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AgriInnovate ProgramAgriculture and Agri-Food CanadaFunding up to 50 percent of total eligible costs, to a maximum of $10 million, interest free loansProgram aims to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase sector competitiveness and sustainability. Eligible projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.Food & Beverage, Cleantech, Commercialization, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Any Size, http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/agriinnovate-program/?id=1515682916298
Investment Accelerator FundMaRS Discovery DistrictInvestments of $500,000 Available to IT, Health and Cleantech companies that are in the early-stage of technology, close to commercialization, ideally have a product that has been built, and there is some early market traction. Life Sciences, Cleantech, ICT, Financing & Venture Capital, Early Stage/Start-Uphttp://www.marsiaf.com/why-iaf/
Canada Small Business Financing ProgramInnovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaMaximum loan of $1 million, of which no more than $350,000 can be used or purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment Available for small businesses or start-ups operating for profit in Canada with gross annual revenues of $10 million or less. Any Sector, Financing & Venture Capital, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Early Stage/Start-Uphttp://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/csbfp-pfpec.nsf/eng/h_la02855.html
Amplify CapitalMaRS Discovery DistrictInitial investments range from $500,000 to $750,000 in Seed and Series A funding, additional capital for follow-on funding potentialA seed stage venture fund investing in technology companies solving for social and environmental market gaps.Life Sciences, Cleantech, Other, Any SectorFinancing & Venture Capital, Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://www.amplifycapital.ca/
Ontario CreatesOntario Media Development CorporationProgram specific levels of fundingRange of programs to provide Ontario’s cultural entrepreneurs from the book and magazine publishing, film and television production, sound recording and interactive digital media content industries with the opportunity to grow their businesses.Other, Business Supports, Any Size, https://ontariocreates.ca/
Matching Investment Fund Canadian Dairy CommissionNon-repayable contributions of 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $150,000 Available for companies and Food Technology Centres with product development initiatives that help stimulate demand for Canadian dairy products and ingredients. Food & Beverage, Business Supports, Any Size, https://application.cdc-ccl.gc.ca/ddpp-ppdpl/PearsieCopy/milking/index-eng.php?link=10
FinTech SandboxOntario Centre of InnovationAccess to data, networks, platforms, and events for the financial technology sectorAvailable to fintech small and medium sized enterprises and start-ups throughout Ontario looking for free access to critical data, development tools and a curated network of customers for free.Financial Services, ICT, Business Supports, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://fintechsandbox.org/what-we-offer
Innovative Solutions CanadaInnovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaFunding assessed on a case-by-case basisInnovation challenge program designed to support the development of early-stage R&D and prototype testing.Any Sector, ICTEarly Stage and Pre-Commercial Support, Early Stage/Start-Uphttp://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/home
Ontario Computer Animation & Special Effects Tax CreditOntario CreatesRefundable tax credit of 18% of eligible Ontario labour expendituresAvailable to companies to cover labour expenditures incurred to eligible computer animation and special effects activities. Qualifying corporations may include animation or visual effects houses, post-production houses and film and television production companies which perform eligible computer animation and special effects activities.Other, ICTTax Incentives and CreditsAny Size, https://ontariocreates.ca/tax-incentives/ocase
Ontario Film & Television Tax CreditOntario CreatesRefundable tax credit, generally 35% of eligible Ontario labour expendituresAvailable to companies to cover labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying production company with respect to an eligible Ontario production. This tax credit is generally harmonized with the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. COVID-19 pandemic update: For productions for which eligible expenditures were incurred before March 15, 2020 (and not completed), Ontario proposes to temporarily extend by 24 months the deadline for filing an application for certificate of completion, the period for which eligible expenditures can be claimed before principal photography begins, and the period to have the film or television production shown in Ontario after the production is complete and commercially exploitable (as agreed in writing).Other, ICTTax Incentives and CreditsAny Size, https://ontariocreates.ca/tax-incentives/ofttc
