[Webinar Invitation] Fall Grants Update from Fair Grant Writing & Easly

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar – Fall Grants Update from Fair Grant Writing & Easly | Finding Growth Capital During a Credit Crunch.

During this webinar, two high profile presenters – Igor Chigrin, Business Funding Expert at Fair Grant Writing, and Nikhil Rodye, Director of Channel Accounts at Easly, will share updates on the Canadian grants landscape and walk you through how you can access on-demand, non-dilutive capital during the credit crunch.

As traditional debt becomes more expensive and VC funding slows, Easly Advances on government grants and tax incentive refunds can play an ever more important role in your company’s capital stack.

Don’t let current market forces slow your growth. Access more capital with Fair Grant Writing and Easly.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT.

Webinar Speakers:

Nikhil Rodye – Director of Channel Accounts at Easly.

Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert at Fair Grant Writing.

Click here to find out more about grants in Canada

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Can’t Attend the Webinar?

The recording will be posted on our YouTube channel within a week after the event – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj2IGeKBHIpCtnqnPKcI1lw.

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Smart Factory Accelerator Program

Amount: $25,000 in hardware, sensors, training and workshops.

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Greenhouse Technology Network Project

Amount: up to $100,000 in project-based matching funding.

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FoodShift Program

Amount: up to $50,000 in project-based matching funding.

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Intake Is Open Now: Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness Stream is back

The Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness Stream or AMIC is back and will start accepting applications as of August 10, 2022. This fund is aimed to provide financial support to Ontario-based advanced manufacturing companies with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. It will support investments in capital equipment, technology adoption and skills development.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have at least three years of operations/financial statements.
  • Employ at least 10 people.
  • Commit to creating at least five new jobs and/or upskilled current jobs.
  • Invest at least $500K in their project.
  • Be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in Ontario.

Eligible Activities:

  • Create jobs and build talent.
  • Attract and encourage private sector investment.
  • Help companies to adopt technologies that improve their competitiveness.
  • Lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts.
  • Encourage innovation, collaboration, and cluster development.

Funding

Up to 15% of project cost, interest-free during the project period (loan for up to four years). Grants are available only for specific circumstances for:

  • small companies located in rural communities
  • strategic projects that are foreign direct investments or from companies competing against other jurisdictions
  • companies with significant reshoring projects.

Deadline

Application opening: August 10, 2022 – September 22, 2022

Need help with this or other government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

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Grant for Digital Resilience

Today’s news about the nationwide outage of the Rogers network and its impact on businesses reminded me how vulnerable we are to the events like this and how our businesses depend on technology.

It also prompted me to remind you that a nationwide grant can help your business become more digitally resilient. It is called Canada Digital Adoption Program. It pays 90% of the cost of the digital assessments up to a maximum of $15K.

Digital Assessment identifies your business’ digital strengths and weaknesses across several parameters, such as strategy, business model, products and services, customer experience, operations, technology, organization and cybersecurity. It will then outline clear and actionable plan how to address weaknesses including a list of specific digital technologies (e.g. software, hardware) your business needs to implement.

Need help with this or other government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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Webinar: Information on Government Funding for Manufacturers and Supply Chain Partners

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the “Information on Government Funding for Manufacturers and Supply Chain Partners webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it – we have the presentation deck for your refence available here: Information on Government Funding for Manufacturers.

The information is valid as of June 29, 2022.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

COJG Funding and Lean Management Podcast

We are glad to inform you that Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) is still open and accepting applications even though the maximum number of trainees is now limited to 25 per applicant. The program’s main goal is to help offset employee training costs by providing financial support to individual employers.

Key Highlights:
– Employers can get up to $10K in government support per person for training costs.
– Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs. Small employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of training costs.
– Funding is available to small, medium and large businesses to train existing and new employees.

Speaking of the training, we would like to share a great resource for all of you trying to adopt and implement lean management principles. Here is the podcast with our friend Bill Neeve, president at Cycle Time Management Inc, “The Problem with Lean: Where You May Have Gone Wrong.” Bill shares lean management principles and how to make it work for your company. Please note that lean training is eligible for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. Contact Bill here.

