Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in real world situations for manufacturing to achieve outstanding operational efficiency.

Technology is here now to apply IIoT to any manufacturing machine
Automating the measurement of machine data for objective analytics
Case study examples
Demonstration of live systems
Operational benefits of Data-Driven Manufacturing
10:25 a.m. How to get the Government finance your IIoT projects?

Government funding programs for your business
No-interest government loans
Overview of the government grants for software and skills training
Funding strategies and next steps
10:45 a.m. Wrap up and Close. Questions & Answers.

Speakers:

John Rattray – Senior Executive, Memex Inc.

Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert, Fair Grant Writing

 

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[Seminar Invitation] May 23, Richmond Hill – Canadian Government Grants & Loans Businesses

Join Us for Canadian Government Grants & Loans for Ontario-based Businesses Seminar on May 23, 2019 in Richmond Hill, ON! Brought to you by Royal Bank of Canada.

Sign up now to RSVP for our special event where you’ll learn:

  • What government funding programs are available for your business
  • What government-backed loans your business may qualify for
  • How to leverage government grants and SR&ED more effectively
  • How to select the right project for government funding application
  • What’s coming in the Federal and Provincial budgets

Seminar Speakers:

  • Sam H-Oshaghi, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Igor Chigrin, Fair Grant Writing

Date and Time: May 23, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Venue: RBC South Hill Branch, 9325 Yonge St #26, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0A8

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Updated Catalogs with New Funding Programs

We would like to notify you, that we have recently updated our catalogs of the Canadian Government Funding for businesses:

Alternatively, you can check eligibility of your business for the government funding by clicking the red button below.

[Webinar Invitation] April 30 – Money for Manufacturers – Part 2: Funding ERP

Join us on Tuesday, April 30 at the webinar with SYSPRO , that will focus on how you can leverage government funding for ERP acquisition, implementation and training.

Today, manufacturers and distributors face numerous challenges: disparate systems with duplicate processes and data, the inability to support a mobile workforce, inventory control, departments working in silos, and the list goes on. By enabling a single source of truth and digitizing your business, ERP software can help you gain greater control and visibility, reduce costs and streamline business processes to optimize your supply chain or inventory. But how can you fund an ERP implementation when there are cash flow challenges and interest rates on borrowed capital keep going up?

Join this webinar on April 30 to learn about:

  • The key success factors of an ERP implementation
  • How you can maximize your ROI on an ERP system
  • Government funding programs available for ERP projects
  • How to prepare your application to maximize your chances of success
  • Post-project reporting requirements

Speaker: Igor Chigrin, Business Funding Expert, Fair Grant Writing

Click below to save your spot for the “Money for Manufacturers – Part 2: Funding ERP” webinar.

If you can’t make it, just register and we’ll send you a copy of the webinar that you can watch on your own time.

I look forward to your participation!

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What is in 2019 Ontario provincial budget for you?

Last week the new provincial government published its first budget. Here are the most important initiatives for the business.

1. Introduction of Ontario Job Creation Investment Incentive. This is not a direct government funding program but an immediate write-off for eligible manufacturing and processing machinery and equipment and clean energy equipment. It is coupled with the Accelerated Investment Incentive for most other assets.

The purpose of these incentives is to facilitate capital investments. The immediate or accelerated write-off will help Ontario businesses reduce provincial tax. Talk to your accountant about these initiatives.

2. Launch of the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (OAMP) to assist automotive parts suppliers adopt technology and become more productive, innovative and export-focused

3. Enhancing Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) and launch of a “wintertech” stream to test mobility products and services in severe winter weather conditions.

4. Northern Ontario funding program will remove the requirement that applicants must be looking for recent university or college graduates. Program candidates will now include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

5. The budget confirmed the commitment to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

6. The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit. Companies under the Digital Games stream can apply for tax credit certification annually, rather than having to apply separately for each product they complete.

This spring, the Province will also be launching a micro-credentials pilot, which will create new, responsive training programs to help people develop the kind of in-demand skills that employers are seeking.

All other provincial funding programs will be reviewed during this fiscal year, and we expect more information later in 2019.

Interested in applying for Provincial or Federal funding? Fill out eligibility check form on our website – http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility.

