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1. Loan guarantees

ESSOR Program — Funding support for development projects

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

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

  • Business creation
  • Business expansion or modernization

The project must help maintain or create jobs.

Other conditions apply.

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.

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.

2. Equity investments

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.

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

3. Loans and cash advances

ESSOR Program — Funding support for development projects

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

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

  • Business creation
  • Business expansion or modernization

The project must help maintain or create jobs.

Other conditions apply.

Farm Credit Canada — loans and lending options

Farm Credit Canada

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

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

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

Fonds Biomasse Énergie

Fondaction

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

Eligible activities include:

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

Other conditions apply.

Fonds d'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.

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

4. 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.

College and Institutes Canada Clean Tech Internship

Environment and Climate Change Canada

If your business is in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields, you may be eligible to hire an intern for a new environmental or clean tech position or project.

The program offers:

  • A wage subsidy up to $15,000
  • Pre-approved, skilled graduates

Other conditions apply.

Environmental Youth Corps internship program

ECO Canada

If your business is in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields, you may be eligible to hire a young professional for a full-time environmental position.

The program offers:

  • A wage subsidy up to $15,000
  • Pre-approved, skilled graduates

Your business must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary to be eligible.

Other conditions apply.

Green Jobs Youth Internship

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

You may be eligible to hire a graduate to help you with your energy management, innovation and use of green technologies and processes.  Your business may receive 80% of an intern's salary to a maximum of $10,000.

To qualify your business must offer:

  • An internship for 4 to 6 months which must be completed by March 31, 2017
  • Mentorship and supervision for the intern
  • Work that supports innovation and use of green and energy efficient technologies and processes

Other conditions apply.

Green Jobs — Science and Technology Internship Program

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

If you operate a business in the geomatics, geology, mining, forestry or energy industry, you could get between $12,000 and $15,000 to hire a recent university or college graduate in a natural science field for an internship of up to 12 weeks.

In order to be eligible, you need to:

  • Have a project with clearly defined objectives and outcomes
  • Hire and train an intern who is no older than 30
  • Provide a work plan and budget (including the salary paid to the intern)
  • Supply at least the same amount of money as you receive for the intern's salary

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.

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Environment and Climate Change Canada

If your business or not-for-profit organization undertakes STEM projects, you could receive up to $15,000 to hire an intern for at least 6 months. Priority will be given to projects with an environmental focus.

Eligible organizations must:

  • Provide a mentor for the intern
  • Provide at least 50% of project costs

Employers can apply through one of the 5 delivery organizations:

  • Bio Talent Canada
  • Clean Foundation
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada
  • ECO Canada
  • Mitacs

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 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.

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.

Accessibility program for tourist establishments

Tourisme Québec

You could receive financial assistance to cover up to 80% of eligible costs, to a maximum amount of $20,000 per project for infrastructure improvement projects to increase the accessibility of your tourist establishment.

Eligible work includes:

  • Barrier-free outdoor area and stair-free indoor area
  • Barrier-free entrances — accessible to people in wheelchairs
  • Accessible washrooms
  • Barrier-free rooms

Work must be performed on an existing establishment and comply with Kéroul accessibility criteria.

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.

AgriAssurance Program: National Industry Association Component

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

If your not-for-profit organization operates in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, you could receive funding in the form of a non-repayable contribution of up to 75% of eligible program costs.

Assistance will be provided to help you develop and adopt assurance systems, standards and tools to support health and safety claims regarding your agricultural and agri-food products.

Conditions apply.

AgriAssurance: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

If your business operates in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, you can apply for funding in the form of a non-repayable contribution of up to 50% of project costs to help you implement assurance projects that address market and regulatory requirements.

You will receive assistance implementing third-party assurance certification projects that address international market requirements, thereby increasing export opportunities for Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.

Other conditions apply.

AgriDiversity Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

If you run a not-for-profit organization in the agriculture or agri-food sectors, you may be eligible for a non-repayable contribution that covers up to 50% of eligible program costs.

Priority will be given to projects that help members of under-represented groups (youth, women, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities) to:

  • Build their entrepreneurial capacity
  • Better develop their leadership skills
  • Enhance their involvement in the agriculture sector

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.

AgriInvest

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

As an agricultural producer, you could get a matching amount from governments up to $15,000 per year if you set aside savings. This savings account allows you to set money aside which can be used to recover from small income shortfalls, or to make investments to reduce on-farm risks.