Need help with this or other government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?
Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://fairgrantwriting.ca/eligibility/ to find out.

Thrive Forward

Amount: up to 50 percent of eligible costs with up to 100,000 per project.

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Ontario Election Results and Government Funding

Last week Ontarians chose to preserve the PC’s majority government. In terms of the government grants and loans, it is a positive thing because there is consistency, and we can assume that the government will preserve most of the provincially-funded programs. Here are the top provincial funding programs to consider applying for.

  • Regional Development Programs, such as Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund. These programs provide up to 15% of the expansion project expenses in grants or interest-free loans. The next intake is July 12 – August 25, 2022.
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness Stream provides up to 15% of the capital expenses such as purchasing equipment and software to benefit the provincial manufacturing sector anywhere in the province. The next intake is August 10, 2022 – September 22, 2022.
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Fund programs incentivize businesses located in Northern Ontario to expand and improve productivity. The intake is open.
  • Canada-Ontario Job Grant accepts funding applications for the training of 25 or fewer employees from businesses across Ontario. It provides up to 83% of the training expenses. The program is being transferred to a different ministry, so some delays may occur.
  • Ontario Automotive Modernization Program provides 50% of the software, hardware and equipment expenses to the provincial automotive SMEs and will likely start accepting applications in the fall.
  • Canadian Agricultural Partnership‘s intake is expected in the late summer or fall of 2022.
  • We expect more programs and funding announcements closer to Fall’s Economic Update (usually October of every year).

Need help with applying for the government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

[Webinar Invitation] Government Help for Small and Medium Size Business

Our friends at the Canada Bulgaria Business Network are very happy to invite you to an evening webinar – Government Help for Small and Medium Size Business.

Two high profile presenters – Jayesh Menon and Igor Chigrin, will be sharing their knowledge, expertise and recent updates in government funding and grants that are currently available to start-ups, small and medium sized business. You will be introduced to assistance programs, grants and tax incentives offered by all three levels of government in Canada and have a chance to ask your questions and make valuable connections.

Date and Time: Monday, May 30th, 2022 at 6:00 PM EDT

Seminar Speakers:

Jayesh Menon – Senior Advisor – Investment Attraction, City of Brampton

Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert at Fair Grant Writing.

Please register by email at: info@canadabulgaria.com.

You don’t have to be a member of Network to attend.

Make sure to share this event with your network!

[Webinar Invitation] Government Funding for Alberta and BC Businesses

Did you know that the Canadian businesses can leverage approximately $30 billion from various federal and provincial government grants to offset the costs of strategic business expansion and meet the demands of a highly competitive landscape? These funds are available for hiring, skills training, equipment modernization, export development, software implementation, research and business expansion.

Join ASCM BC for a ZOOM Session featuring Igor Chigrin from Fair Grant Writing to learn about:

  • The various funds available to Alberta and BC-based businesses
  • Who qualifies to receive government funding
  • How to apply and secure these funds
  • Funding programs for technology projects

Although all types of businesses can take advantage of some government funding programs, the majority of those programs are reserved for the manufacturing, technology, agri-food and supply chain businesses.

Date and Time: Monday, June 27th, 2022 12:00 PM PST

Seminar Speaker: Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert at Fair Grant Writing.

Click here to find out more about grants in Canada

Can’t Attend the Webinar?

Can’t attend the webinar? The recording will be posted on our YouTube channel within a week after the event – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj2IGeKBHIpCtnqnPKcI1lw.

Do you qualify for government funding? Check eligibility at https://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility.

How to Get Wage Subsidy in 2022?

If you create jobs and need to hire someone under the age of 30, you can get two types of wage subsidies.

1. Student Work Placement Program provides $5K-$7K towards a student’s salary when you hire a student who will return to school after the internship. Multiple industry organizations deliver this program depending on your industry. The full list of organizations that administer the funding on behalf of the government of Canada is here https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/student-work-placements-wage-subsidies.html.

2. Digital Skills for Youth provides $10K-32K towards post-graduate student’s salary when you hire a student for digital jobs, including but not limited to automation, coding, artificial intelligence, etc. The list of the delivery organizations that administer the funding on behalf of the government of Canada https://ised-isde.canada.ca/site/digital-skills-youth-program/en/delivery-organizations-and-their-internship-opportunities.

