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Clean Growth Hub

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Help navigating clean tech programs

Get advice from a team of experts from across government that can help you find and understand what programs and services may be right for you.

Status is green

Status

Accepting clients

Your project

A clean technology that improves business performance

New, novel or not widely commercially available

Uses resources more responsibly and reduces or eliminates negative environmental impact

How it works

  1. Contact us to get started.
  2. We’ll ask you for some basic details about your company and your project.
  3. We’ll review your information and get back to you, answer any of your questions and connect you with the programs and services that may be right for you.

Government of Canada

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(Available in French only)

Business Development Program

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Money for start-up and expansion in Atlantic Canada
Get an interest-free repayable contribution of up to 75% of eligible costs to start-up, expand, commercialize a new product or service or improve competitiveness. Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

Government of Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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(Available in French only)

Quebec Economic Development Program —Private Sector

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Quebec business development funding

Repayable contribution to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses related to starting a business, succession planning, productivity, innovation, technology, marketing, exporting and/or structuring a network.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

From $15,000 to $10 million

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Maximum investment by this program: 50% of eligible costs for capital projects, 75% for other projects
Maximum total investment by all government programs: 90% of eligible project costs

How it works

  1. Read the project submission guide.
  2. Contact your local Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions business office. They'll appraise your project, answer your questions and assess your eligibility.
  3. If eligible, you'll be assigned an advisor and receive an application form.
  4. Prepare and submit your application to your advisor.
  5. Your application will be evaluated on things such as anticipated results and level of risk, and you'll find out the results in 35 to 65 days.
  6. If successful, you'll receive a letter of offer within five business days, which will become your funding agreement and will contain all of the rules and regulations you'll need to follow.
  7. Start your economic development project.
  8. Submit quarterly claims to get money reimbursed. Your final payment will come when the project is finished.
  9. Pay the money back according to the schedule in your funding agreement.

Government of Canada, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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(Available in French only)

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)—Networking and Linkage Service

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Make valuable connections with local businesses

Access our extensive networks and find local sources of financing, expertise, research and development institutions, suppliers, technology, and service providers.

Feu vert

Status

Accepting new clients

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. This information will help the ITA develop a diagnostic to identify perceived gaps and recommend strategies by which to address these gaps.
  4. Your ITA can help you identify and solve problems and also introduce you to people who can help you achieve your business objectives such as universities and colleges, regional development agencies, other government departments, potential financing groups, service providers, suppliers, lead customers, competitors, and industry associations.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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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

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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)

Futurpreneur Canada Start-Up Program

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Loan for young entrepreneurs

Get a loan of up to $45,000 to get your start-up off the ground.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum amount: $15,000 from Futurpreneur + $30,000 from BDC (if needed)

Application fee: $50

Interest rates

Futurpreneur: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) prime rate + 4%

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC): Floating base rate + 5%

How it works

  1. Register for the Start-up Program.
  2. Share a draft business plan and cash flow (Futurpreneur can help if you don't have one!)
  3. They'll check your credit score and make sure you're eligible.
  4. You'll need to submit supporting documents, including a final, complete business plan and cash flow.
  5. They'll review your application.
  6. If successful, you'll be assigned a mentor and get an orientation.
  7. You get the money.
  8. Provide updates as needed and continue working with your mentor.
  9. Make interest-only payments for the first year and repay the principal in equal monthly instalments together with interest, over the remaining 4 years.

Futurpreneur Canada

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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)—Technical and Business Advisory Services

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Expert business and technical advice

Get expert advice from concept to commercialization in areas like patent searches, strategic intelligence and technology.

Feu vert

Status

Accepting new clients

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. This information will help the ITA develop a diagnostic to identify perceived gaps and recommend strategies by which to address these gaps.
  4. Your ITA can help you identify and solve problems and will provide professional advice in areas like technology, marketing, finance, competitive and market intelligence, intellectual property strategy. They can also provide linkages to expertise and potential partners through IRAP's extensive national and international networks.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Going Global Innovation

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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.

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

Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada

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(Available in French only)

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED)

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Tax credit for R&D

Get a tax credit of 15% or a refundable tax credit of 35% on the first $3 million of qualified expenditures if you are a small Canadian-controlled private corporation.

Status is green

Status

File with your taxes

Your project

Deals with a scientific or a technological uncertainty

Involves formulating hypotheses specifically aimed at reducing or eliminating that uncertainty

Adopts an overall systematic investigative approach (e.g. testing the hypotheses by experiment or analysis)

Has the purpose of achieving a scientific or a technological advancement

Diligently logged, and has records of the hypotheses tested and results achieved

How it works

  1. Determine if your project meets the basic eligibility criteria, using the self-assessment tool. (Tip: if you've never applied before, you can get free in-person advice.)
  2. Calculate your tax credit.
  3. Complete and file the right forms with your income taxes.
  4. The tax centre will determine if further technical or financial review is required. If yes, your file will be sent to a coordinating tax services office.
  5. Your claim will be assessed and a Notice of Assessment will be sent to you.
  6. If you are owed a refund, you will receive it by cheque or direct deposit.

Government of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency

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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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Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

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Expert international trade assistance
Help to prepare your business for international markets, assess your organization’s potential, find contacts and resolve problems. Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada

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Global Collaborative Opportunities

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Collaborate with global partners
Accelerate the pace of your discovery and commercialization by tapping into international science and technology relationships and partnerships.

Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada

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Canadian Technology Accelerators

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International acceleration support for small technology firms

Get mentoring, workspace in foreign markets and introductions to potential partners, investors and customers in the clean-tech, information and communications technology (ICT) and life sciences sectors.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

You

Well-developed product or service with differentiated technology
Traction in the marketplace
Potential to scale
Paying customers
Strong and experienced management team
Strategy for the new market

How it works

  1. Before applying, learn about the Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTAs): Boston/Cambridge (multi-sector), New York City (digital), Philadelphia (life sciences, health IT), and San Francisco and Silicon Valley (ICT). (Tip: Contact your regional trade commissioner for guidance).
  2. Apply online. (Tip: You'll need to include information such as your goals at the CTA, financial information on your series A or greater funding, and references from other Canadian programs and partners.)
  3. Your application will be evaluated by a panel of industry experts in a competitive process.
  4. If successful, a CTA team member will contact you.
  5. Your company will need to commit the time and money needed for your executives to live full time in the target location for several months.

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

Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada

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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

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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.