You should make deposits:

  • Every year
  • Up to 100% of your Allowable Net Sales
  • Within 90 days of the issue date on your Deposit Notice

Other conditions apply.

In Quebec, the program is delivered by La Financière agricole.

Aide au fonctionnement pour les médias communautaires

Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

Do you operate on-line or print community media, terrestrial radio or a conventional television channel? Then you may be eligible for funding of up to $60,000 to help you to:

Diversify your offering of Quebec local and regional information;

Promote community participation in your activities.

The program targets not-for-profit entities (organizations, cooperatives) that:

  • Have their head office in Quebec
  • Offer optimal access conditions for their activities, goods and services

Other conditions apply.

Alternate work arrangements and work hour reduction

Emploi Québec

You could receive advice and funding of up to 50% of eligible expenses to draw up an alternate work arrangement and work hour reduction plan for your business.

The program will help you:

  • Retain experienced employees during slow periods
  • Keep staff who are interested in working fewer hours
  • Take on new hires on a trial basis.

You must:

  • Employ approximately 80 people
  • Have good business potential
  • Rethink work organization for technological or economic reasons

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.

Appui pour la conversion à l'agriculture biologique

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

You could receive financial assistance of up to $40,000 to stimulate production and adopt organic farming practices.

The program is divided into two parts:

  • Support for converting plant, maple, and honey production
  • Support for constructing or modifying livestock facilities to meet organic standards

Companies who have discontinued their certification or whose certification has been revoked during the past 5 years are not eligible.

Other conditions apply.

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

By collaborating with government researchers, you could increase your business' scientific capacity for R&D projects relating to fish health and environmental performance.

Eligible industry applicants must be:

  • Marine aquaculture producers operating within Canada
  • Directly involved in producing marine aquatic species for pre-commercial or commercial purposes
  • Companies or associations involved with sea ranching mariculture operations
  • Provide a minimum of 30% of the program amount requested, at least 7.5% of which must be a cash contribution

Annual deadline to submit proposals: February 1.

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.

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.

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.

Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence

National Research Council Canada

If you create a network of skilled partners in industry and academia to address real-world challenges and stimulate innovation, you could receive funding for research costs.

Priority research areas include:

  • Environmental science
  • Natural resources and energy
  • Health and life sciences
  • ICT
  • Management, business or finance

Your network should be able to:

  • Market or generate business applications for the proposed research
  • Create, grow and retain companies in Canada
  • Capture new markets
  • Increase domestic collaborations

Your network must incorporate as a federal not-for-profit organization to receive funding for up to a maximum of five years.

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Canadian Heritage

Are you part of an incorporated not-for-profit organization or an Indigenous peoples organization that professionally presents arts festivals or performing arts series, or offers support to arts presenters? If so, you can apply for funding in 1 of 2 streams to cover a portion of the expenses related to some of your projects, including:

  • Artists' fees and travel
  • Administrative salaries
  • Training and professional development activities
  • Promotion
  • Front of house

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • Relevance of programming (30%)
  • Impact on audiences, artists, and communities (40%)
  • Management and financial health (30%)

Other conditions apply.

Canada Book Fund

Canadian Heritage

If your business publishes books, you may qualify for a financial contribution toward:

  • Production, marketing and distribution of Canadian-authored books
  • Publishing and technology internships
  • Business planning activities

To qualify, your business must be Canadian-owned and controlled. Other conditions apply.

Canada Council for the Arts — Funding

Canada Council for the Arts

If you are an artist, or arts organization, you may be eligible for grants and prizes for your works. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and recognized as a professional by other artists in your field.

Grants may be used for the creation, production, and presenting of works as well as:

  • Professional development
  • Residency
  • Travel
  • Development of the sector

Other conditions may 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 Music Fund: Aid to Canadian Music Publishing Firms

Canadian Heritage

Your music publishing firm could receive a yearly contribution of up to $75,000 for projects that cultivate and promote Canadian music talent.

To qualify for this non-repayable contribution, your business must have operated for a minimum of 3 years.

Your business must also be:

  • Canadian-owned and controlled
  • Headquartered in Canada
  • Financially sound
  • Registered with SOCAN

Other conditions apply.

Canada Music Fund: Aid to Canadian Sound Recording Firms

Canadian Heritage

If you are a sound recording firm that produces and promotes Canadian music, you could receive an annual contribution of up to $550,000 or 50% of eligible expenses.

