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Loan guarantees

  • Fonds afro-entrepreneurs 

    ​Filaction
    Are you a member of one of Quebec's black communities? You could receive a loan or loan guarantee for your business' needs.

  • Lac-Mégantic Economic Assistance Fund 

    Investissement Québec
    Whether your business operates inside or outside of Quebec, you can obtain a loan, loan guarantee or non-repayable contribution towards an investment that contributes to the economy of Lac Mégantic.

  • Local investment fund 

    Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
    Loans and loan guarantees to start or expand a business, or purchase at least 25% of an existing business, in Quebec.

  • Project Financing 

    Investissement Québec
    Loans, loan guarantees or capital investments of $50,000 and up for projects involving expansion, exporting, modernization, innovation, buildings and equipment, marketing and more.

Equity investments

  • Ambition ME 

    ​Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
    Obtain financing in the form of investment, support from specialists and access to an international network to propel the development and growth of your medium-sized Quebec company.

  • BDC Capital Bridge Financing Program 

    ​Business Development Bank of Canada
    If you operate a high-growth company that has been specifically impacted by COVID-19, you could get matched financing of at least $500,000 in the form of a convertible note if you are already backed by a qualified venture capital firm and have raised at least $500,000 in external capital.

  • Fonds de solidarité FTQ 

    ​Fonds de solidarité FTQ
    ​If your Quebec business is in a period of growth and profitability, you can use this fund to obtain personalized business solutions that meet your needs.

  • Indigenous Growth Fund 

    National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA)
    Access investments to help you develop your Aboriginal business.

  • Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology (ICE) Venture Fund 

    ​Business Development Bank of Canada
    ​Benefit from this funding if your business is in industrial, clean and energy technology sector and has a strong potential for productivity growth.

  • National Bank SME Growth Fund 

    ​National Bank
    ​Receive up to $15 million for the growth, transfer or purchase of your company.

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

    ​Réseau des SADC et CAE
    ​If you live in a rural region of Quebec, you could access business counseling, financing and training to start or grow your business.

  • Scotiabank Women Initiative 

    ​Scotiabank
    Access capital, training, consulting and mentoring to develop your women-owned business.

  • Solunov 

    ​Fonds de solidarité FTQ
    ​If you would like to implement an innovative solution into your business, you could benefit from coaching assistance as well as funding.

  • Vector 

    ​Zú
    Does your start-up operate in the creative and entertainment industry? Do you have an innovative idea that will drive your growth? The Vector program is designed for you.

Loans and cash advances

Tax refunds and credits

Grants, contributions and financial assistance

  • Aboriginal Business Financing Program - Private Project 

    Native Commercial Credit Corporation
    Get a non-refundable contribution of up to $99,999 for business start-up or expansion, marketing, project management, professional advisory services, and development of a business plan, marketing plan or feasibility studies.

  • Aboriginal Business Financing Program — Community project 

    Native Commercial Credit Corporation
    Get a non-refundable contribution of up to $1 million for businesses owned by a First Nation, the Native Alliance of Quebec, or by one of their members. Funds can be used for business start-up or expansion, marketing, project management, professional advisory services, and development of a business plan, marketing plan or feasibility studies.

  • Accélérateur d'opportunités - Soutien à la productivité (in French only)

    ​Ville de Laval
    Get support and a grant of up to $125,000 for your Laval company's digital transformation project.

  • Advisory Services Program – stream 2 

    Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
    You could get 75% of expenses up to $3000 (per project) to partner with other local agri-businesses to market and find co-development opportunities.

  • AgriCompetitiveness Program 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    National associations and Indigenous groups can apply for up to $5 million over 5 years to cover 50% of the costs of activities that help the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity; enhance safety; adapt to changing commercial and regulatory environments; seize new opportunities; share best practices; and provide mentorship opportunities.

  • Arts Abroad - Co-Production 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts Get a grant to cover up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for an artistic or financial co-production with a foreign arts organization, combining creative, financial and/or human resources.