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

Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada

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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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FedNor Youth Internships — Private Sector

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Share the cost of hiring recent graduates

Get up to $31,500 to cover up to 50% of the eligible costs of hiring a recent graduate for a period of 12 months in a full-time position.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $31,500
Amount must be matched

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Maximum investment by this program: 50% of eligible costs
Maximum total investment by all government programs: 75% of eligible costs

How it works

  1. Read the program guidelines and make sure your project fits the program's priorities. (Tip: Discuss your proposal with a FedNor officer before completing an application.)
  2. Fill out an application for financial assistance. It will include things such as a work plan for your intern and a post-internship retention plan.
  3. FedNor will evaluate your application and will aim to have results within 80 working days.
  4. If successful, you will sign an agreement with FedNor and hire your intern. (Tip: Your advertisement process must be transparent and fair. You will need to use templates to advertise the position.) 
  5. Start your project.
  6. Submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada — FedNor

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Innovation Canada — Innovation Advisors

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Free one-on-one business innovation advice
Connect with an innovation advisor and get customized guidance on the most relevant programs, services, experts and facilities to help your business innovate and grow.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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BDC Xpansion Loan

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Business expansion loan

Loans of over $100,000 to help you realize projects that are key to your growth and success, without putting your cash flow at risk.

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Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum amount: $750,000

Use this loan to

Expand your market (domestically or abroad)

Invest in technology

Launch a new marketing campaign

Develop new products

Protect or license intellectual property

Hire and train additional employees

Obtain a certification and more

How it works

  1. Contact BDC online or by phone.
  2. A BDC representative will get in touch with you to set up a meeting and review your project.
  3. Depending on the project, documents will have to be provided to BDC to process your application.
  4. Your application will be processed. The loan will be approved or denied.
  5. Your repayment period could be up to 6 years.

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada

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FedNor Innovation Fund—Private Sector

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Funding for applied R&D activities in Northern Ontario

Repayable contribution to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses related to the adoption and commercialization of new technologies.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Amount is based on the minimum you need

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: Up to 33% of eligible capital costs or up to 50% of eligible non-capital costs

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

How it works

  1. Read the program guidelines and make sure your proposal fits in with the innovation priority. (Tip: Discuss your proposal with a FedNor officer before completing an application.)
  2. Fill out an application for financial assistance. It will include key contact and project information, along with a short summary of how your project fits in with the innovation priority and its anticipated measurable economic benefits.
  3. FedNor will evaluate your initial application to determine if your project is eligible to move on to the next phase.
  4. If successful, you will be invited to submit a detailed application.
  5. FedNor will evaluate your full proposal on factors such as project outcomes, competitiveness and benefits to Northern Ontario's economy, and aims to have results within 80 working days.
  6. If successful, you will negotiate a contribution agreement, which lays out repayment details and obligations such as reporting requirements.
  7. Start your project.
  8. Submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.
  9. Report to FedNor on project progress, spending and other activities as identified in your contribution agreement.
  10. Repay the funding according to the terms negotiated in your contribution agreement.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada — FedNor

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Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund

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Financial support for Aboriginal businesses in the territories
Financial contributions for Aboriginal entrepreneurs or Aboriginal-controlled organizations that support entrepreneurship in Canada's three territories.

Government of Canada, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

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Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development—For-Profit

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Funding for innovative projects in Northern Canada
Get up to $99,000 for projects that contribute to diversifying Canada's northern economy and promoting clean economic growth. Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

Government of Canada, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

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Atlantic Innovation Fund—Private Sector Businesses

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Financial backing for technology R&D in Atlantic Canada

Conditionally repayable contribution of up to $3 million to develop or adapt a technology-based product, process or service with strong potential for commercialization.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

$500,000 to $3 million

Stacking

Max contribution: 75% of eligible project costs

Max total funding by all government programs: 75%

How it works

  1. Fill out the Project Concept Template. (Tip: you'll need to estimate project costs, describe the market potential and include your latest annual financial statements).
  2. Submit it to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) office nearest you.
  3. An ACOA representative will contact you to discuss the project and guide you in the preparation of your proposal.
  4. Then you can submit the Application for Financial Assistance and project proposal.
  5. ACOA evaluates your application.
  6. If successful, you'll negotiate and sign a contribution agreement.
  7. Submit eligible expenses and get reimbursed within 25 days. (Tip: Eligible project costs can be claimed from the application date.)
  8. Fulfill any reporting and repayment obligations and conditionally repay ACOA's contribution, as per the terms outlined in your contribution agreement.

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

Government of Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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(Available in French only)

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)

Canada Business Network — Square One

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan
Get one-on-one appointments for general business start-up assistance, market research, and business registration and access to public workstations and resources.

Government of Canada, Square One

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Canada Business Ontario

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Ontario
Access business information on things like, starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation, how to hire employees and more.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Ontario

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Ressources Entreprises — Quebec

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Quebec
Find out about government programs and services, reports and information resources that are tailored to meet your business needs.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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(Available in French only)

Canada Business Network — Northwest Territories

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in the Northwest Territories
Access services that can help at every stage of your business, including information on government programs and services, reports, and library resources tailored to meet your needs.

Government of the Northwest Territories, Northwest Territories Business Development and Investment Corporation

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Canada Business Network — Yukon

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Yukon
Access business information on government services, reports and other resources tailored to meet your business needs.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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Canada Business Network — Nova Scotia

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia
Bilingual staff can help you navigate government programs and services, regulations and permits, taxation, importing and exporting and financing options.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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Canada Business Network — New Brunswick

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Free advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in New Brunswick
Bilingual staff to help you navigate government programs and services, regulations and permits, taxation, importing and exporting and financing options and can also put together tailored market research packages.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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Canada Business Network — Small Business BC

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in British Columbia
Get help registering your business and access to experts, seminars on a wide-range of topics and dozens of free resources and tools.

Small Business BC

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Quebec Economic Development Program —Not-for-Profit

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Quebec business development funding

Non-repayable contribution to cover up to 90% of eligible expenses related to developing your not-for-profit organization or the economic potential of your region or community.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

From $15,000 to $10 million

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 50% of eligible costs for capital projects, 75% for other projects
Maximum total investment by all government programs: 90% of eligible project costs

How it works

  1. Read the project submission guide.
  2. Contact your local Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions business office. They'll appraise your project, answer your questions and assess your eligibility.
  3. If eligible, you'll be assigned an advisor and receive an application form.
  4. Prepare and submit your application to your advisor.
  5. Your application will be evaluated on things such as anticipated results and level of risk, and you'll find out the results in 35 to 65 days.
  6. If successful, you'll receive a letter of offer within five business days, which will become your funding agreement and will contain all of the rules and regulations you'll need to follow.
  7. Start your economic development project.
  8. Submit quarterly claims to get money reimbursed. Your final payment will come when the project is finished.

Government of Canada, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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Canada Business Network — World Trade Centre Winnipeg Business InfoCentre

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Free advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Manitoba
Talk to a Business Information Officer for help with things like taxes, regulations, permits, and registering your business and access seminars, training workshops and customized research.