The funding formula is based on your eligible sales over a specified period.

To qualify, your firm must be:

  • Canadian-owned and managed
  • In business for 3 years
  • Financially viable
  • In good standing

You must also own the copyright to your firm's Canadian sound recordings or hold an exclusive licence from the copyright owner.

You may be required to repay your contribution.

Other conditions apply.

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.

Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence

Government of Canada

If you form a network of key individuals and organizations from Canada and India, interested in collaborative research activities, you can enter a competition that will result in one Centre receiving funding of up to $13.8 million over five years.

To apply, you must be a Canadian researcher eligible to receive funding from key partners.

Proposals are evaluated based on these equally-weighted criteria:

  • Management of the network
  • Networking and partnerships
  • Knowledge mobilization and exchange
  • Development of highly qualified personnel
  • Excellence of the research program

A Notification of Intent is required.

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 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.

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.

Career Focus

Service Canada

You could get financial assistance if you can offer career-related work experience to young people between the ages of 15 and 30.

To qualify, your business or non-profit organization needs to:

  • Hire 8 or more recruits (exceptions for rural or remote regions)
  • Offer between 6 and 12 months of work that improves the skills of recruits
  • Provide coaching or mentoring
  • Base the project in Canada

Other conditions apply.

Priority is given to work experience in growth sectors.

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.

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.

Collaborative Research and Development Grants

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

If you are undertaking a research project in natural sciences or engineering, you could have part of the project costs paid for you by partnering with a university. To be eligible, you should:

  • Contribute at least half the costs
  • Have a project that is scientifically and technically feasible
  • Have the expertise, with the help of your partner, to complete the project
  • Have a project that benefits Canada
  • Provide training to university students who work on the project

Other conditions apply. See the website for details.

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.

Community Investment Program

Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Your not-for-profit organization can apply for a grant of up to $100,000 to develop an innovative community project that will help build a safer and more accessible Internet for Canadians.  

Types of projects which may be funded are:

  • Community access to the Internet
  • Online services for disadvantaged groups
  • Digital literacy
  • Infrastructure security
  • Research focused on technological aspect of the Internet
  • Activities that lead to more effective Internet governance
  • Increase public participation in policy making
  • Address social, economic or environmental needs.

Other conditions apply.

Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program

Employment and Social Development Canada

Get a one-time grant for operational losses when a reservist employee takes time away from work to serve on military operations.

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Be a Canadian employer of a reservist
  • Reservist must be deployed for a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 18 months
  • Provide documentation that reservist worked for you prior to their leave of absence
  • Application must be received no later than 12 months following reservist’s return

Other conditions apply.

Connect to Innovate

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

If your business operates in a rural or remote area, you can apply for financing to obtain a high-speed Internet connection.

The funding covers up to 75% of eligible costs for rural communities and up to 90% for backbone and last-mile infrastructure projects in remote communities.

Eligible expenses include direct costs related to:

  • Labour
  • Material
  • Equipment
  • Satellite capacity
  • Travel
  • Other applicable direct costs

Projects will be assessed against essential criteria (technology, project management) and comparative criteria (community benefits, partners, and costs).

Other conditions apply.

Connecting America co-op marketing program

Destination Canada

Your marketing ideas could make you eligible for a matched contribution up to $250,000 if they can entice American travellers to visit Canada. Your proposal should use new or non-traditional marketing techniques and target American travellers aged 25-44 who are located in one of 9 key U.S. cities.

Your proposal must also show:

  • Cross-provincial/territorial partnership
  • Collaboration of multiple partners (destinations, tourism experiences, transportation and accommodations)
  • Strong and well defined KPIs

Submission deadlines and other conditions apply.

Creative Export Canada

Canadian Heritage

Your for profit, not-for-profit or Indigenous organization, with a minimum of one employee, could get funding of up to $2.5 million to develop exports in the following creative industries:

  • Audiovisual
  • Exhibit design, fashion design, product design, public art design, urban design
  • Interactive digital media
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Publishing
  • Visual art

You are required to contribute 25% of funding towards the project.

Deadlines

If your project's expenses start between June 8, 2018 and March 31, 2019, the deadline for your application is September 14, 2018.
If your project's expenses start between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, the deadline for your application is November 16, 2018.

Other conditions apply.

Dairy Farm Investment Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

If you are a licenced dairy farmer, you can apply for funding for up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $250,000, to improve the productivity and competiveness of your dairy farm.

