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What’s New in COJG Funding Program Rules?

I hope your long weekend went well! This week I wanted to share some updates about¬ Canada-Ontario Job Grant. The updates were introduced mid-August but I thought it is best to bring them up now that you are likely back to work this week.

What is New in COJG Program?

  • Past performance¬ is now important. If you’ve applied before, make sure that your previous training funded by the program was completed successfully.
  • Membership, subscription and annual fees as well as professional association costs are no longer eligible.
  • Employer and Trainer Attestation Forms¬†were introduced. This is extra paperwork that must be submitted in case if your trainer is a private company.
  • Trainer Qualification Criteria¬†were introduced. The trainer¬ must meet these criteria.

Other than that the program remains the same. There were no changes in eligibility rules, application forms or assessment criteria. Businesses located in Ontario can take advantage of the COJG funding for skills training and get 50%-86% of eligible training cost up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee (in certain cases up to $15,000).

Knowing how popular the training funding among our clients, we recommend you to check your eligibility and start the application process today.

Extension of Yves Landry AIME Skills Training Funding

We are always glad to share some great news and funding opportunities with you. This week we would like to inform you about the extension of Yves Landry Foundation¬ Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global initiative.

The AIME program has been established by The Yves Landry Foundation with an intention to offer manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario up to $100,000 to offset the costs of training expenses related to supporting innovation and achieving a competitive advantage.

This week Yves Landry Foundation received an $11 million investment to extend its Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global initiative into 2021, with a focus on support for companies that are adopting clean technologies and those providing training opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women and youth. Some of the examples of eligible training opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • ERP training
  • Lean manufacturing training
  • Software training
  • Advanced equipment skills training

Knowing how popular those areas of training are among our clients, we recommend you to check your eligibility and start application process today.


Back to School: 50% off the book Get Funded! + Shipping on us

In these past few weeks of the summer I wanted to share with you the wisdom of navigating the Canadian funding landscape captured in my¬ book Get Funded!¬ There is still enough time to do the funding homework before the kids return to school and the fall’s busy weeks start.

You have an exclusive opportunity to buy the book at¬ 50% off, plus free shipping, but only until September 9, 2019.


  • How to navigate the variety of the funding options in Canada ‚Äď government, bank and private funding, and how not to get lost
  • How to determine your funding needs and select the right funding options
  • Tips from the funders and writers on how to increase the chances of getting the funding
  • Examples of the best answers to the questions in the application forms
  • Little-known details about term loans, lines of credits, mortgages, government grants, tax credits, customs duty drawback, angel & venture capital funding, leasing, asset-based lending, factoring and much more.



New Equipment & Building Upgrade & Energy Conservation Incentive – October 15, 2019 deadline

I’m pleased to share two exciting news with you.

First of all, Federal government launched a new incentive program for businesses in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, called Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) which provides 25% of the project cost up to a maximum of $250,000. The purpose of CAIF is to facilitate greenhouse emission reduction projects in the following categories:

  • Retrofitting and upgrading of existing production equipment
  • Fuel switching to lower emitting energy sources
  • Process changes to reduce energy
  • Waste-heat recovery
  • Building retrofit including HVAC, lighting, building envelope upgrades and building automation
  • Heavy-duty vehicle retrofits
  • Changes to agricultural processes to improve energy efficiency
  • Fuel switching to lower emitting energy sources in agricultural operations

The deadline is October 15, 2019 but don’t wait until the last moment.


Secondly, this is an exciting limited time opportunity for the businesses to take advantage of stacking two government energy conservation incentives – Federal (CAIF) and Provincial.

With products and services from our partner Green Management Group this opportunity can enable your business to reduce the price of energy conservation upgrades for your buildings such as LED lighting.

We will apply on your behalf for both the Federal, Climate Action Incentive Fund, incentive (open till mid October 2019 or fund depletion) and the longstanding saveONenergy provincial incentive to reduce the cost of energy saving building retrofits by up to 50% or more.

Energy conservation retrofits significantly reduce fixed overheads and free up cash and electrical capacity for other equipment. Attached please find further information regarding this limited-time funding opportunity.

Other renewable energy projects such as roof-top solar PV, Solar heating etc. from Green Management Group are eligible for CAIF funding that will cover up to 25% of the installed project cost.



Coming Soon – Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative

Month of August is quickly approaching and I would like to give you heads up on the great program in the Agri-Food sector, that will begin accepting applications starting August 15.

Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative provides cost-share funding opportunities to agriculture and food-value chain partners, which encourages greater collaboration to identify opportunities and address challenges in the sector.

The Place to Grow program will allow organizations to apply for projects in key priority areas, including:

  • Labour supply and training challenges (new category).
  • Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sectors.
  • Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health.
  • Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health.

The new programming will encourage interest from outside the agri-food sector to participate on broad-impact projects that will benefit from different kinds of expertise. It’s expected such projects will see new partners engaged to further drive innovation in areas such as advanced manufacturing and the greater use of data available to the sector.

All program details including the program guide and application forms will be available online in August 2019.

Eligible applicants can apply for cost-share funding from August 15 to September 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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


Eastern Ontario Funding – Rural Innovation Initiative

I hope you are staying productive this summer and remembering to enjoy the gorgeous weather over the weekend. Meanwhile, our team is working hard to keep you up to date with the government funding programs that are coming out.¬ This week we want to share with you the¬ Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario¬ (RIIEO)¬†‚Äď Regional StreamProgram.

The purpose of the program is to support projects that accelerate the growth of SMEs on the innovation track, with benefits to multiple communities within Eastern Ontario.

Projects will demonstrate sustainability, drive prosperity and job creation, sustainability through innovation, research and development, commercialization, and business practices that work to position the region for global competitiveness, export markets, and economic diversification.

Selected projects will be eligible for a non-repayable performance-based contribution and require a minimum 50 percent cash contribution by the recipient on eligible expenses net of HST. The minimum project size for an Eastern Ontario Innovation Initiative regional stream project is $200,000 resulting in a minimum contribution of $100,000 by the recipient.

The combined Stream total support to for-profit recipients will not exceed $100,000.

The program is already accepting applications with all projects through 15 Eastern Ontario counties being targeted for completion by December 31st, 2020.

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


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‚Äôs quite the task to stay up to speed on all the government grants a manufacturer can access. ‚ÄúThe funding is always changing. Only a handful of programs are over five years old,‚ÄĚ 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. ‚ÄúFunding is often limited by changes in government budgets and the government is not that good at communicating changes, but it‚Äôs absolutely worthwhile,‚ÄĚ Chigrin says. ‚ÄúGovernment funding can give manufacturers the cash they need, and often it‚Äôs not repayable.‚ÄĚThere 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‚Äôs mandatory to call the programs to ensure funding is available. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs always a good idea to establish a relationship with a funding agency early on.‚ÄĚ It could take two to six weeks or six to eight months for approval, depending on the requirements. ‚ÄúBefore 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.‚ÄĚ Chigrin offers this advice to manufacturers looking to invest access grants and contributions: ‚ÄúIf this is the road they want to take, it requires patience.‚ÄĚ

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.


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. ‚Äď 12:00 p.m.

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

Reserve My Spot!

[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.


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.


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

Reserve My Spot!

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‚Äôs Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) and launch of a ‚Äúwintertech‚ÄĚ 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 –¬


[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

Reserve My Spot!

[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. ‚Äď 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¬†(‚ÄúCAP‚ÄĚ) 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 FocusType 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

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‚ÄĒone 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

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


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

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.


[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 ‚Äúnew export market‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôt 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?


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?


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