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1. Loan guarantees

EDC Direct Lending

Export Development Canada

You may apply for a secured loan for your international expansion plans or for your foreign affiliate.

A direct loan can support:

  • Financing of equipment or facilities
  • Establishment or expansion of a foreign affiliate

EDC lending support is priced based on the level of risk and the market involved.

Other conditions apply.

Financing for collective entrepreneurship

Investissement Québec

Your cooperative or non-profit organization could receive a minimum funding of $50,000 in loans, loan guarantees, or equity investment of up to 100% of the cost of projects such as:

  • Building acquisition or modernization
  • Purchase of machinery or equipment
  • Refinancing
  • Entry into a new market
  • Acquisition of intangible assets (trademarks, patents, etc.)

The organization must engage in commercial activities.

Other conditions apply.

Financing of Refundable Tax Credits

Investissement Québec

Is your business eligible for a refundable tax credit?

You could qualify for a loan of up to 100% of your refundable tax credit.

You could also benefit from a loan guarantee lasting up to 18 months:

  • Coverage of up to 80% of your net loss
  • A minimum of $50,000 for a refundable tax credit for scientific research and experimental development and $20,000 for other tax credits

Other conditions apply.

Financing program for cultural businesses

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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

Your business must:

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

Other conditions apply.

Fonds afro-entrepreneurs — Loans to Afro-Québécois businesspeople

Filaction

Are you a member of one of Quebec's black communities? You could receive a loan or loan guarantee of $50,000 to $500,000 to:

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

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

Other conditions apply.

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

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation

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

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

The fund will contribute up to:

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

Eligible support projects must follow sustainable development principles.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique 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 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 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 MOSAÏQUE

Filaction

If you are a member of one of Quebec's cultural communities, you could receive a loan or loan guarantee ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 to start your own business or fund a project for your business that has been in operation for less than 5 years.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older and a member of a cultural community
  • Provide a business plan for your for-profit project
  • Submit your financial forecasts or statements
  • Demonstrate training or experience relevant to the project

Other conditions apply.

Local investment fund

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation

If you are starting or expanding a business, you could be eligible for financing in the form of various types of loans or loan guarantees.

Loans can cover eligible expenses such as:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Technology acquisition
  • Working capital for operations

You could get an interest-free loan to help you acquire at least 25% of an existing rural business that you plan to take over.

PADAT: A Program Supporting the Development of Tourist Attractions

Investissement Québec

You could qualify for a loan or loan guarantee covering up to 60% of eligible costs for projects that contribute to the development of potential regional attractions such as:

  • Diversification of tourism offerings related to culture, events, winter activities, nature and adventure, business and conventions
  • Development of the gateways to Quebec City, Montreal, the Outaouais region, and the St. Lawrence River.

Projects related to accommodations, retail trade, restaurant, and gambling are not eligible.

Other conditions apply.

SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing

Investissement Québec

You may be eligible for a loan, a loan guarantee, or funding in "quasi-equity" of $50,000 or more for business projects such as:

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment
  • Building modernization
  • Business succession, transfer, or acquisition
  • Increase in working capital
  • Trademarks acquisition
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization

The maximum duration of funding is 25 years. Agricultural sectors, finance, real estate and retail are excluded.

Other conditions apply.

2. Equity investments

BDC Capital

Business Development Bank of Canada

Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of growth of your business, such as:

  • Transforming your ideas into a business
  • Growth initiatives such as R&D, and product and market development
  • Buying or transferring a business, including family successions, management and partner buyouts, and management buy-ins

Options include:

  • Venture capital
  • Growth and Transition Capital
  • Growth equity

Terms and conditions may be tailored to meet your unique needs.

Canada Media Fund

Canada Media Fund

If you are involved in the Canadian television or digital media industries, you may be eligible for funding. You can browse through a variety of programs that can help you create and promote software applications and other creative media.

There are two streams:

  • Experimental – for digital media content and application software that is innovative and interactive
  • Convergent – for convergent television and rich, interactive digital media content; support is given to production in all regions of Canada, and to underrepresented genres

Conditions apply.

Femmessor — Réussir en affaires

Femmessor

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

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

Your project must be cost-effective and economically viable.

Other conditions apply.

Financing for collective entrepreneurship

Investissement Québec

Your cooperative or non-profit organization could receive a minimum funding of $50,000 in loans, loan guarantees, or equity investment of up to 100% of the cost of projects such as:

  • Building acquisition or modernization
  • Purchase of machinery or equipment
  • Refinancing
  • Entry into a new market
  • Acquisition of intangible assets (trademarks, patents, etc.)

The organization must engage in commercial activities.

Other conditions apply.

Financing program for cultural businesses

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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

Your business must:

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

Other conditions apply.

