Grants, contributions and financial assistance 

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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 Development Program
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia

    Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If your Ontario manufacturing business conducts innovative manufacturing activities and R&D, you could access repayable funding.

  • AgriInnovation Program

    If your business is agricultural, you can apply for an R&D grant or a loan to get your new agricultural product or technology ready for the market.

  • AgriInvest

    If you are an agricultural producer, and you put aside savings to use when your profits are down, the government may match your contributions.

  • AgriMarketing Program

    Do you have an agricultural business? You could get money to advertise and market your agricultural products and adapt appropriate 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)
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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 (North Bay)
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You may be eligible for financial support to help your business in the North Bay region develop and exploit e-business strategies and applications.

  • Broadband for E-business and Marketing (Timmins)
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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 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.

  • Collaboration Voucher Program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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.

  • Conservation Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could receive funding for new energy conservation programs and technology for your business.

  • Development Innovation Fund

    Learn how your health business could get funding to partner with innovators in low- and middle-income countries to help solve global health issues.

  • Eastern Ontario Development Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    As 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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are located in a rural area of Eastern Ontario, you could get financing to start or grow your business.

  • Economic Development Initiative
    Applies only to: 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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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.

  • Engage Grants

    You could access a grant for your science and engineering business to help solve a company-specific problem by collaborating with researchers from a Canadian university.

  • Export Market Access — A global expansion program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you have at least five employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a grant of 50% on costs to grow export sales for your Ontario business.

  • Grant Programs for Writers and Publishers

    As a professional writer, collective or publisher, you can apply for various grants 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

    You could get help with your Canadian research and development projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.

  • Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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 access grants of up to $5,000 to meet with established academic researchers to identify potential research projects.

  • Interactive Digital Media Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Your established Ontario business or not-for-profit organization may be eligible for funding to grow and be more productive.

  • Investing in Business Innovation
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could get financing to help commercialize the innovations of your Southern Ontario start-up if you've already secured private investments.

  • Knowledge Mobilization Initiative

    If you can create a network dedicated to transferring knowledge to those who can put it into practice, you may be able to get financial assistance.

  • MUSICACTION

    If you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner, you may be eligible for financing.

  • 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 receive funding toward a fellowship program with a recent PhD graduate to work on a research project for two years.

  • Networks of Centres of Excellence

    Find out about various funds available for your R&D activities that respond to current research and innovation needs.

  • Northern Business Opportunity Program (Northern Ontario)
    Applies only to: 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)
    Applies only to: 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)
    Applies only to: 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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Apply for financing to grow your business in Northern Ontario.

  • Northern Ontario Development Program — Business Growth and Competitiveness
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Find out how you could get funding to support your business activity in Northern Ontario.

  • Northern Ontario Internship Program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are an entrepreneur with a disability, you can get help starting a business.

  • Ontario Exporters Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Check out how your cultural media company could receive funding for export development.

  • Ontario Music Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You may be able to turn your employment insurance eligibility into support for planning a new business of your own.

  • Ontario Youth Employment Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You may be eligible for funding towards the cost of wages and training 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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Access funding for your partnership projects that improve employee skills and economic diversity in rural or less urbanized areas of Ontario.

  • Southwestern Ontario Development Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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)
    Applies only to: 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
    Applies only to: Ontario

    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

    Do you 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 creating a next-generation manufacturing service for the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.

  • Toronto Enterprise Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could receive operating or seed funding for starting or managing a social enterprise that provides employment or training for vulnerable people.

  • Tour Operator Partnership Program

    You could receive funding to market your Nova Scotia tour package product.

  • Tourism Development Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Your tourism business may qualify for financial support for innovation, training, and improving investment readiness.

  • Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could receive up to $150,000 for campaigns promoting tourism events across Ontario.

  • Tourism Industry Partnership Proposal Program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could get financing of up to $200,000 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.