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Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — Business Scale-up and Productivity — WD

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Financing to accelerate growth in Western Canada
Get a financial contribution to help you scale up and expand, adopt and commercialize innovative technologies and processes, or diversify your markets.

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada

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(Available in French only)

AgriInnovate Program

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Repayable contributions for agri-sector innovation projects
Get up to $10 million in repayable contributions to cover 50% of the cost of projects that aim to accelerate demonstration, commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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(Available in French only)

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) — Financial Assistance

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Financial support for technology innovations

Non-repayable contribution to develop, adopt or adapt innovative or improved technologies.

Status is green

Status

Accepting new clients

Money

Typical Contribution: $50,000

Maximum per year: $1 million

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 75% of eligible salary costs and 50% of subcontractor costs

Maximum total investment by all governments: 75% of eligible project costs

How it works

  1. Call 1-877-994-4727 to speak with an NRC IRAP Advisor.
  2. They'll ask you some questions about your firm such as your business objectives, your capacity and willingness to grow through innovation to determine if you're eligible for NRC IRAP support. If the advisor determines that your development and growth strategies could benefit from NRC IRAP support, they will refer you to an NRC IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA).
  3. Your ITA may also meet with you in person to understand your business in more detail such as your business strategy and the issues you are facing, the opportunities you see for growth and your plans for the future. This information will help the ITA develop a diagnostic to identify perceived gaps and recommend strategies by which to address these gaps.
  4. Your proposal will be assessed within 3 months (usually less) based on:
    • Technical aspects and potential impacts on your business
    • Business, management, financial capabilities
    • Your assessed potential to achieve expected results
    • Your commercialization plan
    • The overall market and commercialization opportunity
    • Benefits to Canada
  5. If successful, you'll receive the contribution and work with your ITA throughout your project.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Going Global Innovation (GGI)

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Money for international commercialization

Get up to $75,000 to cover up to 75% of eligible expenses associated with commercializing your technology abroad.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $75,000

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Maximum investment by this program: 75% of project costs

Maximum total investment by all government(s): 75% of project costs

How it works

  1. Read the program overview and frequently asked questions.
  2. Find a potential foreign collaborator and get a letter or email confirming that they know about your technology and want to meet with you. (Tip: Use the Trade Commissioner Service to find a partner if you don't already have one.)
  3. Request your application form.
  4. Prepare and submit your application. (Tip: The application must be submitted no later than eight weeks before your expected travel date.)
  5. If your application is approved, sign a contribution agreement with Global Affairs Canada.
  6. Travel and meet with your potential partners.
  7. Submit a final report and claim your eligible expenses no later than 10 days following completion of your travel.
  8. Keep your receipts for five years for auditing purposes.

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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(Available in French only)

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — Regional Innovation Ecosystems — WD

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Money to support business growth in Western Canada
Your non-profit could get a financial contribution to assist businesses at all stages of development in scaling up and becoming more globally competitive. Investments will focus on enhancing business support networks for under-represented groups — including women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs — and supporting regional strategic clusters, accelerators and incubators, and projects that attract foreign investments.

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada

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(Available in French only)

CanExport

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Funding to develop export markets

Get a contribution of up to $50,000 to reimburse up to 50% of expenses related to developing export opportunities, especially in high-growth emerging markets.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

$10,000 to $50,000

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 50% of project costs

Maximum total investment by all government(s): 50% of project costs

How it works

  1. Read the Applicant’s Guide and make sure that your proposed sector, markets and activities are eligible.
  2. Complete and submit your application, at least 25 business days before your proposed project start date.
  3. CanExport evaluates your application and aims to deliver decisions within 25 business days.
  4. If approved, you sign a contribution agreement, which sets out approved activities, associated costs, and the responsibilities of the Government of Canada and your business.
  5. Submit your reimbursement claim.
  6. Receive your funding. CanExport aims to pay each claim within 20 working days after receiving it.
  7. Provide status reports for 3 years following the end of your project.

