Ontario Economic Development Funding

What  is funded?

Economic development

Amount

$1 million a year

Who is eligible?

Municipal government

Economic development organizations

Professional/business associations working with sectors/industries in transition

Regional or professional associations focusing  on economic development

For-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.

Eligible projects

Innovative projects that are not funded by other provincial programs.

Projects focused on local communities and industries.

How to apply

Complete and submit proposal documents.

Check here: http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/economic-development-funding-...

Deadline

Applications are continuously accepted.

Contact

Tina Mora
Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
Phone: 416-325-6969
Email: tina.mora@ontario.ca

 

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

What  is funded?

Southwestern Ontario development

Amount

Two streams of funding: business and regional

 

Business stream : funding amount up to 15% of the eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. Investments of more than $10 million that create more than 50 new jobs may be eligible for a  loan up to 5 million.

 

Regional stream: funding amount up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of  $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 35% of the costs of the project from own resources or private financing.

Who is eligible?

Businesses;

Municipalities; and

Nonprofit  organizations.

Eligible businesses have to employ at least 10 people, commit to creating at least 10 new  jobs, be able to provide 3 years of operations, be located in Southwestern Ontario, invest at least $500,000 in this project. Businesses with 5-10 employees located in small communities may be funded through the Small Community Pilot. The project has to invest at least $200,000  over 4 years and it has to show a growth of 50% in employment .

Eligible projects

Projects that create jobs, encourage innovation, collaboration  and cluster development, and attract private sector investment

How to apply

Complete and submit the application documents.

Details are provide here  http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/southwestern-ontario-developm...

Deadline

You can apply anytime throughout the year.

Contact

Check the following web page for specific contact

http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/southwestern-ontario-developm...

 

Innovation Demonstration Fund

What  is funded?

Clean tech projects.

Amount

Up to 50% of the eligible costs of the project to a maximum  of $4.0 million.

Who is eligible?

Companies located in Ontario willing to engage into an innovation demonstration  pilot-scale  project.

Eligible projects

Projects in a clean tech sector :

Environmental;

 Alternative energy;

Bio-products;

Hydrogen; and

Other significant clean technology.

The technology must be validated (demonstrate that it works) , be innovative,  have commercial potential, be competitive and  advanced for North America.

How to apply

Complete and submit the application package.

Check it here http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/funding-clean-tech-projects

Deadline

Not listed.

Contact

Innovation
Phone: 416-326-8458
Email: contact us

 

Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence

What  is funded?

Research

Amount

Funding up to 1/3 of the total value of the project with the remaining 2/3 being funded from a combination of private sector and institutional contributions.

Who is eligible?

Universities and colleges;

Research hospitals;

Non-profit research institutes.

Eligible projects

Research projects that demonstrate excellence, impact, research translation, and project management and governance.

How to apply

Submit the application.

See the details here:  http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/ontario-research-fund-researc....

Deadline

Notice of Intent due: February 12, 2014.

Contact

ORF.Excellence@ontario.ca

 

Ontario Research Fund: Research Infrastructure

What  is funded?

Infrastructure needs for research institutions. Ontario Government and the Canada Foundation for Innovation provide the funding together. Consequently, please  to apply to both programs in the same time.

Amount

Both the Ontario Government and the Canada Foundation for Innovation provide funding up to 40% each, the remaining 20% of the necessary funding has to be completed by your institution or through private funding.

Who is eligible?

Universities and colleges;

Research hospitals;

Non-profit research institutes

Eligible projects

Three programs:

Large infrastructure;

Small infrastructure; and

College-industry innovation.

Helps cover the costs of building renovating and equipping research facilities

How to apply

Submit the application package. Details are provided here

http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/ontario-research-fund-researc...

Deadline

Notice of Intent due by February 28, 2014 for large infrastructure projects, and application submitted by March 14, 2014 for the small infrastructure project.

