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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


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.


Agricultural Clean Technology Program

Amount: Funding 50% up to a maximum of $2 million per project.

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Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative – Aerospace sector recovery interest-free loan

Amount: up to 50 percent of eligible costs with up to 10 million per project.

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Jobs and Growth Fund

Amount: up to 50 percent of eligible costs with up to 10 million per project.

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Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program

Amount: maximum 50% of total project cost up to $10M per project.

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Digital Transformation Offensive (OTN)

Amount: Funding is intended for collaborative projects responding to sectoral and multisectoral challenges. Financial assistance will be granted in part through calls for projects.

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Productivity Innovation

Amount: A term loan funding up to 100% of a project with a minimum contribution of $ 50,000.

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SME in Action Program – Support for SME Productivity component

Amount: non-refundable contribution of up to 40% of eligible project expenses, up to a maximum of $ 50,000 per project.

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SME in Action Program – Support Component for the Implementation of Investment Projects (Feasibility Studies)

Amount: non-refundable contribution of up to 40% of eligible project expenses, up to a maximum of $ 100,000 per project, with the exception of equipment manufacturers and processors in the aluminum, for which the maximum can reach $ 250,000 per project.

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Industry 4.0 audit: Successful digital transformation of your business

Amount: non-refundable contribution that covers 50% of eligible expenses of maximum aid rate and cumulation of government assistance up to a maximum of $ 20,000 for the duration of the program.

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Webinar: Lean Techniques and Grant Funding for Increased Profit Margins

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the Lean Techniques and Grant Funding for Increased Profit Margins 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: Lean Techniques and Grant Funding for Increased Profit Margins – May 2021

The information is valid as of May 20, 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.


[Webinar Invitation] New Budget, New Opportunities – Federal and Provincial Grant Funding Opportunities for 2021

Against the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Federal and Provincial Governments face the daunting task of rebuilding their economies.
They are using a slew of new and returning grants and low/zero interest loans as part of their arsenals for growth, creating opportunities for business of all sizes to retool or get started.
Principal of Fair Grant Writing, Igor Chigrin examines these programs and provides valuable tips on how to leverage them for your business and your clients.

Date and Time: Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Seminar Speaker: Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert

Click here to find out more about grants in Canada


Can’t Attend the Webinar?

Find out what government grants are available for your business now by filling out eligibility check form at https://www.fairgrantwriting.ca/eligibility.

You can claim as far as 4 years back with this funding program

A few weeks ago we released information about the customs duty drawback program that helps your business claim Canadian customs duties back if it qualifies. Today I wanted to highlight some nuances and answer the most popular questions about the program.

1. How far back can we claim the refund of the customs duties?

Answer: You can claim customs duties paid as far as 4 years ago if your business qualifies.

2. We paid CBSA when we imported goods to Canada. Why don’t we qualify?

Answer: When you import commercial goods to Canada you always pay GST – 5% of its cost (some exceptions apply). GST is a tax and not a customs duty. So if you import goods and pay no duty, there is nothing the government can refund back to you.

3. Is this program only for large multinationals moving containers of goods around?

Answer: No, the businesses of all sizes and industries anywhere in Canada can apply as long as they meet the program qualification criteria.

Do you have any other questions about the customs duty drawback program? or 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.

Stay up to date with our calendar of upcoming webinars in March

[Webinar Invitation] Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar “Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021”.

Join us in this webinar to discover what funding and subsidies your business may be eligible for, and how to access them. This webinar is tailored for businesses in the manufacturing, food & beverage, and technology industries.‍‍

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session. You are also welcome to submit questions in advance on the sign-up page: https://www.youraccounting.cloud/events

Date and Time: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:00pm EST

Seminar Speaker: Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert


Interest-Free Federal Operational Loan – RRRF

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) is an interest-free loan for businesses and organizations impacted by the pandemic. The main goal of this program is to support operational funding needs and cash flow of businesses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An incorporated business, co-operative, partnership or an Indigenous-owned business with 1 to 499 full-time employees;
  • Located in Ontario;
  • Facing funding pressures with fixed operating costs, as a result of the pandemic;
  • Have applied to other Government of Canada relief measures for which they are eligible, as outlined in the program guidelines;
  • Were operational prior to March 15, 2020;
  • Are financially viable;
  • Plan to continue to operate or resume operations; and
  • Have an active business chequing/operating account.