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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(Available in French only)

Mitacs Accelerate

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Get top-ranked research talent

Stretch your $7,500 investment and expand your R&D potential by collaborating with faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows on your company's complex research challenges.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications.

Money

For each 4-month internship (scalable, with no upper limit):

Your contribution: $7,500

Research grant: $15,000

How it works

  1. Contact a Mitacs representative in your province. They'll help you identify an intern and refine your goals.
  2. Read the How to Write Your Proposal guide.
  3. Write your proposal with the project participants, and get feedback your Mitacs representative.
  4. Collect all signatures and required documents and submit the final proposal to your Mitacs representative. Peer review takes approximately 6–8 weeks.
  5. If the proposal is approved, Mitacs will get in touch with more details about how to make your financial contribution. When they receive it, Mitacs will release the Accelerate award to the university and it will pay the intern.
  6. Begin your project.

Mitacs

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Experience Awards

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Share of the cost of hiring an Engineering intern

Access up to $4,500 toward the cost of having an undergraduate science or engineering student address R&D challenges in your business for up to 16 weeks.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $4,500 toward student's salary

Stacking

Maximum total investment by all government(s): Varies by province

How it works

  1. Select an R&D challenge within the fields of natural sciences and engineering.
  2. Choose your student (Tip: Contact the NSERC Regional Offices for help and advice to find a researcher.)
  3. Read the guidelines.
  4. Register for an e-services account with NSERC.
  5. Complete the application. There are two parts. Part I is filled out by your chosen student. NSERC will provide you with a reference number. Once you have it, log into your NSERC account. Select form 202, Part II, and enter the student's reference number. Follow the rest of the steps.
  6. NSERC assesses your application on the student's eligibility, the project's eligibility, and other criteria, usually within a month.
  7. If approved, you'll typically get your funding within 30 days. You pay the student and NSERC reimburses you at the end of the student's term.

Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) — Stream 4

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Financial support to advance industrial R&D and demonstration

Get a non-repayable contribution of up to 100% of eligible expenses for your network or consortium proposal to advance data and digital innovations in the health and biosciences sector.

Status is red

Status

Not Accepting Statements of Interest

Money

Minimum: $10 million

Maximum: $50 million

Stacking

Maximum total investment by all government programs: up to 100% of eligible costs

Your project

Will be carried out in Canada

Technology readiness level 1 to 7

Should accelerate adoption and development of emerging platform technologies and scaling of high-potential health and biosciences companies with a high degree of collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations.

Must have clear economic, innovation and public benefits for Canada (e.g., create jobs, develop a new technology, support local communities, etc.)

How it works

  1. Read the Program and Statement of Interest guidelines.
  2. Write and submit your Statement of Interest.
  3. Your Statement of Interest will be assessed and a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
  4. Develop and submit your full application.
  5. Your application will be assessed against the anticipated benefits of the project (e.g., potential spillover benefits, number of jobs created and environmental benefits) and will undergo due diligence.
  6. The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will decide which projects to fund.
  7. If successful, you will negotiate a contribution agreement, which lays out details such as conditions of the contribution, obligations of the parties and reporting requirements.
  8. Move forward with your project and submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) — Stream 2

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Financial support for growth and expansion

Get a contribution of up to 50% of eligible expenses to support the expansion or material improvement of existing industrial or technological facilities, or projects.

Status is green

Status

Accepting Statements of Interest

Money

Minimum: $10 million

Stacking

Maximum total investment by all government programs: 75% of eligible project costs

Your project

Will be carried out in Canada

Technology readiness level 8 to 9

Should result in growth, increased efficiency or output capacity

Must have clear economic, innovation and/or public benefits for Canada (e.g., create jobs, develop a new technology, support local communities, etc.)