Eligible activities include:

  • Hiring experts to assess how to improve productivity
  • Acquiring new equipment, including software and IT
  • Training on new equipment
  • Retrofitting facilities

Other conditions apply.

Dairy Processing Investment Fund

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

As a dairy processor or cheese maker, you can apply for up to $10 million per year in non-repayable contributions to increase your organization's productivity and competitiveness, and prepare for market changes resulting from CETA.

Funds may be used for:

  • Capital Investment in equipment and infrastructure
  • Access to Expertise to engage private sector technical, managerial, and business expertise.

Eligible activities include:

  • the application of technologies to make use of surplus skim milk
  • increasing the facility's capacity to use milk or milk components

Other conditions apply.

Digital Skills for Youth Program

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

You can apply to be one of the organizations that will play a key role in the delivery of the program. As a delivery organization, you would receive funding to partner with employers in order to offer youth internships for underemployed post-secondary graduates.

Delivery organizations will be expected to:

  • Fulfill reporting requirements
  • Develop and deliver a marketing and promotion plan
  • Evaluate and select employers
  • Negotiate and sign agreements

Other conditions apply.

Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund

Infrastructure Canada

You can apply for funding to build, repair or replace community infrastructure that has been, or could be, damaged due to a natural disaster.

To apply, you must:

  • Propose a project or linked projects with a minimum cost of $20 million
  • Aim to reduce the impact on at least one pre-determined criterion of national significance
  • Submit an expression of interest by July 31, 2018
  • Undergo an eligibility assessment

All businesses including not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous groups are eligible, and may partner with a Canadian municipality.

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

Employment stabilization

Emploi Québec

You could receive financial assistance equivalent to 50% of the salary of staff whose employment has been stabilized, up to a maximum of $5,000 per position, for a period of 52 weeks.

Your project must:

  • Fit into your company's business plan
  • Continue after the implementation period
  • Extend employment periods by diversifying products or services or by other means that lead to greater employment stability.

You must demonstrate that your business is well established and has growth potential.

Other conditions apply.

Enabling Accessibility Fund — small projects

Employment and Social Development Canada

Your organization could get funding of up to $100,000 to increase accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in their workplaces or community spaces, from 1 of 2 streams:

  • Workplace Accessibility Stream
  • Community Accessibility Stream

Eligible activities in both streams include:

  • Construction
  • Renovation
  • Retrofit
  • Provision of accessible technologies

35% of the funding must come from other sources, unless you are located in Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut.

Other conditions apply.

The deadline to apply is July 26, 2018.

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.

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

ESSOR Program — Funding support for development projects

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

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

  • Business creation
  • Business expansion or modernization

The project must help maintain or create jobs.

Other conditions apply.

Exportateurs de classe mondiale Program

Agri-Food Export Group Québec–Canada

You could get a refund of up to 30% of the cost of activities related to exporting products outside of Quebec.

Eligible activities include:

  • Market exploration
  • Market validation
  • Hosting buyers in Quebec
  • Participation in trade shows

You must:

  • Conduct processing and packaging activities in Quebec
  • Have processed or marketed agri-food products predominantly from Québec for at least 2 years
  • Be able to provide a three-year export business plan.

Other conditions apply.

FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry

Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings

As a Canadian recording artist, song writer, artist manager, record label owner, music publisher, distributor, or event producer of English language content, you could qualify for funding.

Eligible activities include:

  • Sound recording
  • Business development
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Business travel and tours
  • Creation of a music video
  • Workshops for songwriters

Depending on the program, the funding:

  • Comes in the form of grants, or a combination of loans and grants
  • Provides maximum amounts that range from $750 to $200,000
  • Generally covers up to 50% of the cost of eligible activities

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.

Financial Assistance Program for the Development of Private Woodlots

Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs

If you are a recognized forestry producer, you could get financial and technical assistance to carry out forestry operations in private forests.

Eligible activities are:

  • Technical and silvicultural work
  • Some activities related to certification

To receive financial assistance, you must enlist the aid of an accredited forestry consultant.

The maximum amount of the financial contribution and the nature of eligible activities vary depending on the regional agencies for private forest development in Quebec.

Other conditions apply.

Financial support for agricultural fairs

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

Your association or agricultural group could receive financial assistance which may cover up to 70% of eligible expenses to make an agricultural fair project a reality.

