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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.

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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)

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

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

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada

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(Available in French only)

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.

Government of Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities 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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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) — 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.

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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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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) — Networking and Linkages

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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.

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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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(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.

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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) — 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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Going Global Innovation (GGI)

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Money for international commercialization

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

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $75,000

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Maximum investment by this program: 75% of project costs

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

How it works

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

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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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.

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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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Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — Regional Innovation Ecosystems — WD

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

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada

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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.

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, 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, Trade Commissioner Service, 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.

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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.

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, 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

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 50% of project costs

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

How it works

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

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 — 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 — 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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Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

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Seed funding for international industrial R&D

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

Status is red

Status

Not accepting applications

Money

Maximum: $600,000

Stacking

Maximum investment by this program: 50% of project costs

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

Your project

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

Is not for military use

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

How it works

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

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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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 — 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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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 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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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 — 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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(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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(Available in French only)

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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(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)

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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(Available in French only)

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 — 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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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

Engage Grants — Industrial Partner

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Researcher for short-term R&D challenge

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

Status is green

Status

Accepting applications

Funding

Maximum: $25,000

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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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

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, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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(Available in French only)

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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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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(Available in French only)

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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(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)

Environmental Farm Plans

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Online tool to develop environmental farm plans in Saskatchewan
Use this free, online, self-assessment tool to identify environmental risks and create an action plan to address them and have your plan reviewed by a specialist.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

Industry Organization Development Program (IODP)

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Funding for producer and agri-business groups in Saskatchewan
Up to $10,000 for Saskatchewan producer/commodity associations, commissions, boards and value-added industry associations to build capacity in organizational development, strategic planning and emergency preparedness.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

National Research Council — Preclinical in vivo facility

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Preclinical in vivo facility for biologics and vaccines in Ottawa
Fee-for-service facility that enables clients to validate their biologics and vaccine design approaches and obtain a clear picture of the preclinical safety and efficacy of their products.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Business Mapping Program

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Strategic analysis of Northwestern Ontario businesses
For a cost of $199, your business can get 15 to 25 hours of business analysis and advice that takes an in-depth look into your business and provides strategic recommendations and a plan of action to move forward.

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

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(Available in French only)

Agri-Industry Development & Advancement — Agri-Land Enhancement

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Funds to create more farmland in New Brunswick
Up to $50,000 to cover 50% of the costs of site assessment and suitability and up to $5,000 to cover 30% of the costs of land improvement activities, such as land clearing, consolidation, leveling and forming.

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

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(Available in French only)

Support for Self-Employment

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Money for unemployed workers to start a business in Quebec
If you are receiving employment insurance benefits, you may be eligible for financial assistance to develop a business plan and start your own business or create your own job.

Gouvernement du Québec, Emploi Québec

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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)

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)

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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(Available in French only)

Tourism Growth Innovation Fund

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Funding for tourism innovation in Alberta
Get up to $75,000 to cover 75% of the costs for innovative tourism destination development or product development projects.

Government of Alberta, Business, Industry, Economy and Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Alberta Investor Tax Credit – Job creation

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Tax credit for investment in non-traditional sectors in Alberta
Get a 30% tax credit for providing capital to Alberta small businesses carrying out research, development or commercialization of new technology, new products or new processes in non-traditional sectors that will lead to strong job creation.

Government of Alberta, Business, Industry, Economy and Innovation – Corporate and Business Tax

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(Available in French only)

Crush It! Challenge

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

Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

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(Available in French only)

Regional export promotion organizations (ORPEX)

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Export help in your region in Quebec
Regional organizations provide export coaching, training and assistance.

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

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(Available in French only)

Baffin Business Development — Business counseling

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Baffin Island business counselling
Counselling at all levels of the business cycle to maximize growth potential, develop plans and expand.

Baffin Business Development Corporation

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(Available in French only)

Trail Blazer

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Training for early-stage startups in Northwestern Ontario
A four week program (1.5 hours per week) at a cost of $50 that helps entrepreneurs identify their market and validate their business model.

