Grants, contributions and financial assistance
Explore opportunities to receive public funds to help springboard your business venture. There are programs that apply to businesses in all provinces and territories, and others that apply only to businesses in your region. You can filter the programs by region and/or by business type.
- Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- Aboriginal Economic Development Fund — Regional Partnership Grant
As an approved aboriginal business or a non-aboriginal business partnering with one, you may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $250,000.
- Advanced Manufacturing Fund
If your Ontario manufacturing business conducts innovative manufacturing activities and R&D, you could access repayable funding.
- AgriInnovation Program
If you have an agri-business, you can apply for an R&D contribution to get your new agricultural product or technology ready for the market.
If you are an agricultural producer, you could get a matching contribution if you put aside savings.
- AgriMarketing Program
Do you have an agricultural business? You could get money to advertise and market your products and adapt appropriate quality and security assurance systems.
- Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program
By collaborating with government researchers, you could increase your business' scientific capacity for projects relating to fish health and environmental performance.
- Automotive Innovation Fund
If you have an incorporated automotive business, you could get funding to build greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles through innovation and R&D.
- Automotive Partnership Canada
If you are working on next-generation automotive technologies, you could receive financial assistance to support collaborative R&D activities.
- Broadband for E-business and Marketing (Muskoka)
You may be eligible for financial support to help your Muskoka business develop and exploit e-business strategies and applications.
- Broadband for E-business and Marketing (Timmins)
You may be eligible for financial support to help your business in the Timmins region develop and exploit e-business strategies and applications.
- Canada Book Fund
You could receive financial assistance for your Canadian book publishing business.
- Canada Feature Film Fund
If you are an incorporated Canadian film producer, you could receive money to develop, produce and market your movies in English or French.
- Canada Job Grant
You could get up to $10,000 per employee to help cover the cost of training.
- Canada Periodical Fund
You could get money to help you publish your Canadian magazine or non-daily newspaper.
- Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
Access financial assistance, workshops, and other services that can help your industrial facility save energy.
- Career Focus
You could get funding to hire youths if you can give them useful work experience.
- Collaboration Voucher Program
You may be able to cut the cost of innovation technical expertise needed to keep your Ontario business competitive.
- Collaborative Health Research Projects
If you are in natural sciences or engineering and have a partner from the health science community, you could get funding for your collaborative research project.
- Collaborative Research and Development Grants
You could get a university to help you with your research project in natural sciences or engineering if you contribute half the costs of the project.
- Connecting Canadians
If your business provides Internet service, you could get financing to help enhance or expand your network to rural and northern Canadians.
- Conservation Fund
You could receive funding for new energy conservation programs and technology for your business.
- Early Stage Exporters fund
If your corporation has at least 3 employees and annual sales of $300,000 to $500,000, you may qualify for a grant of 50% of costs to start exporting.
- Eastern Ontario Development Fund
If you run a business or an incorporated, not-for-profit organization you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
- Eastern Ontario Development Program
If you are located in a rural area of Eastern Ontario, you could get financing to start or grow your business.
- Economic Development Initiative (Southern Ontario)
Funding may be available for your business if you provide programs or services in French to a Francophone community in southern Ontario.
- Electric Vehicle Incentive and Charging Incentive Programs
You might be eligible for rebates toward the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle and a charging station.
- Enabling Accessibility Fund — Workplace Accessibility Stream
Your small business may qualify for a grant to improve accessibility in your facility for people with disabilities.
- Engage Grants
You could access a grant for your science and engineering business to help solve a company-specific problem.
- Export Market Access — A global expansion program
If you have at least 5 employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a grant of 50% on costs to grow export sales.
- Grant Programs for Writers and Publishers
As a professional writer, collective or publisher, you can apply for various grants and prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts.
- Grant programs for artists
As a professional artist, you can apply for a grant to help cover the cost of creative productions, professional development, residency and travel expenses.
- Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth
Your housing-related Aboriginal business may qualify for wage subsidies to hire and train First Nations or Inuit youths.
- Industrial Research Assistance Program
Your small or medium-sized business may qualify for financial assistance to develop, adopt, adapt and/or commercialize new or improved technologies.
- Industry Partnership Programs
Get help with your Canadian R&D projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.
- Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
Learn about financing and support that may help you develop and commercialize innovative techniques, products and services in Ontario.
- Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research Program
If you are an academic researcher, you can apply for a grant for a collaborative research project you undertake with a Canadian industry partner who shares an interest in health R&D.
- Interaction Grants
Your R&D company could get a grant of up to $5,000 to meet with established academic researchers to identify potential research projects.
- Interactive Digital Media Fund
You may be eligible for funding up to a maximum of $150,000 for the production of your digital media content.
- International Science and Technology Partnerships Program
If you own a small or medium-sized business with R&D projects in science and technology, you could get money to partner with foreign researchers.
- Investing in Business Growth and Productivity
Your established Ontario business or not-for-profit organization may be eligible for funding to grow and be more productive.
- Investing in Business Innovation
You could get financing to help commercialize the innovations of your Southern Ontario start-up if you've already secured private investments.
