Government Funding Progams

Grants Open for Submission

Canadian Ontario Job Grant

The Canadian-Ontario Job Grant gives businesses the opportunity to invest in their employees. This grant will provide direct support to companies wanting to purchase training for their employees.

Submission Deadline: Continous intake

Hiring & Training

Apply for grants to receive funding to cover up to 80% of the hiring and training of employees.

Hiring and training grant funding is on a first come first serve basis. Contact us today to dicuss next steps and how to apply.

 

Grow Ontario Market Initiative

Receive up to 50% of up to $60K in government funding support from Grow Ontario Initiative Program.

Grow Ontario aims to help food and beverage processors, farm businesses, and agri-food sector organizations in Ontario take on projects to expand into new domestic and foreign markets. 

Intake period: Open Intake.

O-AMP

Ontario Automotive Modernization Program supports Ontario automotive parts manufacturers as they invest in new hardware/software technologies and lean methodology to improve their operational efficiency and competitiveness.

Application opening: March 27, 2024

Application deadline: May 2, 2024

Driving Innovation in food

Created to support eligible farm and food processing businesses in investing in innovative technology, equipment, or processes to expand production capacity and enhance efficiency.

Application opening: February 15, 2024

Diary Modernization Initiative

Provides funding to dairy processors for equipment upgrades that make processing more efficient and/or improve food safety.

Applications accepted as of April 2, 2024 to November 30, 2024, or until funding is depleted

Biosecurity Enhancement Initiative

Funding to reduce animal health risks in a measurable and proven way through physical set up of production areas, practices, testing, monitoring and management along with operations assessments/plans and education or training

Applications accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until funding is fully allocated

Agri-Tech Innovation Initiative

Funding to support the growth and productivity of agri-food sector through innovation, advanced manufacturing, improved food safety, enhanced cyber security and energy efficiency. Projects that will be funded will improve processing capacity and agri-food production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario by investing in production expansions and modernization.

Applications open from February 15, 2024 to March 28, 2024 (11:00 am EST)

GRANTS FOR HIRING AND TRAINING

Help ensure your company is running with the most qualified and trained employees. Government funding can help you cover costs to hire and train staff in new areas of technology, processes, and essential skills.

Funding for Recent Post-Secondary Graduates

Funding for recent post-secondary graduates was designed to help small to medium sized businesses hire students who have recently graduated from their post-secondary studies.

Funding:

  • Up to 80% of recent post-secondary grads wages during the first 12 months of employment.
  • Funding ranges based on industry/sector. Typically $25,000 – $30,000 per hire.

Eligibility:

  • Employer must be small to medium sized enterprise.
  • Employee must be recent post-secondary graduate from a Canadian college or university. (Graduated within the last 3 years)

STEM and Business Student Co-ops and Interns

Funding for STEM and business student co-ops and interns provides current post-secondary students with higher quality work-integrated learning experiences and opportunities. This program was created to help benefit both employers looking to hire, as well as students looking to gain experience.

Funding:

  • 75% up to $7,500 non-repayable funding.

Company Eligibility: Organization must fall in one of the following industries:

  • Bio-economy/e-health
  • Intelligent Retailing
  • Fintech
  • Advance manufacturing,
  • Entertainment/Gaming
  • Connected Transpo
  • Cybersecurity
  • Clean Technology

Candidate Eligibility:

  • Must be Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen.
  • Between the ages of 15 – 30 years old.
  • Currently enrolled in post-secondary studies.
  • Candidate can not have previously worked for the company applying.

*Student must be hired for a 16-week period in a STEM or business related role.

Canada-ontario Job Grant (COJG)

The Canadian-Ontario Job Grant gives businesses the opportunity to invest in their employees. This grant will provide direct support to companies wanting to purchase training for their employees.

Funding:

  • Can receive up to $10,000 per employee. $15,000 for small businesses (<100 employees) with new hires.

Eligibility:

  • Must be an Ontario SME with $2 million liability insurance.
  • Trainee(s) must be resident of Ontario, permanent Canadian resident, or granted refugee status.

Eligible Training Topics:

  • Career or development training: Enhancing the skills, knowledge, and ability of employees to support career advancement
  • Maintenance and Refresher skills training: Updating and maintaining the skills, knowledge, and ability of specialists within an organization.
  • Essential Skills Training: Providing the skills needed for work, learning, and life. These are easily transferable skills employees can use to find a job and succeed in the workplace.

