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.

  • 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, 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 agricultural products and adapt appropriate assurance systems.

  • Agriculture Development Fund
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Access funding to undertake agriculture or food research and development.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Child Care Inclusion Program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Are you starting a child care facility that will include children with diverse needs? If so, you may be eligible for a grant.

  • Clarence Campeau Development Fund
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    If you are Métis, you could get money to help you start a business or grow the one you have.

  • 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.

  • 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 by collaborating with researchers from a Canadian university.

  • Farm Business Development Initiative
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    As a Saskatchewan farmer, you can apply for funding to access farm-related training or to help with the cost of hiring a consulting service.

  • Gasoline Competition Assistance Program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    If you are a service station owner or bulk fuel dealer located along the Alberta or Manitoba border, you may be eligible for a commission for gasoline and propane sold.

  • 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.

  • Grants — Arts Sector
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Are you looking for grants, programs and services in the arts? Learn more about the different options available to entrepreneurs in the arts sector.

  • 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-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.

  • 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.

  • Investments in Forest Industry Transformation

    You could get funding to commercialize new technologies for forest product production.

  • 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.

  • Métis Youth Program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Are you between the ages of 18 and 35 and a Saskatchewan resident of Métis ancestry? You could get advice and financing to start your own business.

  • MUSICACTION

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

  • Market Access Program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    If you want to market your product or service beyond Saskatchewan, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some costs to exhibit at a trade event in a new market.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SaskMetis Economic Development Corporation – Loans program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    If you are Metis, you may be able to get up to $500,000 to help you start, buy or grow a business, or to use for working capital.

  • Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Up to $100,000 of funding may be available for you to establish or grow your agri-business.

  • Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    If your organization conducts research in the area of new and promising technologies for the oil and gas sector, you may be eligible for an incentive.

  • Self-Employment Program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Are you currently unemployed and interested in starting your own business? You can apply to get training and support.

  • Space Technology Development Program

    Your organization (Industry or Academia) could receive financial and technical support to perform R&D on space technologies.

  • 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.

  • 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 a next-generation manufacturing project for the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.

  • Tour Operator Partnership Program

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

  • Western Diversification Program
    Applies only to: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta

    If your not-for-profit organization is looking to strengthen the economy of Western Canada, you can apply for funding for various initiatives.

  • Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative
    Applies only to: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

    Your Western business could get financial assistance to bring innovative products, processes and services to market.

  • Youth Employment Program

    You could obtain financial assistance to hire a skilled post-secondary graduate to work on your innovative project.