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

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(Available in French only)

Agriculture Research and Innovation — Applied Research (Agricultural Producers)

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Funding for short-term applied research in Prince Edward Island agriculture
Get 50% 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)

Public Trust and Agricultural Awareness

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Funds for New Brunswick farm and food safety and quality
Funds ranging from 50 to 100% of the costs, up to $50,000, for assurance, food safety and quality, food traceability, biosecurity and animal welfare assurance systems and agriculture awareness.

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

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(Available in French only)

Business Women in International Trade – Missions and Events

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International trade missions and events for women entrepreneurs
Achieve success in international markets by participating in women-focused trade missions and accessing trade commissioner assistance to prepare for and follow up on the mission.

Government of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada

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(Available in French only)

Performance Security Insurance

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Protection against performance guarantee losses
Insurance for up to 95% of your losses if a foreign customer wrongfully calls a letter of guarantee or if a call is triggered by you not being able to meet your obligations due to specific political risks.

Government of Canada, Export Development Canada

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(Available in French only)

Community Pasture Program

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Rent pastures for grazing and breeding livestock in the Prairies
Livestock producers can apply for fee-based access to grazing space and breeding services for their livestock.

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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(Available in French only)

Nunavut Filmmakers Funding — Entry-Level Film Experience Program

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Grants to grow new film talent in Nunavut
Get up to $5,000 to create film camps, lecture series or other experiences to introduce Nunavummiut to film industry career opportunities.

Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Film Development Corporation

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(Available in French only)

Solutions for Small Business — Shipping Discounts

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Volume-based shipping discounts
Save up to 41% on business shipping expenses and get next-day delivery on domestic and international shipping.

Government of Canada, Canada Post

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(Available in French only)

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation — Regional Innovation Ecosystems — CED (QC)

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

Government of Canada, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

PME MTL Fund – Young Business

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Subsidy for young businesses in Quebec
Get up to $15,000 to help with your start-up and growth.

PME MTL

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(Available in French only)

Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture

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Funds for agri-food sustainability in New Brunswick
Access varying amounts of funding, up to $50,000, for environmental management planning, waste management systems, environmental beneficial management practices and agro-environmental club coordinators.

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

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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)

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)

Irrigation Efficiency

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Money to improve farm irrigation efficiency in Alberta
Funding to assist with implementation of more efficient irrigation equipment and systems, up to a maximum of $150,000 per applicant per fiscal year (with specific dollar value restrictions per parcel of land).

Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Forestry

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(Available in French only)

BDC Working Capital Custom Financing

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Customized working capital financing
Get mezzanine, cash-flow financing or quasi-equity financing to inject working capital into your growth projects.

Government of Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada

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(Available in French only)

Creative Industries Fund (businesses and social enterprises)

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Creative industry global growth funding in Nova Scotia
Receive funding of up to 50% of costs for 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)

Film Incentive BC Tax Credit

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Tax credit for BC film, television, animation and visual effects production
Canadian-controlled production companies can get a tax credit, starting at 35%, for labour costs incurred in British Columbia during film, television, digital animation and visual effects production.

Government of British Columbia, Creative BC

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(Available in French only)

FinDev Canada Financing and Investment

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Loans and investments for Canadian innovations that benefit developing countries
Direct loans, loan guarantees, structured project financing and investments are available for Canadian companies operating in developing countries that bring sustainable social and economic benefits to local communities.

Government of Canada, FinDev Canada

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(Available in French only)

Financial Assistance Program for the Promotion of French, 2017-2021

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Money to promote French in Quebec
Get funding of up to $675,000 for projects that focus on valuing French fluency and promoting the use of French in business.

Gouvernement du Québec, Office québécois de la langue française

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Agri-Industry Development & Advancement — Market and Product Development (Producers and Agri-Businesses)

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Marketing funds for New Brunswick agri-food businesses
Up to $10,000 to cover 50% of the costs of market research, new product development, marketing and promotion, trade shows, farmer's market development, agri-tourism and more.