Ontario Production Services Tax CreditOntario CreatesRefundable tax credit of 21.5% of all qualifying production expenditures incurred in OntarioAvailable to companies to cover qualifying production expenditures incurred by a qualifying corporation with respect to an eligible film or television production. This tax credit can be combined with the federal Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit. There are no per-project or annual corporate tax credit limits. COVID-19 pandemic update: For productions for which eligible expenditures were incurred in Ontario in tax years ending in 2020 and 2021, Ontario proposes to temporarily allow certain companies an additional 24 months to meet minimum spending requirements, and allow certain companies to claim otherwise eligible expenditures incurred in the two tax years before the year in which principal photography begins.Other, ICTTax Incentives and CreditsAny Size, https://ontariocreates.ca/tax-incentives/opstc
Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax CreditOntario CreatesRefundable tax credit of 40% for eligible labour, marketing and distribution expendituresAvailable to qualifying corporations for expenditures related to the creation of eligible interactive digital media products. COVID-19 pandemic update: For products that were not completed before March 15, 2020, and for which eligible labour expenditures were incurred in the 2020 tax year, Ontario proposes to temporarily extend the 37-month period during which eligible labour expenditure must be incurred by an additional 24 months.ICT, Other, Tax Incentives and CreditsAny Size, https://ontariocreates.ca/tax-incentives/oidmtc
Ontario Small Business DeductionMinistry of FinanceReduces the corporate income tax rate from 3.5% to 3.2% on the first $500,000 of active business incomeAvailable to Canadian-controlled private corporations.Any Sector, Tax Incentives and Credits, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/corporations/provincial-territorial-corporation-tax/ontario-provincial-corporation-tax/ontario-small-business-deduction.html
Ontario Tax Credit for Manufacturing and ProcessingMinistry of FinanceTax credit to reduce the corporate income tax rate to 10%Available to manufacturing and processing companies if the corporation has had Ontario taxable income during the tax year as well as eligible Canadian profits from manufacturing and processing, fishing, farming, mining and logging.Life Sciences, Automotive, Aerospace, Food & Beverage, Cleantech, Other, Tax Incentives and Credits, Any Size, https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/corporations/provincial-territorial-corporation-tax/ontario-provincial-corporation-tax/ontario-tax-credit-manufacturing-processing.html
School of Social EntrepreneursSchool of Social EntrepreneursSubsidized or free training and education programmingProvides training workshops and programs that support entrepreneurship focused on social and environmental change.Any Sector, Early Stage and Pre-Commercial Support, Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://www.the-sse.ca/
Accelerated Investment IncentiveCanada Revenue AgencyUp to 100% capital cost allowanceProvides an enhanced capital cost allowance (CCA) on equipment purchases, including full expensing in the first year for manufacturing and processing (M&P) and clean energy equipment.Life Sciences, Automotive, Aerospace, Food & Beverage, Cleantech, Other, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Tax Incentives and CreditsAny Size, https://www.investcanada.ca/incentives-programs/accelerated-investment-incentive
Business Development Bank of CanadaGovernment of CanadaRange of Financing and Advisory ServicesProvides a range of financing and business advisory services for all stages of business development.Any Sector, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Early Stage and Pre-Commercial Support, Business Supports, Financing & Venture Capital, Any Size, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Large Business, Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/home.aspx
Ontario Automotive Modernization ProgramProvince of OntarioUp to $100,000 to help cover up to 50% of eligible project costsAvailable to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the automotive supply chain support investments related to technology adoption and lean manufacturingAutomotive, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-automotive-modernization-program?_ga=2.9079101.968952162.1597769133-312176872.1574860301
Impact InvestingToronto Atmospheric FundFinancing structures vary and are offered on a case-by-case basis - up to $2 millionAvailable to businesses looking to accelerate the adoption of new, low-carbon technologies but are facing difficulty accessing capital, addressing clients’ lack of familiarity with new technology or addressing the absence of a track-record in the marketplace.Any Sector, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Financing & Venture Capital, Clean Technology and Infrastructure Support, Any Size, http://taf.ca/impact-investing/
