Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (Temporarily Unavailable)

Amount: 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $100,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Small- and medium-sized Ontario-based enterprises (firms with fewer than 500 employees globally AND global revenues of less than $1 billion) with a Business Number (BN).
  • Larger companies are eligible; however, they must partner with at least one Ontario-based small- or medium-sized enterprise.
  • Must be in the automotive supply chain to original equipment manufacturers.
  • At least 50 per cent of the company’s total sales revenue must come from the automotive supply sector.
  • Must be a for-profit business (legal entity) registered to carry out business in Ontario.
  • Must have a manufacturing location in Ontario by the time the project starts.
  • Must have a minimum of two (2) years of financial statements.
  • Must be in substantial compliance with all applicable laws.
  • Must be free and clear of any fees, levies, charges or taxes owed to Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario or any of her agencies.
  • Must be in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Eligible Cost

  • Salaries and benefits: Incremental salary and benefits for employees of the company working on the project activities, to a maximum specified in the funding agreement with the Ministry (position and employment status must be specified).
  •  Capital Costs:
    o Hardware and software implementation, installation, and setup costs.
    o Cost of direct materials, necessary for specifically identified activities and measured as having been used for, the completion of the project
    o Materials used for configuring, testing production processes, systems, and training employees.
  • Training Costs:
    o Cost involved in providing personnel with training and/or development in novel techniques required for the project for their role(s).
    o Sub-contractor and consultant fees (must be associated with LEAN Mentorship).
  • Travel and Living: Travel costs are explicitly project related, represent the most economical option (economy fare, and standard hotel room).

Eligible Projects

  • Technology adoption – for example, using advanced manufacturing hardware, software and/or training to improve processes and competitiveness. This might include using logistical systems and investing in production hardware or software that digitize production tracking
  • Lean manufacturing – for example, improving operational efficiency and competitiveness by using lean manufacturing techniques or hiring the services of a mentor/consultant to help with lean implementation
  • Projects must also:
  • Be achievable – for example, applicants need to have the necessary financing, project management structure and experience to implement the project
  • Align with O-AMP’s goals – for example, job creation, revenue increases, cost savings, contributions to regional or automotive sector development.

Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2019.