Training Examples:

  • Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, Strategic Planning.
  • Leadership, Project Management, General Management.
  • Financial Planning, Lean Manufacturing Principles, Food Safety

*Training cannot begin until application is approved (roughly 4 weeks after application submission)

* Similar programs available in each province

Manufacturing Ontario Training Program

The Manufacturing Ontario Training Program was created to support business’s with the adaptation of new technology, new processes or innovation that would create new lines of business.

Funding:

  • Can receive up to $100,000 grant or 25-50% of trainer costs (third party or in-house) and 25-50% of trainees’ internal labour costs.

Eligibility:

  • Financially stable manufacturer with 10-100 employees.
  • Incorporated for at least 3 years.
  • Currently exporting or intending to export following project completion

Training Eligibility:

  • High-skills training of one of the following
  • Software (I.e., ERP, CRM, CAD software)
  • Equipment
  • Processes to improve productivity and promote exporting

* SMEs previously approved may be eligible for more funding if approval was over 24 months ago.

Expansion and Capital Investment Grants

Allow your business to grow with government funding to help cover the cost of capital investments including leasehold improvements/building expansions, equipment/machinery, marketing, software., etc.

 

 

O-AMP

The Ontario Automotive Modernization program was created to support small to medium sized automotive suppliers improve their operational efficiency and/or expand product offerings.

Funding:

  • Can receive up to $150,000 to help cover up to 50% of eligible project costs.

Eligibility:

  • Must be for-profit with business number.
  • Have less than 500 employees.
  • Less than $1 billion in global revenue.
  • Minimum 2 years of financial statements.
  • Minimum 50% of sales revenue coming from auto supply section.
  • Must have manufacturing site in Ontario.

Eligible Projects:

  • Advancing production cycle management, supporting design, engineering or manufacture of new products through the adoption of advance technologies or training.
  • Operational efficiency improvements through adoption of lean manufacturing practices.

Projects Must:

  • Be achievable (have funding, project management structure & experience to implement project).
  • Align with O-AMP’s goals of economic gains, business improvements, and operational improvements.
  • Take no more than 2 years to complete.

Eligible Project Costs:

  • Capital Costs
  • Training Costs
  • Salaries & Benefits
  • Travel & Living Costs

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF)

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund was created to support projects for economic growth in Southwestern Ontario.

Funding:

  • Up to 15% of eligible project expenses to a maximum of $500,000 for small and rural companies.
  • Grant – available for specific circumstances
    • Up to 15% to a maximum of $500,000 if organization has less than 100 employees & based in rural Ontario
    • Up to 15% of $1,500,000 for projects that are foreign direct investments or companies competing against other jurisdiction (circumstantial).
  • Loan – Up to 15% to a maximum of $5,000,000.
    • Interest free during project period (up to 4 years).
    • If investment and job creation is achieved, up to 30% of laon (up to a max of $500,000) may be forgiven.

Eligibility:

  • Must have been in operation for at least 3 years.
  • Must have 10 or more full-time employees.
  • Project budget must be greater than $500,000 ($200,000 if in a rural community).
  • Must commit to minimum job creation of 5 new positions.
  • Company employee count should not drop during the project period.

Eligible Projects:

  • New investments into Southwestern Ontario businesses.
  • Operational investments that improve productivity, innovation, the potential to export goods, and competitiveness.
  • Projects that increase high-value, sustainable jobs in Ontario.

*Project duration should be typically 3-4 years.

 

Advanced Manufacturing & Innovation Competiveness (AMIC)

The Advanced Manufacturing & Innovation Competitiveness fund was created to support businesses in the advanced manufacturing sectors. These include aerospace-automotive-chemical-information and communications technology (ICT)-life sciences-steel.

Funding:

  • Grants – Available in specific circumstances:
    • Up to 15% to a maximum of $500,000 for small organizations in rural communities.
    • Up to 15% to a maximum of $1.5 million for projects that are foreign direct investments, companies competing against other jurisdictions, or companies with reshoring projects.
  • Loans – Up to 15% to a maximum of $5 million (interest free during project period, up to four years).

Eligibility:

  • Must have 3 years of financial statements.
  • Must have 10 or more full-time employees.
  • Must be investing a minimum of $500,000 into project.
  • Must commit to creating a minimum of 5 jobs or upskilling current employees.
    • If achieved, up to 30% of loan to max of $500,000 may be forgiven.