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

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(Available in French only)

Assurance System Programs — Producer Rebate

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Rebate for plant biosecurity and farm animal welfare in Saskatchewan
Get up to $15,000 for livestock biosecurity and animal welfare or $5,000 for plant biosecurity to cover up to 50% of the costs of implementing improved practices and complying with standards.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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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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(Available in French only)

Farm Water Supply

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Funds to improve farm water supply in Alberta
Up to $64,000 to help farmers improve water supply security, more effectively manage water resources, protect water resources and implement a long-term water management plan.

Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Forestry

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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)

National Trade Corridors Fund

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

Government of Canada, Transport Canada

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(Available in French only)

Alberta Self-Employment Program

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Self-employment training for Albertans
Self-employment training that offers unemployed individuals formal instruction, business plan development, one-to-one business counselling, coaching, guidance and follow-up during business plan implementation.

Government of Alberta, Community and Social Services

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(Available in French only)

Jobs for Youth Program

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Wage support to create employment for Prince Edward Island (PEI) students
Full or partial wage subsidy to offset the costs of hiring employees.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning

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(Available in French only)

Co-operative Education Tax Credit

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Ontario co-op student tax credit
If your business hires co-op students, you may be eligible for a refundable tax credit of 25% to a maximum of $3,000 per placement.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance

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(Available in French only)

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.

Status is green
+AE305

Status

Accepting clients

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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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)

Community Partners — Canada Business Ontario Service Location Finder

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In-person business information across Ontario
Find a location near you to get in-person help with starting or growing a business, including business planning, market research, statistics and more.

Government of Canada, Canada Business Ontario

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(Available in French only)

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)

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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(Available in French only)

Self Employment Program (Manitoba)

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Support to start a business in Manitoba
If you are unemployed and eligible for EI benefits on an active or reachback basis, you can get income support and training so you can learn to create your own job, plan your own business and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Jobs and the Economy

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(Available in French only)

Farm Transfer Transition Loans

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Farm transfer loan
Access loans to help the transition of a farm from seller to buyer, including for intergenerational farm transfers.

Government of Canada, Farm Credit Canada

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(Available in French only)

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

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

Government of Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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(Available in French only)

SSHRC Business Partners

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Partnerships with social science and humanities researchers
Find potential partners in social sciences and humanities research to develop cutting-edge ideas and solutions to enhance your products and services, expand your markets and increase your productivity.

Government of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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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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(Available in French only)

Business and Community Services

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Advice and community planning in the Patricia Region of Northwestern Ontario
Business owners and community groups can access strategic planning, economic development and funding advice.

Patricia Area Community Endeavours

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(Available in French only)

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

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Expert help for your Ontario business
Connect with an expert for help with start-up, growth, financing, youth entrepreneurship and R&D.

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs

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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)

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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(Available in French only)

emerit tourism training and certification

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Training for tourism workers
Find online training focused on the best practices and standards in various roles within the tourism industry.

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

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(Available in French only)

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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(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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(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)

Economic Diversification and Growth Enterprises

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Incentives to grow new business in Newfoundland and Labrador
Tax rebates of 100% on provincial income tax, 50% on federal corporate income tax, and 100% on municipal property or business tax for 10 or 15 years.

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

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(Available in French only)

Ag Action Manitoba Program — Research and Innovation

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Funding for agriculture and agri-food R&D and innovation in Manitoba
Apply for funding for up to 50% of the costs of researcher and industry-led projects relating to grain innovation, livestock production, agri-resource management, processing and value added, economic and market analysis, and more.

Government of Manitoba, Department of Agriculture

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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)

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)

Alberta Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program

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Tax credit for R&D in Alberta
Refundable tax credit of 10% for scientific research and experimental development expenditures in Alberta.

Government of Alberta, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance

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(Available in French only)

EUREKA

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Access international expertise, tech and markets
Collaborate with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), large companies, research centres, universities and other innovators from Europe and 40 other member countries. 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)

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)

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)

Employment Integration Program for Immigrants and Visible Minorities (PRIIME)

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Subsidy to hire immigrants and visible minorities in Quebec
Wage subsidy for 30 weeks (or 52 weeks in exceptional circumstances) for employers who create lasting employment for immigrants or members of visible minority groups.

