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Regional Innovation Ecosystem | FedDev Ontario

Funding under this stream helps to create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation, as well as the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies.

Business Scale-up and Productivity | FedDev Ontario

Funding under this stream helps to accelerate the growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to help companies become globally competitive.

Product Development Exchange | George Brown College

Up to $20,000 is available per company for eligible projects. Minimum 20% cash contribution from the client, depending on research requirements.

Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) Program | FedDev Ontario

Funding under this stream helps to accelerate the growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to help companies become globally competitive.

Canada Small Business Financing Program | Government of Canada

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.

$100K Small Business Loan | BDC

Sometimes, you need to act fast to grab opportunities or conquer challenges. Our Small Business Loan is designed to help you quickly and easily access the funds you need with flexible terms you can afford.

Start-up Financing Loan | BDC

BDC helps Canadian start-ups get off the ground. Financing can be used for: working capital to supplement an existing line of credit; for fixed assets; to fund marketing and start-up fees; a franchise purchase; or for advisory services.

Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) Stream 2: Boost Your Business Technology | Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Boost Your Business Technology stream of the Canadian Digital Adoption Program is providing SMEs with the opportunity to use government funding support to strategically adopt new technologies for business.

Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) Stream 1: Grow Your Business Online | Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Grow Your Business Online stream of the Canadian Digital Adoption Program is supporting up to 90,000 small businesses that have yet to leverage the opportunities of e-commerce and digital technology.

Mitacs Elevate

The Mitacs Elevate program provides support to industry/academic partnerships to solve critical industry issues through innovative means. For Ontario, funding priority is given to projects in the following industries: Health Science & Tech, Clean Tech, Dig Media & ICT, Advanced Manufacturing, Finance, Automotive.

Mitacs Accelerate

Mitacs Accelerate pairs businesses with Masters, PhD, and PDF interns to overcome innovation challenges. Interns complete research and develop tools, models, technology, or solutions to support the host business’ challenges.

CANExport Innovation | Trade Commissioner Service

Annual funding of up to $250,000 for Canadian national industry associations and trade organizations to pursue international business development activities.

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) | Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Work with government organizations to launch challenges and Canadian innovators compete for funding to prove the feasibility of their solution and build a prototype.

NRC IRAP | National Research Council Canada

The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) is a Canadian government funding program designed to accelerate the research and development projects of Canadian innovators. Businesses who are developing and implementing process improvements are the primary targets to receive research funding contributions through IRAP, however, large-scale technology adoption projects that lead to new capabilities are also considered.

CANExport SME | Trade Commissioner Service

Up to $50,000 in funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) break into new international markets.

Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII)

This program supports high-growth, innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities by offering loans of $150,000 to $500,000 to support all aspects of growth challenges facing them.

Financing + Mentoring | Futurpreneur

From business plan to business success. We offer financing, mentoring and expertise to get your startup off the ground. If you’re 18 – 39 and ready to launch a business, we’re here to help you.

OKR Financial Fund

For companies looking to take advantage of SR&ED Tax Credits, asset-based lending, government grant financing or equity deals.

Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) supports large-scale, transformative and collaborative projects that help position Canada to prosper in the global knowledge-based economy. SIF projects promote the long-term competitiveness of Canadian industries, clean growth, and the advancement of Canada's strategic technological advantage.

*NEW* #StandWithOwners | Telus

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With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Jobs and Growth Fund, NCFDC has launched thriveFORWARD to accelerate industrial investment in innovation capital across southern Ontario. By making forward investments in the talent, technology and industries of the future, we can enhance entrepreneur-led growth in strategic sectors and across multiple priority pathways.

Nature x Carbon Tech Challenge | WWF

If you have a way to track carbon in nature, we need to talk: You could receive a contract worth up to $100,000 to help bring your tech to scale. You’ll also receive guidance and assistance from WWF-Canada’s scientists and access to an executive coaching opportunity from Microsoft Canada.

CENGN General Project Proposal

CENGN helps small and medium-sized Canadian technology companies accelerate their commercialization efforts by giving them no-cost access to our enterprise-scale computing and networking testbed to run projects that accelerate their commercialization efforts.

