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.
- CanExport Program
You could get up to $99,999 to help your business develop new export markets.
- 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.
- Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship
You could qualify for a $3,000 grant for activities that support the promotion or development of export opportunities for Canadians.
- 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 — SME Component
Your SME in the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sector could be eligible for funding to develop or further penetrate export markets.
- AgriMarketing — Assurance systems stream
Your not-for-profit organization could be eligible for funding for projects that support national food assurance systems and tools.
- AgriMarketing — Market development stream
Your not-for-profit organization in the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sector could be eligible for funding for market development projects.
- 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.
- Automotive Supplier Innovation Program
As a supplier to the automotive industry, your business could access funds to support projects that develop innovative products or processes.
- Bioenterprise Seed Funding Program
Has your business developed a unique agricultural or agri-food innovation in Southern Ontario? You could access seed financing and business coaching.
- Business Growth and Competitiveness
Find out how you could get funding to support businesses in Northern Ontario.
- CanExport Program
You could get up to $99,999 to help your business develop new export markets.
- 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.
- Canadian International Innovation Program
If you are a Canadian company with R&D projects in science and technology, you could get funding to work with a foreign partner to commercialize your technology.
- Career Focus
You could get funding to hire young people if you can give them useful work experience.
- Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN)
Is your next-generation communication solutions project ready for commercialization? You could qualify for support valued up to $100,000.
- Collaboration Voucher Program
You may be able to cut the cost of innovation technical expertise needed to keep your Ontario business competitive.
- 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
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 organization if you provide business support 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.
- 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.
- FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry
If your business operates in the English sound recording industry in Canada, you could qualify for funding to support various business activities.
- Fuel Injection Program
Your advanced manufacturing or social innovation business could access up to $30,000 in seed funding for growth projects in Southern Ontario.
- Going Global Innovation
If you are looking to commercialize your technology abroad, you could get money to develop the international partnerships needed for success.
- Grant Programs for writers and publishers
As a professional writer, publisher, or part of an author collective, you can apply for various grants and prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts.
- Grant programs for artists
As a professional artist, you could get a grant to help cover the cost of various activities including professional development and travel.
- Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth
Your housing-related 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 Development Program
Your not-for-profit, cultural media industry organization could be eligible for funding and support to hold industry enhancing events in Ontario.
- Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
Learn about financing and support that may help you develop and commercialize innovative techniques, products and services in Ontario.
- Interactive Digital Media Fund
You may be eligible for funding to help you cover some the costs of commercializing your interactive digital media content.
- 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 early-stage business if you've secured private investments.
- Investments in Forest Industry Transformation
You could get funding to help commercialize first-in-kind technologies for the forest product industry.
- 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.
- N1M — Startup technology support for the Northumberland region and Southern Ontario
You could get funding if your technology start-up or innovative SME in Southern Ontario is at the idea or validation stage.
- 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 Media Development Corporation Export Fund
Discover 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.
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
If you are a person with disabilities who wants to start a business or if would like to hire someone with a disability, you could qualify for funds.
- Partnerships Options for Companies
Get help with your Canadian R&D projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.
- Programme PME en action — Appui à la concrétisation de projets d'investissement
Looking to invest in Quebec's manufacturing or major services industries? You could receive funding for your feasibility studies and market analysis.
- 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 Operational Assessments Program
Are you a Northern Ontario manufacturer? You could receive assistance to improve your operations.
- SmartStart Seed Fund
You may be eligible for funding of up to $60,000 to help you through the validation stage of your 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 (up to $54 million) of one large-scale aerospace and defense R&D project per year.
- Toronto Enterprise Fund
You could receive funding to start or manage 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 Industry Partners Program
You could get financing to help your business consortium market an Ontario tourist destination to tourists outside Ontario or Canada.
- 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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