Gouvernement du Québec, Emploi Québec

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(Available in French only)

Apparel Innovation Centre

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Testing of apparel and materials
Fee-based access to testing equipment, machinery and product development services for the apparel industry.

Apparel Innovation Centre

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Business Link — Business research services

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Business information centre in Edmonton
Access free research services that could help you start or expand your small business, including market research, sample business plans, lists of suppliers and more.

Business Link

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(Available in French only)

StartPoint Energy Audit

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Analyze your building's energy usage
Get an audit of your building's energy demand and consumption, including the effects of weather, occupancy and operating schedule, as well as recommendations to improve energy efficiency.

Government of Yukon, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources

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(Available in French only)

Make your business a model of sustainable mobility

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Help implementing sustainable mobility for your employees in Montreal
Get mentoring to help develop sustainable mobility measures and benefit from positive exposure for your business and increased employee productivity.

Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

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(Available in French only)

CBDC Women in Business New Brunswick

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Advice for women entrepreneurs in New Brunswick
If you are a woman entrepreneur in New Brunswick, you can get one-on-one help with business planning, obtaining financing, innovating, exporting and more.

Community Business Development Corporations

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(Available in French only)

First Nations Training to Employment Program

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Find First Nations workers in Alberta
Fill your need for new workers while helping unemployed or marginally employed First Nations people find meaningful employment.

Government of Alberta, Community and Social Services

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(Available in French only)

Canada Summer Jobs

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Money to hire summer students
Get a wage subsidy covering up to 50% of summer student wages.

Government of Canada, Service Canada

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(Available in French only)

Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit

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Manitoba tax credit for equity investment in businesses
Tax credit of 45% (up to a maximum of $202,500) for investments made by Manitoba residents and companies in emerging enterprises, with up to 100 employees, that require significant amounts of capital.

Government of Manitoba, Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade

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(Available in French only)

Accel-Rx

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Support for medical innovators
Get capital and other support through the seed stage of development to prepare for successfully raising venture capital funding.

Accel-Rx

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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)

CBDC Business Atlantic Forum

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Buy or sell an Atlantic Canadian business
If you are looking to buy or sell a business in Atlantic Canada, you can use this forum to make connections, for free.

Community Business Development Corporations

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CBDC Innovation Loan

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Loan for technology improvements
Get a loan of up to $150,000 to increase your business productivity with the introduction of new technology.

Community Business Development Corporations

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(Available in French only)

MASC Lending Programs and Loan Guarantees – Rural Entrepreneur

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Loans for Manitoba rural entrepreneurship
Get guarantees on 80% of a loan to a maximum of $200,000.

Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation

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(Available in French only)

CIHR Health Research Collaboration

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Collaborate on health research
Health research funding and health research collaboration in Canada and globally.

Government of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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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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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

National Research Council — Nanotubes production facility

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Nanotube facility in Ottawa
Fee-for-service facility for the synthesis, manipulation and processing of nanotubes and their integration into composite materials.

Government of Canada, National Research Council Canada

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(Available in French only)

Community Futures Treaty Seven — Business Support Services

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Business planning help for Treaty Seven Members (Alberta)
Advice, workshops, counselling and other services to help with the development of business plans.

Community Futures Treaty Seven

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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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Direct Equity Tax Credit

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Tax credit for Newfoundland and Labrador investors
Tax credit of 20% (North East Avalon region) or 35% (other regions) for individuals and corporations who invest in Newfoundland and Labrador small businesses for start-up, modernization and growth.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Finance

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(Available in French only)

Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation

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

Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

TalentEdge Program — Fellowships

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Funding for Ontario R&D fellow
Get a contribution of $35,000 for an Ontario-based PhD graduate or post-doctoral fellow to work on your industry-driven R&D projects for 12 months.

Ontario Centres of Excellence

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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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Technoclimat Program — R&D

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Financial assistance for energy efficiency R&D in Quebec
Contribution for R&D related to technologies and processes that improve energy efficiency or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Gouvernement du Québec, Transition énergétique Québec

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(Available in French only)

Developmental Licences Playbook

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Access wireless spectrum to test a business idea
Apply for a developmental licence that provides access to wireless spectrum to test and validate innovative solutions in health care, transportation, smart cities, manufacturing, agriculture, public safety and more.

Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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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)

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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(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)

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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(Available in French only)

Toronto Enterprise Fund - Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund

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Grant/loan hybrid for social enterprises
Get up to $30,000 in financial assistance (part grant, part loan) for early-stage, high-growth social enterprises in Toronto.

Toronto Enterprise Fund

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(Available in French only)

Child Care Centre Development Tax Credit

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Tax credit for creating on-site child care in Manitoba
Businesses that create licensed child care centres in workplaces can get a tax credit of $10,000 per new infant or preschool space created, over a period of five years.

Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Families

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(Available in French only)

Solutions for Small Business — Direct Mail Savings

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Volume-based direct mail discounts
Response rates to direct mail are 30X greater than email. Save up to 15% and get your promotional materials quickly and easily into the mailboxes of Canadians.

Government of Canada, Canada Post

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(Available in French only)

Opportunities in British Columbia

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Considering expanding into British Columbia?
Find investment opportunities in British Columbia, including businesses for sale and commercial real estate.

Government of British Columbia

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(Available in French only)

Assurance Systems Program — On-Farm Assurance

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Funds for risk management on Prince Edward Island farms
Cost-shared funding for implementation of assurance systems on farms that help improve anticipation of, mitigation of and response to risks.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Enterprises (revenue-generating)

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Loans for social enterprise growth in Ontario
Help your social enterprise innovate and grow with loans of $5,000 to $25,000.

Centre for Social Innovation

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(Available in French only)

Jobs and Prosperity Fund — Forestry Growth Fund

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Funding for forestry sector growth in Ontario
Grants and loans for strategic investments by manufacturers and processors of wood products across Ontario, including improving productivity and innovation, enhancing competitiveness, supporting new market access, and strengthening supply chains and regional economies.

Government of Ontario, Service Ontario

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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)

Product 2 Market: Value Added

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Funding for agri-business prototype, product and market development in Saskatchewan
Up to $100,000 to cover 50% of the costs of new product development, commercialization, market readiness, promotional activities, and expansion to domestic and international markets.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

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)

Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS)

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Funding for Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, Ontario, watershed farms
Farmers can receive up to $20,000 to implement best-management practices identified in a Farmland Health Check-Up, including equipment modifications to improve manure application, tillage and nutrient application, and to reduce soil compaction.

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

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(Available in French only)

Energy Smart Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program

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Financial incentives for energy efficiency in New Brunswick
Receive up to $75,000 to retrofit your commercial building.

NB Power

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(Available in French only)

Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN)

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Accelerate your path to commercialization
Access skills and infrastructure worth $50,000 to $100,000 to commercialize your innovative technology, products, applications or services.

Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

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Technoclimat Program — Measuring

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Financial assistance for energy efficiency measurement in Quebec
Contribution for measurement projects related to technologies and processes that improve energy efficiency or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Gouvernement du Québec, Transition énergétique Québec

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(Available in French only)

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)

Innovation Passport

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Financial assistance for innovation projects in Quebec
Non-repayable contribution of up to $150,000 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)

Cluster Development Program

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Partnerships between Prince Edward Island (PEI) businesses
Firms can receive up to $7,500 to hire a business cluster facilitator, who can help local businesses work together in pursuit of global opportunities.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Trade Team PEI

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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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Business Development Program

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Business training and planning funding for agri-businesses in Prince Edward Island
Cost-shared funding up to $15,000 for business planning consulting fees, up to $60,000 for training (amounts vary by type of training), and up to $15,000 for benchmarking and risk management that will help small and medium-sized agri-businesses expand their domestic and international markets.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

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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(Available in French only)

Solutions for Small Business — E-Commerce

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Discounts and expertise for your online store
Sign up for discounts and access tools and advice to organize your e-commerce operations, and develop a better end-to-end shopping and receiving experience for your customers.

