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1. Loan guarantees

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.

Financing program for cultural businesses

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get a term loan, credit, loan guarantee or equity investment to cover the operational, growth or rehabilitation costs of your cultural or communications business.

Your business must:

  • Have a head office located in Quebec
  • Have been engaged in commercial activities for at least one year or operate in a niche business with no known competition
  • Submit a financing project that demonstrates profitability
  • Have the resources needed to fulfill all your financial obligations

Other conditions apply.

Fonds afro-entrepreneurs — Loans to Afro-Québécois businesspeople

Filaction

Are you a member of one of Quebec's black communities? You could receive a loan or loan guarantee of $5,000 to $25,000 to:

  • Start up or expand your business
  • Purchase equipment
  • Meet your cash flow needs
  • Increase your working capital

Your business must have been in existence for no more than 5 years or be in the process of starting up.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds d'aide à l'économie de Lac-Mégantic

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

You could get financial assistance for eligible projects or activities carried out within the town of Lac-Mégantic, such as:

  • Assessment projects
  • Market development
  • Hiring strategic personnel
  • Business start-ups supporting economic and tourism development
  • Installation or improvement of public infrastructures

The fund will contribute up to:

  • 90% for studies
  • 80% for other activities and projects

Eligible support projects must follow sustainable development principles.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique du Centre-du-Québec et de la Mauricie

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

You could get financial assistance if you are located in the Centre-du-Québec and Mauricie regions, and are carrying out a business development project in the industries of manufacturing, primary, tertiary or tourism.

Support is primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique — MRC des Sources

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

You could get financial assistance, if you are carrying out a start-up or business development project in the manufacturing, value added tertiary sector or tourism industry in the Regional County Municipality of Des Sources.

Support will be primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

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.

Capital Intelligent Mtl

PME MTL

Do you have a start-up or growing business that provides urban innovations that help make Montreal a leader as a smart, digital city? If so, you could qualify for private equity ranging from $150,000 to $5 million.

Your project must:

  • Expect to create jobs in Montreal
  • Contribute to Montreal's international reputation and appeal

Other conditions apply.

Development of Québec Intellectual Property in the Video Game Industry

Investissement Québec

If you intend to develop, commercialize and operate a video game project in Quebec, you could receive funding ranging from $175,000 to $3 million per project, to a maximum of $5 million per business.

You must:

  • Have your head office and principal place of business in Quebec
  • Hold the intellectual property for the product
  • Incur most of eligible expenditures in Quebec
  • Intend on marketing and distributing on a global scale
  • Have completed the pre-production stage.

Other conditions apply.

Femmessor — Réussir en affaires

Femmessor

Are you a woman who owns at least 25% of the shares of a business? If so, you could get assistance with a project relating to the start-up, expansion, consolidation, growth, or acquisition of a business, such as:

  • A conventional loan ($20,000 to $150,000) or capital stock (up to $250,000)
  • Customized training, workshops and seminars to perfect your skills
  • Individual coaching services or mentoring
  • Networking activities to develop your network of relationships

Your project must be cost-effective and economically viable.

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.

Financing program for cultural businesses

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get a term loan, credit, loan guarantee or equity investment to cover the operational, growth or rehabilitation costs of your cultural or communications business.

Your business must:

  • Have a head office located in Quebec
  • Have been engaged in commercial activities for at least one year or operate in a niche business with no known competition
  • Submit a financing project that demonstrates profitability
  • Have the resources needed to fulfill all your financial obligations

Other conditions apply.

Fonds d'aide à l'économie de Lac-Mégantic

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

You could get financial assistance for eligible projects or activities carried out within the town of Lac-Mégantic, such as:

  • Assessment projects
  • Market development
  • Hiring strategic personnel
  • Business start-ups supporting economic and tourism development
  • Installation or improvement of public infrastructures

The fund will contribute up to:

  • 90% for studies
  • 80% for other activities and projects

Eligible support projects must follow sustainable development principles.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique du Centre-du-Québec et de la Mauricie

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

You could get financial assistance if you are located in the Centre-du-Québec and Mauricie regions, and are carrying out a business development project in the industries of manufacturing, primary, tertiary or tourism.