World Trade Centre Winnipeg

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Trademarks

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Register a trademark
Learn about, search or apply for registration of a trademark to protect a combination of words, sounds or designs used to distinguish your goods or services from those of others in the marketplace.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada — Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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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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Canada Business Network — Newfoundland and Labrador

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador
Get help navigating the worlds of government programs and services, regulations and permits, taxation, importing and exporting, market research and much more.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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(Available in French only)

Canada Business Network — Prince Edward Island

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Prince Edward Island
Bilingual staff to help you navigate government programs and services, regulations and permits, taxation, importing and exporting and financing options and can also put together tailored market research packages.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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(Available in French only)

Canada Business Network — Iqaluit, Nunavut

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Iqaluit
Access business information on government services, reports and library resources tailored to meet your business needs.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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(Available in French only)

Canadian International Innovation Program

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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 green

Status

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.

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

Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada

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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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Canada Small Business Financing Program

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Loan guarantee for capital purchases

Access funds for land, buildings, leasehold improvements and purchases of new or used equipment.

Status is green

Status

Contact your lender

Funding

Maximum amount: $1 million

Registration fee: 2% of the loan (can be rolled into loan)

You

Maximum annual revenues of $10 million

How it works

  1. Find a participating bank or lender
  2. Book an appointment to talk about the Canada Small Business Financing Program
  3. Present your business plan
  4. Your financial institution will decide:
    • if you get the loan
    • repayment terms, including early repayment penalties
    • when you get the money
    • any additional fees
    • the interest rate (variable rate: maximum is prime +3%; fixed rate, maximum is the lender's single family residential mortgage rate +3%.)

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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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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(Available in French only)

Canada Business Network — Kivalliq, Nunavut

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Kivalliq
Access business information on government services, reports and library resources tailored to meet your business needs.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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Canada Business Network — Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

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Advice and expertise for entrepreneurs in Cambridge Bay
Access business information on government services, reports and library resources tailored to meet your business needs.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Network

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Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative

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Money to take a Western Canadian technology-based project to market

Repayable contribution of up to $3.5 million to move your innovative technology-based product, process or service from a later stage of research and development to the marketplace.

Status is red

Status

Not accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $3.5 million

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 50% of project costs

Maximum total investment by all governments: 50% of project costs, including tax credits such as SR&ED

Your project

Introduces a new product, process or service to market

Technologically improves an existing product, process or service

Product certifications, including Controlled Goods Registration

Pilot projects (first user) and technology demonstration projects

Technology development/acceleration

Validation of market potential and end-user acceptance

Marketing, human resources development, productivity, and process or quality improvement directly related to the commercialization of new opportunities

How it works

  1. Read the applicant guide.
  2. Pull together all required project and business information including things like a plan to commercialize the new product, process or service, an analysis of the marketplace, a detailed sales strategy and proof of funding from all sources.
  3. Complete and submit part one of the application form.
  4. The program will assess your application against other proposals received.
  5. Only the strongest applications will be invited to complete part two of the application form. If invited, you will have 10 business days to complete up to 20 additional questions with more detailed information on the proposed project and technology
  6. If successful, you'll enter into a contribution agreement.
  7. Start your project.
  8. Submit funding claims and progress reports and get reimbursed periodically for project costs.
  9. Repay your contribution. There is typically a 1-year grace-period after project completion, then 60 monthly payments. You must commercialize the technology within 3 years of project start.

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

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada

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FedNor Youth Internships — Not-for-Profit

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Share the cost of hiring recent graduates
Get up to $31,500 to cover up to 90% of the eligible costs of salary and employee benefits to hire a recent graduate.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada — FedNor

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Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development—Not-For-Profit

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Funding for economic development in Northern Canada
Get up to $2 million for innovation and clean-tech, economic growth and diversification, and capacity development projects. Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

Government of Canada, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

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FedNor Innovation Fund—Not-for-Profit

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Funding for innovation projects in Northern Ontario

Financial contribution for projects that enable organizations and small and medium-sized enterprises to increase their level of innovation, productivity, quality and competitiveness in key sectors.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Amount is based on the minimum you need

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: Up to 33% of eligible capital costs or up to 50% of eligible non-capital costs

Maximum total investment by all government programs: 90% of project costs

How it works

  1. Read the program guidelines and make sure your proposal fits in with the innovation priority. (Tip: Discuss your proposal with a FedNor officer before completing an application.)
  2. Fill out an application for financial assistance. It will include key contact and project information, along with a short summary of how your project fits in with the innovation priority and its anticipated measurable economic benefits.
  3. FedNor will evaluate your initial application.
  4. If successful, you will be invited to submit a detailed application.
  5. FedNor will evaluate your full proposal on factors such as project outcomes, competitiveness and benefits to Northern Ontario's economy, and aims to have results within 80 working days.
  6. If successful, you will negotiate a contribution agreement, which lays out repayment details and obligations such as reporting requirements. 
  7. Start your project.
  8. Submit eligible expenses for reimbursement.
  9. Report to FedNor on project progress, spending and other activities as identified in your contribution agreement.
  10. If applicable, repay the funding as identified in your contribution agreement.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada — FedNor

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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

Stacking

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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Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

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Loans for entrepreneurs with disabilities in Western Canada
Loans for entrepreneurs with disabilities in Western Canada who are unable to obtain funding from traditional sources.

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada

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IP for Business

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Intellectual property training, tools and expertise
Access a selection of free online and in-person seminars, tools and resource materials or speak with an expert to help you protect your intellectual property and use it as a strategic asset for your business.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada — Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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(Available in French only)

Business Opportunities: Development and Humanitarian Aid Markets

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Development and humanitarian aid tenders
Find information about accessing international development or humanitarian aid procurement opportunities.

Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada

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(Available in French only)

Atlantic Innovation Fund—Universities, Colleges and Research Institutions

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Funding for R&D in Atlantic Canada

Non-repayable contribution of up to $3 million to develop a new technology-based product, process or service with strong potential for commercialization.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Max. $3 million

Stacking

Max contribution : 80% of eligible project costs

Max total funding by all government programs: 100%

How it works

  1. Fill out the Project Concept Template. (Tip: your project description will need to include estimated project costs and a description of the market potential).
  2. Submit it to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) office nearest you.
  3. An ACOA representative will contact you to discuss the project and guide you in the preparation of your proposal.
  4. Then you can submit the Application for Financial Assistance and project proposal.
  5. ACOA evaluates your application.
  6. If successful, you'll negotiate and sign a contribution agreement.
  7. Submit eligible expenses and get reimbursed within 25 days. (Tip: Eligible project costs can be claimed from the application date.)
  8. Fulfill any reporting obligations, as per the outlined in your contribution agreement.

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

Government of Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation

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Loan for innovation
Interest-bearing loans of $150,000 to $500,000 for late-stage commercialization, new product or service development, new applications or markets, development or implementation of new processes or technologies.

Community Futures Development Corporation (Eastern Ontario)

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E-tools for Exporting

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Money to help Atlantic Canadian businesses export via the Internet
Get up to $15,000 to cover 65% of the costs related to the development of an online component to your export strategy, including websites, social media, e-commerce, translation of a website and more.