To be eligible, activities could include:

  • Organizing agricultural fairs and competitions
  • Promoting agri-food know-how 
  • Making the public aware of the Quebec bio-food sector

You will need to submit a detailed business plan for each project.

Other conditions apply.

Financial support for aspiring farmers

La Financière agricole

If you are planning to take over an existing farm or start a new agriculture business, you could receive a grant of up to $50,000.

You could invest in activities that improve the productivity of your business, for example:

  • Land improvement
  • Equipment purchase

You must:

  • Be 18 to 40 years old
  • Have received recognized training
  • Hold at least 20% of the business' shares
  • Have at least one year of relevant experience in agriculture

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.

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.

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'appui au rayonnement des régions

Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire

You could receive financial assistance of up to $1 million for your organization if it contributes to business development or the enhancement of the appeal of living environments.  

The project must:

  • Be carried out within an administrative region of Quebec, except for the regions of Montreal and the Capitale-Nationale;
  • Be in line with a regional priority;
  • Have regional scope;
  • Obtain sectoral funding when a government program exists and an envelope is available.

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 de la MRC des Appalaches

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Your business could be eligible for financial assistance if you are starting or growing a manufacturing, primary, tertiary (value-added services) or tourism business in the Des Appalaches MRC.

Support will mainly be provided in the form of a

  • Repayable contribution (loan with interest, interest-free loan, equity investment);
  • Loan guarantee of up to 70% of net loss;
  • Non-repayable contribution.

The amount of financing can reach 25% of the total cost for investment projects, and 50% for other types of projects. A minimum investment of 10% of the total project cost is required.

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.

Foreign Credential Recognition

Government of Canada

Your non-profit organization could receive financial aid for projects to facilitate the evaluation and recognition of international credentials.

You could enter into a renewable financing agreement of up to five years, the amount of which would reflect projected costs and your ability to perform the activities identified.

Eligible projects can include:

  • creating tools, either online practical exams or other self-evaluation tools;
  • developing a Canada-wide professional recognition process;
  • establishing partnerships to implement such a process.

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

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 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.

Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - CMHC

Do you operate a business in the housing industry? If so, you could be eligible to receive wage subsidies to hire and train First Nations or Inuit youths between the ages of 15 and 30.

In order to qualify, you must:

  • Offer housing-related employment such as construction, renovation, administration or client counseling
  • Hire the trainee for at least 2 months
  • Operate your business on a First Nations reserve or in an Inuit community, or be willing to cover the youth's travel and accommodation costs

Other conditions apply.

Industrial agreement programs

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

You could receive financial assistance and support for your industrial, technological or service agreement projects in Europe. The programs can help you plan short-term missions for your business' directors or senior technical staff.

You could obtain:

  • Local support in identifying and organizing meetings with potential partners
  • A fixed payment of $1,500 for assistance with logistics

Your business must have been established for at least one year and have the technical and financial capacity to carry out the planned project.

Industrial Research Assistance Program

National Research Council Canada

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

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

To qualify, your business in Canada must:

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

Other conditions apply.

Industrial Systems Program — Catered Projects Component

Hydro-Québec

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

The program has 2 components:

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

Other conditions apply.

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)

Department of National Defence

If you are an innovator with ideas about solving specific defence and security challenges, you could get up to $200,000 for a maximum period of 6 months to fund your proposal, with opportunities to see your solution through prototype testing and capability development. Each project must have a minimum Canadian content of 50%.

To submit your idea, you must first understand the current challenges being faced, under one of 3 themes:

  • People and enhanced human performance
  • Anticipate threat
  • Adapt to a changing environment

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.

Jeunes entreprises collectives

PME MTL

If you operate a cooperative, you could receive funding of $23,000 or more, including a:

  • $3,000 grant from the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins
  • $10,000 subsidy as part of the Fonds de développement de l'économie sociale
  • $10,000 loan from PME MTL, the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins or another partner

You must:

  • Operate a new coperative on the Island of Montreal
  • Be a member, or agree to become a member, of the Caisse d'économie solidaire
  • Submit a viable business plan

Other conditions apply.

Jeunes Promoteurs

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

If you are between 18 and 35 years of age, you could get technical and financial assistance to build your first business.

The program has three parts:

  • Part 1 — Realizing plans for a business
  • Part 2 — Building your first business
  • Part 3 — Entrepreneurial training

You need to:

  • have a business plan that demonstrates the viability of the project
  • have relevant experience or training
  • make a financial investment
  • commit to working full time for the company 

Loan amount varies.

