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 Development Program
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.
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.
- Agriculture Development Fund
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 Partnerships Canada
If you are working on next-generation automotive technologies, you could receive financial assistance to support collaborative R&D activities.
- Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence
If you create a network of skilled partners in industry and academia to address real-world challenges, you could receive funding for research costs.
- 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 Agricultural Adaptation Program
As a Canadian farmer or processor, you could receive funding for projects that solve problems other farmers face or that help them grow or market their products.
- 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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Financing Support for Inbound Foreign Direct Investment
Selling your business to a foreign investor? Consider pointing them to this financing solution.
- Gasoline Competition Assistance Program
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
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.
- Industrial Research Assistance Program — Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program
Find out how you can add digital technologies to your business operations to increase productivity.
- Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards
If you are a university student, you could gain research work experience in the natural sciences and engineering to complement your studies.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program
If you are a landlord, you could obtain financing to repair or convert your property to create affordable housing for low-income tenants.
- Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative
Up to $100,000 of funding may be available for you to establish or grow your agri-business.
- Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive
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
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 you are an aerospace and defence company that is incorporated in Canada, you could receive money for R&D projects in Canada.
- Strategic Network Grants
If you are a researcher, you could get funding from one of two grants for large-scale, multi-disciplinary science and engineering projects.
- Strategic Project Grants
If you are an academic researcher, you can apply for a grant for a collaborative research project you undertake with a Canadian industry partner.
- 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.
- Tour Operator Partnership Program
You could receive funding to market your Nova Scotia tour package product.
- Western Diversification Program
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
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.
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