Contact

Kevin Dilamarter
Ministry of Research and Innovation
kevin.dilamarter@ontario.ca
Tel: 416-327-4842

 

Early Researcher Awards

What  is funded?

New  researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research centers.

Amount

Maximum funding $100,000

 

Your research institution has to provide an additional $50,000.

 

The government will provide up to $40,000 to your research centre for indirect costs.

Who is eligible?

Research centers affiliated with:

Universities and colleges;

Research hospitals; and 

Non-profit research institutes.

Eligible projects

If you:

 Are a full-time faculty member or principal investigator at an eligible research institution;

Started your academic research career no more than 5 years ago (as of July 1, 2012);

Completed your first PhD, DVM or MD no more than 10 years ago (as of July 1, 2012);

Have not already held an Early Researcher Award

are not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair;

How to apply

Announce first your research centre and ask to submit the Notice of Intent. After that submit the application package. Details are provided here:

http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/funding-academic-research-ear...

Deadline

Notice of intent  due May 31, 2013.

 

Full application package  due August 12, 2013.

Contact

Caitlyn Tindale
Email:
contact us
Phone: 416-314-2528

Judith Ponte
Email:
contact us
Phone: 416-325-4098

 

International Research Collaboration Funds: China, India and Israel

What  is funded?

Ontario's scientists who develop collaborative research projects with China, India and Israel.

Amount

Ontario-China Fund

Up to $1 million equally split between the two parties.

 

Ontario-India Fund

Up to 50% of the total costs of the project (maximum $300,000 from each party)

 

Ontario-Israel Fund

Up to 50% of the total costs of the project (maximum $300,000 from each party)

Who is eligible?

Ontario-China

Ontario's scientists from public universities, colleges of applied arts, science and technology,  hospital research institutes, non-profit research institutes associated with an Ontario university or hospital.

 

Ontario-India

Company

Technology developer

Scientists

 

Ontario-Israel

At least one industrial partner from each country.

Eligible projects

Ontario-China

Water and water-related technologies

Hydrogen fuel cells

The project should focus on areas of strategic importance for both countries.

 

Ontario-India

Projects should address a specific market need, demonstrate market value, benefit both Ontario and India.

 

Ontario-Israel

Projects associated with bio-economy and clean technologies, advanced health technologies, pharmaceutical research and  manufacturing,  digital media and information and communication technologies.

How to apply

Submit your application package. Details provided here

http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/international-research-projec...

Deadline

Ontario-China

June 4, 2013

 

Ontario-India

No application will be received at this time.

 

Ontario-Israel

July 12, 2013

Contact

Ontario-China

Sandy He-Easton
Ministry of Research and Innovation
E-mail: sandy.he-easton@ontario.ca
Phone: 416-212-4545

 

Ontario-India

Lee Marsden
Ministry of Research and Innovation
E-mail: lee.marsden@ontario.ca
Phone: 416-314-7220

 

Ontario-Israel

Lee Marsden
Ministry of Research and Innovation
E-mail: lee.marsden@ontario.ca
Phone: 416-314-7220

 

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (2009-2014)

What  is funded?

The agriculture, agri-food and agi-based products sector's ability to seize  economic opportunities, adapt and remain competitive.

Amount

$28.1 million allocated to Ontario projects.

 

The maximum  of total government  (federal, provincial and local) funding cannot exceed 85% of the total costs of the project. The remaining 15% has to be a combination of  industry and individual  applicant contribution.

Who is eligible?

Canadian entity:

Organizations and associations;

Cooperatives;

Marketing boards;

Aboriginal groups;

For-profit organizations;

Individuals.

 

Federal, provincial and local departments and agencies, colleges and universities are not eligible for this funding.

Eligible projects

Projects that :

Seize opportunities (it takes advantage of  an economic circumstance to develop an idea, product, or market to the benefit of the sector);

Respond to a newly emerging issue (it addresses issues unforeseen before);

Path find and pilot solutions to new  or ongoing issues (it tests solutions to new issues, or solutions to ongoing issues).

