Aboriginal Business Canada
Tel: (416) 973-8800Website
Aboriginal Business Canada provides registered
Aboriginals with non-repayable funds to start or expand a business, develop new
products or processes, and other needs.
Agriculture and Agri-Food
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provides a number
of different funding opportunities geared towards supporting business
development and innovation in the agricultural sector through assistance for
farmers, food producers, and food processors. Examples of programs include the
Advanced Payments Program, the Agricultural Innovation Fund, and the Community
Automotive Innovation Fund
The Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF) will provide
$250 million over five years to support automotive firms’ strategic, large-scale
research and development (R&D) projects to build innovative, greener, more
fuel-efficient vehicles. Under the AIF, Industry Canada will consider funding
proposals that provide for private sector investment in Canada of more than
$75 million over five years. Eligible projects will include vehicle and
powertrain assembly operations associated with significant automotive innovation
and R&D initiatives. Other large-scale automotive innovation and R&D
initiatives will also be considered, provided they meet the $75 million
Automotive Partnership Canada
Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) will provide
$145 million in research funding over five years to support significant,
collaborative R&D activities that will benefit the entire Canadian
automotive industry. APC's mission is to support R&D that will help drive
the Canadian automotive sector to a greater level of innovation. APC's emphasis
will be on transformative, integrated projects or programs that will give
Canadian industry and academia the resources required to further their
automotive research and development ambitions. Smaller projects are also
eligible for support through APC. However, the urgent requirement to boost
automotive research will require big ideas and wide-ranging resources
This organization provides biotechnology companies
with access to post-secondary students to assist your business in creating and
updating your website, market research, product development, business proposals,
and more at no cost to your business.
Business Development Bank of
Tel: (705) 725-2533
The BDC is a crown corporation financial
institution that provides financing, consulting and venture capital for small
and medium-sized enterprises. Services include long-term financing, working
capital, refinancing, change of ownership, patent capital and venture
Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts offers a range of
grants for professional Canadian writers, collectives and publishers. In
addition to providing support for the creation, translation, publication and
promotion of Canadian literature, the Writing and Publishing Section funds
author residencies, literary readings and festivals, as well as new areas of
activity such as rap poetry, storytelling and electronic literature.
Canada Feature Film Fund
The program is designed to support the production
of Canadian feature films with the strongest box office potential. Telefilm, the
managing organization, will encourage diversity in feature film production by
supporting a range of genres, budgets, companies and regions. Telefilm’s offers
financing for up to 49% of the eligible Canadian production costs.
Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund disperses funds through both
loans and investments in two funding streams. The convergent stream provides
financing for the creation of new television programming and associated digital
media projects. This stream caters specifically towards underrepresented genres
such as drama, documentary, children’s and youth, and performing
Canada Small Business
Tel: 1-866-959-1699 EmailWebsite
Under this program, the Government of Canada makes
it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by
sharing the risk with lenders. The CSBF program promotes the availability of
loans for establishing, expanding, modernizing and improving small businesses
through Canadian financial institutions. Small businesses operating for profit
in Canada with gross annual revenues of $5 million or less are eligible to
receive a maximum of $500,000 in financing.
Loans can be used for financing up to 90% of the
- Purchasing or improving land, real property or immovables
- Purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property
- Purchasing or improving new or used equipment
Canada Summer Jobs
Provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% of a
full-time student’s salary for their employment over the summer, based on the
adult minimum wage. The student must be between 15 and 30 and the business must
have less than 50 employees. Businesses must apply by February 28 to be
Provides support and funding for business
development in the art and cultural industries including written, visual, and
performing arts, and related organizations. Some funding opportunities are also
related to digital media. Examples of funding opportunities include the Canada
Book Fund, Canada Interactive Fund, and Canada Music Fund.
Canadian Institute of Health
Supports research, collaboration and training
broadly related to commercialization in the health sector. This includes a grant
program for up to $250,000 annually for up to 5 years to partner with the
academic community to carry out research and development activities.
Export Development Canada
Offers financing, assistance and events related to
making your business export ready, and supporting your business' export
Funding assistance is available to artists for
sound recordings, marketing and promotions, videos, touring, and showcasing.
They also offer programs to support record labels, distributors, music
publishers, artist managers, songwriters, music industry associations, music
industry events, and collective digital initiatives.
Farm Credit Canada
Offers financing to support agricultural producers
and agri-businesses, as well as providing other resources related to the
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern
FedDev Ontario supports competitiveness,
innovation, and diversification in southern Ontario's economy. They offer a
variety of funding programs to support start-up and existing businesses to grow
and commercialize new products and services. Examples of funding programs
include the Investing in Innovation Initiative and the Prosperity Initiative.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade
This department provides funding, financing, and
support for businesses seeking to enter and/or grow their export market. They
also offer trade mission events to different countries and global industry
meetings, which their website details. Funding opportunities include Going
Global Innovation, the Investment Cooperation Program, and more.
