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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.

  • Program Supporting the Development of Tourist Attractions — Stream 1 

    Investissement Québec
    Get a loan or loan guarantee between $150,000 and $5 million to cover up to 60% of project costs to boost the region's potential to attract tourists from other parts of Canada and abroad.

  • 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

  • BDC Capital 

    ​Business Development Bank of Canada
    Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of your business' growth.

  • Canada Media Fund 

    Canada Media Fund
    Financial support for the development of innovative and new Canadian content, including digital content, content representing minority groups and content destined for export markets.

  • Financing program for cultural businesses 

    Société de développement des entreprises culturelles
    Loans, loan guarantees and capital investments for cultural businesses, as well as tax credit advances for film, books, sound productions and shows.

  • 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.

  • 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 Initiatives Fund III (in French only)

    Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
    Your for-profit or non-profit Indigenous organization could be eligible for a grant for its economic development project.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 — MRC des Sources 

    Investissement Québec
    Contributions or loans for business development projects in the MRC des Sources region of Quebec.

  • 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.

  • 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 aid for festivals and tourist events – major festivals and tourist events (in French only)

    Tourisme et loisirs
    Are you planning to hold a festival or tourist event between November 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 or between May 1 and October 31, 2021? The financial aid program for festivals and tourist events may interest you.

  • Financial aid for festivals and tourist events – tourist festivals and events (in French only)

    ​Tourisme et loisirs
    Are you planning to hold a festival or tourist event between November 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 or between May 1 and October 31, 2021? The financial aid program for festivals and tourist events may interest you.

  • Financial program for festivals and tourist events – tourist festivals and events (in French only)

    ​Tourisme et loisirs
    ​Are you planning to hold a festival or tourist event between November 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 or between May 1 and October 31, 2021? The financial aid program for festivals and tourist events may interest you.

  • 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.

  • Funding from Canada Council for the Arts 

    ​Canada Counsil for the Arts
    Are you an artist? You may be eligible to apply for various grants and prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts.

  • 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.

  • Innovation Guelph — Rhyze Up! Program 

    Innovation Guelph
    You can get access to experts and leadership coaching to boost business momentum. Program provides mentorship, subsidy based project work.

  • MUSICACTION 

    Musicaction
    Get funding for the production and marketing of French-language Canadian sound recordings, domestic and international touring and showcasing, and more.

  • Market Development Program for Turkey and Chicken 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Get financial assistance to help increase domestic demand for Canadian turkey and chicken products through promotional activities. These activities can include product demonstrations, on-farm food safety and traceability programs, animal care programs, market research, and more.

  • 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.

  • 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 — 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.

  • Tourism Industry Recovery Program (in French only)

    ​Tourisme et loisirs
    Obtain up to $5 million for the implementation and execution of projects aimed at developing and consolidating an innovative, scalable and sustainable tourism offer to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of the Quebec tourism industry. 

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.

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