Government of Canada, Canada Post

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(Available in French only)

Irrigation Program — Irrigation Environmental Efficiency Program

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Funding for farms in Saskatchewan to improve irrigation efficiency
Get up to $50,000 to cover up to 30% of the costs of converting low-efficiency or high-pressure irrigation systems to high- efficiency, low-pressure irrigation systems that result in improved energy and water efficiencies.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

Agriculture Research and Innovation — Technology and Science Adoption

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Funding to implement new technologies and processes in Prince Edward Island’s agri-industry
Funding up to $15,000 to cover 35 to 70% of consultancy fees, process improvements, and eligible sensors and monitoring tools.

Government of Prince Edward Island, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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(Available in French only)

Farm Safety Program

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Funding to promote farm safety in Saskatchewan
Funding of up to $25,000 per project (maximum $50,000 per applicant per year) to cover 50%  of the costs of farm safety education and training on mental health issues affecting farm safety.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture

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(Available in French only)

Applied Research and Development Grants — Industrial Partner

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

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

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(Available in French only)

Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario

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Funding to improve productivity in Northern Ontario
Repayable contributions for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) manufacturers in Northern Ontario to increase efficiency, modernize facilities and increase export sales. Note: The proposed federal program changes from Budget 2018 will be reflected here as they take effect.

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

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Canada-Alberta Job Grant

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Grant for cost-shared employee training in Alberta
Get up to $15,000 to cover 100% of training costs for hiring unemployed individuals or up to $10,000 to cover 2/3 of the training costs for other new or existing employees.

Government of Alberta

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(Available in French only)

Alberta Innovates — Licensing Opportunities and Technology Transfer

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Alberta technologies available for licensing
Browse technologies developed by Alberta Innovates that are available for licensing and technology transfer by private sector companies.

Government of Alberta, Alberta Innovates

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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)

Buildings Program — Catered Component

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Funding for tailored energy efficiency solutions in Quebec
Customized financial assistance and technical support provided to your project with the goal of improving your building’s overall energy efficiency.

Gouvernement du Québec, Hydro-Québec

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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)

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)

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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(Available in French only)

Enabling Agricultural Research and Innovation

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Agri-innovation funding in New Brunswick
Up to $60,000 for research and development, $60,000 for accelerating agricultural innovation and $75,000 for technology development and demonstration in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-product and agri-science sectors.

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

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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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(Available in French only)

College and Community Innovation Program — College and Community Social Innovation Fund

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Funding for social innovation projects
Your business can partner with college researchers who are eligible to apply for grants for social innovation projects that are conducted in partnership with public, private or not-for-profit sector organizations.

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

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(Available in French only)

Technoclimat Program — Demonstration

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Financial assistance for energy efficiency demonstration in Quebec
Contribution for demonstration projects related to technologies and processes that improve energy efficiency or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Gouvernement du Québec, Transition énergétique Québec

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(Available in French only)

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)

Cultural industries — Financial assistance

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Financial assistance for cultural industries in New Brunswick
Grants and contributions of varying amounts for arts organizations, arts businesses (fine craft, music, film and television, new media, writing and publishing) and artists.

Government of New Brunswick, Tourism, Heritage and Culture

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Alberta Media Fund — Project Script Development Grant

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Grant for Alberta film script development
Companies with multiple film or television projects of 30 minutes or more may be eligible for up to $55,000 per project or $70,000 total.

Government of Alberta, Alberta Culture

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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)

Industrial Systems Program — Prescriptive Measures

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Funding to implement energy efficiency measures in Quebec
Financial assistance to implement energy efficiency measures involving lighting, variable-frequency drives, compressed air, water chilling and industrial refrigeration.

Gouvernement du Québec, Hydro-Québec

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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)

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)

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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(Available in French only)

AgriScience Program — Projects (for-profit organizations)

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

Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Innovative Communities Fund

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Funding for economic growth projects in rural Atlantic Canadian communities
Get a non-repayable financial contribution for strategic projects that build on the existing strengths of your community, leading to long-term employment and enhanced economic capacity.