Support is primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique — MRC des Sources

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

You could get financial assistance, if you are carrying out a start-up or business development project in the manufacturing, value added tertiary sector or tourism industry in the Regional County Municipality of Des Sources.

Support will be primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

You could get up to $3 million in loans or equity financing for your merger, acquisition, expansion or new market development projects.

The FTQ considers criteria related to the success of each project, such as:

  • Economic viability of the business
  • Economic spin-offs for jobs
  • Knowledge and experience of stakeholders
  • Appreciation of workers
  • Participation of other financial partners

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.

Programme BioMed Propulsion

Investissement Québec

Your life science business, specifically in the fields of human or animal health or medical biotechnology, could benefit from an equity loan of up to $10 million to help it commercialize the results of its research.

The business must:

  • Secure new capital from private investors in the form of shares representing three times the amount of financial assistance requested
  • Have its head office and the majority of positions in Quebec.

Other conditions apply.

Réseau des SADC et CAE (Network of CFDCs and CBDCs)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

The Réseau des SADC et CAE is a network of the Community Futures Development Corporations and the Business Development Corporations. These non-profit organizations can help you start or grow a business in your community. If you live in Quebec, the office in your area can offer:

  • Help with your business plan
  • Business counseling
  • Training
  • Loans or share capital ranging from $5,000 to $150,000, depending on the financing program

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.

3. Municipal programs (Montréal)

Capital Intelligent Mtl

PME MTL

Do you have a start-up or growing business that provides urban innovations that help make Montreal a leader as a smart, digital city? If so, you could qualify for private equity ranging from $150,000 to $5 million.

Your project must:

  • Expect to create jobs in Montreal
  • Contribute to Montreal's international reputation and appeal

Other conditions apply.

Fonds Jeunes Entreprises

PME MTL

You could receive a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $15,000 to fund business projects such as:

  • Equipment purchase
  • Leasehold improvements
  • Marketing expenses
  • Working capital

You must:

  • Have your business and head office in Montreal
  • Operate a business that is less than 5 years old
  • Submit a business plan that demonstrates the viability of your project
  • Work full-time in the business

This grant must be matched with a loan from the MTL SME Fund.

Other conditions apply.

Le Fonds ADM / 375 idées

Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM)

Are you a Montreal entrepreneur aged 18 to 40? If so, you can receive a $3,750 loan at a rate of 2% if you have a project at the pre-start-up or start-up stage, or that has been growing for less than two years.

You must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Have your head office in Montreal;
  • Have met 100% of your crowdfunding objective of at least $3,750 on Quebec's La Ruche platform since January 1, 2017;
  • Demonstrate your project's viability and profit potential.

Other conditions apply.

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.

3. Loans and cash advances

BDC business loans

Business Development Bank of Canada

Whether you are launching a business or looking to expand and grow an existing one, you could get a term loan to help you:

  • Start or buy a business
  • Buy, build or renovate your facilities
  • Buy equipment
  • Research and develop new products
  • Develop new markets for your products
  • Acquire information and communications technology
  • Sell your business

The loan comes with flexible terms.

You may need to provide credit references and to have invested money in your business. Other conditions apply.

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 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.

Chantier de l'économie sociale Trust

Réseau d'investissement social du Québec (RISQ)

Your social economy business, non-profit organization or cooperative could get a loan with a 15-year capital repayment moratorium. Trust funding ranges from $50,000 to $1,500,000 and can cover up to 35% of eligible expenses.

You could fund:

  • working capital-related costs
  • launch of new products
  • equipment purchases
  • acquisition, construction or renovation of a building

Your business must have fewer than 200 employees.

Community Futures Program (Quebec)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

If you live in a rural area or in a region that doesn't have many job opportunities, you may be able to get a loan to start or grow a business. The amount of funding available and the eligibility criteria depend on the region where you live.

You will need to create a business plan and describe any financing you have received or expect to receive through any other government or municipal program. The funding is a loan that must be repaid.

