Digital Competence Centre grant is still open in Ontario

We’d like to remind you that the Digital Competence Centre grant is still open for applications and provides funding to select and implement the right digital solution. The program has two streams.

Stream 1. Digital Maturity Assessment Plan (DMAP)

This stream helps Ontario SMEs better understand their organization’s technology needs, guide their digital transformation decision-making, and optimize their technology investments.

Stream 2. Technology Demonstration Program (TDP)

This stream supports Ontario (SMEs) that have completed a Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan (DMAP) project to adopt and implement the digital technology identified in their DMAP.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be incorporated federally or provincially with a valid Business Number;
  • Be a for-profit, privately owned business;
  • Have between 1-499 full-time equivalent employees;
  • Have the capability to implement and internally sustain new technologies;
  • Have a permanent establishment in Ontario.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Digital consultant fees;
  • Digital solution adoption and implementation costs;
  • Costs related to website search optimization, installation of a technology platform (including subscription fees/costs), back-office solutions to support a technology strategy, creation of customer databases, development of new technology;
  • Costs of social media advertising;
  • Salaries for technical staff directly related to the demo project;
  • Upgrading existing technology site for added functionality;
  • Software to track and manage product inventory, as well as fulfill and ship orders; to simplify marketing, track sales, market to customers, offer discounts, maintain a loyalty program; for product databases, cyber security software of certifications;
  • Hardware and accompanying software.

Funding Amount:

  • 50% of the digital assessment and plan preparation costs;
  • 50% of the technology implementation costs.