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 and Entrepreneurship Development
    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.

  • 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.

  • AgriInvest

    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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Learn about grants and resources for artists in Alberta.

  • Alberta Media Fund
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut

    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.

  • Elevate!
    Applies only to: Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta

    Are you a person with a disability looking to start a business in a rural community? Support may be available.

  • 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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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
    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.

  • Workplace Training — Employer Information
    Applies only to: Alberta

    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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