  • Arts Abroad — Circulation and Touring 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $200,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible costs related to touring and exhibition activities of Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations which build international exposure and increase the visibility of Canadian artists and their works abroad.

  • Arts Abroad — Representation and Promotion 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $30,000 for travel linked to the international promotion of Canadian artists and artistic works internationally, establishing a place for Canadian arts practice in the global arts market.

  • Arts Abroad — Residencies 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get up to $20,000 to cover eligible costs when you are invited to participate in an artistic or cultural exchange involving creative research, creation or networking activities within the context of an international residency.

  • Arts Abroad — Translation 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $20,000 to cover costs associated with the translation of Canadian literary works or dramatic works for international presentation or publication.

  • Arts Abroad — Travel 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $30,000 to cover travel costs associated with presentations, exhibitions, artistic collaborations, networking or building market opportunities outside of Canada, to build an international presence.

  • Arts Across Canada — Circulation and Touring 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $200,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible costs related to touring and exhibition activities of Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations which build national exposure and reach Canadian audiences.

  • Arts Across Canada — Foreign Artist Tours 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Your not-for-profit organization could get up to $75,000 for projects involving the circulation or touring of works by international artists that provide new experiences to the Canadian public.

  • Arts Across Canada — Public Outreach 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $100,000 for activities including live events, publications and other initiatives that build connections between artists and diverse audiences.

  • Arts Across Canada — Representation and Promotion 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    If you represent a Canadian artist, get a grant of up to $30,000 to cover travel costs related to promotion and the development of new markets for Canadian artists and artistic works.

  • Arts Across Canada — Translation 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get up to $25,000 per translation, plus an annual supplement for targeted costs, for activities linked to the translation of Canadian literary works or dramatic works into French, English, an Aboriginal language, American Sign Language (ASL), Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), or any other regional Canadian or Indigenous sign language for Canadian publication or presentation.

  • Arts Across Canada — Travel 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $30,000 to cover travel costs associated with presentations, exhibitions, artistic collaborations, networking or building market opportunities as an artist, arts professional or arts organization.

  • Atlantic salmon habitat enhancement, development and restoration program (in French only)

    ​Fondation de la faune du Québec
    ​You could obtain financial assistance to fund your initiatives to conserve, improve or restore Atlantic salmon habitat.

  • CED Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If your SME or non-profit is working on a project to become more environmentally friendly, improve productivity, strengthen commercialization or integrate with regional and global supply chains, you could get a contribution to help with some of the costs.

  • CED Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative — Indigenous stream 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If your SME or non-profit is working on a project to become more environmentally friendly, improve productivity, strengthen commercialization or integrate with regional and global supply chains, you could get a contribution to help with some of the costs

  • CED Tourism Relief Fund - Quebec 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    ​If you’re working on a project to enhance tourism experiences in your region or helping the community attract more visitors, you could get a $100,000 non-repayable contribution for up to 50% of your project’s costs or a $500,000 repayable contribution for up to 75% of the costs.

  • CED Tourism Relief Fund — Indigenous stream 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If you’re working on a project to enhance tourism experiences in your region or helping the community attract more visitors, you could get a maximum $100,000 non-repayable contribution for up to 50% of your project’s costs or a maximum $500,000 repayable contribution for up to 75% of the costs. If you’re also a non-profit, the contribution is most likely non-repayable.

  • Canada Council of the Arts — Initiatives 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get support in the form of one-time or recurring initiatives that allow you or your arts group or organization to take advantage of special funding, perform or exhibit work, take part in learning opportunities, network at conferences or showcase at events.

  • Canada Pavilion Program 

    ​Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    If your export-ready company features products from the agriculture and agri-food sectors, you can get funding to offset the cost of booth prices on a show-by-show basis when you exhibit at trade shows.

  • Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    If you’re a not-for-profit or Indigenous organization working towards sustainability and competitiveness by adopting new technology or building capacity, get up to $1 million per project in cost-shared funding to cover up to 50% of eligible project costs in most cases, and up to 75% for high-priority projects for the sector.