Femmessor — Réussir en affaires

Femmessor

Are you a woman who owns at least 25% of the shares of a business? If so, you could get assistance with a project relating to the start-up, expansion, consolidation, growth, or acquisition of a business, such as:

  • A conventional loan ($20,000 to $150,000) or capital stock (up to $250,000)
  • Customized training, workshops and seminars to perfect your skills
  • Individual coaching services or mentoring
  • Networking activities to develop your network of relationships

Your project must be cost-effective and economically viable.

Other conditions apply.

FIJE Fund

Centre d'Aide aux Entreprises Haute-Yamaska et région

You may be eligible for up to $50,000 in funding to start or grow your business.

The program is aimed at:

  • Women
  • Youth between 18 and 39 years of age
  • Immigrants, including:
    • Permanent residents
    • Qualified workers
    • Canadian citizens since less than 5 years

You must:

  • Have a mentor
  • Present a business plan demonstrating the viability of the project
  • Have a good credit rating
  • Create at least one full-time job
  • Provide a down payment of 10% of the cost of the project
  • Be in the Haute-Yamaska region of Quebec

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.

Financing program for cultural businesses

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get a term loan, credit, loan guarantee or equity investment to cover the operational, growth or rehabilitation costs of your cultural or communications business.

Your business must:

  • Have a head office located in Quebec
  • Have been engaged in commercial activities for at least one year or operate in a niche business with no known competition
  • Submit a financing project that demonstrates profitability
  • Have the resources needed to fulfill all your financial obligations

Other conditions apply.

Fonds afro-entrepreneurs — Loans to Afro-Québécois businesspeople

Filaction

Are you a member of one of Quebec's black communities? You could receive a loan or loan guarantee of $5,000 to $25,000 to:

  • Start up or expand your business
  • Purchase equipment
  • Meet your cash flow needs
  • Increase your working capital

Your business must have been in existence for no more than 5 years or be in the process of starting up.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds d'aide à l'économie de Lac-Mégantic

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

You could get financial assistance for eligible projects or activities carried out within the town of Lac-Mégantic, such as:

  • Assessment projects
  • Market development
  • Hiring strategic personnel
  • Business start-ups supporting economic and tourism development
  • Installation or improvement of public infrastructures

The fund will contribute up to:

  • 90% for studies
  • 80% for other activities and projects

Eligible support projects must follow sustainable development principles.

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.

Fonds de diversification économique du Centre-du-Québec et de la Mauricie

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

You could get financial assistance if you are located in the Centre-du-Québec and Mauricie regions, and are carrying out a business development project in the industries of manufacturing, primary, tertiary or tourism.

Support is primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique — MRC des Sources

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

You could get financial assistance, if you are carrying out a start-up or business development project in the manufacturing, value added tertiary sector or tourism industry in the Regional County Municipality of Des Sources.

Support will be primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

You could get up to $3 million in loans or equity financing for your merger, acquisition, expansion or new market development projects.

The FTQ considers criteria related to the success of each project, such as:

  • Economic viability of the business
  • Economic spin-offs for jobs
  • Knowledge and experience of stakeholders
  • Appreciation of workers
  • Participation of other financial partners

Other conditions apply.

Innovative Manufacturer Financing

Investissement Québec

See how your manufacturing business can benefit from a term loan of up to $250,000 to cover up to 100% of project costs, such as:

  • Consultation fees to initiate an innovation process
  • Working capital expenditures to support the commercialization of a new innovative product or the hiring of experts

You must have:

  • Been in operation for at least 3 years
  • Sales figures of $2 million or more
  • At least 15 employees
  • A sound financial and operational structure

Other conditions apply.

Le Fonds ADM / 375 idées

Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM)

Are you a Montreal entrepreneur aged 18 to 40? If so, you can receive a $3,750 loan at a rate of 2% if you have a project at the pre-start-up or start-up stage, or that has been growing for less than two years.

