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.
- 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.
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grants
Learn about grants and resources for artists in Alberta.
- Alberta Media Fund
If you publish books or magazines, or produce films or sound recordings, you could get a grant to fund new projects and cover eligible expenses.
- 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.
- Business Opportunity Grant
If you are an agriculture producer, producer group or a new entrant to the industry you may be eligible for funding for your projects.
- 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.
- 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.
Are you a person with a disability looking to start a business in a rural community? Support may be available.
- Enabling Accessibility Fund — Workplace Accessibility Stream
Your small business may qualify for a grant to improve accessibility in your facility for people with disabilities.
- 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.
- 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 r&D Associates
You could get financial help with hiring a Master's or PhD graduate to conduct research and related activities for your business.
- Investments in Forest Industry Transformation
You could get funding to help commercialize first-in-kind technologies for the forest product industry.
- Métis Employment Services
Thinking of hiring? If so, your business may qualify for wage subsidies of up to 50%.
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.
- Micro-Voucher, Voucher and Product Demonstration Program
Apply for financial assistance to bring new technologies or knowledge-based products and services to market.
- 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.
- On-Farm Energy Management
As an Alberta producer you may be able to increase your profitability and strengthen your competitive position by improving your energy efficiency.
- 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.
- Self-Employment Program
If you are unemployed, you could get self-employment training, continue to receive benefits, and get assistance for living expenses.
- Soft Landing program
Are you ready to take your ICT business global? Get help making the right connections abroad.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Workplace Training — Employer Information
If you are planning to hire new employees, you may be able to get a reimbursement for up to 70% of workplace training costs.
- 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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