 

 

CME Technology Investment Program

The CME Technology Investment Program was created to provides direct financial support to southern Ontario manufacturers looking to automate production, increase competitiveness in the global market, and reduce their environmental impact.

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Funding:

  • Up to 50% of eligible costs covered to a max of $50,000.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a manufacturer based in Southern Ontario (Brant, Bruce, Chatham-Kent, Dufferin, Durham, Elgin, Essex, Frontenac, Grey, Haldimand-Norfolk, Haliburton, Halton, Hastings, Huron, Kawartha Lakes, Lambton, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, Lennox & Addington, Middlesex, Muskoka, Niagara, Northumberland, Ottawa, Oxford, Parry Sound, Peel, Perth, Peterborough, Prescott, Russell, Prince Edward, Renfrew, Simcoe, Stormont, Dundas, Glengary, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington, York)
  • Must be an incorporated business (federally or provincially) for 2 years or more continuously
  • Must demonstrate financial stability
  • Must have greater than 15 and fewer than 500 full-time employees (FTE) in Southern Ontario

    Eligible Activities:

    • Investments and implementation of long-term production assets and technology that increase capacity and reduce emissions on production. Technologies may include: robotics; artificial intelligence, other machine learning applications, advanced networks, and the Internet of Things

    *Investments in ERP systems and general training are not covered

    Eligible Costs:

    • Capital Equipment
    • Materials
    • Training on new equipment
    • Installation of new equipment
    • Professional service fees
    • Direct labour devoted to project completion
    • Project Management/Consulting fees (excluding travel) are eligible

    *Investments beginning April 1, 2022 (retroactive projects), in long-term production assets and technology may be eligible for funding. Implementation of the long-term production assets and technology must be completed by December 31, 2023.

    Supply Management Process Investment Fund

    Funding for processors of supply-managed commodities by offering non-repayable contributions to enhance dairy, poultry, and egg processing facilities. By facilitating the acquisition of state-of-the-art automated equipment and cutting-edge technology, SMPIF empowers processors to elevate their productivity and efficiency levels.

    Funding:

    • Can receive up to $5 million in non-repayable contributions. 

    Eligible Companies: 

    • For-profit organizations, including corporations and cooperatives.
    • Processors of supply-managed commodities. 
    • Operating in Canada & holding an active federal or provincial license to carry out activities with respect to food processing.

    Eligible Projects: 

    • Supports projects that increase automation and/or improve productivity in processing facilities including:
      • Automation of an existing production process
      • Improvement to an existing automated or robotic process
      • Purchase of a new production line
      • Implementation or improvement of an integrated management software
    • Projects may also include activities that will provide additional benefits such as: 
      • Improving environmental sustainability, such as:
        • Equipment to reduce water and energy consumption
        • Equipment required to treat waste water resulting from an increase in production
      • Responding to consumer demand concerning food safety and animal welfare, such as:
        • Packaging equipment that increases shelf life
        • Processing equipment to reduce/control pathogen load. 

    *Priority consideration will be given to small and medium-sized enterprises and first time applicants.

    FedDev Ontario – Funding to Grow your Business

    Funding to help grow your business to unlock new possibilities

    Funding:

    • Can receive repayable contributions from $125,000 up to $10 million per project

    Eligibility: 

    • Incorporated businesses that:
      • develop, commercialize or produce innovative products, processes and services
    • Looking to improve productivity, capacity and competitiveness
    • Looking to scale-up and expand to develop new business opportunities, enter new markets, or reach new customer

    Priority Projects: 

    • Clean economic growth – projects that support the greening of the economy, that can contribute to emissions reductions, and that create sustainable and green jobs
    • Growth companies – projects that accelerate innovation-led growth
    • Technology – projects led by high-potential firms in cutting-edge sectors (e.g., artificial intelligence, life sciences and digital technologies)
    • Industrial transition – projects that support change in traditional sectors, develop new sectors and ensure there are opportunities for years to come

    Timeline: Applications for fall intake accepted from September 12, 2023 to November 7, 2023, 8:59pm EST.

    *New intake periods will open in winter and spring 2024

    Research and Development Funding

    Stay competitive in your industry with funding to help cover costs of continual innovation to your business processes, products, and/or services.