How it works

  1. Read the Program and Statement of Interest guides.
  2. Write and submit your Statement of Interest.
  3. The Strategic Innovation Fund will confirm whether your Statement of Interest has potential and if completing a full application is advisable.
  4. Develop and submit your full application.
  5. Your application will be assessed against the anticipated benefits of the project (e.g., potential spillover benefits, number of jobs created and environmental benefits) and will undergo due
  6. The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will decide which projects to fund.
  7. If successful, you will negotiate a contribution agreement, which lays out details such as whether the contribution is repayable, non-repayable or a combination, and obligations such as reporting requirements.
  8. Move forward with your project and submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.
  9. Repay the contribution, if applicable.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) — Stream 1

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Financial backing for R&D and commercialization

Get a contribution of up to 50% of eligible expenses to conduct R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services.

Status is green

Status

Accepting Statements of Interest

Money

Minimum: $10 million

Stacking

Maximum total investment by all government programs: 75% of eligible project costs

Your project

Will be carried out in Canada

Technology readiness level 1 to 9

Supports the development of a technology to a higher readiness level

Must have clear economic, innovation and/or public benefits for Canada (e.g., create jobs, develop a new technology, support local communities, etc.)

How it works

  1. Read the Program and Statement of Interest guides.
  2. Write and submit your Statement of Interest.
  3. The Strategic Innovation Fund will confirm whether your Statement of Interest has potential and if completing a full application is advisable.
  4. Develop and submit your full application.
  5. Your application will be assessed against the anticipated benefits of the project (e.g., potential spillover benefits, number of jobs created and environmental benefits) and will undergo due
  6. The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will decide which projects to fund.
  7. If successful, you will negotiate a contribution agreement, which lays out details such as whether the contribution is repayable, non-repayable or a combination, and obligations such as reporting requirements.
  8. Move forward with your project and submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.
  9. Repay the contribution, if applicable.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) — Stream 3

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Funding to establish new facilities and attract investment

Get a contribution of up to 50% of eligible expenses for projects that support, attract and retain new investment in industrial or technological facilities in Canada.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Minimum: $10 million

Stacking

Maximum total investment by all government programs: 75% of eligible project costs

Your project

Will be carried out in Canada

Minimum technology readiness level 2

Should support the establishment of new facilities or bring new mandates to Canada

Must have clear economic, innovation and/or public benefits for Canada (e.g., create jobs, develop a new technology, support local communities, etc.)

How it works

  1. Read the Program and Statement of Interest guides.
  2. Write and submit your Statement of Interest.
  3. The Strategic Innovation Fund will confirm whether your Statement of Interest has potential and if completing a full application is advisable.
  4. Develop and submit your full application.
  5. Your application will be assessed against the anticipated benefits of the project (e.g., potential spillover benefits, number of jobs created and environmental benefits) and will undergo due diligence.
  6. The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will decide which projects to fund.
  7. If successful, you will negotiate a contribution agreement, which lays out details such as whether the contribution is repayable, non-repayable or a combination, and obligations such as reporting requirements.
  8. Move forward with your project and submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.
  9. Repay the contribution, if applicable.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

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Seed funding for international industrial R&D

Get up to $600,000 in funding to cover up to 50% of research and development project expenses while working with a foreign partner in Brazil, China, India, Israel or South Korea.

Status is red

Status

Not accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $600,000

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 50% of project costs

Maximum total investment by all government(s): 75% of project costs

Your project

Should have high potential for commercialization and address technology adaptation, validation or development

Is not for military use

Will need to meet different requirements set by Canada and your partner country

How it works

  1. Read the program overview.
  2. Check out the country-specific Requests for Proposals.
  3. If there is a project of interest, contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in that country to help you find a partner (if you don't already have one) or apply to participate in a country specific partnership development activity.
  4. Submit a Company Profile form to indicate your interest.
  5. Prepare and submit a joint proposal with your international partner. All contact information and necessary forms will be available in the country-specific Request for Proposal document.
  6. Your proposal will be evaluated and a decision will be communicated in five to seven months from the closing of the application process.
  7. If your project is selected, both Canada and your partner country will conduct further due diligence to make sure all elements of the project are in order.
  8. Sign a funding agreement outlining specific milestone and reporting requirements.
  9. Get your money as your project meets the milestones and reporting obligations set out in the funding agreement.