How to apply

Submit your application. Details provided here www.adaptcouncil.org

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/

industry/can-agri-adapt.htm

Deadline

October 31, 2013.

Contact

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program
Agricultural Adaptation Council
Ontario AgriCentre
Suite 103, 100 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3
Tel: 519-822-7554
Fax: 519-822-6248
info@adaptcouncil.org

 

Growing Forward 2 (GF 2)

What  is funded?

Capacity building and/or project  implementation

Amount

Capacity building stream: 75% of the total costs of the project;

Project implementation stream: 50%  up to 75% of the total project costs.

Who is eligible?

Organizations: not-for-profit Ontario based, legally recognized of being involved in agricultural, agri-food, and agi-based product sector (associations, cooperatives, marketing boards, aboriginal groups).

Collaborations: two or more for-profit businesses and not-for-profit associations/organizations, and/or academic/research institutions in agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector located in Ontario.

Eligible projects

Projects that focus on:

Environment and Climate Change Adaptation;

Animal and Plant Health;
Market Development;

Labour Productivity Enhancement;
Assurance Systems (Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare);
Business and Leadership Development;

 Research and innovation is a main criteria for all projects.

How to apply

Submit application. Details here:

http://www.adaptcouncil.org/program-details.php?id=0j4w3c6i8q1r

Deadline

January 30, 2014, March 13, 2014,  May 1, 2014,  July 3, 2014,  August 28, 2014.

Contact

Agricultural Adaptation Council
Ontario AgriCentre
Suite 103, 100 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3

Telephone: 519-822-7554
Fax: 519-822-6248
Email: info@adaptcouncil.org

 

Matching Investment Fund (MIF)

What  is funded?

Product development initiatives of creating demand for Canadian dairy products and ingredients.

Amount

Canadian Dairy Commission has committed $1 million for a period of two years.

 Each eligible project receives up to $150,000 (50% of the total eligible project costs).

Projects using milk protein concentrate or skimmed milk powder  may qualify for higher level of funding.

Who is eligible?

Registered Canadian  companies or recognized Food Technology Centre (FTC)  that develop, manufacture, and/or use dairy products and ingredients.

Eligible projects

Projects with concentration on:

The development of new or innovative products;

The reformulation of existing products;

Knowledge transfer activities

technology transfer projects;

New opportunities for solids non-fat ingredients.

How to apply

Submit your application. Details are here:

http://www.milkingredients.ca/index-eng.php?id=127

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/industry/cdc-match-inv-fund.htm

Deadline

Ongoing during the year.

Contact

Shana Allen

Marketing Officer

Tel: 613-792-2035

Email: shana.allen@cdc-ccl.gc.ca 

 

Virginie Robert

Innovation Champion

Tel: 613-792-2019

Email: virginie.robert@cdc-ccl.gc.ca

Toll-free: 1-866-366-0676
Fax: 613-792-2009

 

Export Market Access (EMA)

What  is funded?

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)  attempting to increase their  access to global markets.

Amount

50% of eligible total costs in four specific areas of interest. Non payable contributions  usually range from $5,000 to $30,000 (excepting the capital building projects which would  not exceed $35,000).

Who is eligible?

SME currently offering a product or service

A newly emerging exporter with minimum 5 employees and maximum 500 employees - or partnership/consortium of small to medium sized or emerging exporters with annual sales of minimum $500,000, operating in Ontario, registered for a minimum two years, not receiving other contributions from public funds for any other project  activities contained in the application.

Eligible projects

Companies focusing on the following activities:

Direct contacts (participation to trade shows, fairs, exhibitions, trade missions, activities supported by a  third party like government or related trade organizations);

Marketing tools (development of electronic media, promotional material, and generic branding material);

Market research (to enhance more precise international marketing );

Foreign bidding projects (for providers of professional services (engineering, consulting, construction, law, etc.) bidding on foreign projects against foreign competition.