     

    Scale AI Supercluster

    Scale AI helps was created to assist companies with enhancing their AI-based product and service offerings, as well as helping to develop assist AI go-to-market strategies to increase companies revenue streams.

    Funding:

    • Up to 40% of total project costs.
    • Minimum 2:1 cash match from applicant or partners. (Match must come from private sector contributions).

    Eligibility:

    • Global and domestic companies.
    • Projects must occur in Canada.
    • Must have at least one SME partner (Collaboration with research intuitions and academia is encouraged).

    Supported Projects: Related to

    • Technology, product, service development.
    • Validation and testing.
    • Demonstration and prototyping of AI software products that will impact the supply chain.

    *All applicants and partners must become Scale AI members. SMEs with 50 employees must pay Scale AI membership.

    Scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED)

    The Scientific Research and Experimental development tax credit uses tax incentives to encourage research and development in all business sectors in canada

    Funding:

    • Canadian Controlled Private Corporations: Can earn a refundable tax credit at the enhanced rate of 35% on qualified projects of $3 million and a basic rate of 15% on any amount over $3 million. 

    Eligibility:

    • Canadian Controlled private corporation

    Eligible project:

    • Basic research started for the advancement of scientific knowledge without a specific practical application.
    • Applied research started for the advancement of scientific knowledge with a specific practical application.
    • Experimental research started with the purpose of achieving technological advancement to create new, improve existing materials, devices, products or processes.

     Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

    The Industrial Research Assistance Program gives businesses the opportunity to invest in their innovation through advice, funding, and connections. This program will provide direct support to small to medium-sized organizations looking to increase their innovation capacity and take their research & development ideas to market.

    Funding:

    • Up to $50,000 to fund research, development and commercialized technology projects.
    • Up to 80% of direct labour costs, and 75% of costs to hire subcontractors used to speed up product development.

    Eligibility:

    • Be small to medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented.
    • Have no more than 500 employees.
    • Generate profit through commercialization and development of innovative, technology-driven, new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

     

    Funding For Export Growth

    Looking to expand your product into new market areas? Export Growth funding can provide financial support to help you reach new foreign partners, grow your business abroad, and attract potential foreign investors.

     

     

     

    CanExport SMEs

    CanExport SMEs was created to assist small to medium sized enterprises expand into new international markets.

    Funding:

    • Up to 50% funding to a maximum $50,000 per project.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a for-profit Canadian businesses
    • Incorporated or a limited liability partnership (LLP).
    • Minimum of one full-time equivalent (FTE) employee and a maximum of 500 FTE employees.
    • Minimum one year of operations between $100,000 and $100M in revenue as reported on most recent CRA tax filing.

    Eligible Activities:

    • Fund will support activities in up to 5 markets per application.
    • Must generate less than 10% of total sales or $100,000 in the market within the last 12 months.
    • Must be able to speak to incremental revenue opportunities in the specified countries following completion of export market development activities.
    • Expenses must run through your CDN Business unit. No transfer costs from US Parent are eligible for funding.

    Eligible Expenses: 

    • Participation in trade events including trade fairs, seminars, international forums or private exhibitions to meet key contacts from target markets.
    • Marketing tools creation, adaptation and translation for target markets.
    • Online advertising costs (capped at $50K) including Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through eligible platforms.
    • Intellectual property protection, certification (including the cost of registering a product) and adaptation of contracts for target markets.
    • Consultant costs (capped at 66% of total eligible project cost).

    * Funding decision will be made within 60 business days from submission date. Project should not exceed 2 years. Repeat applicants must have first project closed before reapplying.

    CanExport Innovation

    CanExport Innovation was created to assist organizations with research and development (R&D) for a single technology.

    Funding:

    • up to 75% of expenses covered, max $75,000 per program

    Eligibility:

    • Registered Canadian Business
    • Have CRA business number
    • Own or co-own intellectual property rights (IP) for the technology featured in the application and/or have appropriate decision-making authority over the IP
    • Have a prototype for the technology and be at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 or higher
    • intend to commercially launch the technology within 5 years

    Eligible Partners: supports projects targeting up to three foreign partners

    • Proposed activities must contribute to negotiating an agreement that will result in the development, adaptation and/or validation of the applicant’s technology.
    • Foreign organizations with whom the applicant is seeking to negotiate and establish a collaborative R&D agreement. 
    • Foreign partner must have specific expertise, technology and/or financial resources that will directly contribute to R&D on the applicant’s technology

    *Partners are deemed ineligible where an R&D agreement has already been signed or where R&D work has already commenced. Information provided in the application about the foreign partner must be verifiable.