You need to contact the delivery organization that serves your industry or is located close to your business and use their application portals to apply. You need to have a job description to apply. Usually, the application process is straightforward, and the decisions are made within a week. This time of the year is good to apply because all the above organizations have just received the new funds from the 2022 budget. So, don’t wait until the funding runs out.

Need help with applying for the government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

What’s in the 2022 Federal Budget for You?

The Federal 2022 is finally out and I am happy to share some of the updates with you. I will only focus on everything related to the funding for businesses.

  • Regional Development Agencies’ programs got a boost. It means that the programs such as Strategic Innovation FundJobs & Growth Fund etc. will be continued through this new fiscal year.
  • There will be dedicated funding support for the tourism sector but appears to be no more emergency support for the other sectors.
  • Canada Small Business Financing Program will be enhanced, but was also already promised in the 2021 budget and not delivered
  • A new Canada Growth Fund will be established to “attract substantial private sector investment to help meet important national economic policy goals:
    1. To reduce emissions and contribute to achieving Canada’s climate goals;
    2. To diversify our economy and bolster our exports by investing in the growth of low-carbon industries and new technologies across new and traditional sectors of Canada’s industrial base; and
    3. To support the restructuring of critical supply chains in areas important to Canada’s future prosperity – including our natural resources sector.”
  • A new Canadian Innovation and Investment Agency will be established. The agency that will specialize in boosting private-sector R&D through funding.
  • Scientific Research & Experimental Development Tax Credit program will be reviewed, but no changes are promised so far – Only review.
  • Supercluster programs renew and get additional boosts.
  • Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs will be renewed but the intakes may not start until 2023. The budget is a bit unclear about it.
  • CanExport program will be continued and gets an annual budget enough for approximately 140 applicants per year. So don’t delay applying for the program.
  • National Research Council will be modernized but the budget says nothing about its Industrial Research Assistance Program.
  • Agricultural Clean Technology Program and On-Farm Climate Action Funds will be extended.
  • New tax credits are promised for purchasing net-zero technologies, battery storage solutions, clean hydrogen and carbon capture technologies.

Need help with applying for the government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

 

Strategic Agri-Food Processing Fund

Amount: up to 20% of Eligible Costs, to a maximum of $3 million per applicant

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Federal Budget Delay & Energy Rebate Program Updates

This is an unusual year since both the provincial and federal budgets will be late. The Feds promised to release the budget during the first weeks of April, while the province will likely release its budget in May. Until then, the business as usual. All Federal funding programs accept applications. We will keep you posted on changes coming with the new budgets.

In the meantime, please, read here about the changes in Save On Energy Program, the provincial energy savings rebate. These changes are effective on April 8, 2022.

The budget delays should not discourage you from actively searching for funding for your business because there are Federal government funding programs, and some provincial grants are still available.

Need help with this or other government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

What the new Digital Adoption Program is all about

You may have heard that the Federal government launched the Canada Digital Adoption Program recently. It is a combination of a grant and an interest-free loan for the following activities:

1) Adoption of e-commerce tools by customer-facing businesses (e.g. retail, hospitality) up to $2,400 per applicant

2) Technology assessment for small-to-medium-sized businesses (1-499 employees) to complete advanced technology assessment by one of the approved consultants – up to $15K per applicant

3) Purchasing and implementation of the technology (e.g. software, hardware) recommended as a result of the assessment – interest-free loan up to $100K

As we learned more about the program last week, we wanted to share some technical nuances with you:

  • You need to create a GCKey account for your business and complete a 41-question technology self-assessment before applying for the grant.
  • The grant application form is very basic and there is not much to write, to be honest.
  • You can’t choose an approved technology consultant unless your grant application is approved.
  • You can’t apply for the interest-free loan unless the approved technology consultant completes the digital technology assessment.
  • You can apply for the interest-free loan only to purchase the technology recommended by the approved consultant. Whatever you selected yourself doesn’t count.
  • The program bans contingency fees (% of the funding).