CHECK ELIGIBILITY NOW

[Seminar Invitation] April 10, Richmond Hill – Canadian Government Grants & Loans for Ontario-based Businesses Seminar

Join Us for Canadian Government Grants & Loans for Ontario-based Businesses Seminar on April 10, 2019 in Richmond Hill, ON! Brought to you by Royal Bank of Canada.

Sign up now to RSVP for our special event where you’ll learn:

  • What government funding programs are available for your business
  • What government-backed loans your business may qualify for
  • How to leverage government grants and SR&ED more effectively
  • How to select the right project for government funding application
  • What’s coming in the Federal and Provincial budgets

Seminar Speakers:

  • Samuel Lai, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Igor Chigrin, Fair Grant Writing

Date and Time: April 10, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Venue: RBC High Tech and Bayview Branch, 365 High Tech Road, Richmond Hill, ON

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[Invitation] April 4 and April 10 Seminars

We would like to remind you about two exiting events we have coming up:

1. ERP Success through Planning and Government Funding Seminar on April 4, 2019in Burlington, ONBrought to you by Seradex.

Date and Time: April 4, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Venue: MtechHub Innovation Centre, 3517 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7M 1A9

2. Canadian Government Grants & Loans for Ontario-based Businesses Seminar on April 10, 2019 in Richmond Hill, ON! Brought to you by Royal Bank of Canada.

Date and Time: April 10, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Venue: RBC High Tech and Bayview Branch, 365 High Tech Road, Richmond Hill, ON

Learn More & Reserve My Spot!

Generous Government Funding Program for Agri-food Sector Open for a Limited Time

The Federal and Provincial agricultural ministries have announced the renewed government funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (“CAP”) targeting farms as well as food and beverage producers, including wineries and breweries. In addition, businesses in the burgeoning licensed cannabis sector are able to capitalize on this funding.

Used in tandem with suitable credit financing programs, the CAP presents a significant but limited time opportunity for players in the agricultural sector to rapidly scale and strengthen their businesses.

Up to $250,000 in non-repayable funding is available for businesses, with eligible projects, to augment their capital budgets or increase their return on investment on their internal capital. Applications will be accepted starting March 22, 2019, and close on May 6, 2019.

Interested in applying?
Leveraging the combined expertise of Fair Grant Writing and Farber’s Performance Improvement practice, we can guide you through a successful funding application and project delivery, covering the following areas:

Area of Focus Type of Project
·   Equipment purchasing and upgrades ·    Business case development
·   ERP or Supply Chain Management software implementation ·    Software selection
·    Software implementation
·    Change management
·    Labour productivity planning ·    Lean Six Sigma implementation
·    Target setting and KPI development
·    Dashboard reporting
·   Domestic and international marketing ·    New market research
·    Marketing strategy development
·   New product or process development ·    New market research
·    Process mapping and design
·   Waste reduction ·    Root cause analysis and process redesign

About Fair Grant Writing
Fair Grant Writing helps businesses solve their most pressing challenges and grow by unlocking their access to Government grants and loans. We have developed a robust standards-based system to prepare thorough and detailed funding proposals. This minimizes application preparation time, reduces inaccuracies that can cause the rejection, and increases the chances of a successful application.

For more details on the CAP and other government funding programs that may be applicable to you, check eligibility now on our site or contact Holly Whitely at 647.800.5006 or by email at holly@fairgrantwriting.ca.

About Farber’s Performance Improvement team
Farber Performance Improvement helps companies crystallize their strategy, enhance operational performance, improve leadership, and clarify a vision for the future—one designed to deliver sustained profitability over time. Using targeted performance measures, we provide data-driven insights that will eliminate waste, improve performance, and help companies do what they do better.

For more details on how Farber can create value for you, visit their consulting team, or contact Adam Silver at 416.496.3734 or by email at asilver@farbergroup.com.

New Funding for Steel & Aluminum Manufacturers

I must admit I am surprised. Neither the Federal nor the provincial budgets have been announced yet, but there is a new government funding program to share with you. The FedDev Ontario launched Steel and Aluminum Initiative, a new non-repayable funding program to support steel & aluminum manufacturers hit by the tariff war. But hurry, this is the limited-time opportunity with April 8, 2019 deadline.