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

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation

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

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

The fund will contribute up to:

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

Eligible support projects must follow sustainable development principles.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds d'investissement de la culture et des communications

Fonds d'investissement de la culture et des communications

Your cultural business could have access to financial products such as quasi-equity and equity. The minimum investment in a for-profit share capital business is $250,000 and $150,000 in a social economy business, to a maximum investment of $3,000,000.

Your business is eligible, if you:

  • Are dedicated to the creation, production and dissemination of cultural content
  • Provide technical or technological support services to content businesses
  • Have a product or service of outstanding quality and originality
  • Have a solid business plan that displays your current and future profitability

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 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 et de l'Innovation

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

Support will be primarily in the form of a:

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

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

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

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

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

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

Other conditions apply.

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

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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

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

SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing

Investissement Québec

You may be eligible for a loan, a loan guarantee, or funding in "quasi-equity" of $50,000 or more for business projects such as:

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment
  • Building modernization
  • Business succession, transfer, or acquisition
  • Increase in working capital
  • Trademarks acquisition
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization

The maximum duration of funding is 25 years. Agricultural sectors, finance, real estate and retail are excluded.

Other conditions apply.

3. Loans and cash advances

Advance Payments Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Are you a farmer looking to meet your financial obligations?

You could access up to $400,000 in cash advances per program year based on up to 50% of the value of agricultural product(s) you are producing. The first $100,000 is interest-free.

You must repay the advance within 18 months (up to 24 months for cattle and bison), as you sell the agricultural product.

The cash advances are available through more than 40 third-party producer organizations across Canada.

Other conditions apply.

BDC business loans

Business Development Bank of Canada

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

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

The loan comes with flexible terms.

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

BDC Capital

Business Development Bank of Canada

Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of growth of your business, such as:

  • Transforming your ideas into a business
  • Growth initiatives such as R&D, and product and market development
  • Buying or transferring a business, including family successions, management and partner buyouts, and management buy-ins

Options include:

  • Venture capital
  • Growth and Transition Capital
  • Growth equity

Terms and conditions may be tailored to meet your unique needs.

BDC Commercial real estate financing

Business Development Bank of Canada

Do you need larger, more modern facilities for your business? You can apply for a long-term loan with flexible terms to help with the costs of commercial real estate.

You could use the loan to:

  • Buy land and buildings
  • Construct new premises
  • Expand or renovate existing premises

You could also use the loan to help replace the working capital that you have spent on your commercial real estate.

BDC Small Business Loan - for existing business

Business Development Bank of Canada

Keep your cash flow. Rather than using the money you need for day-to-day activities, consider applying for additional financing. With the BDC Small Business Loan, you could get up to $100,000 within 5 business days, no application fees or hassles. The entire process is completed online.

You need to have been operating your business for the past 24 months.

Other conditions apply.

BDC Start-up financing

Business Development Bank of Canada

Do you need a loan to start or buy a business, or to pay for property and equipment to set up your business? Financing may be available to entrepreneurs who demonstrate:

  • Market and sales potential
  • Competence in the management team
  • Investment in their business
  • Expertise in a chosen field

Other conditions apply.

BDC Wholesale financing

Business Development Bank of Canada

If you operate a small or medium-size finance or leasing company that extends financing for vehicles and/or commercial equipment to your customers, you could access expanded funding options to help you:

  • Respond to business and consumer demand
  • Increase the availability of credit that you can extend to your customers

The funding is provided on commercial terms and on a match-funded basis.

The program is jointly administered and financed by the BDC and TAO Asset Management.

BDC Working capital term loan

Business Development Bank of Canada

Do you need more working capital to help you grow your business?

You could get a loan to:

  • Boost inventory
  • Take advantage of suppliers' discounts
  • Complement your line of credit

Other conditions apply.

Canada Media Fund

Canada Media Fund

If you are involved in the Canadian television or digital media industries, you may be eligible for funding. You can browse through a variety of programs that can help you create and promote software applications and other creative media.

There are two streams:

  • Experimental – for digital media content and application software that is innovative and interactive
  • Convergent – for convergent television and rich, interactive digital media content; support is given to production in all regions of Canada, and to underrepresented genres

Conditions apply.

Chantier de l'économie sociale Trust

Réseau d'investissement social du Québec (RISQ)

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

You could fund:

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

Your business must have fewer than 200 employees.

Community Futures Program (Quebec)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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

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

EDC Direct Lending

Export Development Canada

You may apply for a secured loan for your international expansion plans or for your foreign affiliate.

A direct loan can support:

  • Financing of equipment or facilities
  • Establishment or expansion of a foreign affiliate

EDC lending support is priced based on the level of risk and the market involved.

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.

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.

Femmessor — Réussir en affaires

Femmessor

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

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

Your project must be cost-effective and economically viable.

Other conditions apply.