    Export Guarantee

    Export Guarantee can help your business access additional financing through your financial institution. They share the risk with your financial institution by providing a guarantee on the money you borrow, encouraging them to increase your access to working capital.

    Funding:

    • Support cannot exceed $10million.
    • Determined based on credit rating, amount of financing needed and duration of coverage.

    Eligibility:

    • Determined based on amount of international sales and financial institution’s lending agreement

     

    Environmental funding opportunities

    Get funding for projects that have a measurable and positive impact on the Environment and Canadians.  The Government of Canada has specific funding opportunities to support projects that help or directly contribute to restoring and protecting water quality, addresses plastic pollution and climate change, the recovery of species at risk, and improve sustainability of ecosystems.

     

    Environmental sectors included in this program are green manufacturing, services, and retail, carbon and climate change mitigation, green building, energy efficiency, environmental protection and resource management, and alternative/sustainable transportation.

    Funding:

    • Up to 80% of new hire’s salary to a maximum of $25,000.

    Employer Eligibility:

    • Be a Canadian for-profit or non-profit organization within the green economy

    Employee Eligibility: Post-secondary graduates from Canadian colleges/universities that

    • Between the ages of 15-30 at start of internship.
    • Have Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or refugee status.
    • Working for 6-12 months minimum.
    • No additional federal funding for same position.

    Position Eligibility:

    • Be 6-12 months in length minimum.
    • Must be full-time.
    • Must be focused on environmental and sustainability issues.

    *Additional $5,000 available to support training, skills development, and/or wrap-around services available. Additional funds are up to the discretion of the program and can be discussed after approval of initial application for 80% of salary costs.

    thrive FORWARD

    Future proof your business, build resiliency, and prepare for long-term growth. Transition into a green economy, enhance competitiveness, promote an inclusive recovery, and create jobs across southern Ontario.

    Funding:

    • For Startups: Performance based funding matching up to $25,000.
    • For SMEs: Performance based funding for incremental project activities with 50% reimbursement of eligible & approved costs up to a max of $100,000.

    Company Eligibility:

    • Startups:
      • Registered for-profit incorporated businesses, partnership or cooperative.
      • Located in southern Ontario.
      • Formed on or after January 1, 2020.
      • At the pre-revenue/prototype stage to early commercialization stage.
    • SMEs:
      • Registered industrial for-profit incorporated business, partnership or cooperative.
      • Located in southern Ontario
      • Have less than 500 full-time equivalent employees
      • Have $100,000 to $100 million in annual revenue declared in Canada during las complete tax reporting year (or last 12 months)

    Eligible Projects: Must be located in southern Ontario

    • Projects must include:
      • Adoption of innovation – New technology driven solution, product, service, or process that creates sustainable value.
      • Adoption of cleantech – A process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through sustainable use of resources, energy efficiency improvements, or environmental protection.
      • Business growth
    • Technology must be eligible:
      • SAE J1772 standard plug head, SAE J1772 Combo, CHAdeMO, other proprietary charging connector types, or for hydrogen refueling projects, the station must be capable of dispensing at 700 bar minimum.
    • Installation and implementation of EV charging and hydrogen refueling stations located in Public Places, Multi-Unit Residential Buildings, Workplaces, On-Street, or for Light-Duty Vehicle Fleets

    Eligible Expenses:

    • Overhead directly related to the project, cost associated with environmental assessment
    • License and permit fees, rental fees and leasing costs
    • Professional services, salaries and benefits
    • Capital expenditures

    *Land and legal costs as well as expenses made prior to approval are ineligible

    Project Timelines: Applicants must wait for approval before beginning

    • Hydrogen Refueling Projects – Must be completed within 36 months
    • EV Charging Projects – Must be completed within 30 months

    Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

    Get support to assist with the installation of zero-emission infrastructures.

    Funding:

    • Up to 50% to a maximum $5,000,000 per project
    • Funding is based on what type of  infrastructure is being installed.