Eligibility requirements:

  • For-profit firm located in southern Ontario
  • Must employ between 10 to 499 full-time employees
  • Steel and/or aluminum expenditures must equal to or be greater than 20% of the total cost of goods sold (input cost)
  • Must demonstrate plans for projects to enhance productivity or to increase competitiveness by adopting new innovative technologies.

Eligible projects:

  • Acquiring, adapting, adopting new technologies (e.g. Equipment & Software)
  • Adopting best management practices (e.g. Lean)
  • Market development/expansion
  • Process re-engineering
  • Improving manufacturing capacity
  • Technology showcasing and technology demonstration

Reimbursement:

45% of eligible cost up to a maximum of $1 million (minimum request must be $150,000) in non-repayable funding.

Interested in Steel and Aluminum Initiative funding? Here are 3 easy steps to follow.

1. Check the breakdown of the cost of goods sold as per your most recent financial statement or income statement reported to CRA (T2 Schedule 125).

2. Calculate % of steel and/or aluminum cost of the cost of goods sold. Is it over 20%?

3. If so, Check eligibility of your company and your project by submitting eligibility check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility.

Once again, this is a very short 4-week opportunity and the deadline is April 8, 2019. Don’t miss the boat!

Manufacturing Supercluster Funding Intake will soon open

I just got off the webinar held by Jason Mayers, a CEO of Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster (NGen). He announced that the supercluster will start accepting applications for funding from the industry applicants in the end of March, 2019. The supercluster is finalizing funding conditions with the Federal government but this is what is already known.

  1. NGen will reimburse up to 44.4% of a project’s eligible costs.
  2. The projects should have a total cost between $1 million and $20 million.
  3. Applications for Supercluster projects must have at least three private sector companies. Partnerships with educational institutions is encouraged but is not mandatory.
  4. Full requirements and application procedure will be published in a few weeks.
  5. Eligible projects must focus on:
  • Developing advanced technology solutions that give Canadian manufacturers global competitive advantage
  • Adoption of game-changing technology transforming existing manufacturing processes
  • Developing new manufacturing capabilities based on the application of advanced technology
  • Developing new training programs and tools that support advanced manufacturing

Interested in Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster funding? Here are three easy steps to follow.

1. Check eligibility of your company and your project idea by submitting eligibility check form.

2. Become a member of Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. There is no membership fee.

3. Stay tuned for the updates from us or the Supercluster on the terms and conditions of funding and the start date of the intake.

[Next Intake] for Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program Announced

We are happy to share with you that the Federal and provincial agri-food ministries reached the agreement to run the next intake of applications for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program between March 22nd and May 6th, 2019.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will be open for applications only for farming and food & beverage manufacturing sector. Eligible sub-sectors include wineries, breweries and licensed cannabis operations. Depending on the goals the Ontario agri-, food and beverage businesses can get up to $250,000 in non-repayable government funding. The following projects are eligible.

  • Equipment purchasing or upgrade to improve productivity
  • ERP or Supply Chain Management software implementation
  • Labour productivity planning
  • Ingredient efficiency and waste reduction
  • Marketing agri-food product in Canada and abroad
  • New product or process development
  • Food safety improvements, and more

If you are in the agri-food sector, check the eligibility of your business for government funding now. If you are not in the agri-food sector, forward this email to anyone you know in the agri-food industry.

Funding is coming for Automotive Industry

I wanted to share the exciting news for the Ontario automotive sector that went public just before the holiday. Ontario government allocated $40 million to transform the provincial automotive industry. The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector Initiative will include the following streams.

The Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) to assist automotive parts suppliers to become more productive, innovative and export-focused through the adoption of technology. O-AMP builds off the Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) that currently provides up to $100,000 in non-repayable government funding to the Ontario, automotive industry suppliers.

Other streams include the funding for skills training, learning, internships and apprenticeship. Last but not least, the funding is allocated for industry-driven autonomous vehicle research & development.

Stay tuned for further updates as the details of the programs will unfold in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check the eligibility of your business for government funding now. Even if you are not in the automotive sector, there are many funding programs your business may qualify for.

This Program is Out of Funding. Are you impacted?