Based on all the above, we will offer our clients a program walkthrough assistance to help them to go through every step of the CDAP program via screen share. 

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out what other government funding programs your business may qualify for.

The Digital Adoption Program is open

We’ve been waiting for this news since October 2021 and almost lost hope. But, the Federal government finally launched the Canada Digital Adoption Program.

It is a combination of a grant and an interest-free loan for the following activities:

1) Adoption of e-commerce tools by customer-facing businesses (e.g. retail, hospitality) up to $2,400 per applicant

2) Technology assessment for small-to-medium-sized businesses (1-499 employees) to complete advanced technology assessment by one of the approved consultants – up to $15K per applicant

3) Purchasing and implementation of the technology (e.g. software, hardware) recommended as a result of the assessment – interest-free loan up to $100K

I will be reading the fine print over the weekend and have more information next week. But you can also visit the program’s official page here.

Need help with this or other government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP)

Amount: up to 90% of the eligible cost with maximum grant value of $15,000

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What is the impact of the provincial budget delay?

Usually, this time of the year, the Federal and provincial governments work on the budgets. And usually, those budgets are released in late March. But this time, something went wrong. The Ontario government decided to postpone the budget release date by a month. What does it mean for business funding?

1) All existing provincially-funded programs will not renew until May, 2022, except Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund that have pre-defined intake periods.

2) All possible new funding programs, including pandemic support, will not start until May, 2022.

However, these delays should not discourage you from actively searching for funding for your business because there are Federal government funding programs, and some provincial grants are still available.

Need help with this or other government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Webinar: Exploring Federal Government Programs designed to Address Debt

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the Exploring Federal Government Programs designed to Address Debt webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.


Regional Development Program: Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness Stream

Amount: Up to 15% of funding to a maximum of $5 million, interest free during the project period (loan for up to four years).

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[Webinar Invitation] Federal Government Programs designed to Address Debt

When government support for businesses fades while the pandemic worsens, business owners and individuals need to know their rights and options when facing an unbearable amount of debt. Personally, I feel very sad every time I find out that the business filed for bankruptcy and we lost several clients to it. For this reason, we invited a guest speaker, Debbie Dokas, Managing Partner at Sarnowski Debt Law, to speak at the upcoming webinar about Federal Government Programs designed to Address Debt“.

Exposing the truth behind Bankruptcy Trustees and who they really work for, you will learn how to legally protect your assets from creditors, save your business and avoid going bankrupt.

Why Join Us?

  • Pandemic stimulus/rescue grants are expiring or getting too difficult to qualify.
  • You need to understand why you should beware of Bankruptcy Trustees.
  • You will learn how to reduce your Corporate and Personal Debts (including CRA) without going Bankrupt.
  • If you have debt problems, you have legal problems. You need a Lawyer, not a Bankruptcy Trustee.

Visit www.saynototrustees.ca for more details. For more information about Ms. Dokas, visit www.sarnowskidebtlaw.ca, watch her TV Interview here or listen to Debbie featured on 99.5FM here.

Please register early to ensure your place.

Date and Time: Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022, 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Seminar Speaker: Debbie Dokas, Managing Partner at Sarnowski Debt Law – Canada’s Leading Debt Reduction Law Firm.

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Can’t Attend the Webinar?

Can’t attend the webinar? The recording will be posted on our YouTube channel within a week after the event – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj2IGeKBHIpCtnqnPKcI1lw.

Do you qualify for government funding? Check eligibility at https://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility.

OINP Entrepreneur Stream is now open

You may have heard that the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, Entrepreneur Stream is now open. It was on hold for awhile but hopefully the recent re-launch is here to stay. You can learn more about the OINP program here.

Rest assured that our team of professional business writers will support you and your clients with any writing needs to apply for the program, including:

  • Expression of Interest
  • Business Plan
  • Final Report

We can also do the market research to help applicants establish realistic performance targets.

Can we help you or your clients with their business plans? If so, request a quote here: https://fairgrantwriting.ca/business-plans-for-canadian-immigration-programs/.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy holiday season, whether you celebrate or just take time off to recharge your batteries. May the next year be filled with health, joy and prosperity!