SDTC FundingSustainable Development Technology CanadaNon-repayable contribution, on average 33% and up to 40% of eligible project costs for any given project.Funding to promising clean technology development and demonstration projects that are start-ups or scale-ups. The technology must demonstrate the potential for GHG emissions reductions, reductions in water consumption and/or the reduction of water, soil or air contamination. The project must include some further development of the technology, mitigate existing technology risk and include validation of the economic viability of the technology.Cleantech, Commercialization, Clean Technology and Infrastructure Support, Any Size, https://www.sdtc.ca/en/
Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) ProgramFedDev Ontario No-interest, repayable contributions from $500,000 up to $10 million per projectFunding 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 marketsAny Sector, Global Market Access, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Any Size, https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02466.html?OpenDocument
Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)Ontario Centre of InnovationFunding from $20,000 to $150,000 to the post-secondary institutionProgram helps companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario's industry and publicly funded post-secondary institutions.Any Sector, Research & Development Support, Commercialization, Any Size, https://www.oc-innovation.ca/programs/voucher-for-innovation-and-productivity-vip/
Strategic Innovation FundInnovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaRepayable and non-repayable contributions assessed on a case-by-case basisAvailable to firms of all sizes across all of Canada’s industrial and technology sectors to encourage research and development, facilitate the growth and expansion of firms, attract and retain large scale investments and advanced collaboration with academia and non-profit organizations.Any Sector, Research & Development Support, Commercialization, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Early Stage and Pre-Commercial Support, Any Size, http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/125.nsf/eng/home
CanExport InnovationTrade Commissioner ServiceUp to $75,000 in fundingSupport for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to assist with research and development (R&D) for a single technology: Up to 75% of costs to pursue and sign collaborative R&D agreements with international partners and investors to co-develop, validate or adapt technologies for commercialization.Any Sector, International Partnerships, Commercialization, Research & Development Support, Global Market Access, Strategic Investments & Technology AdoptionSmall & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/funding-financement/canexport/innovation/index.aspx?lang=eng
Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation AssociationInterest-bearing term loans of $150,000 to $500,000Available to high-growth, innovative small and medium-sized enterprises to support late stage commercialization, new product or service development, new applications or markets, and development or implementation of new processes or technologies.Any Sector, Research & Development Support, Global Market Access, Commercialization, Strategic Investments & Technology Adoption, Early Stage and Pre-Commercial Support, Financing & Venture Capital, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), https://www.sofii.ca/en/
Canadian International Innovation ProgramGlobal Affairs Canada and National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance ProgramFunding assessed on a case-by-case basisSeed funding to support Canadian small or medium-sized enterprises pursuing international research and development collaboration with a foreign partner on projects that have the potential for commercialization. The program can help Canadian businesses find research and development partnerships in: Brazil, China, India, Israel, and South Korea.Any Sector, International Partnerships, Global Market Access, Commercialization, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/funding-financement/ciip-pcii/index.aspx?lang=eng
Canada Post Solutions for Small BusinessCanada PostMembership-based savings program to support small businesses with shipping, marketing and e-commerceSmall businesses can gain access to tools and savings to support business growth. Key features include shipping, direct mail and packaging discounts; direct mail marketing tools; and e-commerce partnership tools with Shopify and PayPal.Any Sector, Shipping Support, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), https://www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/business/small-business.page?