CENGN Smart Agriculture Program

Leveraging technologies like Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence for agriculture solutions are the key to revolutionizing the agricultural industry, which will lead to stimulating job and economic growth, as well as solidifying Ontario’s leadership in Smart Agriculture.

CENGN Smart Mining Program

Under Ontario’s Next Generation Network Program (NGNP), CENGN is funding a CENGN Smart Mining living lab where companies can test their new and innovative IoT-based Smart Mining product solutions that work to make Ontario mines safer and more efficient. Companies that do a CENGN project through the Smart Mining program will be given access to our Next Generation Network wireless infrastructure, as well as the dedicated Smart Mining testbed located at the NORCAT Underground Centre, located near Sudbury, ON.

The Market Readiness Co-Investment Fund | Ontario Centre of Innovation

The Market Readiness Co-Investment Fund provides direct investment to Ontario companies and passionate entrepreneurs with competitive/transformational IP building disruptive/next generation technologies to support their growth into scalable businesses.

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) | BDC

Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.

Upskill with NGEN

Under AMPUP (Accelerating Manufacturing Performance Upskilling Program), NGen will cover 50% of the cost of training for Canadian manufacturers to enroll their employees in selected skills development and certification programs offered by established trainers. See our list of available courses and eligibility requirements below.

Gearing Up Program

MiHR’s Gearing Up Program is one of the initiatives used to help strengthen the labour market for the mining industry. Its objective is to change the way students perceive, pursue and acquire the skills needed for in-demand careers in the mining sector by creating 700 work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in the Canadian mining sector over four years.

Grant Funding Opportunities | Tribe Network

Discover grant, employment, training and volunteer opportunities for black and BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Inclusive Trade Investments Program (ITIP) | Economic Development Canada

For Canadian exporting businesses owned and led by people identifying as women, Indigenous, Black and other dimensions of diversity, one of the main barriers to growth is lack of equitable access to capital. This program helps address that challenge and create more opportunities for growth.

Women in Trade | Economic Development Canada

Empowering women entrepreneurs to realize their global potential.

Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (R.A.I.S.E.) | Digital Main Street

R.A.I.S.E. will provide access to business development training, culturally responsive support services and access to grant funding. The program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Newcomer Entrepreneur Loan | BDC

You are eligible if you've been in operation for at least 12 months and generated revenues, immigrated to Canada less than three years ago, have a permanent resident status or protected person status, and have a viable business plan.

Financing + Mentoring for Indigenous Founders | Futurpreneur

At Futurpreneur Canada, we support Indigenous entrepreneurs aged 18-39, helping them launch or buy their own business. With up to $60,000* in financing, an expert mentor for up to two years, and access to resources, we’re here to help young entrepreneurs bring their business plan to life.

Black Innovation Fund | BKR Capital

BKR Capital was built with the objective of investing in promising black founders in the technology space. We make early and transformational investments in disruptive companies often answering unmet needs of minority communities.

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund | FACE Coilition

To be the catalyst for Black generational wealth creation, FACE has launched its Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund among other services for all Canadians of African descent to see a better tomorrow.

Black Entrepreneur Startup Program | Futurpreneur

Our team will guide you through all the steps to embark on your business journey—from planning to financing to launch. Our program for Black entrepreneurs age 18-39 provides startup loan financing and up to two years of mentorship, plus access to resources and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs across Canada.

Black Innovation Connections | Ryerson DMZ

The Black Innovation Connections program is a 3-month, track-based coaching program that puts high-potential Black founders on the fast track to success and prepares them for the DMZ Incubator.

Funding for Indigenous Economic Development

The Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF) provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve opportunities for Indigenous people.

Women in Technology Venture Fund | BDC

The BDC Capital Women in Technology (WIT) Venture Fund is one of the world’s largest venture capital funds dedicated to investing in women-led technology companies and helping to build a robust ecosystem to support women in tech today and in the future.

Black Innovation Capital

Black Innovation Capital (BIC) and BDC Capital announced the launch of the $10M Black Innovation Fund, with an initial close of $6.4M. The fund is focused on investing in Canadian pre-seed and seed stage technology companies founded by Black entrepreneurs. Other investors in the first close include RBC Ventures, Globalive Capital, and TELUS Ventures.

Delia Financing

DELIA is an automated lending platform for women-owned and women-led innovation-driven enterprises located anywhere in Southern Ontario.

