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We’ve all been living in the crisis mode for about three consecutive months. It is now¬ time to accept the reality¬ as a new normal and¬ get back to the plans we had for our businesses¬ before the pandemic.
The good news is that most government funding programs to support your business growth and solving its most pressing challenges are still available. Here are some of them.
Canada-Ontario Job Grant¬ provides 50%-83% of the training cost.¬ Online training¬†is eligible. If you postponed employee training due to pandemic, ask your trainers if they can deliver the training online.
IRAP Youth Employment¬†program provides up to 80% of the salary of the science and engineering graduates you may hire. Other hiring incentives are also available.
The famous¬ SR&ED Tax Credit¬†program now¬ conducts online audits and claim reviews. The program is open for applications. Your business may be eligible to claim 60% of the labour cost spent on research and development.
Business Expansion grants and loans, such as¬ SWODF,¬ EODF¬ and¬ BSUP, are still available. If you’ve been thinking of¬ expanding your building and buying equipment¬†before the crisis, it is time to revisit your plans and apply for one of the expansion funds.
Last but not least, the¬ CanExport¬†program is still available. This program compensated 75% of international business travel and trade show expenses. Now that the business travel is not an option, you can apply for the funding to¬ get regulatory approval to export¬†your product, e.g. FDA approval. Participation in¬ virtual trade shows and conferences¬†and¬ online advertising is now eligible, as long as you are pursuing export market opportunities.
Did you know that there are hundreds of Federal and¬†Ontario government funding programs available for small business and large corporations? Did you know that there are millions of dollars in government grants available for small businesses in Ontario and other Canadian provinces to expand a business, purchase equipment and software, conduct research and development, expand on export markets, hire and train qualified employees? Find¬†a list of top small business funding programs to learn¬†what your businesses can¬†get or connect with experts in government funding for businesses by clicking a button below.
Canadian Government Grants and Loans for Small Businesses in Ontario by Purpose
Click on the links below to find the list of available Canadian government grants and loans for small businesses by the purpose of the funding.
- Equipment Purchase or Upgrade;
- Research, development & commercialization;
- Developing export sales & marketing;
- Software (digital) solution implementation;
- Hiring, skills development & training of employees.
Canadian Government Funding Programs¬†for Small Businesses in Ontario by¬†Industry
Click on the links below to find the list of available Canadian government funding programs¬†for small businesses by the industry.
- All Manufacturing Industries
- Technology Start-Up
- Agriculture and Food Processing
- Clean Technologies
- Health and Medical Technologies
- Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers
- Automotive Manufacturers
Complete List of Government Grants & Loans¬†Programs in Ontario, Canada
Below are the most popular government grants and loans programs available for the small businesses in Ontario, Canada. As you can see each¬†funding program has different eligibility criteria and different purpose. We recommend you to study the program rules carefully before you apply. In order to help you, we included the links on the official pages of the grants & loans programs. Should you have any questions such as what Canadian government funding programs are right for your small business, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 647-800-5006 or fill out free eligibility check form.
|Government Funding Program||Eligibility Criteria||Eligible Cost||$ Amount|
|SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth (CME SMART Program)||35% of eligible cost up to $100,000|
|Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF)||15% of eligible costs up to $1,500,000|
|Southwestern¬†Ontario Development Fund (SWODF)||15% of eligible costs up to $1,500,000|
|Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG)||2/3 to 5/6 of eligible¬†cost up to $10,000 per trainee (no maximum per company)|
|Yves Landry Foundation‚Äôs AIME Global¬†Initiative¬†(AIME Global)||50% of eligible costs up to $50,000|
|Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)||50%-80% of eligible cost up to $50,000 (extendable to $150,000)|
|Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit||35%-68% of eligible cost up to $3,000,000|
|Investing in Business Innovation||33% of eligible cost up to $1,000,000|
|Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP)||75% of eligible costs up to $50,000|
|NSERC Collaborative R&D Program||Up to $500,000|
|Mitacs¬†Accelerate||50% of eligible cost up to $7,500|
|Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF). Temporarily Unavailable||50% of eligible cost up to $20,000,000. Repayable|
|Sustainable Development Technology Fund||33%-50% of eligible cost|
|Next Gen Biofuels Fund||33%-50% of eligible cost|
|Strategic Aerospace and Defense Initiative (SADI)||40% of eligible cost up to $20,000,000|
|Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF)||Up to $80,000,000|
|Automotive Supplier Innovation¬†Program (ASIP)||50% of eligible cost up to $10,000,000|
|Agri Innovation Program||50% of eligible cost up to $10,000,000|
|MARS¬†Discovery District¬†Investment Accelerator Fund||up to $500,000|
|OCE SmartStart Seed Fund||up to $70,000 but typically $30,000|
|Export Market Access (EMA)||50% of eligible cost up to $30,000|
|Ontario Exporters Fund (OEF)||50% of eligible cost up to $80,000 for 2 years|
|CanExport¬†Program||50% of eligible cost up to $99,999|
|Agri Marketing Program||50% of eligible cost up to $50,000|
|Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit||40% of eligible cost up to $100,000|
|Skills Link||Up to $25,000 per participant|
|Career Focus (Federal)||Up to $20,000 per participant|
|Career Focus (Industry Specific)||35%-80% of eligible cost up to $20,000|
|Canada Summer Jobs Program (Temporarily Unavailable)||50% of eligible cost up to $300,000|
|Ontario Co-Operative Education Tax Credit||25%-30% of eligible cost up to $3,000|
|Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit||25%-30% of eligible cost up to $5,000 per year for 3 years|
|TalentEdge Internship and Fellowship Program||50% of eligible cost up to $10,000 for 4¬†months|
|Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Fund (OJPF)||Up to 20% of eligible cost|
|Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP)||25% of eligible cost up to $10,000,000. Repayable|
|Aboriginal Economic Development Fund||75% to 90% of eligible cost up to $99,999 per individual Aboriginal Business or $249,999 per community-owned Aboriginal Business|
|SMART Program¬†‚Äď FedNor Assessments||50% of eligible costs up to $15,000|
|Northern Business Opportunity Program (Northern Ontario Heritage Fund)||50% of eligible cost up to $1,000,000|
|Northern Ontario Development Program, Business Growth and Competitiveness Stream||33%-50% of eligible cost|
|Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario||33%-50% of eligible cost|
How to Find A Right Canadian or Ontarian Government Grant for A Business?
As you can see there is a great variety of government funding programs. Government grant funding comes from federal, provincial and local sources, so there is no single source of the information. These programs are not advertised in the mass media. Yet¬†Canadian¬†small business grants and other funding for small business is available for you to help you finance your business growth. Our job as government grant writing professionals is to make you aware of¬†different types of funding for small business. For this reason, we prepared a free Catalog of Government Grants & Loans in Ontario.
Questions About Canadian or Ontarian Government Grants & Loans?
Our primary goal is to make you aware of¬†small business funding grants and other Canadian government funding opportunities. We invite you to discuss your business goals and grant funding opportunities that help you reach those goals. Book a no-obligation call with one of our¬†Canadian Government Funding and Grant Writing Experts.
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