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

Job integration contract

Emploi Québec

You could receive financial assistance to hire a person with a disability, along with technical support to ensure his/her integration and retention within your business.

You could benefit from renewable financing, namely:

  • Salary support
  • Reimbursement of expenses incurred to adjust the workstation to the needs of the person with a disability

You must offer the position in a standard working environment and ensure proper coaching for the employee.

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.

Mass layoffs

Emploi Québec

Does your business plan to lay off more than 50 employees? If so, you must reclassify them under An Act respecting labour standards.

This initiative will allow you to set up a reclassification assistance committee, which is an effective way of making it easier for laid-off persons to quickly re-enter the labour market.

In addition to receiving ongoing technical support, you could benefit from a contribution for eligible expenses related to committee operations and reclassification activities.

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.

Mitacs Accelerate International

Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (Mitacs)

If you are a for-profit business with offices or facilities in Canada, you may be eligible for $7,500 in matching funds for a research project if you partner with a international graduate student.

The project can help you strengthen your networks, create joint ventures, and stay on top of global trends in your sector.

To participate, you must:

  • Provide support, and hands-on training in the student's field of study
  • Contribute half of the funding

Other conditions apply.

Mitacs Elevate

Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (Mitacs)

You could get the help of a PhD fellow to work on your research projects for up to two years through this cost-shared program.

Participation can help your business:

  • Address practical problems or challenges
  • Expand R&D capacity
  • Access equipment, lab spaces and other university resources

You are expected to:

  • Provide a minimum contribution of $30,000 annually
  • Have an office or site in the same province as the fellow’s university
  • Host the fellow at your facilities 50% of the time

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.

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

Employment and Social Development Canada

If you are a person with a disability who wants to start a business, or an employer who would like to hire someone with a disability, you could qualify for funds.

Self-employment: You could receive financial assistance for training that can help you start a business if you:

  • Have a permanent physical or mental disability
  • Are not eligible for employment insurance benefits

Employers: You could get a wage subsidy to hire someone with a disability. The funding can cover a portion of the salary. Projects must normally involve a minimum of 8 participants.

Other conditions apply.

Partnerships Options for Companies

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

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

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

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

See website for more details.

Passeport innovation

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

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

You must:

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

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

Other conditions apply.

PRAM-Business

City of Montreal

If you are the owner of a commercial building, located on an eligible street in Montreal, you could receive a grant for your design projects, facade renovations and store layout projects.

Financial support could cover:

  • 1/3 of the cost of eligible work, up to $250,000
  • 50% of the honoraria for layout design professional services, up to $20,000

Merchants located on 15 Montreal commercial arteries could be eligible for funding. Visit the website to identify the sectors where the program is in effect.

Some conditions apply.

PRAM-Major roadwork

City of Montreal

If you are a merchant established on a street where major underground infrastructure work is being carried out, you could receive funding for your facade renovation and store layout projects.

Financial support can cover:

  • 40% of the cost of the eligible work, up to $300,000
  • 50% of the honoraria for layout design professional services, up to $40,000

Merchants on 7 commercial arteries in the Montreal area could be eligible for funding. Visit the site to identify the sectors where the program is in effect.

Certain conditions apply.

Program to Support Diversification and Regional Development

La Financière agricole

If you own an agricultural business and want to increase your productivity or diversify your products, you could be refunded the interest on loan capital, up to $200,000. The maximum contribution amount available is $15,000 per business.

There are four components to the program:

  • Diversification support
  • Land improvement support
  • Support for greenhouse operations
  • Support for milk-fed calf operations

The following aspects will be assessed for all projects submitted:

  • Profitability and potential for growth
  • Market
  • Technical feasibility
  • Compliance with the laws and regulations

Other conditions apply.

Programme Créavenir

Desjardins Group

If you’re between 18 and 35, you can receive up to $15,000 in loans and up to $5,000 in grants for your business projects. The support service is provided in partnership with a support organization in your area.

To qualify, you need to:

  • Be or become a member of a participating Desjardins caisse
  • Live and start a business in an area served by a participating caisse
  • Present a viable plan to start a business or consolidate an existing one that is less than three years old

The maximum amount granted might not be the same in some regions. Please contact your local Desjardins caisse for details.

