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Provincial Funding Opportunities

MInistry of Research and Innovation and Science​

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.

Ministry of Research and Innovation and Science​

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.


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

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 Creates

Ontario Creates enables creative industry companies to increase productivity, build scale, mitigate risks, access international markets, and achieve critical and commercial success. Ontario Creates is an agency of the provincial government whose mandate is to be a catalyst for economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors, both domestically and internationally.

Ontario Disability Support Program

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.