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1. Loan guarantees

ESSOR Program — Funding support for development projects

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

Is your business involved in manufacturing, software publishing, research, environmental services, or tourism? If so, you could get a loan guarantee covering up to 70% of a net loss for investments or a loan covering up to 50% of the cost of your growth projects, such as:

  • Business creation
  • Business expansion or modernization

The project must help maintain or create jobs.

Other conditions apply.

Financing for collective entrepreneurship

Investissement Québec

Your cooperative or non-profit organization could receive a minimum funding of $50,000 in loans, loan guarantees, or equity investment of up to 100% of the cost of projects such as:

  • Building acquisition or modernization
  • Purchase of machinery or equipment
  • Refinancing
  • Entry into a new market
  • Acquisition of intangible assets (trademarks, patents, etc.)

The organization must engage in commercial activities.

Other conditions apply.

Local investment fund

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

If you are starting or expanding a business, you could be eligible for financing in the form of various types of loans or loan guarantees.

Loans can cover eligible expenses such as:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Technology acquisition
  • Working capital for operations

You could get an interest-free loan to help you acquire at least 25% of an existing rural business that you plan to take over.

SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing

Investissement Québec

You may be eligible for a loan, a loan guarantee, or funding in "quasi-equity" of $50,000 or more for business projects such as:

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment
  • Building modernization
  • Business succession, transfer, or acquisition
  • Increase in working capital
  • Trademarks acquisition
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization

The maximum duration of funding is 25 years. Agricultural sectors, finance, real estate and retail are excluded.

Other conditions apply.

2. Equity investments

BDC Capital

Business Development Bank of Canada

Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of growth of your business, such as:

  • Transforming your ideas into a business
  • Growth initiatives such as R&D, and product and market development
  • Buying or transferring a business, including family successions, management and partner buyouts, and management buy-ins

Options include:

  • Venture capital
  • Growth and Transition Capital
  • Growth equity

Terms and conditions may be tailored to meet your unique needs.

Financing for collective entrepreneurship

Investissement Québec

Your cooperative or non-profit organization could receive a minimum funding of $50,000 in loans, loan guarantees, or equity investment of up to 100% of the cost of projects such as:

  • Building acquisition or modernization
  • Purchase of machinery or equipment
  • Refinancing
  • Entry into a new market
  • Acquisition of intangible assets (trademarks, patents, etc.)

The organization must engage in commercial activities.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds Innovexport

Le Fonds Innovexport

You could receive up to $3 million in funding for an innovative project that aims to export products or services that meet a market need.

You must:

  • Have a corporate structure that is conducive to investment
  • Have a realistic goal of profitability
  • Be supported by an incubator, accelerator, or expert panel

Businesses in the following industries are NOT eligible for the program:

  • Agriculture, forestry, and mining operations (except applied technologies)
  • Biotechnology, construction, property management, and retail

Other conditions apply.

SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing

Investissement Québec

You may be eligible for a loan, a loan guarantee, or funding in "quasi-equity" of $50,000 or more for business projects such as:

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment
  • Building modernization
  • Business succession, transfer, or acquisition
  • Increase in working capital
  • Trademarks acquisition
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization

The maximum duration of funding is 25 years. Agricultural sectors, finance, real estate and retail are excluded.

Other conditions apply.

Solunov

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

You could access coaching services and financing — by way of a loan or equity investment — for an innovative project such as:

  • Improving a product or a business process
  • Adopting a marketing strategy
  • Implementing a new technology

Experts will assist you throughout your project, with:

  • Diagnostics and a business audit
  • Feasibility study and idea validation
  • Project integration and completion

You must demonstrate the market potential of your project.

Other conditions apply.

3. Loans and cash advances

BDC Capital

Business Development Bank of Canada

Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of growth of your business, such as:

  • Transforming your ideas into a business
  • Growth initiatives such as R&D, and product and market development
  • Buying or transferring a business, including family successions, management and partner buyouts, and management buy-ins

Options include:

  • Venture capital
  • Growth and Transition Capital
  • Growth equity

Terms and conditions may be tailored to meet your unique needs.

BDC Small Business Loan — for existing business

Business Development Bank of Canada

Keep your cash flow. Rather than using the money you need for day-to-day activities, consider applying for additional financing. With the BDC Small Business Loan, you could get up to $100,000 within 5 business days, no application fees or hassles. The entire process is completed online.