Set your 2022 business goals

I can’t believe it’s almost the year-end! It’s time to reflect on what’s been good this year and what could have been better. Hope your 2021 went well despite all obvious issues outside our control.

It is also time to set your personal and business goals for 2022. The bad news is that there is nothing I can do to help you reach your personal goals, but the good news is that I might be able to help you get where your business deserves to be!

This time of the year we launch our traditional goal-setting survey where you list your business goals and we match them with the government funding programs. The survey is located here https://wr203.infusionsoft.com/app/form/next-year-goals.

Fill it out, and we will get back to you in the next three days.

Set your 2022 business goals

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Say goodbye to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Canada-Emergency Wage Subsidy was instrumental in helping qualified Canadian businesses during the pandemic. Even though it was quickly deployed and received constructive criticism, we must admit that it was helpful overall. The Federal government, however, decided to discontinue the program and the last eligible month to apply is October 2021.

However, the most impacted businesses won’t be left behind, especially with the new variant on the horizon. Here is the proposed suite of replacement programs:

  • Extend Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10% and increase the subsidy rate to 50%. The extension would help businesses continue to hire back workers, increase hours, and create the additional jobs Canada needs for a robust recovery.
  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, which would provide support through wage and rent subsidies to, for example, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75%.
  • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program, which would provide support through wage and rent subsidies to other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50%.
  • Local Lockdown Program, which would provide businesses that face temporary new local lockdowns up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.

Please note that none of the above-listed programs is launched. The Parliament is debating the programs this week and, with a bit of luck, the legislation will pass before Christmas. Please stay tuned!

Do you qualify for the government funding programs? Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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Last chance to apply for COJG training grant

We wanted to remind you that some of the government funding programs, including the popular Canada-Ontario Job Grant for skills training, will end on March 31, 2022. In the past years, the program has always been renewed every fiscal year, but we’ve been told this time it may not be the case. We don’t know yet whether or not COJG will be replaced with a new program or be discontinued.

In this situation, your right strategy is to apply for the funding if you have any 3rd party training needs.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a for-profit business of any size and industry
  • Located in Ontario
  • At least 1 employee who is not the business owner on payroll
  • Current employees and candidates are eligible trainees

Eligible Costs:

  • Training (tuition) fees for the skills training (3rd party training only)
  • Books & training supplies/materials
  • Examination fees
  • Other mandatory training fees, if applicable

Amount:

  • 50%-83% of the cost up to a maximum of $10K per trainee.

Do you qualify for Canada-Ontario Job Grant or other government funding programs?

Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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Strategic Agri-Food Processing Fund is Announced

Ontario government has recently announced that starting in 2021-22, the Strategic Agri-Food Processing Fund will provide grants of up to $3 million to agri-food processing businesses to invest in capital, equipment and technology. The initiative aims to increase processing capacity and productivity while also enhancing the food security of Ontarians.

The Strategic Agri-Food Processing Fund will support industry in capitalizing on opportunities in value-added processing to expand domestic and international market opportunities for Ontario’s trade and exports.

Specific program details will be available upon the program’s launch in the spring of 2022.

 

Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (OAMP) resuming soon

We are happy to announce that Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (OAMP) will start accepting applications on November 15, 2021, and has increased its maximum amount of funding to $150K, compared to the previous amount of $100K.

This program supports projects in the following categories: technology adoption, tools and technologies to support new product development, lean manufacturing.

Main eligibility requirements include:

  • be a for-profit business (with a business number)
  • have less than 500 employees in Ontario
  • have less than $1 billion in global revenues
  • have at least two years of financial statements
  • at least 50% of the company’s total sales revenue comes from the auto supply sector
  • must have a manufacturing location in Ontario by the time your project starts

Start date: November 15, 2021

Need help with this or other government funding programs but don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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Webinar: The Effect of the 2021 Election on Government Grants and Loans

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the “The Effect of the 2021 Election on Government Grants and Loans webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now.

Additionally, we have the presentation deck for your refence available here: The Effect of the 2021 Election on Government Grants and Loans

The information is valid as of Oct 28, 2021.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.