Amber Grant for Women

Applying is simple. Just take a few minutes to tell us about yourself and your business dream. No long, complicated forms to fill out. We announce the $10,000 Amber Grant recipient the first week of every month.

*NEW* Research Impact | Profound Impact

With more than $300 billion in funding opportunities, hundreds of thousands of industry partners and 8.8 million researchers available across the globe, it can be overwhelming and time-consuming to find the right matches for academia, industry and grants. Research Impact helps innovators find their perfect match, sending best-fit grant opportunities directly to the inboxes of interested parties.

Business Benefits Finder | Government of Canada

Find programs and services to help your business grow. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a business, or a not-for-profit organization.

Non-Dilutive Funding Portal | Velocity Incubator

Numerous competitions, grants and awards are available. A comprehensive list has been gathered and will be updated annually.

Grant Funding Opportunities | Tribe Network

Discover grant, employment, training and volunteer opportunities for black and BIPOC entrepreneurs.

Funding for Indigenous Economic Development

The Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF) provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

Government Funding Directory | Mentor Works

Canadian government funding programs can support small businesses, large corporations, non-profits and post-secondary research institutions. However, the key to accessing these programs is knowing which ones provide the best fit for your organization and upcoming projects.

Canada Business App

The Canada Business App makes it easier for small business owners to navigate government services and provides tailored recommendations and personalized notifications on funding applications.

Innovative Solutions Canada

We are a Government of Canada innovation funding program that was launched to help Canadian innovators start, grow, and get to market. We have two streams to fund Canadian R&D and test prototypes in real-life settings.

Pocketed Grant Matching Platform

Pocketed is a powerful grant matching platform designed to do all the heavy lifting for you. Our grant platform is completely free to use.

Business Benefits Finder

Find the right programs and services, whether you’re starting out or scaling up. We just need a few details to find your best matches.

Start Up Here Toronto Funding Portal

Search for programs that provide businesses with access to capital either in exchange for equity or not.

Youth Employment Program | NRC IRAP

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) delivers this program under the federal government's Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to help young Canadians get career information, develop skills, find good jobs, and stay employed.

Canada Summer Jobs | Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada Summer Jobs provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant | Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

ECO Canada | Student Work Placement Program

We will cover up to 75% of a student’s wages to $7,500 when employers hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business.

Magnet Student Work Placement Program

The Magnet Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) brings together employers, students, and post-secondary school stakeholders to create quality work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities.

Empowering Futures Program

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry. Aimed at preparing students for the future of work, the program will create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity by providing subsidies of up to $7,500 per student position to the employers who create these new opportunities.

CCAA | Student Work Placement Program

Work-integrated learning combines classroom learning and hands-on learning in a workplace. The Student Work Placement program helps post-secondary students get relevant work experience they need to prepare for jobs in high-demand fields.

BioTalent Canada | Student Work Placement Program

The program’s wage subsidies help knock down that cost barrier, by covering the cost of a student’s salary by 75% up to a maximum of $7,500. The program enables you to bring on an eager-to-learn student for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to your company who could meet your future recruiting needs.

ITAC: Career Ready Program | Student Work Placement Program

Students are an ideal source of people-power for short-term projects. Employing work term students is an effective recruiting tool, and supports the development of skills in the next generation of Canada’s workforce. An eligible employer must be willing to employ a student in a tech-immersive role. Tech and non-tech focused organizations are encouraged to apply.

Co-operative Education Tax Credit | Government of Ontario

The Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) is a must-have tax incentive for any Ontario business that hires post-secondary co-op related students. The CETC offers Ontario organizations a valuable incentive for giving relevant work experience to students who participate in official co-op work term placements. In exchange, the businesses may receive a provincial government tax credit to cover a portion of the co-op student’s wages.

Interactive Digital Media Tax Credits (IDMTC Program) | Government of Canada

The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a government funding program that provides financial support to software and digital application developers within the province. It entitles eligible interactive digital media developers to recover a portion of labour and marketing/distribution expenses attributable to both specified and non-specified products.

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program (SR&ED Program) | Government of Canada

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) is the largest single source of Canadian federal government support that incentivises business-led research and development projects. The program provides more than $3 billion in tax incentives to over 20,000 claimants annually.

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