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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(Available in French only)

Engage Grants — Industrial Partner

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Researcher for short-term R&D challenge

Address a challenge specific to your company with an academic researcher funded by this program.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Funding

Maximum: $25,000

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Maximum investment by this program: 100% of direct project costs up to $25,000

Maximum total investment by all government(s): varies by province

How it works

  1. Define your specific R&D challenge within the fields of natural sciences and engineering.
  2. Identify a university professor or college researcher that can help, and get them on board. (Tip: contact the NSERC Regional Offices for help and advice to find a researcher.)
  3. Read the guidelines.
  4. Feed into the application process. (Tip: the application is mainly completed by the university or college researcher. As a business, you contribute to the development of the proposal, create a letter of support responding to particular questions and provide a profile of your company to the researcher or to NSERC directly.)
  5. NSERC assesses the application on technical merit, industrial relevance and other criteria, usually within six weeks.
  6. If approved, funding is typically provided to the university or college within 30 days.

Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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(Available in French only)

Grand Challenges Canada

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Funding challenges for innovations that save lives
Submit your bold idea for an innovation that will save lives by applying to the challenges that are posted and get funding to bring your idea to the global health market.

Grand Challenges Canada

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Accessible Technology Program

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Funding to develop new assistive and adaptive technologies
Get up to $4 million to develop affordable and commercially viable new technologies that will improve access to the digital economy for persons with disabilities.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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AgriMarketing Program — National Industry Association Component

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Funding to increase international agrimarket opportunities
Contributions for national industry associations to break down trade barriers, build market success, and develop markets for agricultural and agri-food products.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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British Columbia Arts Council Funding

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Funding for the arts in British Columbia
Project and operating assistance for performing arts, arts training and arts organizations.

British Columbia Arts Council

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(Available in French only)

Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA)

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Funding for international business development by national associations
Get a non-repayable contribution of $20,000 to $250,000 to undertake new or expanded international business development activities, in strategic markets or sectors, for the benefit of an entire industry.

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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AgriDiversity Program

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Funding to improve diversity in the agriculture and agri-food sector
Not-for-profit organizations can get up to $1 million in funding over 5 years for projects that help under-represented groups (youth, women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities) to pursue entrepreneurship, leadership and careers in agriculture and agri-food.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program

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Money to address agri-sector issues and opportunities
Funding of up to $1 million to help the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector seize opportunities, respond to emerging issues, and pathfind or pilot solutions.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Canada Feature Film Fund

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Funding for the film industry
Financing for Canadian film producers to develop, produce and market movies in English or French in Canada and internationally.

Government of Canada, Telefilm Canada

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Canada Council for the Arts Grants and Prizes

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Grants and prizes for artists
Variety of funding available to artists and art-focused organizations in Canada.

Canada Council for the Arts

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Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development — Entrepreneurs

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Financial support for Aboriginal entrepreneurs
Non-repayable contribution of up to $99,999 for business planning, acquisitions, expansion, domestic or export marketing, new product or process development, introducing new technologies and more.

Government of Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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Dairy Processing Investment Fund - Capital Investment (For-Profit)

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Funding to improve dairy processing productivity
Contributions of up to $10 million per year for capital investments to improve productivity and competitiveness of dairy processors.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation

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Money for R&D and new agri-food innovations in British Columbia
Cost-shared funding for research and development, pilot and demonstration, and commercialization and adoption projects that bring “new to B.C.” agriculture and agri-food products, processes or technologies into the sector.

Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Agriculture

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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) — Youth Employment Programs

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Funding to hire a student

Financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring young talent (a post-secondary graduate 15 to 30 years old) to work on projects with R&D, engineering, multimedia or market analysis components or the development of a new product or process.

Status is green

Status

Accepting new clients

Money

Maximum: $30,000

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 100% of salary costs

Maximum total investment by all governments: 100% of salary costs

How it works

  1. Call 1-877-994-4727 to speak with an NRC IRAP Advisor.
  2. They'll ask you some questions about your firm such as your business objectives, your capacity and willingness to grow through innovation to determine if you're eligible for NRC IRAP support. If the advisor determines that your development and growth strategies could benefit from NRC IRAP support, they will refer you to an NRC IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA).
  3. The ITA may also meet with you in person to understand your business in more detail such as your business strategy and the issues you are facing, the opportunities you see for growth and your plans for the future to determine if the Youth program is right for you.
  4. If yes, your ITA will work with you to develop a project proposal.
  5. Find and hire your graduate. Internships are available anywhere in Canada and the projects must last a minimum of six months, and a maximum of twelve months. Your candidate will need to be unemployed or underemployed and a Canadian or permanent resident. Your ITA can connect you with colleges and universities that have the right candidates.
  6. Within two weeks, you'll know if your project is approved.
  7. Submit monthly reimbursement claims.

Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Northern Business Opportunity Program — New Investment Projects

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Considering expanding a Canadian business into Northern Ontario?
Financial assistance in the form of a conditional grant, term loan or a combination of both for businesses from outside of Ontario that expand into northern Ontario and create jobs.

Government of Ontario, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

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(Available in French only)

Celebrate Canada

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Funding for activities on Canada Day and some other holidays
Get funding for non-commercial activities organized on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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(Available in French only)

Genome Canada

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Funding for large-scale genomics projects
Not-for-profit/academic institutions can find funding for R&D projects in genomics related to agriculture, energy, environment, fisheries, forestry, health and mining.

Genome Canada

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Crop & Livestock Loss or Damage Due to Wildlife

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Wildlife damage compensation for British Columbia farmers
Farmers can apply for compensation for damages caused by bison, bears, cranes, deer, elk, moose, mountain sheep and waterfowl.

Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

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Money for British Columbia emerging agrifood sectors
Get funding for emerging agrifood projects such as small lot agriculture, agritourism and Aboriginal agriculture.

Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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Funding to create or upgrade cultural spaces
Get funding for up to 50% of the costs of construction or renovation of physical spaces used for arts and heritage related creation, presentation, preservation and exhibition.

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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(Available in French only)

BC Food & Beverage Processing Initiative

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Money for British Columbia food and beverage initiatives
Industry associations and business partnerships may be eligible for funding for marketing, feasibility planning and other activities to help the sector stay competitive.

Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Matching Investment Fund

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Money for dairy product development
Non-repayable contribution of up to $150,000 to develop or improve food products using Canadian milk.

Government of Canada, Canadian Dairy Commission

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(Available in French only)

Commemorate Canada

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Funding to commemorate and celebrate Canada
Get funding for non-commercial initiatives that commemorate and celebrate historical figures, places, events and accomplishments of national significance.

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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(Available in French only)

AgriMarketing Program — Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Component

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Funding for agriculture and agri-food SME export activities
Get up to $100,000 in financial support over two years to pursue new markets abroad.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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(Available in French only)

Canada Book Fund Support for Organizations (For-Profit)

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Funding for projects in the book industry
Contributions of up to $1.5 million for marketing, technology and professional development projects in the book publishing, distribution, marketing, wholesale or retail sectors representing Canadian authors.

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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(Available in French only)

FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry

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Financial support for the sound-recording industry
Get a grant, loan (or hybrid) of up to $200,000 for a variety of business activities in the Canadian sound-recording industry.

Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings

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Drug Checking Technology Challenge

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Funding for drug checking technology development
Funding of $25,000 for 10 semi-finalists and an additional $100,000 for five finalists to create a rapid, easy-to-use and low-cost testing device or instrument that can be used with minimal training and preparation.