You need to have been operating your business for the past 24 months.

Other conditions apply.

BDC Technology financing — Information and communications technology loan

Business Development Bank of Canada

Do you need financing to update your technology projects? You could get a loan to buy or update your information and communications technology while preserving your short-term working capital. With this funding you could invest in:

  • Hardware (servers, network, computers, and accessories)
  • Software (human resources, supply chain, finance, and accounting)
  • Consulting services (IT planning, strategy, security, online sales, Internet marketing, social media)

Other conditions apply.

BDC Xpansion Loan

Business Development Bank of Canada

If you are looking to expand into new domestic or foreign markets, this loan could provide you with funding to:

  • Invest in technology or develop new products
  • Launch a new marketing campaign
  • Purchase licenses, patents or trademarks
  • Hire and train additional employees
  • Obtain a certification

Conditions apply.

ESSOR Program — Funding support for development projects

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

Is your business involved in manufacturing, software publishing, research, environmental services, or tourism? If so, you could get a loan guarantee covering up to 70% of a net loss for investments or a loan covering up to 50% of the cost of your growth projects, such as:

  • Business creation
  • Business expansion or modernization

The project must help maintain or create jobs.

Other conditions apply.

Farm Credit Canada — loans and lending options

Farm Credit Canada

Do you need financing to start, run, grow, or transfer an agri-food or agribusiness operation? Farm Credit Canada offers a large range of loans with unique terms that can help you:

  • Purchase or improve land, buildings or equipment
  • Buy crop inputs or livestock
  • Make environmental improvements
  • Transfer your business to a new operator

Eligible producers or business owners are Canadian citizens of legal age.

Financing for collective entrepreneurship

Investissement Québec

Your cooperative or non-profit organization could receive a minimum funding of $50,000 in loans, loan guarantees, or equity investment of up to 100% of the cost of projects such as:

  • Building acquisition or modernization
  • Purchase of machinery or equipment
  • Refinancing
  • Entry into a new market
  • Acquisition of intangible assets (trademarks, patents, etc.)

The organization must engage in commercial activities.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds Biomasse Énergie

Fondaction

If you are looking to convert your fossil fuel heating system to one that uses residual forest biomass, you could receive a loan of up to $2 million per project.

Eligible activities include:

  • Feasibility analysis of the project and its implementation
  • Financing and procurement
  • Facility management and maintenance

Other conditions apply.

Fonds d'investissement en agroalimentaire Nicolet-Yamaska

Service de développement économique de la MRC de Nicolet-Yamaska

Do you own a non-conventional-sized agri-food business or small farm in the Regional County Municipality of Nicolet-Yamaska? You could receive an interest-free loan of up to $10,000 for a start-up, expansion, take-over or acquisition project in the areas of agri-food production, transformation or marketing.

The project must:

  • Create at least one sustainable position
  • Be based on a comprehensive business plan
  • Demonstrate a viable market

You must invest a minimum of 20% of the total cost in the project.

Other conditions apply.

Local investment fund

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

If you are starting or expanding a business, you could be eligible for financing in the form of various types of loans or loan guarantees.

Loans can cover eligible expenses such as:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Technology acquisition
  • Working capital for operations

You could get an interest-free loan to help you acquire at least 25% of an existing rural business that you plan to take over.

PME MTL Fund

PME MTL

You could receive up to $300,000 to cover expenses related to the start-up or development of your business establishment in Montreal, including:

  • Working capital
  • Capital assets
  • Marketing costs
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Acquisition of a business (succession or transfer)
  • Costs for patents or the protection of intellectual property
  • Prototyping

You must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Submit a business plan or a summary of projected financial statements
  • Provide an investment of at least 20% of the total project cost

Other conditions apply.

SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing

Investissement Québec

You may be eligible for a loan, a loan guarantee, or funding in "quasi-equity" of $50,000 or more for business projects such as:

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment
  • Building modernization
  • Business succession, transfer, or acquisition
  • Increase in working capital
  • Trademarks acquisition
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization

The maximum duration of funding is 25 years. Agricultural sectors, finance, real estate and retail are excluded.

Other conditions apply.