  • Community Futures Network of Canada 

    ​Community Futures
    If your business is located in a rural community, and doesn’t qualify for the federal wage subsidy or other supports, you may be eligible for financial assistance through your Community Futures Network Canada to help continue your operations, including paying your employees, and to prepare for a successful recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Indigenous Organizations 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant to cover some of your costs (amounts vary by category) when you engage in contemporary, customary or traditional artistic and cultural activities, including collaborations with non-Indigenous organizations.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Long-Term Projects 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $300,000 for 1–3 year projects involving creating (research/writing), knowing (mentorship, training) or sharing (exhibitions, presentations, collaborations) — including those with non-Indigenous artists.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Short-Term Projects 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $100,000 for projects up to 12 months involving creating (research/writing), knowing (mentorship, training) or sharing (exhibitions, presentations, collaborations) — including those with non-Indigenous artists.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Small-Scale Activities 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get up to $3,000 to cover costs for activities like training, getting expert advice, and purchasing materials to advance your artistic career or practice.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Travel 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $30,000 to support travel costs to attend events within Canada or abroad that offer professional development or access to new markets if you are a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist/organization, or artist's representative.

  • Créavenir 

    ​Desjardins
    If you are under 35 years of age and starting a business or developing a business that is less than 3 years old, obtain financial assistance in the form of a line of credit of up to $15,000 at a preferential rate of 0.5% and a grant of up to $5000.

  • Dairy Farm Investment Program 

    ​Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    If you’re a dairy farmer (cow’s milk), get up to $100,000 to cover up to 50% of the costs to improve your productivity by upgrading your equipment.

  • Dairy Processing Investment Fund - Access to Expertise (For-profit) 

    ​Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Contributions of up to $250,000 per year to access expertise to improve productivity and competitiveness of dairy processors.

  • Dairy Processing Investment Fund - Capital Investment (Not-For-Profit) 

    ​Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Contributions of up to $10 million per year for capital investments to improve productivity and competitiveness of dairy processors.

  • Dairy Processing Investment Fund — Capital Investment (For-Profit) 

    ​Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Contributions of up to $10 million per year for capital investments to improve productivity and competitiveness of dairy processors.

  • Digital Strategy Fund — Digital Literacy and Intelligence 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get between $50,000 and $250,000 to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the digital era as an artist, group or arts organization by building digital knowledge, skills and capacity.

  • Digital Strategy Fund — Market Access Strategy 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $60,000 for activities that directly support a market access and development strategy if you are an artist, group or arts organization who identifies as belonging to an official language minority community (OLMC) where that language is not the majority language in your province or territory (e.g. Angolophones in Quebec and Francophones outside of Quebec).

  • Economic Diversification Fund — Central Quebec and La Mauricie 

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

  • Engage and Sustain — Artistic Institutions 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant covering up to 25% of your total revenues, if you carry out activities that encourage and promote the work of creators, strengthening their relationships with the public.

  • Explore and Create — Artist-Driven Organizations 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    If you’re an artistic organization, you could get a grant equal to 60% of your total annual revenues, averaged over the last 3 years, to pay for research, creation, and production through to dissemination.

  • Explore and Create — Research and Creation 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    If you’re an artist, curator, writer, or part of an artist group or collective, you could get up to $25,000 to pay for creative research, creation, and product development.

  • Farm Credit Canada — Loans and lending options 

    Farm Credit Canada
    You could access flexible financing options for your farming, agri-food or agribusiness operation.

  • Financial assistance for music production and variety programming (in French only)

    ​SODEC
    ​Do you own a music, entertainment-production, or artist management company? If so, you could get a grant for your commercial activities.

  • Fonds Entrepreneuriat commercial 

    PME MTL
    Receive up to $25,000 in financial assistance to develop your business in the retail sector.

  • Fonds d'aide aux initiatives régionales (FAIR) (in French only)

    Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
    Obtain financial assistance for projects aimed at improving competitiveness and increasing the production of value-added goods.

  • Fonds d'initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole (in French only)

    ​Affaires municipales et Habitation
    Receive financial support of up to $500,000 to implement a project that aims to improve the development, promotion and influence of Montreal and the metropolitan region in terms of economic, cultural, environmental and social development.