- Investments in Forest Industry Transformation
You could get funding to commercialize new technologies for forest product production.
- Local Poverty Reduction Fund
Your registered charity, not-for-profit or Aboriginal organization may be eligible for a grant for sustainable projects that aim to reduce poverty.
You may be eligible for financing if you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner.
- Matching Investment Fund
If you produce milk products or manufacture processed goods made with milk, you could get funding to create new or improved products.
- Mitacs Elevate
You could obtain research assistance from a PhD fellow at a reduced cost to your business for projects lasting up to two years.
- Networks of Centres of Excellence
Explore various funds available for your R&D activities that respond to current research and innovation needs.
- Northern Business Opportunity Program (Northern Ontario)
Your Northern Ontario business could be eligible for grants or loans ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.
- Northern Community Capacity Building Programs (Northern Ontario)
You may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to a maximum of $150,000 to support certain types of business related activities in Northern Ontario.
- Northern Innovation Programs (Northern Ontario)
Your Northern Ontario business may able eligible for funding from $15,000 up to $500,000 towards research and commercialization of new technologies.
- Northern Ontario Development Program
Apply for financing to grow your business in Northern Ontario.
- Northern Ontario Internship Program
You may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $31,500 if you hire a recent graduate as a new intern in your Northern Ontario organization.
- Ontario Disability Support Program: Employment Supports
If you are an entrepreneur with a disability, you can get help starting a business.
- Ontario Exporters Fund
Apply for funding to help you hire an export manager to develop an export plan for your existing business.
- Ontario Media Development Corporation Export Fund
Check out how your cultural media company could receive funding for export development.
- Ontario Music Fund
If you run a business, a consortium, an industry association or a not-for-profit organization active in the Ontario music sector you may be eligible to apply for funding.
- Ontario Self-Employment Benefit
You may be able to turn your employment insurance eligibility into support for planning a new business of your own.
- Ontario Social Impact Voucher Pilot Program
As a social entrepreneur you may be eligible for a $3,000 voucher redeemable for personalized business training.
- Ontario Youth Employment Fund
You may be eligible for funding towards some of the cost for new employees if you provide job placements of 4 to 6 months to youth in Ontario.
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
If you are a person with disabilities who wants to start a business or if you are an employer who would like to hire someone with a disability, you could qualify for funds.
- Partnership Workshops Program
If you are an academic wanting to work on collaborative research activities with end-users from the business community, you can apply for a grant to develop a workshop.
- Rural Economic Development Program
Access funding for your partnership projects that improve employee skills and economic diversity in rural or less urbanized areas of Ontario.
- SMART Program — Advanced Technologies for Global Growth
As a Southern Ontario manufacturer, you could get financing to invest in advanced technologies.
- SmartStart Seed Fund
As a youth entrepreneur, you may be eligible for funding of up to $40,000 to help you through the validation stage of you innovation-based business.
- Social Enterprise Ontario
Your social enterprise with an environmental or social goal for Francophones may be eligible for grants of up to $16,000 or loans of up to $40,000.
- Soft Landing program
Are you ready to take your ICT business global? Get help making the right connections abroad.
- Southwestern Ontario Development Fund
As a business or an incorporated, not-for-profit organization you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
- Space Technology Development Program
Your organization (Industry or Academia) could receive financial and technical support to perform R&D on space technologies.
- Starter Company
As a youth entrepreneur, you may be eligible for funding of up to $5,000 and business skills training to help you a start or expand a business.
- Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative
If your aerospace and defence company is incorporated in Canada, you could receive money for R&D projects in Canada.
- Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects program
As a young entrepreneur you may be eligible for funding of up to $3,000 and business skills training to help you a start a business.
- Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program (Northern Ontario)
Your alliance of businesses or not-for-profits in Northern Ontario may be eligible to apply for up to $1 million for new infrastructure projects.
- Summer Company
If you are a student between 15 and 29 years of age, you may be eligible for up to $3,000 to help you start and run a summer business.
- Sustainable Development Technology Fund
Need money to develop and test a new energy technology? You could qualify for funding to create clean technology products that fight climate change.
- TECTERRA Geomatics Technology Programs
If you are an entrepreneur in the geomatics industry, you could access funding and resources that can help you develop and commercialize your business.
- Technology Demonstration Program
You could receive up to 50% of the costs of a next-generation manufacturing project for the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.
- Toronto Enterprise Fund
You could receive funding for starting or managing a social enterprise that provides employment or training for socially marginalized people.
- Tour Operator Partnership Program
You could receive funding to market your Nova Scotia tour package product.
- Tourism Development Fund
Your tourism business may qualify for financial support for innovation, training, and improving investment readiness.
- Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program
You could receive up to $150,000 for campaigns promoting tourism events across Ontario.
- Tourism Industry Partnership Proposal Program
You could get financing to help your business consortium market an Ontario tourist destination to both domestic and international audiences at once.
- Youth Employment Program
You could obtain financial assistance to hire a skilled post-secondary graduate to work on your innovative project.
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