Solunov

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

You could access coaching services and financing — by way of a loan or equity investment — for an innovative project such as:

  • Improving a product or a business process
  • Adopting a marketing strategy
  • Implementing a new technology

Experts will assist you throughout your project, with:

  • Diagnostics and a business audit
  • Feasibility study and idea validation
  • Project integration and completion

You must demonstrate the market potential of your project.

Other conditions apply.

4. Tax refunds and credits

Tax credit for technological adaptation services

Revenu Québec

If your Quebec business has signed a contract with an eligible college technology transfer centre or eligible liaison and transfer centre, you could benefit from this tax credit.

Financial support could cover up to 50% of eligible expenses, including:

  • Fees associated with liaison and transfer services provided by the centre
  • Fees for participating in training and information activities

Other conditions apply.

Tax Credit for the Integration of IT in Manufacturing and Primary Sector SMBs

Investissement Québec

If you want to modernize your business processes by integrating high value-added software packages, you could get a refundable tax credit covering up to 20% of your eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $50,000.

You must:

  • Primarily carry out manufacturing or processing activities in Quebec
  • Sign an agreement pertaining to a qualified IT integration contract, negotiations for which began after March 26, 2015, but before January 1st, 2020
  • Have consolidated paid-up capital between $35 million to $50 million

Other conditions apply.

Tax holiday for a new business created to commercialize a given intellectual property

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

Did you set up a new business to commercialize your intellectual property before April 1, 2014? If so, you could benefit from this tax relief measure for a period of up to 10 years.

To be eligible:

  • The intellectual property must come from a university or public research centre
  • All your revenue must be associated with its commercial use
  • You must hold a certificate issued by the department

Other conditions apply.

5. Grants, contributions and financial assistance

Accessible Technology Program

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Is your business developing new assistive or adaptive technologies to improve access to the digital economy for persons with disabilities? You could get funding of up to $4 million.

To be eligible you must:

  • Demonstrate project management expertise
  • Complete the project by March 2022

The eligible costs include:

  • Operating costs including: salaries, travel, accounting and admin expenses
  • Training
  • Hardware and software
  • Expenses for health and safety and environmental protection

Other conditions apply.

Community Interaction Program: St. Lawrence Action Plan

Environment and Climate Change Canada

If you are a non-profit, non-governmental organization, you could be eligible for funding of up to $200,000 to help improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem. Projects focus on specific environmental issues requiring action, and include:

  • Awareness raising and educational activities
  • Studies to identify specific action
  • Implementation of restoration actions such as shoreline cleanup, stabilization and revegetation; or
  • Measures to protect species at risk

Other conditions apply.

ESSOR Program — Funding support for development projects

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

Is your business involved in manufacturing, software publishing, research, environmental services, or tourism? If so, you could get a loan guarantee covering up to 70% of a net loss for investments or a loan covering up to 50% of the cost of your growth projects, such as:

  • Business creation
  • Business expansion or modernization

The project must help maintain or create jobs.

Other conditions apply.

First Patent program

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

You could obtain a non-repayable contribution of up to 50% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $25,000, for your patent application project, industrial design registration or integrated circuit topography.

You must:

  • Own a Quebec SME with 250 or fewer employees
  • Demonstrate research and development efforts, completed  either in whole or in part.

Activities leading to the registration of a copyright or trademark or any associated intellectual property maintenace costs are not eligible under this program.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de développement des entreprises d'économie sociale

Centres locaux de développement (CLD) and RCM - Economic Development

You could receive a grant to help you finance plans to start, consolidate or expand your social economy business.

Your company must:

  • be financially viable
  • produce goods or offer services
  • create sustainable jobs

Eligible expenses are:

  • technology acquisition or patenting
  • capital expenditures (land, building, equipment)
  • working capital needs 

Please contact us for the organization in your region that oversees this fund.

Fonds de développement économique de la région de la Capitale-Nationale

Secrétariat à la Capitale-Nationale

You could receive a non-repayable contribution to support your projects in the Capitale-Nationale region, such as:

  • The marketing of a product
  • Improvements to services and infrastructure
  • Conferences and cultural or sporting events
  • Opportunity and feasibility studies

The structuring effect of the project is evaluated according to its:

  • Economic benefits
  • Extra-regional outreach
  • Contribution to economic development

The retail and wholesale trades andaccommodation and food services sectors are not eligible.

Other conditions apply.