You must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Have your head office in Montreal;
  • Have met 100% of your crowdfunding objective of at least $3,750 on Quebec's La Ruche platform since January 1, 2017;
  • Demonstrate your project's viability and profit potential.

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.

Nutressor

Fondaction

You could be eligible for funding and support for growth, innovation and development projects for your agri-food business.

You must:

  • Demonstrate the competency and experience of the management team
  • Fill the majority of resulting jobs in Quebec
  • Establish the viability and profitability of the project
  • Illustrate the potential for positive social and environmental impacts

You will receive:

  • Progress payments according to business plan delivery
  • Diagnostics
  • Coaching Financial advice

Other conditions apply.

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.

Réseau des SADC et CAE (Network of CFDCs and CBDCs)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

The Réseau des SADC et CAE is a network of the Community Futures Development Corporations and the Business Development Corporations. These non-profit organizations can help you start or grow a business in your community. If you live in Quebec, the office in your area can offer:

  • Help with your business plan
  • Business counseling
  • Training
  • Loans or share capital ranging from $5,000 to $150,000, depending on the financing program

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.

BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan

Business Development Bank of Canada

As an Indigenous entrepreneur, you could get up to $150,000 to start a business or up to $250,000 to grow your existing business.

Operations can be on or off reserve.

You can use the loan to:

  • Acquire fixed assets
  • Finance franchise fees
  • Cover start-up costs
  • Start exporting
  • Replenish working capital to support your company's growth

4. Tax refunds and credits

Soft Landing program

Canadian Digital Media Network

Are you ready to introduce your ICT product or service to international markets? If you have existing revenues and are a client of the Canadian Digital Media Network's hub partners, you could be eligible for reimbursements of:

  • Up to $4,000 towards transportation and accommodation costs
  • Up to 3 months of desk space at a co-working location, accelerator or incubator

To be eligible, your ICT product or service must be market ready and there must be potential for growth in foreign markets.

Other conditions apply.

Tax credit for multimedia event or environment productions sponsored outside Quebec

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get a tax credit of up to $350,000 to cover eligible labour costs and production expenses to help you showcase your multimedia projects outside Quebec.

You must:

  • Provide an informative and cultural experience for entertainment purposes, not for advertising purposes
  • Showcase your production in a place of entertainment based outside Quebec
  • Comply with a scoring grid for Quebec-based employees who hold a creative position in the production of the event

Other conditions apply.

Tax Credit for Salaries and Wages (R&D)

Investissement Québec

You could benefit from a tax credit rate of 14% to 37.5% of your payroll, if your business:

  • Performs or contracts out scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) work
  • Performs R&D work in Quebec
  • Is neither exempt from taxes, nor controlled by an incorporated business exempt from taxes
  • Is not an incorporated business controlled by a prescribed research entity

An eligible biopharmaceutical company that has a certificate issued by Investissement Québec before June 4, 2014 could benefit from a reduced rate.

Other conditions apply.

Tax credits — Market Diversification for Quebec Manufacturing Companies

Investissement Québec

If you would like to market your products outside Quebec, you may be able to benefit from this refundable tax credit covering up to 24% of eligible certification costs, incurred prior to January 1st, 2016, to a maximum of $45,000.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Be located in Quebec
  • Manufacture eligible goods
  • Have assets of $50 million or less
  • Carry out 75% of its activities in the manufacturing sector
  • Have a corporation certificate issued by Investissement Québec

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

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

If you are Aboriginal or have a majority-owned Aboriginal business, you can apply for up to $99,999 to help you:

  • Start or buy a business
  • Develop a business plan
  • Grow your existing business
  • Market your product or service
  • Develop new products or processes
  • Get business advice

You do not need to pay the money back. Conditions apply.

Before applying, contact a business development officer in your region to discuss your project.

Aboriginal Business Development Program

Native Commercial Credit Corporation

If you are a member of the First Nations in Quebec, you could receive up to $99,999 to cover eligible expenses, including:

  • Startup or expansion of a business
  • Marketing activities
  • Management expertise
  • Development of a business plan

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have financial resources of your own and a good credit rating
  • Present a viable business project
  • Have experience and training in the field of activities
  • Mandatory full-time involvement in the business

Other conditions apply.