FIJE Fund

Centre d'Aide aux Entreprises Haute-Yamaska et région

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

The program is aimed at:

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

You must:

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

Other conditions apply.

Financing for collective entrepreneurship

Investissement Québec

Your cooperative or non-profit organization could receive a minimum funding of $50,000 in loans, loan guarantees, or equity investment of up to 100% of the cost of projects such as:

  • Building acquisition or modernization
  • Purchase of machinery or equipment
  • Refinancing
  • Entry into a new market
  • Acquisition of intangible assets (trademarks, patents, etc.)

The organization must engage in commercial activities.

Other conditions apply.

Financing for sustainable agri-food businesses

Fondaction

You could benefit from financing and support for projects designed to grow and develop your agribusiness through innovation

To be eligible, you must:

  • Demonstrate the skills and experience of your management team
  • Ensure that the majority of jobs are created in Quebec
  • Establish the sustainability and profitability of the project
  • Illustrate the potential for social and environmental benefits

You could benefit from:

  • Progressive repayment schedules based on the implementation of your business plan
  • Diagnostics
  • Matchmaking-coaching meetings
  • Financial advice

Other conditions apply.

Financing of Refundable Tax Credits

Investissement Québec

Is your business eligible for a refundable tax credit?

You could qualify for a loan of up to 100% of your refundable tax credit.

You could also benefit from a loan guarantee lasting up to 18 months:

  • Coverage of up to 80% of your net loss
  • A minimum of $50,000 for a refundable tax credit for scientific research and experimental development and $20,000 for other tax credits

Other conditions apply.

Financing program for cultural businesses

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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

Your business must:

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

Other conditions apply.

Fonds afro-entrepreneurs — Loans to Afro-Québécois businesspeople

Filaction

Are you a member of one of Quebec's black communities? You could receive a loan or loan guarantee of $50,000 to $500,000 to:

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

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

Other conditions apply.

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

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation

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

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

The fund will contribute up to:

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

Eligible support projects must follow sustainable development principles.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds d'investissement en agroalimentaire Nicolet-Yamaska

Service de développement économique de la MRC de Nicolet-Yamaska

Do you own a non-conventional-sized agri-food business or small farm in the Regional County Municipality of Nicolet-Yamaska? You could receive an interest-free loan of up to $10,000 for a start-up, expansion, take-over or acquisition project in the areas of agri-food production, transformation or marketing.

The project must:

  • Create at least one sustainable position
  • Be based on a comprehensive business plan
  • Demonstrate a viable market

You must invest a minimum of 20% of the total cost in the project.

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de diversification économique 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 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 et de l'Innovation

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

Support will be primarily in the form of a:

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

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

Other conditions apply.

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

Fonds de solidarité FTQ

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

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

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

Other conditions apply.

FONDS MOSAÏQUE

Filaction

If you are a member of one of Quebec's cultural communities, you could receive a loan or loan guarantee ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 to start your own business or fund a project for your business that has been in operation for less than 5 years.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older and a member of a cultural community
  • Provide a business plan for your for-profit project
  • Submit your financial forecasts or statements
  • Demonstrate training or experience relevant to the project

Other conditions apply.

Fonds Tourisme PME

Tourisme Québec

You could receive up to $250,000 in funding for your for-profit or social economy (not-for-profit or cooperative) business in the tourism sector.

The loan could be used to:

  • Finance facilities and equipment
  • Increase working capital

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Not be in a recovery process
  • Have a down payment of between 15% and 25% of the total cost of the project
  • Have relevant experience in the field
  • Demonstrate the potential for long-term sustainability of the project

Other conditions apply.

Innovative Manufacturer Financing

Investissement Québec

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

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

You must have:

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

Other conditions apply.

Le Fonds ADM / 375 idées

Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM)

Are you a Montreal entrepreneur aged 18 to 40? If so, you may receive a $7,500 loan at a rate of 2% if you have a project at the pre-start-up or start-up stage, or that has been growing for less than two years.

You must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have your head office in Montreal
  • Have met 100% of your crowdfunding objective of at least $7,500 on Quebec's La Ruche platform since January 1, 2017
  • Demonstrate your project's viability and profit potential

Other conditions apply.

Local investment fund

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation

If you are starting or expanding a business, you could be eligible for financing in the form of various types of loans or loan guarantees.

Loans can cover eligible expenses such as:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Technology acquisition
  • Working capital for operations

You could get an interest-free loan to help you acquire at least 25% of an existing rural business that you plan to take over.

PADAT: A Program Supporting the Development of Tourist Attractions

Investissement Québec

You could qualify for a loan or loan guarantee covering up to 60% of eligible costs for projects that contribute to the development of potential regional attractions such as:

  • Diversification of tourism offerings related to culture, events, winter activities, nature and adventure, business and conventions
  • Development of the gateways to Quebec City, Montreal, the Outaouais region, and the St. Lawrence River.