LearnSphere

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(Available in French only)

Organic Industry Development — Increasing Market Competitiveness

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Funding to help Prince Edward Island organic businesses increase market share
Up to $30,000 to cover 50% of the costs related to implementing technologies to meet organic market requirements, improve efficiency or modify a facility to meet certified organic requirements.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Agri-Industry Development & Advancement — Business Development (Producers)

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Money for New Brunswick agri-industry business improvement
Funding of 50 to 70% of the costs relating to business planning and implementation ($7,500 to $15,000), business training and skills ($6,000 per year), benchmarking ($1,500) and agricultural mentorship ($2,000).

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

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Northwestern Ontario ICT Connection

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Find skilled people and organizations in Northwestern Ontario
Search this database of people and organizations with specific technology and information management skill sets to help get the talent you need to realize innovative business projects.

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

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OSME – Help for Small and Medium Enterprises

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Free advice on how to sell to the Government of Canada
Want to understand how to sell to the Government of Canada? Access free seminars and webinars, or speak with an expert about the contracting process and how to find opportunities.

Government of Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada

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New Entrant Fisheries Loan Program

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Direct loans for new entrants in the New Brunswick commercial fishing industry
Direct loans to help new entrants that have never owned a vessel-based commercial fishing licence.

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

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Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) — Well Decommissioning and Special Projects Pre-Approval

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Funding for decommissioning wells on Saskatchewan farms
Up to $10,000 to cover 90% of the costs of well decommissioning or up to $150,000 to cover 50% of the costs of special projects that develop secure and sustainable water supplies.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

Aboriginal Business & Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST)

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Skills training for Indigenous entrepreneurs in British Columbia
Free business and entrepreneurial training series for Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit who want to start their own business.

Aboriginal Business & Entrepreneurship Skills Training

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Promoting workplace safety and health

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Workplace safety training in Yukon
Online and in-person courses to help you promote an injury free and safe work environment for your employees.

Government of Yukon, Northern Safety Network Yukon

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(Available in French only)

BizPaL

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Business permit and licence information
Get a customized list of permits and licences your business may require from all three levels of government.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Tourism Development Fund — Tourism Investment Attraction Stream

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Financial assistance for tourism investment attraction in Ontario
Non-repayable contribution of up to 50% of costs relating to tourism sector development, tourism organization capacity building and other Ontario tourism activity.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

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Manitoba tax credit for digital media production
Refundable corporate income tax credit of 40% of wages paid to Manitobans working on interactive digital media projects in Manitoba, up to a maximum of $500,000 per project.

Government of Manitoba, Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade

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(Available in French only)

Agri-Industry Development & Advancement — Market and Product Development (Marketing Groups)

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Funds for New Brunswick agri-food sector marketing initiatives
Up to $10,000 to agri-food marketing groups to cover 100% of the costs of establishing and undertaking new marketing initiatives for the sector.

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

Agri-Food Trade Services for Exporters

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Agri-food international trade assistance
International market intelligence, in-market trade expertise, international trade shows and other assistance to help agri-food exporters.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

BDC Commercial Real Estate Financing

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Loan to purchase real estate or expand facilities
Get a long-term loan with terms of up to 25 years to purchase land or buildings, construct or expand premises, or replenish working capital depleted by real estate costs.

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada

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Starter Company Plus

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Money and advice for Ontario small businesses

Advice and funding of up to $5,000 to help new or existing businesses hire, grow, plan, export and more.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $5,000

Stacking

Not permitted

You

Eighteen years of age or older
Ontario resident, Canadian citizen (or permanent resident)
Not attending school full time or returning to school
In-kind or cash contribution for at least 25% of the grant amount

How it works

  1. Locate your nearest Small Business Enterprise Centre.
  2. Attend an information session.
  3. Complete and submit a program application.
  4. Attend an interview with a Small Business Centre Advisor.
  5. If successful, you'll attend business workshops, connect with advisors that can help you get your business up and running, and have a chance to pitch your idea and receive up to $5,000 in seed funding.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

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Product Development Partnership Program

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Funding for tourism projects in Yukon
Get up to $25,000 to implement a project that will benefit Yukon's tourism industry.

Government of Yukon, Department of Tourism and Culture

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Economic Diversification Fund — Central Quebec and La Mauricie

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Financing for central Quebec business development
Contributions or loans for business development projects in central Quebec or the Mauricie.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM)

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Funding to improve agri-business productivity and efficiency in Saskatchewan
Funding for efficiency analysis (50% of expenses up to $20,000) and infrastructure projects (50% of expenses up to $500,000) for adoption of best practices, new state-of-the-art technologies and processes that stimulate significant improvements in productivity and efficiency.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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Alberta Women Entrepreneurs Loans

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Loans for Alberta women entrepreneurs
Loans of $30,000 to $150,000 for market-ready start-ups, business expansion and business purchases.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

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Innovacorp — Acceleration

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Money and advice for Nova Scotia innovators
Funding competitions and access to business advisory and market intelligence services for innovators.

Innovacorp

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(Available in French only)

Science Horizons Youth Internship

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Subsidized environmental STEM intern
Hire an intern for 6 to 12 months for an environmental STEM job and receive a subsidy of up to 50% of their salary (maximum $15,000).

BioTalent Canada

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Mitigation, Prevention, Occupational Health and Safety

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Funds for New Brunswick farm safety and risk management
Get up to $30,000 to implement measures that protect animals and crops from wildlife, up to $5,000 for extreme weather emergency preparedness and up to $5,000 for occupational health and safety on farms.

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan

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Loan for Indigenous entrepreneurs
Purchase assets, start exporting, pay start-up or franchise fees and replenish working capital with a $250,000 loan for existing businesses or $150,000 for start-ups.

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada

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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)

Production Insurance

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Insurance for agricultural crops in British Columbia
Farmers can purchase crop insurance to protect against the risk of crop losses caused by adverse weather conditions, including insurance for berries, flower bulbs, forage, grain, grapes, tree fruits and vegetables.

Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

Interactive Digital Media Fund

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Financial assistance for digital media companies in Ontario
Funding for research, production and concept definition, global market development, marketing and industry development.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Creates

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(Available in French only)

National Research Council — Marine — High discharge flume

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High-discharge flume in Ottawa
Fee-for-service 10 m × 2.7 m × 1.4 m high-discharge flume to simulate a wide range of open channel flows and study problems in rivers, canals and other inland waterways.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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Tax credit for the Integration of IT into SMBs

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Tax credit for the integration of IT in Quebec small and medium-sized enterprises
Credit of 20% of eligible expenditures to a total of $50,000 for the duration of the credit.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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(Available in French only)

Community Futures Program (Ontario)

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Loan to start or expand a business in rural Ontario
Loans of up to $150,000 to finance new or existing small businesses and social enterprises in rural Ontario.