    Company Eligibility:

    • For-profit Canadian businesses
    • Organization working with electricity and gas utilities.
    • Not-for-profit organizations (Municipalities, Industry associations, academic institutions)

    Eligible Activities: Must be located in Canada and a permanent installation, equipment cannot be leased

    • For EV Charger projects must be installing a minimum of 2 fast chargers of 50 kW or above
      • If installing less than 2 fast charges, a minimum of 20 chargers of all levels is required
    • Technology must be eligible:
      • SAE J1772 standard plug head, SAE J1772 Combo, CHAdeMO, other proprietary charging connector types, or for hydrogen refueling projects, the station must be capable of dispensing at 700 bar minimum.
    • Installation and implementation of EV charging and hydrogen refueling stations located in Public Places, Multi-Unit Residential Buildings, Workplaces, On-Street, or for Light-Duty Vehicle Fleets

    Eligible Expenses:

    • Overhead directly related to the project, cost associated with environmental assessment
    • License and permit fees, rental fees and leasing costs
    • Professional services, salaries and benefits
    • Capital expenditures

    *Land and legal costs as well as expenses made prior to approval are ineligible

    Project Timelines: Applicants must wait for approval before beginning

    • Hydrogen Refueling Projects – Must be completed within 36 months
    • EV Charging Projects – Must be completed within 30 months

    Energy Innovation Program

    Funding to help assist projects that research, develop, and demonstrate clean technology projects. This program can also help support other scientific activities related to clean energy innovation.

    Funding:

    • Up to 75% of total costs covered for research and development projects given in a non-repayable contribution.
    • Up to 50% of total costs covered for demonstration projects
    • Maximum contributions per project:
      • Hydrogen Codes and Standards: $3 Million.
      • Clean Fuels Production:
        • Demonstration: $3 Million
        • Research & Development: $1 Million
      • Industrial Fuel Switching:
        • Demonstration: $4 million.
        • Research & Development: $3 million.

    Organization Eligibility:

    • Be a Canadian for-profit or non-profit organization dealing with:
      • Electricity, Gas, Transmission’s, Research, or Standards.
    • Canadian academic institutions
    • Municipal, regional, territorial, and provincial government departments and agencies where applicable.

    Project Eligibility: Projects must fall under one of three sectors

    • Hydrogen Codes and Standards:
      • Projects that support the advancement and development of standards and codes relating to the storage, production, transportation, and utilization of hydrogen.  
    • Clean Fuels Production:
      • Projects that assist in the production of cleaning pre-commercial fuels
        • Specifically: Bio-based fuels, Clean liquid and gaseous fuels,and clean fuels that improve industry benchmarks.
      • Industrial Fuel Switching:
        • Projects that substitute lower carbon fuels or feedstock in the below sectors: Smelting and refinding, Iron and stell, Chemicals and fertilizers, and Cement.

    CME SMART green funding

    Created to assist manufactures in reducing green house gases and improve energy efficiency.

    Funding:

    • Grant up to 50% of elligible costs up to $200,000

    Organization Eligibility:

    • Have a minimum of 10 full-time employees.
    • Located in Ontario.
    • Annual greeen house gas emissions under 25 tonnes per year.
    • Profitable, incorporated, with a minimum of 3 years of operation
    • Manufacturing as primary activity.

    Project Eligibility:

    • Investments in technology and process improvements to reduce greenhouse gasses
    • Processes and prodctivity upgrades delivering energy efficieny, leading to productivity improvements

    Green Municipal Fund

    The government of Canada offers funding for municipal sustainability projects that fall under the following three streams:

    • Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH): Retrofitting existing units or building new affordable housing for higher energy performance.
    • Community Efficiency Financing (CEF): Municipalities planning to implement and scale up innovative financing models for residential energy projects.
    • Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR): Local governments and not-for-profits looking to retrofit public buildings to lower operating and maintenance costs, retrofitting public