This is a quick update to let you know that the intake of applications for Yves Landry Foundation’s AIME program is now complete. The next intake is anticipated in the late summer of 2019.
The program pays 50% of skills training cost including trainer’s fees, labour cost, travel to the location of training and even meals on training days. Haven’t had a chance to apply? No problem. Fill out the eligibility check form, and we will notify you when the program is back again, or if there is an alternative funding program to cover your upcoming training cost.

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[Government Funding Tip] What does incurred cost mean?

Today we open up a series of tips that we will be sharing with you. They will help you to understand the hidden nuances of the government funding programs better, select the right project to apply and get funded.

So, today we will look into the nuances of eligible costs. Those costs may include capital, labour or others depending on the program rules.

What is common for all programs is that in order to be eligible the costs must be incurred after the start date of the approved project. What does incurred mean?

1. You can’t pay the cost, partially or fully, prior to the start date set by the government in approval letter or contribution agreement.

2. You must not sign the lease or advance financing towards eligible cost prior to the start date. Securing a line of credit or commercial mortgage is acceptable as long as the money is not advanced.

3. You can’t start the approved project activities prior to the start date. For example, the training can’t start, the equipment can’t be delivered to the production facility, or the person can’t be hired before the start date.

4. Some exceptions apply. Some export development and business expansion funds allow incurring some costs before the project start date or approval date.

If you are still not sure whether your project costs are eligible for government funding, fill out eligibility check form, and one of our funding specialists will get back to you within 2 business days.

Should you worry because this provincial fund didn’t open the intake?

This week we expected the launch of the next intake of the provincial stream of Canadian Agricultural Partnership program. The program was supposed to contribute government funding to the capital and non-capital projects of Ontario-based farms and food & beverage manufacturers. However, the program hasn’t opened its doors in the end of January as it had originally promised. We proactively called Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and were told the program was audited and no date of intake was set.

We all in Ontario know how bad the provincial budget deficit is. Should we start worrying about the provincial grants?

The answer is definitely yes. But for now, most of the provincial funding programs still accept the applications. Also, for the most of the provincial programs there is a duplicate Federal one which may be funded better.

What else can you do? Reach out to your local MPP and tell him or her how important the funding is for your business and request the provincial funding programs to be renewed in the next fiscal year. The provincial programs include Canada-Ontario Job GrantExport Market Access, regional development funds in WesternEastern and Northern Ontario to name a few.

In the meantime, check eligibility of your business now and start applying for funding. This may be your last opportunity as nobody will know until late March what happens to the provincial funding in the upcoming Ontario budget.

Before & After: What’s New in CanExport Program Rules

The Federal government announced changes in CanExport program, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Just to remind you, the program pays 50% of the export marketing costs including trade shows, trade mission, travel, export market entry planning, legal fees & more, up to a maximum of $99,999. Here is the summary of the changes in Before & After format.

1. More medium-to-large businesses are now eligible.

Before: Must employ between 1 and 250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees;

After: Must employ less than 500 employees

2. More small businesses are now eligible too.

Before: Must have between $200,000 and $50 million in annual revenue declared in Canada;

After: Must have between $100,000 and $100 million in annual revenue declared in Canada;

3. The definition of “new export market” is now more flexible. And the applicant can target up to 5 export markets in one application.

Before: Must target export market where the applicant hasn’t exported for the last 24 months;

After: Must target up to 5 export markets where the applicant hasn’t exported or hasn’t substantially exported within the last 24 months. Substantially exported means that during the past 24 months the applicant made less than $20,000 in annual sales in the target market(s) or the annual sales in this market represent less than 10% of its total international sales for the same period.

4. Sub-national markets count as new export markets

New: Large emerging markets (Brazil, India, China) are segmented into sub-national markets. If you, for example, have a client in Shanghai you can still apply for CanExport program to go to the trade show in Beijing even though both cities are in the same export market.

Does your business qualify?

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Talent Event Invitation & Hiring Subsidy Deadline

Happy New Year! Hope the holiday season went well for you!

First of all, let me remind you that Canada Summer Jobs Program is open for applications. The application deadline is January 25, 2019 so don’t delay! The program provides 50% of the Ontario minimum wage ($7.5) per each hour each summer student works for you. You don’t need to have the candidates in mind to apply but you need the job descriptions and requirements.