Green infrastructure programs

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

If your business plans to carry out clean energy infrastructure projects, you could get help with deployment and market entry by participating in a variety of funding programs, including:

  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstrations (EVID)
  • Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative
  • Smart Grids
  • Energy Efficient Buildings RD&D
  • Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities
  • Emerging Renewable Power

Funding amounts vary, as do the application processes. Conditions apply.

Industrial Research Assistance Program

National Research Council Canada

Your small or medium-sized business could grow stronger, faster and bigger through innovation and technology. You could receive customized technical and business advice as well as non-repayable financial contributions to help you:

  • Research, develop and commercialize new technologies
  • Accelerate the adoption and adaptation of these technologies

To qualify, your business in Canada must:

  • Be incorporated and profit-oriented
  • Have 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • Show the ability to grow and generate profits

Other conditions apply.

Industrial Systems Program — Catered Projects Component

Hydro-Québec

Do you want to reduce your operating costs and improve your competitive position? If so, you could get financial assistance of up to $2 million to improve your factory's energy-efficiency and support facility restructuring projects.

The program has 2 components:

  • Retrofit
  • New Plant, Expansion or Addition of Production Lines

Other conditions apply.

Investments in Forest Industry Transformation

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

Has your business developed highly innovative or first-in-kind technologies that could help Canada's forest industry become more competitive or sustainable? If so, you could get a non-repayable contribution of up to 50% of the project's costs to demonstrate the technology at the pilot or commercial scale.

Eligible costs include:

  • Capital expenses, materials, and supplies
  • Salaries and professional fees
  • Travel and training

Costs associated with the production or export of softwood lumber are not eligible.

Other conditions apply.

Partnerships Options for Companies

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

If you are a Canadian business with an R&D project in natural sciences or engineering, you could partner with Canadian colleges and universities to access their facilities and students.

With a financial or in-kind contribution, you could participate in programs that can help you:

  • Undertake short-term R&D projects
  • Develop new products or services, or improve processes
  • Increase your R&D capability
  • Gain research insights into a longer-term industry challenge

See website for more details.

Passeport innovation

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

Your eligible SME, cooperative or non-profit organization could benefit from a non-refundable contribution of up to $50,000 to support its technological, organizational and social innovation projects.

You must:

  • Use the expertise of one or more of QuébecInnove's member organizations to perform research and development 
  • Present a project that will have a strategic impact on your industry sector or that will foster regional, national or international development

Eligible expenses include salaries, purchase of equipment and management fees.

Other conditions apply.

Programme d'aide à l'adaptation numérique des entreprises de la presse d'information écrite

Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

Are you looking to adapt your print media enterprise to the digital environment and new practices? If so, you may be eligible for funding.

Projects must target:

  • Development of innovative strategies in marketing, creation or monetization of press content on matters of current general interest
  • Innovation and experimentation in print media

Total funding may cover up to 50% of eligible expenses.

Other conditions apply.

Programme PME en action — Appui à la productivité des PME

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

If your for-profit business or social enterprise is part of the manufacturing or major services sector, you could receive a non-repayable contribution of up to 40% of eligible expenses, including:

  • Professional fees
  • Purchase of specialized information

Eligible projects include:

  • Supply chain optimization
  • Implementation of an integrated management system or a customer relationship management system
  • Bring your operations into compliance with production standards
  • Implementation of a cost accounting system

Other conditions apply.

Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Are you looking to start a business? Is your community facing economic development issues? There are programs and services available to help you succeed at every stage of your business.

Find resources that can help you:

  • Start a business or improve productivity
  • Innovate or adopt new technologies
  • Market or export your goods or services
  • Plan for succession
  • Promote your region

Support may also be available for economic development, diversification, and recovery of communities, as well as renovation and expansion of community infrastructure.

Sustainable Development Technology Fund

Sustainable Development Technology Canada

If you create technology that deals with climate change issues, clean air, clean water or soil quality, you could get funding to cover up to 33% of the costs involved in developing and testing your product.

To qualify, you need to:

  • Have expertise in sustainable development technology
  • Be part of a project consortium

Your product or process must be used to:

  • Produce and distribute energy
  • Create electricity (for example, solar power)
  • Remove pollutants in certain industry sectors

Other conditions apply. You only need to repay the funds if you collect revenues related to the project or use project assets for business activities.

6. Other resources

You can also consult our other directories of financing programs.

You could also avail yourself of non-financial resources to succeed in your business venture.

For any inquiries, please contact our information agents.

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