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1. Loan guarantees

ESSOR — Forestry Business Component

Investissement Québec

You could get a loan guarantee covering a loan of up to $1,000,000 from your lender. The guarantee can cover up to 80% of a net loss, up to  a maximum of $300,000.

Your commercial forest management activities must involve:

  • Harvesting wood (felling, hauling and sawing)
  • Loading, transporting and unloading wood at a plant
  • Carrying out silvicultural work

Projects must target the acquisition or replacement of forestry equipment and enhance the equipment's performance and effectiveness.

Other conditions apply.

2. Loans and cash advances

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.

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.

Fonds Biomasse Énergie


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.

3. Wage subsidies

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative: Green Farms Stream

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Your farming organization can apply to receive up to $10,000 to cover 50% of the salary and benefits of a youth intern to help implement projects that are environmentally beneficial.  Interns must be 30 years old or younger (including high school students).

Internships must:

  • Be a meaningful length and can last up to 12 months
  • Be completed by March 31, 2019
  • Give employees agriculture-related work experience in Canada
  • Offer projects that include a significant amount of activities that help the environment

Other conditions apply.

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative: Green Internships Stream

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

You can apply for a wage subsidy to fund internships for post-secondary graduates to undertake environmentally beneficial activities, services or research in your agricultural sector organization. You could receive up to $16,000 to cover a portion of the salary and benefits of each youth intern.

Internships must:

  • Be a meaningful length and can last up to 12 months
  • Be completed by March 31, 2019
  • Give employees agriculture-related work experience in Canada
  • Offer projects that include a significant amount of activities that help the environment

Other conditions apply.

Canada Green Corps

United Nations Association in Canada

If your business or non-profit organization is looking to reduce its environmental footprint or increase sustainability, you can apply for a wage subsidy to hire an eligible youth.

Eligible employers must:

  • Offer meaningful work experience
  • Offer a 4 to 6 month term
  • Pay a portion of the youth's salary

 Eligible participants must:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not be a full-time student or co-op student

 Other conditions apply.

Mitacs Career Connect

Government of Canada

If your organization has a project that addresses environmental or climate change-related issues, you could be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $12,500 to hire a post-secondary graduate.

Eligible organizations must:

  • Offer a 6-month placement in the field of science, technology, engineering or math
  • Provide 50% of the intern's salary

Eligible interns are:

  • Under 30 years old
  • Post-secondary graduates
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Other conditions apply.

4. Grants, contributions and financial assistance

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Is your Indigenous corporation, co-operative, organization or partner organization (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) participating in the conservation and recovery of species at risk? Funding is available through two streams:

  • Species at Risk – focusing on the recovery of species at risk on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act
  • Prevention – focusing on other species to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern

Eligible activities include:

  • Habitat protection
  • Habitat improvement
  • Program planning and development
  • Surveys, inventories and monitoring

A minimum of 20% of matching contributions is required. For every $1 you are provided you must raise $0.20 through financial or in-kind resources.

Other conditions apply.

Applied Research and Development Grants

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

You could receive funding of up to $150,000 when you partner with an eligible Canadian college to develop clean technologies.

Your grant could total:

  • $150,000 when you cover 50% or more of the project cost
  • $75,000 when you cover 50% or less of the project cost

Your business or consortium must be Canadian-based and you must make use of the research. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada will determine your financial contribution to a project.

Other conditions apply.

Branché au travail

Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

You could get financial assistance of up to $25,000 to buy and install charging stations for electric vehicles at your workplace.

Each station must:

  • Be new
  • Be powered by an electric current of 120 or 240 volts, or both
  • Have a connector to be fastened to the vehicle
  • Be approved by an established organization, as prescribed by the Building Act

Charging stations must remain operational for at least 3 years and be available to employees free of charge.

Other conditions apply.

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 Industry Program for Energy Conservation

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

By attending customized workshops, you can learn how to help your organization increase its energy efficiency and reduce costs. Other tools and services can help you calculate and reduce energy consumption.

If you choose to implement the ISO 50001 Standard at your facilities, you may be eligible to receive up to $40,000 to help cover implementation costs and those of related studies.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Register your facility with NRCan as a CIPEC Leader
  • Have your proposal approved before work begins

Other conditions apply.

Clean Growth Program

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

You may be eligible for funding if you operate a natural resources or clean technology business and are working on cleantech projects in the areas of energy, mining and forestry.

Eligible activities in natural resource operations include:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas and air emissions
  • Minimizing landscape disturbances and improving waste management
  • The production and use of advanced materials and bioproducts
  • Efficient energy use and productivity
  • Reducing water use and impacts on aquatic ecosystems

All projects will be required to secure provincial/territorial support.

Other conditions apply.

Climate Action Fund

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Your not-for-profit organization could get up to $500,000 for taking on a project that supports climate action and awareness activities. If you run a for-profit business, the financing limit is $200,000.

Eligible activities include:

  • Education, training and tools
  • Outreach and promotion
  • Networking and partnering

You are required to clearly identify which program outcomes you will contribute to, and the related targets the project will be measured against.

The application deadline is September 21, 2018.

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.