How to apply

Submit application. Details here

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/industry/exp-mkt-access.htm

http://exportaccess.ca/en/how-to-apply

Deadline

Ongoing during the year.

Contact

Louie DiPalma
Director, SME Programs
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
416-482-5222 ext. 2270

 

Lesley Cole
International Trade Consultant
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
416-482-5222 ext. 2390

 

Ontario Chamber of Commerce
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
Fax: 416 482-5879

 

FedDev's Prosperity Initiative (Advanced Manufacturing Fund)

What  is funded?

Southern Ontario industries.

Amount

Up to $20 million per eligible project.

Who is eligible?

Small and median size enterprises (SMEs) with at least 15 employees, a sustainable business model and traceable record business profit and with a potential of becoming a global player.

Not-for-profit associations and/or regional economic development organizations with a history of successful implementation of government initiatives regarding SMEs.

Eligible projects

Projects oriented on:

Accelerating the adoption and implementation of new technologies, processes and skills that increase overall productivity;

Diversify regional economy by developing new industries and sectors;

Build  economic competitive advantage by creating and expanding economic clusters.

How to apply

Complete and submit your application. Details are provided here:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/industry/feddev-prosp.htm

Deadline

October 1, 2014.

Contact

101 Frederick Street, 4th floor
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 6R2
Fax: 519-571-5750
Toll Free: 1-866-593-5505

 

 

What  is funded?

Rural communities, regions and local economy.

Amount

RED has to distribute 4.5 million per year.

Who is eligible?

Be a legal entity and have the authority to enter into a legal agreement. demonstrate that the project has a real value for rural Ontario, not have any other provincial funding support, provide financial contribution to the project, and  posses the leadership and management skills to complete the project.

Eligible projects

Two  project streams:

Planning stream (rural, regional and local projects that help communities and regions build an economic foundation for growth and development;

Implementation stream  (projects strengthening  economic competitiveness).

How to apply

Complete and submit the application. Details are provided here

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/red/index.html

Deadline

February 28, 2014, April 30, 2014, June 30, 2014,  August 31, 2014, October 31, 2014, and December 31, 2014.

Contact

For more information:
Telephone : 1-877-424-1300
Fax: 1-519-826-4336
Email : red@ontario.ca

 

Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)

What  is funded?

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) interested in reduce the gap between the idea/prototyping and commercialization. Innovators and government to the same table.

Amount

The maximum funding available for an innovation is $500,000.00 for the Standard Component and $1,000,000.00 for the Military Component per proposal.

Who is eligible?

Businesses certified according to the Ministry of Public Works and Government Services of Canada procedures.

Eligible projects

Priority areas:

Environment;

Safety and Security;

Health;

Enabling technologies;

Protecting the soldier (military).

 

Overall there is high interest in innovative products and services, in conjunction with support/installation, training and testing services.

 

The projects have to be on levels 7,8 or 9 of technological readiness in order to be considered for funding.

How to apply

Look for the Call for proposals and work with the Public Works and Government Services Canada and the regional branch of the  Office of Small Business Enterprises (OSME) to complete the proposal and obtain the required certifications.

Check the details here:

https://buyandsell.gc.ca/initiatives-and-programs/build-in-canada-innova...

Deadline

Not posted yet for 2014.

Contact

innovation@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca,

or

 

OSME Ontario Region

4900 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto ON M2N 6A6

Telephone: 416-512-5577
Toll free: 1-800-668-5378
Fax: 416-512-5200
Email: ont.bpme-osme@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

 

 

Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII)

What  is funded?

Colleges working with local small and medium enterprises (SMEs)  on applied research projects and  collaborations that facilitates collaboration that facilitates technology transfer, commercialization and adoption of new technologies.

Amount

Case-by-case  specific funding amounts.

Who is eligible?

Ontario-based  business location with Research and Development (R&D) activities in Ontario.

Eligible projects

Commercialization of new products and services (prototyping, process development, business planning, industrial design, and marketing);

Technology transfers;

Adoption and adaptation of new technologies.