Projects related to accommodations, retail trade, restaurant, and gambling are not eligible.

Other conditions apply.

PME MTL Fund

PME MTL

You could receive up to $300,000 to cover expenses related to the start-up or development of your business establishment in Montreal, including:

  • Working capital
  • Capital assets
  • Marketing costs
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Acquisition of a business (succession or transfer)
  • Costs for patents or the protection of intellectual property
  • Prototyping

You must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Submit a business plan or a summary of projected financial statements
  • Provide an investment of at least 20% of the total project cost

Other conditions apply.

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.

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

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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

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

SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing

Investissement Québec

You may be eligible for a loan, a loan guarantee, or funding in "quasi-equity" of $50,000 or more for business projects such as:

  • Purchase of machinery and equipment
  • Building modernization
  • Business succession, transfer, or acquisition
  • Increase in working capital
  • Trademarks acquisition
  • Export
  • Innovation
  • Commercialization

The maximum duration of funding is 25 years. Agricultural sectors, finance, real estate and retail are excluded.

Other conditions apply.

BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan

Business Development Bank of Canada

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

Operations can be on or off reserve.

You can use the loan to:

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

4. Tax refunds and credits

Book publishing tax credit

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get a tax credit of up to $437,500 to cover certain associated costs related to the pre-production, printing and labour expenses associated with publishing books by Quebec authors.

Eligible businesses include:

  • Book publishing businesses established in Quebec
  • Publishing houses recognized by SODEC

Valid printed and digital projects include:

  • Books
  • Children's books
  • Comic strips
  • Collections of poetry

You will need to submit a request for a certificate of approval with SODEC.

Other conditions apply.

Refundable tax credit for film production services

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

You could get a tax credit to cover up to 36% of the cost of qualified properties and labour costs incurred in Quebec, for your film production services, as well as for computer-aided animation and special effects.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Meet a minimum budget requirement
  • Have an approval certificate issued by SODEC
  • Be identified as a qualified corporation in a preliminary decision made by SODEC

Other conditions apply.

Small business deduction

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

If you operate a Canadian-controlled private corporation, you may be eligible for an annual tax credit. This reduces the amount of tax that your business might otherwise have to pay.

The amount of the credit is calculated when you complete your corporation's T2 income tax return. If you are not associated with any other corporations, the allowable business limit you can claim is $500,000. Other conditions apply.

For more information, see chapter 4 of the Corporation Income Tax Guide.

Tax credit for multimedia event or environment productions sponsored outside Quebec

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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

You must:

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

Other conditions apply.

Tax credit for the design of factory-made products (fashion design section)

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation

If your business operates in the fashion or textile industries, you could receive a tax credit:

  • For your in-house design activities, performed by one of your employees: salary costs are admissible, up to a maximum of $60,000
  • For external activities carried out by a consultant: 65% of contract fees or royalties are eligible

Eligibility:

  • Obtain a certificate of eligibility from the Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation
  • Gross earnings of at least $150,000
  • Your production must be undertaken in Quebec

Other conditions apply.

Tax credit for the modernization of a tourist accommodation establishment

Revenu Québec

If you own a tourist accommodation establishment located outside the census areas of metropolitan Montreal and Quebec, you could get a tax credit for up to 20% of eligible renovation expenses made before January 1, 2016.

Your establishment must:

  • Have assets of $400,000 or more
  • Have a gross income of at least $100,000
  • Hold a valid classification as a hotel, resting-place, tourist residence, resident camp or youth hostel.

Other conditions apply.

Tax credits for production of multimedia titles

Investissement Québec

You could receive a refundable tax credit of up to 37.5% of eligible work force expenses, if your business:

  • Produces digital text, sound, static or animated images
  • Uses an electronic support governed by software that allows for interactivity
  • Carries out all the work involved in the production of the multimedial title

To be eligible for this tax credit, you must first obtain an initial certificate of eligibility, as well as an attestation of production work, issued by Investissement Québec.

Other conditions apply.

5. Grants, contributions and financial assistance

Aboriginal Business Financing Program

Native Commercial Credit Corporation

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

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

Eligibility criteria:

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

Other conditions apply.

Aboriginal Initiatives Fund III

Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones

If you run an eligible Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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.

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.

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 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 Cultural Spaces Fund

Canadian Heritage

Get funding for up to 50% of the costs of construction or renovation of physical spaces used for arts and heritage related creation, presentation, preservation and exhibition.

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 Festivals and Events Support Program

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

Canada Periodical Fund

Canadian Heritage

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

Your company needs to be:

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

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

Other conditions apply.

See the separate applicant guides for details.

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.

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.

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.

Financing program for cultural businesses

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

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

Your business must:

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

Other conditions apply.

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

Ministère de l'Économie 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 and accommodation 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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