Community Futures Ontario

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(Available in French only)

Innovation Canada

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Money to prevent inmates from using wireless communication devices
This challenge is about finding a way to detect, identify, locate and alert staff of unauthorized wireless communication activities within correctional facilities, while allowing authorized wireless communications to occur. If you have a solution, you could get multiple contracts up to $1 million from Correctional Services Canada.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Agriculture Awareness Initiative Program (AAIP)

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Money to build awareness and trust in Saskatchewan agriculture
Funding of up to $25,000 per project (maximum $50,000 per applicant per year) to cover 50% of the costs of projects that tell the story of Saskatchewan agriculture to educate the public, build trust and dispel myths.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative

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Wage subsidy to hire innovative student talent in British Columbia
Get up to $7,500 to pay half of the wages of a student you hire to work on a specific technology project in your company.

BC Innovation Council

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(Available in French only)

Ontario Job Creation Partnerships

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Work experience program for unemployed job seekers in Ontario
This program helps unemployed Ontarians gain work experience and skills needed to secure long-term employment.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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BDC Small Business Loan

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Borrow up to $100K fast

Apply online for a business loan of up to $100,000 within two to five business days**.

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

$10,000 to $100,000

Use this loan to

Buy equipment

Attend a tradeshow

Purchase extra software or hardware

Apply for intellectual property protection

How it works

  1. Apply online
  2. Provide all required information and get approved within 5 days.
  3. Your funds will be deposited into your account within 2 to 5 business days after approval**
  4. Repay your loan over 5 years.

**From the time all required information has been submitted

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada

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(Available in French only)

Secondary market research — Canada Business Ontario

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Business information in Ontario
Take advantage of free research services that could help you find the information needed to start or expand a small business.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Ontario

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(Available in French only)

Export Development Canada (EDC) - Working Capital Financing

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Working capital for exporters
Meet export market needs or invest in foreign markets with this working capital loan for Canadian exporters to increase operational capacity.

Government of Canada, Export Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Market Readiness

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Equity for early-stage commercialization in Ontario
Capital investments of up to $125,000 at the customer-creation stage and up to $250,000 at the company-building stage to support the development of innovations that give companies a competitive advantage.

Ontario Centres of Excellence

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Political Risk Insurance

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Protection against unpredictable international political events
Insure your company for 90% of your losses due to political risk such as illegal seizure of assets, outright nationalization, war, civil strife and more.

Government of Canada, Export Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Accelerate Okanagan

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Training and coaching for entrepreneurs in BC
Get the skills you need to start and grow your company, innovate and secure financing.

Accelerate Okanagan

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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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Ask the Expert — British Columbia

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Expert advice to help plan your British Columbia business
Consult one-on-one with industry professionals in the fields of law, website creation, social media, accounting and more.

Small Business BC

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(Available in French only)

Indigenous Services

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Help for Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta
Start-up and expansion help, including one-on-one advice, guidebooks, funding information, connections to service providers, workshops and more.

Business Link

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(Available in French only)

Impact: More than a start-up loan

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Loans for young entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada
Get a low-interest loan of up to $20,000 to start, grow or improve a small business if you are a young entrepreneur between 18 and 34 years of age in St. John's, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton or Charlottetown.

Impact Atlantic Canada

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(Available in French only)

Francophone Economic Development Organizations

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Francophone business support in Western Canada
Get business advisory services in areas like training, marketing and networking for your Western Canadian Francophone business.

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada

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(Available in French only)

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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Jobs and Prosperity Fund — Food and Beverage Growth Fund

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Funding for food and beverage sector growth in Ontario
Grants and loans for strategic investments in the food and beverage processing, and bioproduct sectors, including creating and retaining jobs, strengthening supply chains, enhancing innovation and productivity, and increasing access to domestic and foreign markets.

Government of Ontario, Service Ontario

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(Available in French only)

BDC Wholesale Financing

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Capital to fund your customers
Indirect and syndicated financing to allow you to provide loans, leases and other financing to your customers.

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada

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(Available in French only)

Investment Attraction Fund

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Newfoundland and Labrador Investment Attraction Fund
Get a loan to cover infrastructure, human resources and other costs to support economic growth in the province.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan—Financing

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Loans for Saskatchewan women entrepreneurs
Get a loan of up to $150,000 to help finance up to 80% of your business project.

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

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(Available in French only)

Community Futures British Columbia Opportunity

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Loan to seize an opportunity for rural BC businesses
Take advantage of an opportunity and enhance your existing rural British Columbia business with a loan of up to $150,000.

Community Futures British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit

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Manitoba tax credit for manufacturing plant and equipment
Partially refundable tax credit of 9% for manufacturing plant and equipment purchased for first-time use.

Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Department of Finance

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(Available in French only)

Agriculture Research and Innovation — Industry Research Coordination

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Financial support for coordinated research in Prince Edward Island’s agriculture industry
Funding covering 85% of costs, up to $65,000, for emerging and developing sectors or 50% of costs, up to $40,000, for mature and established sectors to prioritize, coordinate, implement and share research at an industry level.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

Prince's Operation Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurship workshops for transitioning and serving military personnel
Free one-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshops designed to help transitioning military personnel, veterans and their spouses learn about starting a business.

Prince's Charities Canada

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(Available in French only)

Community Futures British Columbia BizBuyout

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Loan to buy a business in rural BC
Get a loan of up to $150,000 to buy a business in rural British Columbia.

Community Futures British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Community Futures British Columbia GlobalReach

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Loan to start exporting from rural BC
Loans of up to $150,000 for rural British Columbia businesses to expand into global markets.

Community Futures British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Indigenous Business Develoment Services

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Indigenous business help in Saskatchewan
Access support for Indigenous entrepreneurs from start-up to expansion.

Indigenous Business Development Services

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(Available in French only)

CBDC Social Enterprise Loan

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Loans for social enterprises in Atlantic Canada
Get a loan of up to $150,000 to start or improve a social enterprise in rural Atlantic Canada.

Community Business Development Corporations

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General Business Loans

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Financing business development in Two Rivers, Ontario
Loans provided by the Two Rivers Community Development Centre can be used to purchase businesses, buildings and equipment.

Two Rivers Community Development Centre

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(Available in French only)

Request for Tenders/Proposals — Nunavut

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Opportunities to sell to the Government of Nunavut
Access open tenders for goods and services to find opportunities that your company is qualified for.

Government of Nunavut

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(Available in French only)

National Research Council — Laser processing and surface modification facility

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Laser processing and surface modification facility in London
Fee-for-service use of manufacturing processes such as laser consolidation, laser cladding, high-precision (+/-1µm) multi-axis micromachining/texturing (cutting and laser ablation), laser polishing and specialty coatings.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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National Research Council — Data Analytics Centre

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Data analytics facility in Ottawa
Fee-for-service facility offering data cleaning, integration and management, as well as exploratory data analysis, modelling and prediction, and visualization and decision support.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Canadian Commercial Corporation

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Help pursuing foreign government procurement
Connect with foreign government buyers and the Canadian government when pursuing government procurement leads in another country.

