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​​​​​Conservation Fund

Tel: 1-855-843-8535

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The Conservation Fund provides financial support to new and innovative electricity conservation initiatives designed to enable Ontario’s residents, businesses and institutions to cost-effectively reduce their demand for electricity. The Conservation Fund supports innovative electricity conservation projects that build marketplace capacity for conservation actions, test new or unique conservation program elements, verify the energy savings potential and cost-effectiveness of novel demand-side technologies and processes, and those that can be scaled-up to achieve significant energy savings in Ontario.

Employer Signing Bonus

Tel: 1-800-387-5656

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Provides a $2,000 signing bonus for every new apprentice in a skilled trade with high demand that an employer registers.

Feed in Tariff Program

Tel: 1-888-387-3403

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The Ontario Power Authority has created a program that encourages the development of renewable energy projects across Ontario. The program delivers significant benefits to project developers - including communities and Aboriginal groups - as well as equipment suppliers and installers, consumers and the overall provincial economy. The prices offered for the energy created are designed to cover project costs and provide a reasonable rate of return on the investment over the term of the contract.

Health Technology Exchange (HTX)

Tel: 647-258-0381 (x221)

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HTX supports emerging and established Ontario-based companies develop, produce and commercialize innovative market-leading medical and assistive technologies. They fund product development, clinical validation, technology assessment, procurement, and market development, and offer support through mentorship on regulatory affairs, clinical evaluations, funding agencies and private investment through the following linkages: academic, business-to-business and strategic partnerships, market intelligence and assessment, and marketing and distribution channels.

Ministry of Research and Innovation and Science​

Tel: 1-866-668-4249

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Provides a broad range of funding programs designed to support business development activities related to research and development, as well as commercialization. Examples of funding programs include the Innovation Demonstration Fund, the Investment Accelerator Fund, and the Ontario Emerging Technology Fund.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport

Tel: 1-888-997-9015

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The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport provide project and operating grants to:

  • Arts and cultural groups and other members of creative industries
  • Public libraries, community museums, heritage organizations and historical societies. Three museum advisors, one conservation advisor and one historical resources consultant offer specialized advisory services to these grant recipients and other Ontario museums and heritage groups. Their services include site visits, training workshops and printed material such as a Museum Notes series.
  • Tourism associations, economic development corporations, municipalities, festivals and events, tourism businesses and organizations interested in undertaking tourism-related initiatives which support industry development and increased visitation.

Mitacs Enterprise

Tel: 416-650-8417

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Mitacs Enterprise is a competitive 6-month internship and business mentorship program that gives graduates of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines an opportunity to work with small to medium-sized companies (SME) operating in a STEM sector throughout Southern Ontario.

Ontario Agri-Food Technologies

Tel: 519-826-4195

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OAFT pro-actively supports the continued development and adoption of new agri-food technologies in a manner which will stimulate improvements in farm and food processing and industrial sustainability, profitability, and improve Ontario's strong position in the agri-food sector, both nationally and internationally. They offer a number of funding programs to agricultural producers and processors, as well as grant writing assistance.

Ontario Disability Support Program

Tel: 1-888-789-4199

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Provides business skills training, mentoring, financial assistance, help with business planning, and help with marketing to entrepreneurs with disabilities. In order to qualify entrepreneurs must be at least 16 years old, be a resident of Ontario, be able to work in Canada, have a disability expected to last a year or more, and have a disability that makes it hard to find or to keep a job.

Ontario Exporters Fund

Tel: 647-309-1168

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Provides businesses with up to $50,000 to hire an export manager (wage subsidy), or up to $5,000 towards the cost of an export readiness assessment. Eligible businesses must conduct business in a prioritized sector, have at least $500,000 in annual sales, have 5 to 500 employees, supply a reference from the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, and supply professionally audited financial statements. This program is offered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and is also available to non-Chamber members.

Ontario Genomics Institute

Tel: 416-977-9582

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OGI seeks to support those in the genomics field with funding and award opportunities for research, commercialization, training and education. Some examples of funding include the Pre-Commercialization Business Development Fund and the ODI Technology Seeding Fund.

Ontario Media Development Corporation

Tel: 416-642-6695

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The Ontario Media Development Corporation seeks to support all forms of business development in the sector through the provision of funding for content development, marketing, innovation, and export, as well as providing a wealth of research on the media industry. Examples of funding programs include the Industry Development Program and the OMDC Export Fund.

Rural Economic Development Program

Tel: 1-888-588-4111

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Businesses can be eligible for a grant of up to 50% of the costs spent on a partnership project to train employees, create marketing materials, hire consultants, commission plans and studies, and make upgrades to equipment and capital. Food processing businesses can apply by themselves; other businesses must partner with individuals, other businesses, community organizations or municipalities.

Science and Technology Internship Program

Tel: (613) 996-6199

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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.