Secondly, on Tuesday January 15th between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. we will participate in Talent Connect event organized by RED Academy. RED Academy provides training inDigital Marketing, User Experience and User Interface Design, and Web and App Development. The event will mark the graduation of the group of students. If you are looking to hire IT professionals join me at 462 Wellington St W, Unit #101 in Toronto. Space is limited, please, reply to RSVP, and indicate how many guests are coming.

REPLY TO RSVP: Talent Connect Event

What happened to FedDev Ontario programs?

The Federal Development Corporation for Southern Ontario (FedDev) announced the change in its programs a couple of days ago. The changes are effective immediately, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

1) Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) and Investing and Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP) programs are consolidated in one new program called Business Scale-Up and Productivity. Between you and I let’s call it BSUP as there is no official acronym yet.

2) The new program is not available for startup funding but allows the applicant to use angel and venture capital investment. The applicant must be on solid financial ground.

3) BSUP focuses on late-stage technology development and commercialization, expansion or advanced technology adoption to improve productivity and help the applicant to support global growth.

4) Priority will be given to the high-growth globally-oriented businesses in high-priority sectors: advanced manufacturing, technology development, and agri-food.

5) All projects must be completed by December 31, 2023.

6) BSUP provides an interest-free loan for 35% of the eligible cost. Up from 25%.

7) Minimum requested amount of loan must be $500,000, up to a maximum of $10 million. It means that the minimum project budget must be $1.5 million.

8) BSUP reimburses the cost on a quarterly basis.

9) Grace period is up to 12 months following the completion of the project and no collateral.

Does your business qualify?

CHECK ELIGIBILITY NOW

What is in Fall Economic Update for you?

The Federal government presented the Fall Economic Update last week. You‘ve probably heard major announcements in the news. But I wanted first to read over 100 of pages of the document, to make sure you get the most accurate summary of the changes in the Federal funding programs for businesses. Here is our analysis, which, hopefully, makes more sense to you compared to the mainstream media buzz.

1) Thcost of machinery and equipment will be eligible for a full tax write-off the year it is put in use in the business. It doesn’t appear that there is an application procedure to be allowed to use immediate expensing. Waiting for CRA instructions on that.  Get Started

[Confirmed] 100K Funding for Manufacturers is Back

The Federal government renewed the funding for Yves Landry Foundation’s AIME Initiative, a successful incentive program for skills training. The program pays 50% of the training cost, including labour, up to up to $100,000 in non-repayable funding. The applications are accepted on a continuous basis but the funding can be depleted fast. Only the manufacturers employing over 10 employees in Southern Ontario can apply.

The money can be spent on developing new engineering skills, training in the use of new software, hardware or advanced production equipment, retraining to embrace new technologies, new manufacturing methods, processes or techniques (e.g. lean manufacturing, quality & supply chain management, etc). Get Started

Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Last weekend the Federal government announced the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. This is a time-limited but lucrative opportunity for women-owned or -controlled businesses to get up to $100,000 in non-repayable funding. The application deadline is November 15, 2018.

The money can be spent on either (1) pursuing export market opportunities or (2) business scale-up, expansion and growth which includes the broad range of eligible cost from labour to software and equipment.

[Invitation] Only 5 Tickets Left! Government Funding Seminar on September 24, 2018

Start the fall with the right move! Join us on September 24, at 6 p.m. EST for the exclusive seminar “Make a Wish and It Shall Be Grantedat Hyatt Regency Toronto(370 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9). During this evening event you will:

  1. Enjoy the evening of networking, Canadian whiskey tasting and Austin Ellis’ performance (the finalist of the Voice)
  2. Learn most recent updates in the government funding universe
  3. Find out how to develop your funding strategy and what should be in it
  4. Discover how the government assesses the application and how to select the right project to get approved
  5. Purchase my book “Get Funded!” at the exclusive event price

Excited? Register now for the exclusive event. Only 5 spots are left. Reasonable fee applies to cover the cost of the premier venue, catering and entertainment.

REGISTER FOR EXCLUSIVE SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING

The event is organized by Deborah Kerbel, Canada’s Top 5% Corporate Event Planner. Sponsorship opportunities are available. If interested, please, respond to this email.