Government of Canada, Canadian Commercial Corporation

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(Available in French only)

Ontario Food Exports — Services for Exporters

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Food and beverage industry export help in Ontario
Develop sales strategies and discuss export opportunities with expert consultants in specific food and beverage sectors, including primary agriculture and processed goods.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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(Available in French only)

CBDC General Business Loan

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Rural Atlantic Canada business loan
Get a business loan of up to $150,000 to buy or expand a business, develop new markets or purchase equipment in rural Atlantic Canada.

Community Business Development Corporations

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(Available in French only)

Community Futures British Columbia NewBiz

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Rural BC start-up loan
Loans of up to $150,000 to start a new business in rural British Columbia.

Community Futures British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Northern Ontario Internship Program (Not-for-Profit and Public Sector)

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Wage subsidy for hiring new a new college or university graduate in northern Ontario
Get a wage subsidy of up to 90% of a recent graduate's salary to a maximum of $31,500 for the year when they are employed in a strategic sector in northern Ontario.

Government of Ontario, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

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(Available in French only)

CBDC First-time Entrepreneur Loan

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Atlantic Canada start-up loan
Loans of up to $150,000 for first-time entrepreneurs in rural Atlantic Canada to start or buy a business.

Community Business Development Corporations

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(Available in French only)

First Citizens Fund — Business Loan Program

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Business loans for Indigenous entrepreneurs in British Columbia
Partnership loan program with four Aboriginal Capital Corporations located throughout British Columbia.

Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

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(Available in French only)

Innovation Canada

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Money to harness energy from a ship’s movement
This challenge is about harnessing the kinetic energy of a moving marine vessel to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. If your solution is scalable, you could get multiple contracts up to $1 million from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Business Retention and Expansion Program

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Newfoundland and Labrador business check-up
An assessment of your marketing, sales, operations, finances, accounting, human resources, management and goals—then an action plan.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Ask an Expert — Alberta

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Expert advice to help plan your Alberta business
Discuss your small business questions and issues with management consultants, lawyers, accountants, and other industry professionals.

Business Link

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Export Navigator

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Export specialists for British Columbia companies
Talk to a community-based export specialist who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect your business with the information and services you need.

Small Business BC

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Créativité Québec

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Loans for innovation projects in Quebec
Flexible term loans or loan guarantees from $50,000 to $5 million for technological innovation with commercial potential in manufacturing or high-value added services (for example, information technology (IT), communications, environmental services, creative and industrial design services and more).

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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(Available in French only)

Ontario Renovates

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Funds to repair rental properties
If you run a business that provides affordable rental properties, you may be eligible for financial assistance to repair deficiencies and increase accessibility.

Government of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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ATB Financial

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Business borrowing in Alberta
Loans, credit cards and other types of financing for Alberta businesses for a variety of business needs.

Government of Alberta, ATB Financial

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(Available in French only)

Accelerated Growth Center

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Consultant to help Quebec businesses with U.S. expansion
Quebec companies with over $25 million in sales may qualify for the assistance of a consultant to help with their growth in the U.S. market.

Gouvernement du Québec

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(Available in French only)

Innovexport Fund

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Seed funding for innovative Quebec start-ups
Equity investments of $50,000 to $1 million per round of funding for export-destined innovative products and services.

Fonds Innovexport

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Regional Development Fund—Community Capacity Building

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Financial support for training in Newfoundland and Labrador
Non-repayable contributions up to $10,000 for training support relating to economic and business development.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Current Tenders — Nova Scotia

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Opportunities to sell to the Government of Nova Scotia
Access open tenders for goods and services to find opportunities that your company is qualified for.

Government of Nova Scotia, Procurement Services

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(Available in French only)

National Research Council — Heavy vehicle tilt facilities

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Heavy vehicle tilt testing in Ottawa
Fee-for-service testing of the static roll threshold of tractor trailers, tankers, straight trucks or military vehicles.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Graduate to Opportunity program

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Subsidy for Nova Scotia graduate salaries
This funding covers up to 35% of the annual salaries for new graduate hires.

Government of Nova Scotia, Labour and Advanced Education

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(Available in French only)

Energy related training opportunities

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Training on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies
Training opportunities for tradespeople, retailers and consumers on a variety of topics related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Government of Yukon, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources

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(Available in French only)

Clean tech scale-up

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Help to scale a British Columbia clean tech company
Mentorship, expert advice and facilitated introductions to help you make a soft landing in 10 major global markets for clean tech.

Alacrity Canada

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Youth Job Connection

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Financial assistance for hiring Ontario youth
Hiring and training-cost incentives for organizations that hire people aged 15 to 29.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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(Available in French only)

Business Development Support Program

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Money for business improvement in Newfoundland and Labrador
Non-repayable contribution of up to $100,000 to cover up to 50% of costs relating to improvements in your productivity and competitiveness, or to focus on trade opportunities.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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Regional Development Fund—Regional Development Program

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Funding for regional development in Newfoundland and Labrador
Non-repayable contributions for economic initiatives focused on regional and sectoral development, diversification, innovation, and key emerging sectors.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Info entrepreneurs' Strategic Information Centre

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Business information centre in Montreal
Gain access to strategic market information thanks to these business information experts in order to develop your business in a specific market.

Info entrepreneurs

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(Available in French only)

Export Development Canada (EDC) - Buyer financing

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Flexible financing for your international buyers
This loan guarantee could help you win more contracts by providing flexible financing to your international customers for transactions under $10 million.

Government of Canada, Export Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Community Futures Quebec—Assistance for Entrepreneurs

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Personalized support for Quebec businesses
Get support and assistance with business start-up, expansion, business transfer, sustainable development, web and e-commerce.

Community Futures Development Corporations (Quebec)

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Tax credit for the design of factory-made products (fashion design section)

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Tax credit for fashion design in Quebec
Tax credit of 12% to 24% on the cost of in-house design activities (salary costs up to $60,000 admissible) or on the cost of external design activities by a consultant (65% of contract fees admissible).

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Exportation Program — Business Stream

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Funding for export plans for Quebec businesses
Get up to $100,000 for expenses relating to hiring an export specialist, developing an international business plan and exhibiting at a trade show.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

JobsNL Wage Subsidy

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Funding for Newfoundland and Labrador employers to create employment
Get a 50% subsidy to a maximum of $8 per hour towards hourly wage with a flexible duration of 10 to 26 weeks, to a maximum of $7,280.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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(Available in French only)

Youth Ventures NL

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Help for young entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador
Business planning, marketing, financial advice, human resources information and mentoring for youth aged 12 to 29.