Government of Canada, Health Canada

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TACC New Relationship Trust (NRT) Community Equity Match Grant

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Grants for TACC community business loan clients
Get an equity match of up to $25,000 to establish, modernize or expand a business.

Tale'awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation

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Dairy Processing Investment Fund - Capital Investment (Not-For-Profit)

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Funding to improve dairy processing productivity
Contributions of up to $10 million per year for capital investments to improve productivity and competitiveness of dairy processors.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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AgriScience Program — Projects (for-profit organizations)

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Funding for pre-commercial agriculture and agri-food science
For-profit businesses can get up to $5 million over 5 years to fund 50% of the cost of pre-commercial scientific research in priority areas.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) — Youth Green

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Funding to hire a student for green projects

Financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring young talent (15 to 30 years old) to work on business, technical or technology-related projects with environmental benefits.

Status is green

Status

Accepting new clients

Money

Maximum: $10,000

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 100% of salary costs

Maximum total investment by all governments: 100% of salary costs

How it works

  1. Call 1-877-994-4727 to speak with an NRC IRAP Advisor.
  2. They'll ask you some questions about your firm such as your business objectives, your capacity and willingness to grow through innovation to determine if you're eligible for NRC IRAP support. If the advisor determines that your development and growth strategies could benefit from NRC IRAP support, they will refer you to an NRC IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA).
  3. The ITA may also meet with you in person to understand your business in more detail such as your business strategy and the issues you are facing, the opportunities you see for growth and your plans for the future to determine if the Youth-Green program is right for you.
  4. If yes, your ITA will work with you to develop a project proposal. It could be in R&D, engineering, multimedia, market analysis or development of a new product or process, align with green economy sectors or industries and expected to produce an environmental benefit.
  5. Find and hire your student. Internships are available anywhere in Canada and must last a minimum of three months, and a maximum of six months. Your candidate must Canadian or permanent resident. Your ITA can connect you with networks that have the right candidates.
  6. Within two weeks, you'll know if your project is approved.
  7. Submit monthly reimbursement claims.

Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Canada Job Grant

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Financial support for training
Get a grant to cover up to two-thirds of the training costs for new or existing employees.

Government of Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Applied Research and Development Grants — Industrial Partner

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Funded researcher for academic/business collaboration
Collaborate with a college researcher on R&D projects of up to 3 years.

Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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(Available in French only)

AgriAssurance Program — Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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Funding to address agribusiness market and regulatory requirements
Get up to $50,000 to implement third-party assurance certification projects that will help your company address international market requirements.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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(Available in French only)

Genome Funding Opportunities

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Genomics research funding competitions
Access current research funding competitions for genomics research addressing health, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, energy, mining and environment industry needs.

Genome British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Dairy Processing Investment Fund - Access to Expertise (For-profit)

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Funding to improve dairy processing productivity
Contributions of up to $250,000 per year to access expertise to improve productivity and competitiveness of dairy processors.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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AgriInvest

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Matching funding to mitigate on-farm risks
If you set aside savings to recover from small income shortfalls, or to make investments to reduce on-farm risks, you can get a matching contribution of up to $15,000 per year.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Quantum Leap

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Funding for biopharmaceutical R&D
Grants from $500,000 to $2 million for R&D related to innovative technologies, tools and platforms that facilitate the drug discovery/development process.

Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery

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(Available in French only)

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation

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Financial support for industrial energy conservation
Contributions of up to $40,000 to cover 50% of the costs of energy management projects or process integration, and computational fluid dynamics studies.

Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

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BC Agri-food Environment Initiative

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Money for British Columbia agriculture and food processing
Get up to 85% cost coverage for environmental protection in the agriculture and agrifood business.

Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Tech Adoption Program

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Funding to implement clean technologies in aquaculture and fisheries
Get up to 90% of the funds required to implement market-ready clean processes, clean technologies or sustainable practices, such as protocols and harvesting techniques.