EurostarsNational Research Council Canada-Industrial Research Assistance ProgramAccess to technology, expertise and markets in Europe and beyondAvailable to small and medium sized enterprises performing research and development with a focus on a technological area with an aim to develop a new product, process or service alongside partners/participants in Eurostars countries (European Union). Any Sector, International Partnerships, Research & Development Support, Global Market AccessSmall & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation/eurostars-program
Next Generation Network ProgramOntario Centre of InnovationFunding of up to $50,000Supports opportunities for Ontario-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to use the CENGN testbed to further develop proof-of-concept or demonstrations that could lead to new technologies, products, processes and/or services. Funding is available for stand-alone SME projects or SME collaborations with industry partners and/or public sector organizations such as municipalities, healthcare facilities or public utilities. Proof-of-concept project activities can include, but are not limited to, technology adoption demonstration, start-up or scale-up support, prototyping, product testing and applied research and development.Any Sector, Research & Development Support, Early Stage and Pre-Commercial Support, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://www.oc-innovation.ca/programs/next-generation-networks-demonstration-program/
Financial support for Technology Innovation - NRC IRAPNational Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)In 2018‑2019, NRC IRAP was mandated to expand its support to include an increased funding threshold of up to $10 million for larger research and development projects.NRC IRAP provides funding to support research and development projects at various stages of the innovation cycle. Any Sector, Commercialization, Strategic Investments & Technology AdoptionSmall & Medium Enterprises (SMEs),https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation/financial-support-technology-innovation-through-nrc-irap
Celebrate Ontario BlockbusterMinistry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture IndustriesUp to a maximum of 20 per cent of eligible Blockbuster event cash operating expensesThe Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program supports costs related to hosting: major one-time events in Ontario, events that do not recur annually or biennially in Ontario, national or international events in Ontario.OtherBusiness Supports, Any Size, https://www.ontario.ca/page/available-funding-opportunities-ontario-government#section-3
Black Innovation LaunchpadRyerson DMZ, Province of OntarioNo fundingLaunchpad is a completely virtual skills development platform to help aspiring Black founders develop the personal and professional skills needed to kickstart their entrepreneurial journeyAny Sector, Early Stage and Pre-Commercial Support,Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://dmz.ryerson.ca/BI-Launchpad/
Black Innovation FellowshipRyerson DMZ, Province of OntarioNo fundingSix week incubator helps early-stage startups build upon their initial success to achieve product-market fit. Any Sector, Early Stage and Pre-Commercial Support,Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://dmz.ryerson.ca/BI-Fellowship/
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF)Province of OntarioUp to 66% of marketing and promotional costsAims to increase cultural tourism by providing up-front working capital directed towards the applicant’s marketing and promotional costs. Only non-profits eligible.Tourism, Arts & CultureBusiness Supports,Any Size, https://www.ocaf.on.ca/
Futurpreneur Black Entrepreneur Startup ProgramRoyal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)Financing from $5,000 to $60,000 This program aims to provide Black entrepreneurs (aged 18-39) with startup loan financing, up to two year of mentorship, and access to resources and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs across Canada. Any Sector, Business Supports, Any Size, https://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/besp/?utm_campaign=Oktopost-BESP+Lead+Gen+Posts+-+Spring+2021&utm_content=Oktopost-00495pmboz4zz4k&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
Venture Ontario FundOntario Capital Growth CorporationVenture capital investments assessed on a case-by-case basisThe fund will invest in venture capital funds focussing on in-demand, high-growth sectors where Ontario has a competitive advantage including life sciences, medical devices, clean technology, information technology and artificial intelligence. Cleantech, Life Sciences, ICTFinancing & Venture Capital, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000303/new-venture-ontario-fund-drives-economic-growth-and-creation-of-high-value-jobs
Venture Capital Catalyst InitiativeInnovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaVenture capital investments assessed on a case-by-case basisThe Venture Capital Catalyst Initative (VCCI) will leverage private sector and other capital to inject a total of over $1.7 billion into the venture capital (VC) marketplace. A renewed VCCI builds on this momentum by investing $350 million in large national funds to support Canadian VC fund managers, $50 million in the life sciences sector and $50 million in inclusive growth. Through this investment, there is dedicated support for under-represented groups in the VC ecosystem such as women, Indigenous and racialized communities. Any Sector, Life Sciences, CleantechFinancing & Venture Capital, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/061.nsf/eng/h_03052.html
Indigenous Intellectual Property Program GrantsInnovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaUp to $15,000 per organization under the Travel and Small-Scale Initiative streams; Up to $50,000 under the Project streamFunds eligible Indigenous organizations to fund travel, small-scale initiatives and projects related to intellectual property, Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous cultural expressions. Any SectorResearch & Development Support, Commercialization,Any Sizehttps://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/108.nsf/eng/h_00010.html