Youth Ventures NL

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(Available in French only)

Agriculture Research and Innovation — Applied Research (Agribusiness and Academic Institutions)

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Funding for short-term applied research in Prince Edward Island agriculture
Get 25% assistance, up to $40,000, for applied agricultural research projects related to yield evaluations, climate issues, pest management, improvements in pollination, on-farm diversification, new agri-based products, clean technology, addressing gaps in scientific knowledge or information sharing/knowledge transfer.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

Entrepreneur Loan Program

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Loan for PEI entrepreneurs
Get a loan of up to $100,000 with a maximum 7 year term for starting, improving or expanding a business.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Finance PEI

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Business Assistance — Immigrant Investor Program

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Grants for growth and innovation in Quebec
Non-repayable contributions of $40,000 to $250,000 covering up to 10% of project costs for existing businesses and 15% for start-ups.

Gouvernement du Québec, Investissement Québec

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(Available in French only)

Canadian Agricultural Loans Act program

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Loan guarantee for farmers
Get a loan of up to $500,000 to establish, improve and develop your farm—or up to $3 million for your co-operative to process, distribute and market agricultural goods.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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(Available in French only)

Métis Assistance Program (MAP)

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Grants for Saskatchewan Métis businesses
Get a grant of up to $99,999 for Métis entrepreneurs or up to $250,000 for Métis community business enterprises to help with business start-up and expansion.

SaskMétis Economic Development Corporation

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(Available in French only)

Tax Holiday for Foreign Experts

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Tax holiday for foreign expert salaries in Quebec
Get a tax holiday—ranging from 100% of taxable earnings in the first year to 25% in the fifth year—when you hire a foreign expert to work on R&D in Quebec.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Innovation Canada

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Money to redesign film food packaging
Film food packaging, such as flexible pouches, wraps and bags, is difficult to reuse and recycle. If you can come up with a better design that remains functional, but reduces the amount of waste in our landfills, you could get multiple grants totalling up to $1.5 million.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Venture Capital Corporation

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Tax credit for investment in BC venture capital
Individuals and corporate investors can get a tax refund of 30 % when they invest in a registered British Columbia Venture Capital Corporation.

Government of British Columbia, Employment, Business & Economic Development

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(Available in French only)

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan—Learning

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Workshops for Saskatchewan women entrepreneurs
Seminars, webinars and workshops to learn critical business skills like forward planning, financial management, marketing and operations management.

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

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(Available in French only)

Business Website Assistance

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Money for a Prince Edward Island (PEI) business or association website
Get up to $500 for your business or association website .

Government of Prince Edward Island, Innovation PEI

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(Available in French only)

Business energy rebates

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Rebates on energy efficiency equipment in Nova Scotia
Get up to $15,000 to help cover the costs of buying energy efficient business equipment.

Government of Nova Scotia, Efficiency Nova Scotia

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(Available in French only)

Innovation Canada

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Money to make “smart” farming technologies more accessible
Farmers with smaller-acreage operations have a harder time affording the costs of “smart” farming technologies that larger operations use to increase yields and lower costs. If you can develop an open-source platform to lower the costs of the software behind these technologies, you could get multiple grants up to $1 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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DRDC Defence Research Partnerships

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Collaborate on defence research
Collaboration opportunities internationally and in Canada, research contracts, facilities and technology licensing for defence research and technology.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Innovation Passport

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Financial assistance for innovation projects in Quebec
Non-repayable contribution of up to $50,000 for technological, organizational and social innovation projects.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Food Safety for Processors Program

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Funding to improve food safety in Saskatchewan food processors
Up to $10,000 to cover 50% of the costs of food safety training and up to $60,000 to cover 50% of the costs of food processor facility upgrades.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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Self-Employment Assistance

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Assistance for Newfoundland and Labrador employment insurance (EI)-eligible individuals to start a business
Funding of up to $40,872 to support self-employment job creation.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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(Available in French only)

Innovation Canada

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Money to recycle plastic waste from construction activities
This challenge is about finding ways to recover, reuse and recycle plastic waste from construction activities. If you can develop a scalable and cost-effective solution, you could get multiple grants totalling up to $1.5 million.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Job Skills Essential Workplace Skills Development Program

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Money to train existing and new employees in Newfoundland and Labrador
Funding of up to $15,000 per year to increase labour force participation in the province.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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(Available in French only)

NRC Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre

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Collaborate on energy, mining and environment R&D
Access technical and advisory services, research facilities and licensing opportunities for energy, mining and environment research. 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)

Agri-Industry Development & Advancement — Advancing Crop and Livestock Sectors

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Funds for to improve farm product quality in New Brunswick
Get up to $100,000 for crop and livestock development opportunities, including health and quality initiatives, improved machinery or infrastructure, breeding stock, genetic testing, industry-specific needs and more.

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

Missions and Investigative Travel Program

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Money for Nova Scotia agri-business to explore new markets
Funding of up to $4,500 for outbound missions or investigative travel and inbound missions that allow Nova Scotia farmers and agri-businesses to explore new domestic, U.S. and international market opportunities.

Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

Creative Industries Fund (not-for-profits)

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Creative industry global growth funding in Nova Scotia
Receive funding of up to 75% of costs for your not-for-profit organization's projects focused on global competitiveness and sustained export activity in industries in design, art, music and other creative industries in Nova Scotia.

Government of Nova Scotia, Communities, Culture and Heritage

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(Available in French only)

Strategic Industry Growth Initiative

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Funding for Prince Edward Island to commercialize new food products products
Funding to cover up to 85% of the costs of projects that accelerate the development and successful commercialization of food products.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

Alberta Innovates — Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program (Bridge Voucher)

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Voucher for innovation enhancement support in Alberta
Get up to $25,000 paid directly to service providers for activities to enhance an innovation.

Government of Alberta, Alberta Innovates

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(Available in French only)

Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) — Dugout, Pipeline and Well Rebate

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Rebate for dugout, pipeline and well projects in Saskatchewan
Funding of up to $50,000 to cover 50% of the costs of dugouts, pipelines and wells for agricultural crop spraying, livestock watering or greenhouse production.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

Alberta Indian Investment Corporation

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Alberta First Nations entrepreneurs loans
Loans to start or expand a business or to increase working capital.

Alberta Indian Investment Corporation

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(Available in French only)

Tech Assessments

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Technology assessments for Northwestern Ontario businesses
For a fee of $50, your business can get a comprehensive and hands-on assessment of your business technology tools and processes, including social media, e-commerce, business intelligence, IT strategy, security, forecasting, teleconferencing and customer relationship management.

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

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(Available in French only)

Eligible Business Corporation

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Tax credit for investment in BC small business
Individuals and corporate investors can get a tax refund of 30 % when they invest in a British Columbia small business that has registered as an Eligible Business Corporation.

Government of British Columbia, Employment, Business & Economic Development

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(Available in French only)

Workplace Training

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Workplace training fund in Alberta
Get reimbursed up to 70% of training costs for a new employee, for up to 30 weeks, but not more than $390/week.

Government of Alberta, Community and Social Services

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(Available in French only)

New Canadian entrepreneur

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Loan and advice for immigrant entrepreneurs
Recent immigrants who arrived in Canada within the past 3 years can get up to $50,000 to start their own company.