Aboriginal Initiatives Fund III

Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones

If you run an eligible Indigenous organization, you can receive funding for your project to:

  • Start-up, expand or develop a business
  • Conduct the necessary studies to finalize a project
  • Help the Nation or community better structure its economic development
  • Develop the Indigenous workforce
  • Enhance the social economy

The sponsor must demonstrate the financial needs to be met and provide a business plan supporting the project’s validity and relevance.

Other conditions apply.

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.

AgriInnovate Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Looking to fund your innovative agri-food or agri-based product or technology? You may be eligible for up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $10 million.

Eligible activities include: commercialization, adoption or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes and services.

Examples of these activities may include:

  • Expansion or modernization of a facility or site
  • Purchase and installation of equipment
  • Training and development of staff
  • Marketing activities

Other conditions apply.

Automotive Innovation Fund

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

If you have an incorporated automotive business, you could get funding to build greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles through innovation and R&D.

Proposals will be assessed based on innovation, environmental and economic benefits, your ability to achieve stated objectives, and the project's contribution to:

  • Automotive R&D capacity and knowledge-based jobs in Canada
  • Long-term economic benefit to Canada, including significant job creation/retention
  • The potential to attract further investments to foster Canadian competitiveness

Eligible projects must have a total private sector investment valued at more than $75 million over five years.

Other conditions apply.

Business Assistance — Immigrant Investor Program

Investissement Québec

You could benefit from a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $250,000 to help pay for most growth projects, such as:

  • Increasing, modernizing or improving production
  • Getting certified for conforming to a standard
  • Technological innovation or design
  • Marketing products outside Québec

You must:

  • Obtain the recommendation of an accredited financial intermediary that is recognized by Investissement Québec
  • Have less than $35 million in total assets
  • Submit a project with a cost of at least $300,000

Other conditions apply.

Canada Feature Film Fund

Telefilm Canada

If your film production business is a Canadian-owned and controlled corporation, you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Funding is available through a variety of programs, including the following:

  • Development Program
  • Production Program
  • Theatrical Documentary Program
  • Marketing Program
  • International Marketing and Festival Participation Program

Various Canadian content conditions apply. See the website for financing details. You may submit your application online at any time during Telefilm's fiscal year.

Canada Periodical Fund

Canadian Heritage

If you publish a Canadian magazine in print or in digital format, or a non-daily Canadian newspaper, you could get money to help you produce and distribute it.

Your company needs to be:

  • Located in Canada
  • Registered or incorporated in Canada
  • Owned and controlled, in majority, by Canadians

You can apply to the “Aid for publishers” stream, the “Business Innovation” stream or the "Collective Initiatives" stream. Funding will depend on which one you choose.

Other conditions apply.

See the separate applicant guides for details.

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Your not-for-profit organization can apply for a non-repayable contribution of up to $1 million towards the costs of an industry-led project that helps the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector to:

  • Seize opportunities (take advantage of a situation or circumstance to develop a new idea, product, niche, or market opportunity)
  • Respond to new and/or emerging issues
  • Pathfind and/or pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues

Eligible applicants are:

  • Not-for-profit organizations and associations, including cooperatives
  • Marketing boards
  • Aboriginal groups

Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible.

Canadian Agriculture Partnership — AgriScience Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

If you own a not-for-profit corporation you may be eligible for non-repayable funding to support:

  • Pre-commercial science activities
  • Research in the agriculture and agri-food sectors

You must provide a minimum of 30% of eligible costs. Funding request must be at least $5 million.

Other conditions apply.

Canadian International Innovation Program

Global Affairs Canada

If you are a for-profit Canadian business looking to collaborate with a foreign partner in Brazil, China, India, Israel or South Korea, you could get up to 50% of the costs associated with the commercialization of your innovation, including development, adaptation and validation of technology.

To qualify, you must have a project that:

  • Could be a commercial success
  • Is technologically feasible
  • Is for non-military purposes

Other conditions apply.