Industrial Technologies Office
The Industrial Technologies Office manages the
Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative. This initiative, launched in April
2007, supports private sector industrial research and pre-competitive
development (R&D) in Canada's aerospace, defence, security and space
industries through repayable project contributions.
Milk Ingredients Fund
Provides businesses that make milk products or
manufacture processed products made from milk with up to $50,000 for consulting
fees and up to $250,000 to develop their products. Specifically the business
should be a registered Canadian company, have a milk processing license (dairy
manufacturers only), make food drinks or other products using milk, put in 50%
of the cost, and create a product that increases milk use.
MUSICACTION (website in French only)
Provides financing for French language recording
businesses, songwriters, composers, and artists to pay for recordings and
production, artistic development, marketing and promotion, and domestic and
international business development.
National Research Centre (Includes the Industrial Research Assistance
The NRC assists the business community in finding
solutions to complex R&D problems for both Canadian and global markets.
Their scientists, engineers and business experts work closely with thousands of
Canadian firms, helping them bring new technologies to market. They offer
support, facilities for product development, and financial assistance. They
provide funding to support commercialization activities, including those in the
digital media field, as well as for the hiring of skilled graduates.
National Science and Engineering Research Council
NSERC works with companies to help you find
high-qualified people, advance your R&D, and build relationships that
benefit your business through our suite of targeted partnership offerings. They
offer a number of grants that support research and development activities,
particularly those in partnership with post-secondary institutions.
Persons with a disability could receive financial
assistance for training to start a business and for living expenses while they
learn. To be eligible an individual must have a permanent physical or mental
disability, be unemployed or work less than 20 hours a week, be a Canadian
citizen or landed immigrant, and be unable to receive benefits.
This uniquely Canadian program offers the men and
women who have bravely served our country the education, financing and mentoring
needed to start and sustain their own successful business.
Participants may be eligible to receive up to
$45,000 in start-up financing from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and
will be hand-matched with a mentor, whose expert advice will help to navigate
the challenges of starting and running your own business.
Businesses can receive funding to hire and train
young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) who are registered
with the Skills Link program. The youth must be at risk of not finding work for
one of the following reasons: they didn't finish high school, they live in a
remote area, they have a disability, they are Aboriginal, they are from a
visible minority, or they face other barriers.
Science and Technology Internship Program
Businesses in the geomatics, geology, mining,
forestry or energy sector, can get up to $13,200 to hire recent university or
college graduates in science, engineering or business for internships of up to
52 weeks. In order to qualify businesses must hire and train an intern under the
age of 30, provide a work plan and budget (including the salary paid to the
intern), plan a project with a duration of 6 to 12 months, and supply at least
the same amount of money as you receive for the intern's salary.
Provides tourism operators offering specialized
and uniquely Canadian experiences the opportunity to participate in the Canadian
Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences Collection marketing effort at no
SMART Prosperity Now
Southern Ontario exporters can get up to $75,000
for new technologies or to develop new markets. To be eligible businesses must
be incorporated for at least 2 years, have 15 – 1,000 employees, create
long-term jobs in Southern Ontario, and finish the project in one year. This is
an initiative run by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
The Federal Economic Development Agency for
Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) has made a $20-million contribution through
its Prosperity Initiative. This investment will support two loan funds, known as
the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII). SOFII is
designed to support high-growth, innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
(SMEs) in rural and urban communities by offering loans of usually $150,000 to
$500,000. The purpose of SOFII is to create jobs in our communities, by
providing a source of financing for viable companies to implement innovative
Sustainable Development Technology
Offers two funding programs designed to bridge the
gap between research and development and commercialization in the sustainable
technologies field. One fund is focused on supporting projects that produce or
maintain clean air, water, and land, while the other is focused on the
development of bio-fuels.
YMCA High Demand Youth Internship
Tel: 416-928-3362 ext. 22621
This program offers wage subsidies of up to
$8/hour for hiring youth in an internship capacity in high-demand fields in
Canada. Internships must begin by June 24 and/or September 3 in 2013.
Yves Landry Foundation
Provides funding to hire and train highly skilled
workers for the purposes of advancing innovation in a business and to support
the adaptation of new technology, new processes or procedures, or a change
within the company to support innovation activities. The goal of this program is
to prepare and better position existing businesses to enter or increase their
share of the global marketplace.