    Funding: *based on stream and project type

    • Sustainable Affordable Housing (SAH):
      • Plans: Up to 80% of expenses covered up to a maximum of $25,000.
      • Studies: Up to 50% of eligible expenses covered to a maximum of $175,000.
      • Pilot Projects: Up to 50% of eligible expenses covered to a maximum of $500,000.
      • Capital Projects: Financing up to 80% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $10 million for retrofits. Up to 20% of expenses covered to a maximum of $10 million for new builds.
    • Community Efficiency Financing (CEF):
      • Pilot Projects: Up to 50% of eligible expenses covered up to a maximum of $500,000.
      • Capital Program: Can receive funding up to 80% of eligible costs.
        • Loan: Up to a maximum of $10 million. Can receive grant up to a maximum of 50% of loan amount.
        • Credit Enhancement: up to a maximum of $2 million in a credit enhancement pledged by GMF to support third-party financing (must have minimum leverage ratio of 5:1 and be able to show this). Can receive grant up to $5 million (cannot exceed total start-up and operating costs)
    • Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR):
      • Capital Projects – GHG Reduction Pathway Retrofit or Impact Retrofit: Can receive a combined loan and grant for up to 80% of eligible project costs to a max of $5 million per project.
      • GHG Reduction Pathway Feasibility: Can receive up to 80% of eligible costs to a maximum of $65,000 for single buildings and $200,000 for portfolio of buildings.
      • Community Building Recommissiong Grant: Can receive up to 60% of eligible costs to a maximum of $55,000.
      • Community Building and Analysis: Can receive up to 80% of eligible costs to a maximum of $25,000.

    Company Eligibility:

    • Municipal government applicants.
    • Municipally-owned orgaizations.
    • Non-municipally owned organizations.
    • Private sector companies
    • Non-profit affordable housing providers

    * Two-stage application process.

      Save On Energy Retrofit Program

      Provides Ontario businesses within funding to help transition Ontario towards a greener province via energy-saving projects.

      Funding:

      • Up to 50% of eligible project costs up to $1,000,000

      Eligible Applicants: 

      • Owners or lessees of:
        • Commercial spaces or buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and warehouses
        • Industrial facilities, in sectors such as food and beverage, automotive, plastics, steel, mining, paper, and chemical industries, among others
        • Institutional buildings, including hospitals, universities, municipal facilities
        • Multi-family buildings, such as apartments (including social housing) or condominiums
        • Agricultural facilities, such as dairy, swine, and poultry farms, greenhouses, and nurseries, among others.

      Eligible Retrofit Projects: 

      • Lighting Retrofits
      • Lighting Controls
      • HVAC Redesign
      • Chiller Replacement
      • Variable-speed Drive Installations
      • Custom Equipment Retrofit

      Agriculture & Food/Bev Funding Programs

      Funding designed specifically for organizations in the food and beverage and agricutlure industry. Programs available to assist with market expansion, technology adoption, greening processes, increasing competitiveness, etc. 

       

       

       

      Grow Ontario Market Initiative

      Funding to assist food and beverage processors, farm businesses, and agri-food sector organizations in expanding their reach to untapped markets.

      Funding:

      • Can receive up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $60,000 per business. 

        Eligible Projects:

        • Market analysis and planning:
          • 3rd party advisory services to complete market analysis, life cycle analysis and/or a marketing plan for a new product and/or a new or expanded existing market
          • 3rd party advisory services to investigate the regulatory or certification standards, or requirements needed to access a new market (i.e. food product labels, preparation of nutritional panels and other required label information for domestic and international markets and trade issues)
        • New product development:
          • 3rd party advisory services for new product development activities, including:
            • regulatory review for new products, ingredient, material or packaging sourcing, formulation development, scale-up trials, shelf-life determination, testing or analysis to verify and complement development process (nutritional, microbial, chemical, allergen or sensory/consumer), package testing to ensure compatibility with product, labelling development and design for marketing purposes, labelling development for a new product to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
        • Marketing products:
          • 3rd party services for implementation of a business or marketing plan to access or expand into a new market, including: brand development, focus group and/or consumer studies, product demonstrations, new promotional material development (ads, brochures, videos, website development/updates, social media posts, tradeshow booth/display development), new product marketing campaigns for domestic and international markets, new sales, marketing and promotional activities or events (such as trade missions, tradeshows, buyer meetings/demonstrations), specially produced product samples (not from normal production) for market research, tradeshow, or specific events (such as pilot plant samples made specifically for marketing purposes)

        Timeline: Applications accepted until funding has been fully allocated.

        *Project timelines should be kept under 2 years

        Biosecurity Enhancement Initiatives

        Supports the resiliency of the agriculture and food sector by addressing biosecurity risks and enhancing emergency preparedness through seven (7) project categories.