Government of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Ignite

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Money to accelerate British Columbia innovation in natural resources and applied science
Awards of up to $300,000 to consortia that are conducting research projects to address a significant demonstrated problem faced by industry and will commercialize a proposed innovation within three years.

BC Innovation Council

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BC Agricultural Area Planning Program

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Money for British Columbia agriculture development
Get up to $45,000 for an agriculture area plan project.

Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia

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Sustainable Development Technology Fund (SDTC)

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Funding for pre-commercial clean technology

Non-repayable contribution of up to $5 million for your pre-commercial technology that helps fight climate change, or deals with clean air, clean water and clean soil.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $5 million

Average contribution: $2 million to $4 million

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 33% of project costs

Maximum total investment by all government(s): 75% of project costs

Your project

Pre-commercial, technology readiness levels 3 to 7

Quantifiable environmental and economic benefits

Strong value proposition and validated market and commercialization potential

Includes at least one partner

Will be completed within 5 years

How it works

  1. Read SDTC's eligibility and evaluation criteria.
  2. Submit a short introduction. You may be invited to present your project via video conference. SDTC will let you know if your project will proceed with further evaluation.
  3. Submit your proposal.
  4. SDTC conducts a multi-step evaluation of your application on things like how your technology compares to competing solutions and the strength of your business plan. They may also conduct a site visit. The application process usually takes six months from start to finish.
  5. Find out if your project is approved. If no, you'll get feedback on why. If yes, you'll be assigned a project manager and sign a contribution agreement. It takes anywhere from 3 to 11 months to finalize the agreement.
  6. Start your project.
  7. Get your money based upon a schedule of milestones outlined in your agreement.
  8. Fulfill your reporting obligations.

Government of Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

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Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development—Community Owned Businesses

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Funding for community-owned Aboriginal businesses
Non-repayable contribution of up to $1 million for business planning, acquisitions, expansion, domestic or export marketing, new product or process development, introducing new technologies and more.

Government of Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities — Stream 1

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Funding for clean energy bioheat, demonstration and deployment projects
Funding for projects that reduce reliance on diesel fuel for heat and power in rural and remote communities, including bioheat, innovative demonstrations of new clean energy technologies and deployment of renewable energy technologies.

Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

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Community Futures Self Employment Program

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Self-employment support in BC
If you are currently on employment insurance, you can get financial assistance and business support if you want to start or purchase a business.

Community Futures British Columbia

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Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

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Funding contests for innovative defence and security solutions
Check out current and future challenges and submit your ideas for a chance to get money to pursue your ideas and help the Canadian government solve defence and security issues.

Government of Canada, Department of National Defence

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Dairy Processing Investment Fund - Access to Expertise (Not-for-profit)

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Funding to improve dairy processing productivity
Contributions of up to $250,000 per year to access expertise to improve productivity and competitiveness of dairy processors.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Canada Book Fund Support for Organizations (Internships)

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Financial support for internships in the book industry
Contributions of up to $22,500 (typically $15,000) for internships in the book publishing, distribution, marketing, wholesale or retail sectors representing Canadian authors.

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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AgriCompetitiveness Program

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Funding to build capacity in the agricultural sector
National associations and Indigenous groups can apply for up to $5 million over 5 years to cover 50% of the costs of activities that help the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity; enhance safety; adapt to changing commercial and regulatory environments; seize new opportunities; share best practices; and provide mentorship opportunities.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Canada Book Fund Support for Organizations (Not-for-Profit)

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Funding for projects in the book industry
Contributions of up to $2 million for marketing, technology and professional development projects in the book publishing, distribution, marketing, wholesale or retail sectors representing Canadian authors.