The Site Readiness ProgramProvince of OntarioSuccessful applicants will be reimbursed for 50% of their eligible costs, up to $25,000, once they complete the program.The Site Readiness Program is a funding initiative to help industrial sites become more equipped to attract investment. Any SectorCommercializationAny Size,https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-investment-ready-certified-site-designation-your-industrial-property
Regional Development Program: Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness StreamProvince of OntarioUp to 15% of project costs.The Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness (AMIC) Stream will provide financial support to advanced manufacturing companies with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises across Ontario. It will provide investments in: capital equipment technology adoption skills development. Advanced ManufacturingCommercializationAny Size,https://www.ontario.ca/page/regional-development-program-advanced-manufacturing-and-innovation-competitiveness-stream
Canada Digital Adoption ProgramGovernment of Canada$2,400 t $15,000 grants plus up to $100,000 interest free loanCanada Digital Adoption Program offers grants, interest free loans and advisory services to help small and medium enterprises digitalize business operations or boost e-commerce capacity.Any Sector,Strategic Investments & Technology AdoptionSmall & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/152.nsf/eng/home
Intellectual Property OntarioProvince of OntarioIntellectual Property Ontario will provide expert intellectual property (IP) advice and access to IP resources to help researchers and companies better understand how to maximize the value of IP, strengthen their capacity to grow, compete in the market, and enhance research and commercialization outcomes. Generalhttps://www.ontario.ca/page/intellectual-property-ontario
Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) ProgramProvince of Ontario$10,000 grantThe Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) Grant Program helps to remove economic barriers by providing funding, training, and culturally-relevant services to entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 grant to faciliate innovation and growth, as well as training and coaching for sustainable economic development. Online training for RAISE will include modules about business financials, cash flow management, creating a business plan, business operations, marketing and public relations strategies, and digital transformation. RAISE will also provide culturally-relevant business coaching to assist entrepreneurs in realizing their business plans and reducing barriers to information and services.Any Sector,Business Development Planning & Advisory ResourcesSmall & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)https://digitalmainstreet.ca/raise/
Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX)Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX), Province of OntarioAdvisory servicesAssistance for Canadian medical technology startups to scale up successufully offering mentoring, financial advisory and facilitating industry connections.Advanced ManufacturingBusiness Development Planning & Advisory ResourcesAny Size,https://www.medicalinnovationxchange.com/
ArchAngel Network of FundsArchAngelVenture capitalA consortium of superangels and venture capitalists, from the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor ecosystem have come together to create an early stage investment fund to support Canada’s new entrepreneurs and proven innovators for the current COVID-19 crisis. The fund is meant to augment government COID-19 counter measures with additional capital, global partner networks, and expertise.Any Sector,Financing & Venture Capital,Early Stage/Start-Up, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)http://archangelnetwork.ca/launch-of-archangel-network-of-funds/
Futurpreneur FinancingFuturpreneur Canada; Business Development Bank of CanadaUpto $60,000 collateral free loanOffers collateral-free loans of up to $60,000 at better interest rates than most banks. Any Sector,Financing & Venture Capital,Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/get-started/financing-and-mentoring/
Futurpreneur Financing for Indigenous EntrepreneursFuturpreneur Canada; Business Development Bank of CanadaUp to $60,000 collateral free loanOffers collateral-free loans of up to $60,000 at better interest rates than most banks. In addition, offers a program with up to two years of mentorship, plus access to resources and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs across Canada for Indigenous entrepreneurs age 18-39 .Any Sector,Financing & Venture Capital,Early Stage/Start-Uphttps://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/indigenous
Tender Opportunities for Canadian Black Owned or Led Small BusinessesGovernment of CanadaPublic Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has posted several tender opportunities for Canadian Black owned or led small businesses. These tender opportunities are part of a procurement pilot program to open bidding opportunities for Canadian Black owned or led small businesses. The pilot program will inform the expanded use of targeted approaches to increasing diversity in future procurements and support opportunity and economic growth for Black Canadians. It supports the Black Entrepreneurship Program, which will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.Any Sector,Business Development Planning & Advisory Resources,Early Stage/Start-Up, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)https://buyandsell.gc.ca/tender-opportunities-for-canadian-black-owned-or-led-small-businesses
Black Entrepreneur ProgramBlack Opportunity FundAdvisory service program offerings in 90 day, 6 month, or 1 year in duration based on assessed need. Successful application will receive non-repayalbe funding to support their business upon completion of key program milestones.Established to provide Canadian Black entrepreneurs who have been unable to access traditional funding from financial institutions, with business education, financial literacy, skills training and support to help build their capacity and knowledge to operate successful, sustainable businesses.Any Sector,Business Development Planning & Advisory Resources,Early Stage/Start-Up,https://blackopportunityfund.ca/funding-programs/black-entrepreneur-program/
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