Government of Canada, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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(Available in French only)

MERX Canadian Public Tenders

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Canadian and U.S. tenders
Find out about public tenders issued by Canadian public sector organizations, agencies, crown corporations and private corporations, as well as U.S. public sector organizations.

MERX

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(Available in French only)

Market Development, Product Enhancement and Diversification Program

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Money for the New Brunswick agriculture export industry
Funding to help agriculture producers cover costs related to capturing and/or expanding markets at home and abroad.

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

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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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(Available in French only)

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

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Money

Maximum: $5,000

Stacking

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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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BC Agricultural Area Planning Program

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

Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia

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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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Microlending for Women in Ontario Program

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Microloans for low-income women in Ontario
Microloans and supporting literacy training, entrepreneurial mentoring and skills development and life skills support.

Government of Ontario, Ontario Women's Directorate

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Northern Industries Innovation Fund

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

Northern Development Initiative Trust

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Work Ability

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Hiring wage subsidies for New Brunswick businesses
Employers could be eligible for wage subsidies when they hire unemployed New Brunswickers and provide work experience opportunities.

Government of New Brunswick, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

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Alberta Innovates — Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program (Growth Voucher)

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Voucher for growth support in Alberta
Get up to $20,000 paid directly to a consultant for coaching and advice to address business growth challenges.

Government of Alberta, Alberta Innovates

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Digital Link Ontario

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Wage subsidy for hiring Ontario technology grads
Get up to $3,000 when you hire a recent graduate for a job in information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital sectors, including cyber security, cloud computing, connected transportation, fintech, blockchain, advanced manfacturing and more.

Information and Communications Technology Council

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Eastern Ontario Investing in Regional Diversification Pool (RDP)

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Loans for Eastern Ontario business start-up and expansion
Eastern Ontario entrepreneurs can apply for loans of up to $350,000 for new ventures, expansion and additional capital needs, in particular for innovation, green tech, clean tech, women entrepreneurs, and succession planning and ownership transition.

Community Futures Ontario East

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Environmental Farm Plan Program

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Agri-environmental risk assessment in British Columbia
A qualified planning advisor can work with your business to complete an environmental farm plan that will help you improve sustainability, efficiency and environmental risk management on your farm.

Government of British Columbia, Agricultural Research & Development Corporation

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Yukon Business Incentive Program

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Rebates for hiring Yukon labour and using Yukon goods
Rebates for businesses that employ Yukon labour, including youth and apprentices, and for producers of Yukon-made goods and services.

Government of Yukon, Department of Economic Development

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Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

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Financing for Nova Scotia small business
Get loans, capital, or lines of credit of up to $500,000.

Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Cooperative Council

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takeCHARGE Business Efficiency Program

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Money for energy efficiency improvements in Newfoundland and Labrador
Get up to $50,000 to make your organization more energy efficient.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

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Community Futures British Columbia NextGen

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Start-up loan for young BC entrepreneurs
If you want to start a new business in rural British Columbia and you're a young entrepreneur aged 18 to 39, you can get a loan of up to $150,000.

Community Futures British Columbia

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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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Tax credit for an on-the-job training period

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Quebec tax credit for trainees
Get a tax credit of 16% to 25% of the eligible trainee wages and other costs of on-the-job training up to a maximum of 32 weeks.

Gouvernement du Québec, Revenu Québec

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Aboriginal Economic Development Fund — Economic Diversification Grants Program

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Financial support for Ontario Aboriginal business and Indigenous communities and organizations
Grants of up to $250,000 for projects that contribute to economic diversification, employment, training and business opportunities.

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

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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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Atlantic Fisheries Fund – Atlantic innovation, infrastructure or science partnerships funding

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Funding for innovation, infrastructure and science projects in the Atlantic
Funding for projects in the Atlantic fisheries sector, including R&D, pilots and testing, commercialization, partnerships and network creation, adoption of more effective technologies and processes, and scientific research on sustainable harvesting and ecosystem shifts.

Government of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Alberta Women Entrepreneurs Programs and Workshops

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Support for Alberta women entrepreneurs
Workshops, events and other programs for Alberta women entrepreneurs starting, building or growing a business.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

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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