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of 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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(Available in French only)

Advancing Agri-Food Processing

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New Brunswick agri-food product development funding
Financial assistance of up to $100,000 to cover 50% of the costs of conception and development of new agri-food products or making the production of existing products more efficient and competitive.

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

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Labour tax credit for producing Canadian films or videos
Refundable tax credit of 25% of qualified Canadian labour expenses on Canadian film and video production.

Government of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency

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(Available in French only)

Global Opportunities for Associations

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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, Global Affairs Canada

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Tenders @ Government of Canada

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Government of Canada tenders
Access information on tenders issued by the Government of Canada.

Government of Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada

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(Available in French only)

Doing Business with the Government — British Columbia

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Opportunities to sell to the Government of British Columbia
Access open tenders for goods and services to find opportunities that your company is qualified for.

Government of British Columbia, Procurement Services

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(Available in French only)

Women's Enterprise Centre (Manitoba)—Advice

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Business advice for Manitoba women entrepreneurs
Free, confidential, one-on-one guidance at every business level and stage, as well as help with business plans and loan applications.

Women's Enterprise Centre Manitoba

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(Available in French only)

College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies

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Research centres and technical experts across Quebec
Access 1,300 experts at around 50 research centres affiliated with CÉGEPs and colleges in Quebec for technical support, technological development, business intelligence and personalized training.

Réseau Trans-tech

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(Available in French only)

Paid Work Experience Tax Credits

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Wage subsidy for trainees working in Manitoba
Get a wage subsidy of 15 to 25% (maximum $5,000 per trainee) for providing paid work and on-the-job training opportunities for high school and post-secondary co-op students, graduates and apprentices.

Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Tax Assistance Office

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Métis Employment Services

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Wage subsidies for young Métis workers in Alberta
Receive wage subsidies of up to 50% for six months or less, or between May and August for Métis youth summer employment.  

Rupertsland Institute

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(Available in French only)

Prospectors Assistance – Grants

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Money for independent mineral exploration in Newfoundland and Labrador
Grants of up to $12,000 for approved projects in mineral exploration.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Natural Resources

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(Available in French only)

Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

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Tax credit for interactive digital media production in Newfoundland and Labrador
Get a refundable tax credit of 40% for costs of labour related to producing interactive digital media in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Finance

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(Available in French only)

BDC Start-up Financing

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Loan to start a business
Financing for new businesses in the start-up phase or first 12 months of sales for working capital, assets, marketing, start-up fees, consulting and franchise fees.

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada

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(Available in French only)

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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Enterprise Trade Fund — Film and Sound Industries

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Funds for market expansion of Yukon sound and film companies
Get up to 75% of eligible costs for marketing activities to a maximum of $50,000, 75% of eligible costs for event attendance, website or business skills development to a maximum of $10,000 and $2,000 per showcase.

Government of Yukon, Department of Economic Development

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Technology Access Centres (TAC)

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Access technology, equipment and expertise

Gain access to specialized technology, equipment and expertise at 30 centres across Canada to help with your productivity and innovation projects.

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How it works

  1. Check out the capabilities of each of the 30 Technology Access Centres. (Tip: Each centre focuses on particular sectors, so the one that is geographically closest to you might not have the right equipment or expertise.)
  2. Get in touch with Tech-Access Canada to discuss your project. Tip: Email is best. Include as much detail as you are able to share, including:
    • A description of the problem/innovation challenge
    • What has been attempted to solve the problem
    • Your own deadlines
    • Contact information
  3. You'll hear back from a member of the Tech-Access team within two days.
  4. They'll survey the members and build a list of centres that are able to assist.
  5. They'll connect you with the right point of contact at each centre and you'll work with staff there to come up with a work plan based upon your needs.

Tech-Access Canada

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National Research Council — Marine — Multidirectional wave basin (MWB)

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Multidirectional wave basin in Ottawa
Assess fixed and floating maritime structure performance and marine operations in ocean environments with this fee-for-service 36 m × 30 m × 3 m multidirectional wave basin.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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SME In Action Program — Support for SME productivity

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Funds to improve productivity in Quebec
Non-repayable contribution of up to $50,000 for supply chain optimization, implementation of management systems or customer relationship management systems, applying production standards or implementing a cost accounting system.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Assurance System Programs — Abattoir Assurance Rebate

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Funding for biosecurity and animal welfare in Saskatchewan abattoirs
Get up to $1,500 to cover 75% of the costs of a humane handling and stunning or biosecurity assessment, and up to $15,000 to cover 50% of the costs of equipment identified in the assessment.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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Financial Assistance Program for the Development of Private Woodlots

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Financial and technical assistance for logging on private land in Quebec
Existing forestry companies in Quebec can get assistance in varying amounts for technical and silvicultural work and certification activities on private woodlots.

Gouvernement du Québec, Forêts, Faune et Parcs Québec

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Agriculture Stewardship Program — Beneficial Management Practices

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Funding for beneficial agriculture management practices in Prince Edward Island
Cost-shared financial support, in varying amounts, for implementation of beneficial management practices related to soil, water, energy and integrated pest management, as well as related education, awareness, promotion and development activities.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Saskatchewan Arts Board Grants

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Grants for arts sector projects in Saskatchewan
Various grants for artists, critics and curators, editors, organizations, communities and more.

Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Arts Board

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NRC Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre

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Collaborate on human health therapeutics R&D
Access technical and advisory services, research facilities and licensing opportunities for human health therapeutics research. 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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Women's Enterprise Centre (Manitoba)—Training

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Training for Manitoba women entrepreneurs
Seminars and other events to address the needs and learning styles of women at different stages of business development.

Women's Enterprise Centre Manitoba

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(Available in French only)

Liaison Officer Service

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Get free tax help for your small business
Request in-person support and guidance at key moments in your business’ life cycle to help you understand and meet your tax obligations.

Government of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency

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Young Entrepreneurs Program

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Grants for young Manitoba entrepreneurs
Receive up to $4,000 to defray start-up costs and capital expenditures.

Government of Manitoba, Infrastructure

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Women's Enterprise Centre — Skills Training

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Skills training for British Columbia women entrepreneurs
Workshops on starting a business, marketing, growing and workplace diversity.

Women's Enterprise Centre

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Kakivak Association — Makigiaqvik Loans

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Loans for Inuit business in Nunavut’s Qikiqtani Region
Up to $50,000 in secured term loans to establish or expand a business, which can be combined with a grant.

Kakivak Association

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SME In Action Program — Support for the realization of investment projects

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Money to explore establishing a business presence in Quebec
Non-repayable contribution of up to $100,000 in funding for feasibility studies, market analysis, site selection and other activities related to assessing the opportunity to establish a presence in Quebec.

Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

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Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French

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Wage subsidy for interns
Wage subsidy of up to $13,000 for international internships of 4 to 12 months (30 to 40 hours per week).

Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage

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CIHR Health Research Collaboration

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