CanExport program

Global Affairs Canada

You could get up to $50,000 to reimburse up to 50% of eligible expenses to promote your business in new international markets. Your for-profit business must:

  • Be incorporated or a limited liability partnership
  • Employ between one and 250 full-time employees
  • Have an annual revenue between $200,000 and $50 million

Eligible activities include:

  • Business travel
  • Trade fairs
  • Market research
  • Marketing tools updates

Eligible expenses include travel costs, contractor or consultant fees, and legal fees.

Other conditions apply.

Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN)

Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

Are you looking to accelerate the commercialization of your innovative communications technology, products, applications or services? You may be eligible for commercialization support which may have a value of $50,000 to $100,000.

Qualifying fields include:

  • Software Defined Network, Network Function Virtualization, SD WAN
  • Internet of Things/Smart City Applications
  • Data Centre/Cloud
  • Network transport, applications, or mobility
  • Security

Additional services can help commercialize, test, certify, and validate next-generation communications.

Other conditions apply.

Engage Grants

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

If your business operates in Canada, you could receive a grant of up to $25,000 when you partner with a college or university to develop valuable technology.

To qualify, your company must have:

  • At least 2 full-time employees
  • Been in operation for at least 2 years

You must demonstrate how the collaborative research will lead to significant economic benefit.  

The grant covers a project of 6 months or less, and you could get a maximum of 2 grants per year.

Other conditions apply.

Financial assistance for music production and variety programming

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get a grant to cover up to 50% of eligible costs for activities linked to the production of records or variety shows, or for the management of artists.

The program includes the following components:

  • Industrial sector
    • Comprehensive assistance
    • Business assistance
  • Management support
  • Para-industrial sector — Project assistance
  • Additional tour support
  • Additional support for new media activities

The maximum amount of support offered under this program is $300,000. To be eligible your business must meet both the general and specific terms and conditions of the components.

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 d'aide à l'économie de Lac-Mégantic

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

You could get financial assistance for eligible projects or activities carried out within the town of Lac-Mégantic, such as:

  • Assessment projects
  • Market development
  • Hiring strategic personnel
  • Business start-ups supporting economic and tourism development
  • Installation or improvement of public infrastructures

The fund will contribute up to:

  • 90% for studies
  • 80% for other activities and projects

Eligible support projects must follow sustainable development principles.

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.

Fonds de diversification économique du Centre-du-Québec et de la Mauricie

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

You could get financial assistance if you are located in the Centre-du-Québec and Mauricie regions, and are carrying out a business development project in the industries of manufacturing, primary, tertiary or tourism.

Support is primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique — MRC des Sources

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

You could get financial assistance, if you are carrying out a start-up or business development project in the manufacturing, value added tertiary sector or tourism industry in the Regional County Municipality of Des Sources.

Support will be primarily in the form of a:

  • Repayable contribution (interest-bearing or interest-free loan, equity participation)
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss
  • Non-refundable contribution

You may receive up to 25% of the total costs for investment projects and up to 50% for other projects. An investment of at least 10% of the total cost will be required.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds Jeunes Entreprises

PME MTL

You could receive a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $15,000 to fund business projects such as:

  • Equipment purchase
  • Leasehold improvements
  • Marketing expenses
  • Working capital

You must:

  • Have your business and head office in Montreal
  • Operate a business that is less than 5 years old
  • Submit a business plan that demonstrates the viability of your project
  • Work full-time in the business

This grant must be matched with a loan from the MTL SME Fund.

Other conditions apply.

Going Global Innovation

Global Affairs Canada

Are you a Canadian researcher from a small or medium size enterprise, university, or a non-government research centre looking to solidify an international partnership needed to commercialize your technology? If so, you could receive up to 75% of the costs associated with partnership development activities.

You will need to demonstrate that your targeted partnership would enable you to develop or improve a product or service that is technologically feasible.

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.

Innovative Solutions Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Is your business looking to come up with a novel solution to solve a specific challenge from a Government of Canada department or agency? Your business could receive up to $150,000 for the proof of concept and then, if approved, get up to $1 million to develop a prototype.