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'aide à l'exportation et au rayonnement culturel des œuvres cinématographiques, télévisuelles et interactives québécoise

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get up to $125,000 in funding for export projects, if you are engaged in the production of film, television, or interactive works, or in commercial activities related to books, arts and crafts, music or variety shows.

The program has 5 components:

  • Strategic development abroad — New markets, new works
  • Support for one-time projects
  • Sodexport — Collective presence in markets and trade fairs, and other export activities
    • Festivals and awards
    • Search for funding and partnership abroad
    • Support for innovative promotion strategies
  • International relations

Other conditions apply.

Programme d'aide financière pour la promotion du français

Office québécois de la langue française

You can receive financial assistance up to $675,000 if your organization has a project that falls under one of the following streams:

  • Valuing French fluency
  • Promoting the use of French in your business

Priority is given to projects that target the following:

  • Young adults aged 18 to 35
  • Individuals who are not fluent in French, particularly immigrants and Allophone workers
  • Management employees and workers in businesses with fewer than 50 employees

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 d'immobilisation en entrepreneuriat collectif

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

You could get up to $500,000 for the renovation, construction or acquisition of a building. The building must be used for the production and sale of goods and services of offered by your nonprofit organization or cooperative.

The project must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be part of an expansion plan
  • Be part of a development plan for the supply of services
  • Be required to maintain operations

You must demonstrate that:

  • Several funding sources have been explored
  • The organization generates a minimum of 40% of own-source revenues from commercial activities

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 à l'économie sociale — Volet Innovation

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

If your group or business supports social enterprise, you could get funding of up to $50,000 for projects in order to:

  • Conduct studies
  • Establish mobilization activities
  • Implement a research project
  • Develop a program of activities that complement those of the Ministry

Projects should allow one to:

  • Study the issues and practices surrounding social economy
  • Create or organize community services
  • Encourage the pooling of resources
  • Lead to a better use of resources

Other conditions apply.

Programme de soutien à la reprise collective

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

Do you want to sell your business? Do you own a co-operative and want to buy a regulatory business? If so, you may receive financial assistance for up to 70% of eligible expenses.

The program includes two streams.

Stream 1 — Feasibility study

  • Assess the investment potential of a group of workers;
  • Assess the organizational culture.

Stream 2 — Implementation support

  • Assess the value of the business and purchase price.
  • Conduct due diligence.
  • Complete a shareholder agreement or purchase contract.

Other conditions apply.

Programme de soutien aux projets de développement urbain durable

Hydro-Québec

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.

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.

Programme PME en action — Appui à la concrétisation de projets d'investissement

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

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

  • Professional fees
  • The purchase of specialized information

Eligible projects include:

  • Market analysis
  • Assessment of processes or technologies and usage rights
  • Site selection analysis
  • Analysis related to the regulatory and legal framework

The project implementation period may not exceed 12 months.

Other conditions apply.

Programme PME en action — Appui à la productivité des PME

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

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

  • Professional fees
  • Purchase of specialized information

Eligible projects include:

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

Other conditions apply.

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

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

Soutien à l'achat d'une première entreprise de pêche commerciale

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

Are you a young fisher looking to buy your first commercial fishing business? If so, you could receive funding up to a maximum of $25,000. Additional funding of up to $25,000 may be provided if you are a fisher less than 45 years of age.

You must:

  • Live in Quebec
  • Fish commercially
  • Be registered with the Bureau d'accréditation des pêcheurs et des aides-pêcheurs

Other conditions apply.

Space Technology Development Program

Canadian Space Agency

Your organization (industry or academia) could receive financial and technical support to perform R&D on space technologies. This support covers proposals solicitation (through regular Request for Proposals), evaluation and selection, as well as rigorous project management.

Technologies should help:

  • Reduce risk for future Canadian space activities
  • Improve industrial processes and infrastructure
  • Create knowledge through innovation

Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

If your Canadian corporation does R&D in the aerospace, defence, space or security industries, you could receive funding for up to 40% of the cost of your project.

You may be eligible if your project:

  • Creates opportunities to contribute to a highly skilled and knowledge-based workforce
  • Involves industrial research
  • Includes strategic R&D activities
  • Requires support essential to its location, scope and/or timing
  • Has R&D that takes place in Canada
  • Involves collaboration with academia in Canada

Funding is in the form of conditionally or unconditionally repayable contributions.

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.

Support for hiring workers who have suffered employment injuries

Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail

You may be eligible for a grant, for a period of up to one year, to hire workers who have suffered employment injuries, or to create permanent positions for them.