Eligibility Cost:

Liquidity support for fixed operating costs to maintain regular operations where business revenues or cash flows have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Such as:

  • Capital lease payments for existing equipment and machinery;
  • Salaries and benefits*(only if not eligible or supported by other available federal COVID-19 relief measures);
  • Property taxes;
  • Utilities;
  • Bank charges and interest payments;
  • Professional fees;
  • Monthly insurance payments;
  • Rent;
  • Personal protective equipment / safety measures;
  • Cleaning expenses; and
  • One-time stabilization expenditures (including sanitary, distancing measures and/or one-off adaptation costs related to operating in the context of COVID-19).


  • Funding of $60,000 or less: Conditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan)
  • Funding up to $1,000,000: Unconditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan)

Do you qualify for RRRF or other government funding programs and would like to submit your application ASAP?

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

Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative

Amount: 60% cost-share, up to a maximum of $150,000 contribution under this initiative per business.

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Big Changes to CanExport Program

Just like all organizations, the government adapts its programs to suit the new reality of the pandemic.

Initially, CanExport program was designed to support export marketing costs of the Canadian small-to-medium-sized businesses. The program was primarily used to subsidize exhibiting at the international trade shows, international travel and marketing.

Now that the international travel and trade shows are no longer available, the government revised CanExport program guidelines to expand the list of eligible costs. Now a Canadian company pursuing international markets can apply for assistance to:

  • Gather market intelligence (custom research, reports and studies)
  • Apply for intellectual property protection in international markets
  • Apply for certification in international markets
  • Seek expert legal and business advice
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Translating, adapting or creating marketing materials
  • Attending virtual trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences

And the most recent changes announced on November 4th :

  • Export brokers in the agriculture and agri-food sector may be eligible to the program, provided they meet Canadian content requirements.
  • The maximum funding for online advertising activities has been increased to $50K per project. The program is now allowing online advertising on social media platforms, online marketplaces and search engines.
  • Expert advice for digital and e-commerce marketing is now eligible.

In the next few days the government will clarify the definition of the Canadian content and a few other recent changes.

Do you qualify for CanExport or other government funding programs?

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

Is your CEWS application right?

As you may have heard, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was extended through the summer of 2021.

We understand that you may have applied for the subsidy yourself or had a third party to do so. Was the calculation completed accurately? Have you maximized your benefits? Have you applied for all eligible periods?

To get you a piece of mind, we are introducing a new service – CEWS Audit. We will:

  1. Validate your eligibility for CEWS.
  2. Check the accuracy of calculations and claims.
  3. Ensure the paperwork is in order in case of a future audit.
  4. Adjust applications if we can maximize the subsidy for you.

Are you ready to get a piece of mind and a qualified second opinion?
If so, reply to this email and we will discuss the next steps with you.


Canada‐Northwest Territories Job Grant (CNWTJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Nunavut Job Grant (CNJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Yukon Job Grant (CYJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant (CNLJG)

Amount: up to $15,000 per trainee

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Labour Force Training – New Brunswick

Amount: up to $40,000 per employer per year

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Workplace Skills Training (Skills PEI)

Amount: up to a maximum of $15,000 per trainee

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Canada-Manitoba Job Grant (CMJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee, with maximum of up to $100,000

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British Columbia Employer Training Grant program (ETG)

Amount: up to $20,000 per trainee, with maximum of $300,000 per fiscal year

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership – CAP

Amount: Funding 75% up to a maximum of $75,000

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