To be eligible your small business must:

  • Be incorporated with a head office in Canada
  • Have 499 or fewer full time employees
  • Have 50% or more of employees working in Canada
  • Have at least 50% of salary expenditures be on employees working in Canada
  • Have 50% or more of senior executives with a principal residence in Canada

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.

Matching Investment Fund (dairy)

Canadian Dairy Commission

You could get up to $150,000 to create new or improved products made from milk. Up to $25,000 of that amount can be used for consultation services, while remaining funds must be applied to product development.

To qualify, you need to:

  • Make foods, drinks or other products using milk
  • Contribute 50% of the costs
  • Create a product that increases the use of milk

Small businesses (fewer than 25 employees) are eligible for a reimbursement of up to 100% of eligible costs for the first $10,000 spent on a project.

Other conditions apply.

MUSICACTION

MUSICACTION

As a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner, you may be eligible for financing to help pay for:

  • Recordings and production
  • Artistic development
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Domestic and international business development

Financing amounts range, depending on the activity.

Networks of Centres of Excellence

Government of Canada

Explore various funds available for your R&D activities, especially in the areas of engineering, health, and natural, social and biomedical science.

If your work responds to current research and innovation needs, there is a range of multi-stage competitions that are scheduled as funding becomes available. The programs address the needs that are specific to the different stages of the innovation process.

Application deadlines vary.

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'accès aux marchés

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec

You could receive non-refundable financial assistance to cover up to $50,000 of eligible expenses for commercialization projects in the food-processing industry in order  to: 

  • Gain access to a new market or a new market segment
  • Expand your sales from a regional to a provincial scale.

Your business must:

  • Be registered with the Registre des entreprises du Québec
  • Have been commercializing foods processed in Quebec for at least one year
  • Generate sales of $50 million or less

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 d'appui au positionnement des alcools québécois dans le réseau de la SAQ

Ministère des Finances et de l'Économie

Do you own a business that produces alcohol, such as fortified or non-fortified wine, cider or mead? You may qualify for a non-repayable government grant of up to $400,000 based on eligible retail sales.

You must:

  • Hold an artisanal production permit issed by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux
  • Have made sales in the SAQ distribution network

Products considered "regular" by the SAQ are not eligible.

Other conditions apply.

Programme Exportation — Volet Entreprises

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

Want to increase your business opportunities? You could get financial assistance to cover up to 40% of eligible expenses, to:

  • Hire an export specialist
  • Develop an international business plan
  • Exhibit at a trade show

Businesses in the following sectors are excluded:

  • Personal services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Performing arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

Other conditions apply.

Quantum Leap

CQDM — Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery

If you have a business in the biopharmaceutical industry, you may be eligible for funding to advance the discovery of preventative or remedial drugs.

Projects must last between 2 and 3 years and generally have a budget between $500,000 and $2,500,000.

The funding may come in the form of a grant or an equity investment.

You may be required to meet with the appropriate officials during the application process.

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.

Strategic Innovation Fund — Stream 4

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

If your organization operates in the health and biosciences sector, you could be eligible for a non-repayable financial contribution of up to 50% of eligible costs for a large-scale project that advances industrial research, development and technology demonstration.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Partner with at least one academic organization to form a consortium (for corporations) or a network (for non-profits supporting businesses in more than one region)
  • Clearly describe the anticipated innovation, economic or public benefits of your project/proposal

The call for statement of interest runs from June 28, 2018 to August 31, 2018. Subsequent competitions will be held and will include other sectors.

Other conditions apply.

 

Strategic Innovation Fund — Streams 1, 2 and 3

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Your for-profit organization could be eligible for a financial contribution to enhance productivity and support R&D, investment, and growth.

You may submit an application for funding in one of 3 project streams:

  1. R&D to accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services
  2. Firm expansion and growth within Canada
  3. Attraction of large-scale high-quality investments and reinvestments to Canada

Applications for streams 1 to 3 are accepted on a continuing basis. There are no submission deadlines.

Conditions apply.

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

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