The grant offers:

  • Up to 80% of employees' weekly gross salaries
  • Professional consulting services for job creation
  • Reimbursement of position-creation costs when professional services are unavailable

You must:

  • Be registered and have a file in good standing
  • Offer jobs that are compatible with workers' functional abilities

Other conditions apply.

Support for Québec Farm Business Development

La Financière agricole

You could benefit from an investment grant of up to $20,000 for development projects such as:

  • Increased production volume, performance, or profitability
  • Compliance with animal welfare and organic production standards
  • Start-up of a new agricultural or agri-food business

Your project should also involve:

  • Construction or renovation of a building, including necessary equipment
  • Land improvement works, such as drainage or reclamation of fallow land

Other conditions apply.

Support for Self-Employment

Emploi Québec

You could get financial assistance and expert advice to start your own business or create your own job.

Eligible projects must:

  • Be viable
  • Meet a local need
  • Not create unfair competition

You may be eligible for assistance if one of the following situations apply:

  • You are receiving employment insurance benefits.
  • You are receiving social assistance.
  • You are unemployed and not receiving government income support.
  • You are working, but your job is at risk.

Other 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.

Technology Demonstration Program

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

You could receive funding of up to 50% of the costs (up to $54 million) of one large-scale aerospace and defense R&D project per year.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a for-profit corporation (or university, college or research institute) operating in Canada
  • Be an Original Equipment Manufacturer or a Tier 1 supplier to one
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead a large-scale multi-member project
  • Have sufficient resources to fund the R&D
  • Partner with at least 1 SME corporation and 1 academic institute

Other conditions apply.

Tourism development north of the 49th parallel

Tourisme Québec

You could benefit from a non-repayable contribution to cover up to 90% of eligible costs if you have a tourism development project to be carried out north of the 49th parallel.

Projects must have the following objectives:

  • increase accommodation capacity and quality;
  • diversify outfitters' activities to attract new customers;
  • increase the number of tourist attractions and the amount of infrastructure;
  • extend the tourist season in the regions;
  • generate additional tourist spending and economic spinoffs.

Other conditions apply.

Valorisation Jeunesse — Place à la relève

Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion

If you are recruiting for summer jobs and paid internships, this measure can provide you with access to a pool of young dynamic Montrealers between 16 and 18 years of age, most of whom are members of visible minority groups.

You could also qualify for a grant of up to $2,500 per youth, as well as support and advice throughout the employment period.

The internships must:

  • Last at least 7 consecutive weeks during the summer
  • Offer compensation equal to the minimum wage plus $1 or more
  • Allow for coaching, training and transfer of skills to young people
  • Be covered by your insurance

Other conditions apply.

Wildlife, Destination North Program

Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs

You could receive financial aid covering up to 75% of eligible costs if you operate an establishment in Plan Nord territory, or if you are developing a project associated with wildlife activity, such as hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife watching.

Eligible projects include:

  • Reception and lodging facilities and equipment
  • Wildlife activity and product promotion
  • Development projects
  • Business or development plans

Other conditions apply.

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Get funding to set up a hub to advance research, collect data and gather best practices to support the advancement of women entrepreneurs.

Eligible organizations include:

  • Post-secondary academic institutions
  • Research institutes
  • Incorporated non-profit organizations who are partnering with one of the above to form a consortium

Eligible costs include:

  • Employee salaries
  • Marketing costs
  • Administrative expenses

Deadline to apply is September 7, 2018.

Other conditions apply.

Workforce training measures

Emploi Québec

Your business could receive technical or financial assistance to define your training needs, to set up your project, and to assess its effectiveness.

You could also help your employees to better perform their jobs by providing professional training in customer service or any other field. The training activity should be:

  • Qualifying, to ensure employability and boost employee performance
  • Transferable, to ensure mobility and knowledge transfer

Assistance is related to your financial situation and may cover up to 50% of costs.

Other conditions apply.

Young Volunteers

Emploi Québec

If you are between 16 and 29 years old, you can leverage the expertise offered by local resources. Benefit from support monitoring and validation of your entrepreneurial skills, and reimbursement of costs associated with exploring a business project.

To qualify you must:

  • Have difficulty obtaining employment
  • Devote at least 20 hours per week to your project
  • Work no more than 20 hours per week at a job
  • Not be a full time student

Other conditions apply.

6. Other resources

You can also consult our other directories of financing programs.

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

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