How to apply

Complete and submit a Notice of Intent. After that under the guidance of an  Ontario's Centre of Excellence (OCE) the required documentation will be developed.

See more details here:

http://oce-ontario.org/programs/collaborative-commercialization/colleges...

Deadline

Not posted.

Contact

Vanessa Williamson Director, College Programs and Academic Relations

Tel: (416)861-1092 ext. 1031

Email:vanessa.williamson@oce-ontario.org

 

ecoEnergy Efficiency for Industry

What  is funded?

Canadians' usage of energy at home, at work and on the road.

Amount

50% of eligible costs up to $25,000.

Who is eligible?

The organization has to register with Natural Resources Canada and be a Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation  leader.

Eligible projects

Projects promoting and developing ecoEnergy efficiency for industry: energy management standards ISO 50001 and accelerate the high efficiency technology adoption.

How to apply

Submit your application.

Deadline

Not specified.

Contact

Not specified.

 

Alternative Renewable Fuels "Plus" Research  and Development Fund

What  is funded?

The development of  research  on improvement of  alternative fuels,  the promotion  of agricultural based bio-fuel products and alternative energy products, and the producers of bio-based energy products and alternative fuels to commercialize their products and penetrate new markets.

Amount

Not identified.

Who is eligible?

Academic institutions;

Research institutions; Industry;

Governments;

Organizations; and Partnership networks.

 

Generally, Ontario based organizations. If not, they have to demonstrate the economic impact of their operations on Ontario's economy.

Eligible projects

Projects that:

Stimulate continuous improvement  in alternative renewable fuels products and processes;

Promote agricultural value-added opportunities in bio-products and alternative fuels industries in Ontario; and

Assist alternative renewable fuels and bio-based production facilities in Ontario to be major participants in these new worldwide markets.

How to apply

Submit a Letter of Intent first.  Next complete the proposal and submit it by invitation only. Details are here:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/research/arfuels/index.html

Deadline

Not indicated.

Contact

Government of Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
(519) 826-3100

 

Going Global Innovation

What  is funded?

Science and technology organizations.

The funding is from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) to support Canada's international  collaborative innovation efforts.

Amount

Up to 75% of the eligible costs of the project, up to a maximum amount of$75,000.

Who is eligible?

Science and technology based companies that have a record of at least $50 million in sales, and less than 500 employees:

Canadian small and medium size enterprises (SMEs);

Canadian  post-secondary institutions; and

Canadian non-government  research and innovation centers.

Eligible projects

Projects focused on enhancing international collaboration on research and development (R&D) opportunities and commercialization.

How to apply

Submit your application. Details can be found here:

http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/funding/ggi/ggi.jsp

Deadline

Closed for the moment.

Contact

Going Global Innovation Administrator

innovation@international.gc.ca

 

Invest Canada - Community Initiatives (ICCI)

What  is funded?

Canadian communities  willing to attract, retain and expand foreign direct investment.

Amount

Non repayable contributions up to $300,000.

Who is eligible?

Non-profit and public-private partnerships at local community level

Eligible projects

Projects focusing on:

Attraction, retention and expansion of foreign direct investment;

Work through partnerships;

Sharing costs.

How to apply

Submit your application. Check the details posted at http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/funding/icci/home.jsp

Deadline

September- October, 2014.

Contact

ICCI Officer

icci@international.gc.ca

 

 

For more information please check the following links:

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities

http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/

Agricultural Adaptation Council

http://www.adaptcouncil.org/

FedDev Ontario Programs

http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_00122.html

OMAFRA  Funding Programs and Support

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/industry/funding-prog-index.htm

Ontario's Centres of Excellence

http://www.oce-ontario.org/programs

Milk Ingredients

http://www.milkingredients.ca/index-eng.php

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/funding/home.jsp

Mentor Works

http://www.mentorworks.ca/

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Government of Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada

http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/funding/index.shtml

The National Angel Capital Organization

https://nacocanada.com