  • Growth Investment program — Agri-Environmental Enhancement of Cultivated Land 

    ​La Financière agricole du Québec
    Get a grant of up to $20,000 when you secure a loan guarantee of up to $200,000 from La Financière agricole for on-farm agri-environmental projects, or ones that will enhance the value of your cultivated land.

  • Growth Investment program — Growth Support 

    ​La Financière agricole du Québec
    Get a grant of up to $30,000 when you secure a loan guarantee of up to $300,000 from La Financière agricole for agribusiness projects related to supply-managed production or maple syrup production.

  • Growth Investment program — Growth Support Plus 

    ​La Financière agricole du Québec
    Get a grant of up to $60,000 when you secure a loan guarantee of up to $600,000 from La Financière agricole for all projects except those related to supply-managed production or maple syrup production.

  • Growth Investment program — Young Entrepreneurs 

    ​La Financière agricole du Québec
    Are you 18 to 39 years old and own an agri-business? Have you qualified for the Financial Support Program for Aspiring Farmers in the last 5 years? You could get a grant of up to $45,000 when you secure a loan guarantee of up to $300,000 from La Financière agricole for all on-farm agri-environmental projects, or those that will enhance the value of your cultivated land.

  • INNOGEC - Relance Fund (in French only)

    ​Filaction
    ​Get up to $10,000 to cover the fees of experts who will help your collective business assess the situation following the health crisis and up to $30,000 for them to assist you with your change management plan, recovery or business model adjustment.

  • INNOGEC Fund (in French only)

    ​Filaction
    ​Get up to $15,000 to cover a portion of the service fees of management and governance consultants employed by your group company.

  • Invest-AI (in French only)

    ​Vooban
    Have you started your digital transformation and have one or more projects with an AI component? You could receive a grant to cover up to 50% of your activities.

  • Lac-Mégantic Economic Assistance Fund 

    Investissement Québec
    Whether your business operates inside or outside of Quebec, you can obtain a loan, loan guarantee or non-repayable contribution towards an investment that contributes to the economy of Lac Mégantic.

  • Local Food Infrastructure Fund 

    ​Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
    Your not-for-profit organization could get funding to improve access to safe, healthy and culturally-diverse food and to promote environmentally sustainable food systems while supporting local communities.

  • Metropolitan Initiative and Outreach Fund – Stream 1 

    ​Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation
    Receive financial support to carry out operations aimed at improving the development, promotion and outreach of Montreal and the metropolitan region.

  • Metropolitan Initiative and Outreach Fund – Stream 2 

    Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation
    Access funding to address theme-based calls for projects in the economic, cultural, environmental and social fields to improve the quality of life in the metropolis and the metropolitan region of Montreal.

  • NGen Cluster Building Project 

    NGEN - Next Generation Manufacturing
    You can get a funding of up to $150, 000 to cover a maximum of 50% of eligible costs if you work within an industry-led, membership-based organization to enhance capabilities and growth through the application of, or access to advanced manufacturing technologies, best practices and principles.

  • NRC Pandemic Response Challenge Program 

    National Research Council
    If your organization offers its capabilities and expertise to help fight against COVID-19, you could get financing to cover the costs of collaborative R&D projects. The program is focused on 3 main research areas: rapid detection and diagnosis, therapeutics and vaccine development, and digital health.

  • National Trade Corridors Fund — Continuous Call 

    Transport Canada
    Get a financial contribution for projects that improve access to overseas markets, in particular ones that add capacity or address bottlenecks near major ports, airports, or along road and rail corridors in Canada.

  • Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program — Stream 1 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Get a non-repayable contribution to cover up to 70% of the costs of on-farm investments in modernizing operations, increasing efficiency, biosecurity, environmental sustainability, and meeting changing consumer demands, retroactive to March 19, 2019.

  • Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program — Stream 2 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    If you were 35 years old or younger on January 1, 2021, get a non-repayable contribution to cover up to 85% of the costs of on-farm investments in modernizing operations, increasing efficiency, biosecurity, environmental sustainability, and meeting changing consumer demands, retroactive to March 19, 2019.

  • Program of assistance to the digital adaptation of the companies of the written information press (in French only)

    Ministère de la Culture et des Communications
    ​Do you operate a print media enterprise? If so, you may be eligible for financial assistance to initiate or continue with digitalization.

  • Programme de soutien à l'économie sociale - volet 3: Projets structurants de mutualisation (in French only)

    Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
    Obtain support for projects involving the sharing or pooling of resources, services or activities between social economy enterprises in order to optimize access to these resources and ensure the economic viability of the enterprises.

  • Programme de soutien à l'économie sociale - volet 4: Approvisionnement auprès des entreprises d'économie sociale (in French only)

    Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
    Get financial support for promotional and outreach activities that allow your company to access government, municipal and private markets.

  • Programme de soutien à l’économie sociale – volet 2: Développement de secteurs stratégiques en économie sociale (in French only)

    Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
    Obtain support for concerted initiatives and the deployment of structuring activity programs.

  • Quebec Economic Development Program 

    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    ​Find out about financial and other resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.

  • REGI — Business Scale-up and Productivity — CED (QC) — Private sector 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    Get a financial contribution to help you scale up and expand, adopt and commercialize innovative technologies and processes, or diversify your markets.

  • REGI — Regional Innovation Ecosystems — CED (QC) — Not-for-profit 

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

  • REGI — Regional Innovation Ecosystems — CED (QC) — Private sector 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    Your organization could get a financial contribution to assist you in scaling up and becoming more globally competitive. Investments will focus on enhancing business support networks for under-represented groups — including women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs — and supporting regional strategic clusters, accelerators and incubators, and projects that attract foreign investments.

  • SME In Action Program — Support for SME productivity 

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

  • Scale AI (in French only)

    ​Vooban
    Have you started your digital transformation and have a project or projects with AI components? You could receive a grant covering up to 50% of your activities to integrate artificial intelligence into your supply chain?

  • Soutien aux initiatives de développement économique dans l'arrondissement d'Ahuntsic-Cartierville (in French only)

    ​Ville de Montréal
    Get financial assistance to propel your collective economic development initiatives.

  • Strategic Innovation Fund — Stream 1 

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    Get a contribution of up to 50% of eligible expenses to conduct R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services.

  • Support for innovation projects 

    Investissement Québec
    Get up to $350,000 to cover 50% of the costs of project planning, R&D, technology validation and technological showcase activities relating to the development of innovative products or processes.

  • Supporting Artistic Practice — Literary Publishers 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    If you’re a Canadian publisher supporting Canadian authors, you could get up to $250,000/year if you publish Canadian books, $120,000/year for Canadian magazines, or up to $300,000/year if you publish both.

  • Supporting Artistic Practice — Literary Publishing Projects 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    If you’re a Canadian literary book or creative writing magazine publisher, you could get up to $30,000 for activities that develop and promote Canadian literary writers through the publishing process.

  • Supporting Artistic Practice — National Arts Service Organizations 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    If you’re a national arts service organization, you could get funding equal to 60% of your annual revenues to support representation, promotion, and exchange through networking, shared learning, research, and other ongoing services.

  • Supporting Artistic Practice — Sector Innovation and Development 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    If you’re an artistic group, organization or collective, you could get up to $50,000 towards activities like implementing new technologies, publishing a critical magazine, or creating opportunities for networking, collaborating or organizing conferences.

  • Supporting Artistic Practice — Support Organizations 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    You could get funding equal to 60% of your annual revenues if you’re an artist-run centre, own an art/literature magazine, or operate an agency or service organization that supports the development of a particular artistic practice.

  • TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good 

    ​Telus
    Get funding for your innovative projects in health, education, agriculture and the environment.

  • Tourism Innovation Program 

    ​MT Lab
    Receive up to $100,000 for the development of innovative solutions that meet the needs established by Quebec tourism industry organizations.

Other resources

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