Emerging Renewable Power Program

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

You could be eligible for funding for your business to expand the portfolio of commercially viable renewable energy sources available to provinces and territories as they work to reduce GHG emissions from their electricity sectors.

The program will establish new industries in Canada by supporting renewable power technologies that are:

  • already established at the commercial level abroad but not yet in Canada
  • demonstrated in Canada but not yet deployed at utility scale

Environmental Damages Fund

Environment and Climate Change Canada

You are encouraged to partner with an eligible group to obtain funding that could cover up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Projects must address one or more of the Fund’s priority areas:

  • Restoration of natural environments
  • Environmental quality improvement
  • Research of environmental damages and development of solutions
  • Education and awareness

Eligible costs include:

  • Human resources, including salaries and benefits
  • Travel and field costs
  • Material and supplies
  • Equipment and vehicle rentals as well as operational costs
  • Overhead and/or administrative costs

Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Do you undertake activities such as wild capture harvesting, or have operations in aquaculture facilities or processing plants in the fish or seafood sectors? If so, you could be eligible for funding to reduce the environmental impacts of your activities by implementing clean technologies.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can submit a project proposal, which must include a minimum of 10% provincial or territorial funding (cash or in-kind). The program provides funding for up to 75% of eligible project costs.

Other conditions apply.

Funding for Great Lakes protection

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Your business, non-profit, or Indigenous organization may be eligible for funding under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative.

The 5 funding streams are aimed at:

  • Preventing toxic and nuisance algae
  • Reducing releases of harmful chemicals
  • Engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues
  • Increasing public engagement through citizen science
  • Restoring Great Lakes areas of concern

Eligible costs must be directly attributed to carrying out the project; they include:

  • Human resources
  • Travel
  • Material, supplies, and equipment
  • Vehicle rental and operation
  • Overhead and/or administrative costs

Green Freight Assessment Program

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

You could receive funding of up to $10,000 to review the state of your fleets to help make informed decisions to reduce your fuel costs, and your greenhouse gas emissions.

The application form consists of 4 sections:

  • Company information
  • Business operation
  • Fleet portrait
  • Previous assessment experience and readiness

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.

Habitat stewardship for species at risk

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Funding may be available for businesses and Indigenous organizations who propose projects that support habitat projects that benefit species at risk or stewardship projects that will result in conservation benefits.

Eligible activities include:

  • Habitat protection
  • Habitat improvement
  • Human impact mitigation
  • Program planning and development
  • Surveys, inventories and monitoring
  • Project and program evaluation
  • Outreach

Matching contributions are required ($1 match for $1 of funding).

Other conditions apply.

Industrial Systems Program — Catered Projects Component


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.

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

Environment and Climate Change Canada

You can apply to receive up to $600,000 to cover up to 2/3 of the costs for the implementation of a project aimed at reducing nutrients, enhancing collaboration and/or supporting enhanced engagement of Indigenous peoples on freshwater issues. To be eligible for this funding, your project must be implemented or carried out in the Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta portions of the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous communities, governments and organizations
  • For-profit organizations

Other conditions apply.

Low Carbon Economy Challenge

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Are you working on reducing GHG emissions and generating clean growth? You may be eligible for funding of no less than $1 million and up to $50 million.

The Champions stream offers funding for projects based primarily on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and that meet 4 key principles:

  • Tangible and measurable GHG emissions reductions
  • Incrementality
  • Contributing towards Canada’s 2030 emission reduction target
  • Cost-effectiveness

Some of the eligible project costs can include salaries, supplies, equipment and other operation costs.

Deadline to apply for the Champions stream is May 14, 2018.

The Partnerships stream will be open for applications later in 2018-19.

Other conditions apply.

Programme de biomasse forestière résiduelle

Transition énergétique Québec

If you have plans to convert the energy source used by your business to residual forest biomass, you could be eligible for financial aid of up to $3 million, per site. Eligible expenses include:

Analysis component

  • Fees for internal specialists and consultants
  • Measurement equipment rental costs

Implementation component

  • Cost of purchasing and refurbishing equipment
  • Engineering, installation and activation work
  • Measurement, quantification and verification costs

Other conditions apply.

Programme de soutien aux projets de développement urbain durable


You could receive financial assistance of up to 45 cents per kWh in electricity savings for your building projects of at least 50 eco-friendly homes.

The program has two components:

  • Optimization of energy consumption in buildings
  • Community heating from renewable energy

The project must:

  • Promote urban density and diversity of buildings
  • Be connected to Hydro-Québec or a network belonging to an organization that distributes electricity.

Other conditions apply.

Programme ÉcoPerformance

Transition énergétique Québec

You could receive financial assistance to cover up to 75% of eligible expenses related to the analysis, management and implementation of projects that aim to reduce your business' greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy consumption.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Equipment purchase or replacement
  • Engineering and installation costs
  • Costs of measuring and quantifying GHG
  • Consultant and specialist fees

Other conditions apply.

Quebec Economic Development Program

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Find programs and services to help you  grow your business.

Find resources that can help you:

  • Improve productivity
  • Innovate,  adopt or transfer technologies
  • Market or export your goods or services

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.

5. 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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