Companies in Nova Scotia Now Have Help Securing Grant Money

Successful Toronto-based grant-writing firm expands East.

Toronto-based Fair Grant Writing has 16 writers, editors, project coordinators and managers. Now they have a presence in Nova Scotia.

“Some of the country’s best ideas are coming out of the Maritimes,” says Igor Chigrin, Fair Grant’s founder and author of Get Funded! “Being able to bring them to life through access to government funding is special for us.”

Fair Grant Writing puts proposals together for unlocking access to government grants & loans. Since 2009, Igor and his team have helped companies overcome skill shortages, improve capacity, access new markets, develop new products and more.

The Nova Scotia operation is being run out of Dartmouth by Jesslyn Dalton. Previously, Jesslyn worked for Service Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education where she helped grant recipients to deliver against the promises they made in their pitches.

“I know what governments look for from a grant request. I’ve seen enough submissions to know what leads to a yes. Our team puts amazing submissions together. They’re thorough, convincing and reflective of government priorities of the day.

Nova Scotia businesses should refer to the Fair Grant website to assess their eligibility for funding or contact Jesslyn at 902-461-1352 or jesslyn@fairgrantwriting.ca.

How to Make Trump’s Tariff Threats Irrelevant to Your Business? [Webinar Invitation]

Has your business been hit by raised U.S. steel, aluminum or other tariffs? Is your business next on Trump’s tariff list?

Join us on July 24, at 1 p.m. EST for the complimentary webinar “Diversify or Die“.The purpose of this 1-hour webinar is to show you the practical tools you can apply right now to save your business from the destructive impact of the next wave of Trump’s tariffs. We will also discuss government funding opportunities that can help you diversify your export sales.

Not impacted by tariff wars yet? No time to relax! Register to learn how to get ready in case if your business is next, and how to diversify your supply and distribution chains.

REGISTER FOR “DIVERSIFY OR DIE” WEBINAR NOW

The webinar is delivered by our sister company Win Global Partners.

Win a ticket to the Fundica Roadshow in Toronto!

 

 

You are cordially invited to attend Fundica Roadshow in Toronto on June 28th, 2018 where we will be exhibiting.

 

All Fundica Roadshow attendants will have a chance to:

  • Network with investors and entrepreneurs
  • Learn about important funding trends and opportunities

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The contest will run until June 26th. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on June 27th.

You can learn more about Fundica Roadshow in Toronto and get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-fundica-roadshow-toronto-hosted-by-mars-tickets-42247517462.

Election Results & Government Funding

Last Thursday most Ontarians granted the Ontario PC party a majority. No matter which candidate you have voted for you better know what the change in government could mean for the government finding. Below is my expert opinion based on the analysis of the OPC platform.

1. The change won’t impact the Federal funding programs such as CanExport for marketing activities to open new export markets, IRAP, etc.

2. The change will less likely impact jointly funded programs such as COJG for skills training, Canadian Agricultural Partnership which funds Ontario farmers, food and beverage manufacturers, and SR&ED Tax Credit.

3. Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Fund will most likely be terminated. New applications will not be accepted during the transition period.

4. SouthwesternEastern and Northern Ontario development funds will likely remain intact, but the upcoming Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Development Fund promised by the Liberals in the last budget could never be open for applications.

5. The cancellation of Cap and Trade program will put all provincial greenhouse gas emission reduction funding at risk including Green ON initiatives (formerly SMART Green)Target GHG and several R&D funds focused on the subject. All those programs were financed by the revenue from Cap and Trade Program and carbon tax.

6. Expect delays. It will likely take the new government 3-6 months to get up to speed which may impact the new applications. They may be put on hold or rejected until further notice.

7. Value for dollar audit of the government programs. This is certainly a great idea I like as a taxpayer, and even though it will slow the provincial funding down, there is a chance that the most performing programs will be extended. However, it’s difficult to predict how long the audit will take, likely over a year. If you have received the provincial funding in the past, remember that the government has a right to get back to you with an audit even after your project is completed. You’d better start looking for project files and binders. Also, we don’t expect any new programs until the old programs are audited.

If you have never applied for the provincial finding it is a good idea to check which programs your business is eligible for and try our improved self-service eligibility check.

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