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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Dairy Farm Investment Program

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Financial support for dairy farm productivity upgrades
Contributions of up to $250,000 for large and small investments in equipment for dairy farms.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Coast Opportunity Funds Economic Development Fund

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Fund for environmental and sustainable economic development activities in British Columbia
Economic development fund for participating First Nations for projects that have positive direct or indirect environmental or social impacts.

Government of British Columbia

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Disaster Financial Assistance Program

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Disaster financial assistance in British Columbia
Receive financial assistance for each accepted claim at 80% of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000, to a maximum claim of $300,000 to replace or restore essential items and property that have been destroyed or damaged.

Government of British Columbia, Emergency Management BC

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TACC New Relationship Trust (NRT) Entrepreneur Equity Match Grant

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Grants for TACC entrepreneur loan clients
Get an equity match of up to $5,000 to establish a business as a British Columbia First Nations entrepreneur.

Tale'awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation

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Indigenous Forestry Initiative

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Funding for natural resource development projects for Indigenous peoples
Funding of up to $1 million per year for clean technology, forest bioeconomy, environmental stewardship and forest resource management projects in the forestry industry that create economic development opportunities for Indigenous peoples.

Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

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AgriAssurance Program — National Industry Association

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Funding for agriculture and agri-food health and safety systems
Up to $5 million over five years for not-for-profit organizations to help industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools to support health and safety claims about Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Collaborative Research and Development Grants — Industrial Partner

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Funded researcher for collaboration on industry-driven priority

Collaborate with a university researcher on R&D projects of up to five years.

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Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum per year: $1 million
Amount must be matched (cash and in-kind)

How it works

  1. Define your specific R&D challenge within the fields of natural sciences and engineering.
  2. Identify a university professor or college researcher that can help and get them on board. (Tip: Contact the NSERC Regional Offices for help and advice to find a researcher.)
  3. Read the Collaborative Research and Development Grants guidelines.
  4. Feed into the application process. (Tip: The application is mainly completed by the university researcher. As a business, you contribute to the development of the proposal, create a letter of support responding to particular questions and provide a profile of your company to the researcher or to NSERC directly by registering for eServices.)
  5. NSERC assesses the application on technical merit, industrial relevance and other criteria, usually within three months after receiving the completed application.
  6. If approved, funding is provided directly to the university typically within 30 days.

Government of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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Mitacs Accelerate International

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Funding to collaborate with international grad students
Research grant of $15,000 (paid to a Canadian university) to allow international researchers to collaborate with Canadian companies and faculty members.

Mitacs

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AgriScience Program — Projects (not-for-profit organizations)

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Funding for pre-commercial agriculture and agri-food science
Not-for-profit organizations can get up to $5 million over 5 years to fund 70% of the cost of pre-commercial scientific research in priority areas.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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(Available in French only)

TACC Business Equity Program

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Funding for Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Coast Salish
Contribution of up to $100,000 for individual business owners and $250,000 for community owned business.

Tale'awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation

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(Available in French only)

Northern Industries Innovation Fund

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Innovation funding for northern British Columbia small and medium-sized enterprises
Up to $50,000 to cover 50% of the costs of applied research and development, new or improved products and services, and testing of innovative equipment or technologies to support capital investment decisions.

Northern Development Initiative Trust

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MUSICACTION

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Funding for the French-language music industry
Get funding to produce and promote French-Canadian music, do national and international marketing, and more.

Musicaction

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Crush It! Challenge

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Money to develop cleaner mining technologies
Do you have a new clean technology solution that could improve how the mining industry crushes and grinds rocks? You could get funding to build and test your breakthrough idea.

Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

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National Trade Corridors Fund

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Money to improve trade corridors in Canada's North
Get a financial contribution for a project in Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut that improves transportation-related infrastructure or advances the efficient movement of goods or people.

Government of Canada, Transport Canada

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Innovative Solutions Canada Program

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Funding for innovations the government needs
If you have an idea to solve a government challenge, your business could get up to $150,000 to develop a proof of concept and up to $1 million to develop a prototype if your proof of concept is approved.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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