        Stream 1: Reducing Animal Health Risks

        Funding to reduce animal health risks in a measurable and proven way through physical set up of production areas, practices, testing, monitoring and management along with operations assessments/plans and education or training

        Funding:

        • Up to 35% of eligible costs to a max of $50,000

        Eligibility:

        • Primary Producers, Processors, or Service Providers

        Eligible Activites:

        • Knowledge improvements to biosecurity and/or hazard prevention and preparedness including education, training, assessment, and planning related to the adoption of national biosecurity standards or a commodity-specific risk management program.
        • Operational improvements and/or implementation of new technologies as preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of the introduction and spread of diseases, including:
          • Defining zones and controlled access points
          • Establishing cleaning and disinfecting practices
          • Establishing isolation or segregation facilities
          • Preventing access by wildlife, pests, and rodents
          • Health Management

         Timeline: Applicantions accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until funding is full allocated

        Stream 2: Livestock Traceability Equipment and Processes

        Provides support to livestock Primary Producers and associated Service Providers to improve their traceability equipment and processes to help enhance protection of animal health, public health and food safety.

        Funding:

        • Up to 35% of eligible costs to a max of $50,000

        Eligibility:

        • Livestock Primary Producers or Service Providers in Ontario

        Eligible Activites:

        • Acquiring, installing and upgrading equipment directly linked to the implementation or improvement of a traceability process.
        • Writing, development, implementation or audit of a new traceability process.
        • Structural modifications (building or production site upgrades) to support implementation of traceability equipment or system.
        • Information sharing networks (for example, cloud-based subscription costs, one-time dedicated project staff), limited to the duration of the Project.
        • Barcoding systems and automated product identification systems.
        • Associated training for purchased equipment from vendor or supplier

         Timeline: Applicantions accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until funding is full allocated

        Stream 3: Assessment, Planning, Education and Training (Plant Health)

        Provides support to build farm-specific knowledge and expertise in support of plant health (conducting pest risk assessments, developing biosecurity procedures and integrated pest management plans, participating in plant health training).

        Funding:

        • Up to 50% of eligible costs to a max of $5,000

        Eligibility:

        • Primary Producers, Processors or Service Providers in Ontario

        Eligible Activites:

        • Third-party training/education regarding national biosecurity standards or commodity-specific risk management program.
        • First-time assessment and recommendations by a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Integrated Pest Management (IPM) consultant regarding biosecurity, IPM, best management practices, and/or risk management.
        • Planning and decision support tools (for example, computer software, aerial photos, maps and land resource information) related to the Project.
        • Baseline lab testing as part of IPM.

         Timeline: Applicantions accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until funding is full allocated

        Stream 4: Sprayer Upgrades for Integrated Pest Management

        Funding to install sprayer upgrades on pesticide application equipment to improve plant health, minimize worker exposure and environmental impact.

        Funding:

        • Up to 50% of eligible costs to a max of $5,000

        Eligibility:

        • Primary Producers or Service Providers in Ontario

        Eligible Activites:

        • Purchasing and installing one or more of the items set out under the heading “Eligible Equipment”.
        • Modifying existing sprayers to install one or more items set out under the heading “Eligible Equipment”

        Eligible Equipment:

        • Digital tank fill/tank level monitor
        • Tank rinse system (including continuous rinse)
        • Sprayers shrouds/curtains on field sprayer (for example, varidome)
        • Boom levelling system on field sprayer
        • Spray tower when purchasing airblast
        • Wrap-around option when purchasing airblast
        • Rate controller/as-applied mapping/asset monitoring system on airblast
        • Turn compensation/overlap prevention aftermarket retrofit on field sprayer
        • Nurse truck/chemical handler/mix and load/filling system
        • Fill pad construction/rinsate management system
        • GPS/RTK (real-time kinematic positioning) auto steer/auto guidance safety camera (backup, boom, sprayer belly)

         Timeline: Applications accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until January 6, 2025 or funding has been fully allocated

        Stream 5: Preventing Introduction and Spread of Pests through Isolation Sanitation and Controlling Work Flow

        Funding to reduce biosecurity risks into, out of and within high-risk areas of operations, in a measurable and proven way, with regards to workflow, sanitation or the ability to isolate material.

        Funding:

        • Up to 35% of eligible costs to a max of $50,000

        Eligibility:

        • Primary Producers or Service Providers in Ontario

        Eligible Activites:

        • Modifications or additions to existing structures in order to:
          • Establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas
          • Facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce biosecurity risks through clearly defining zones and access points, reducing traffic flow contamination, installing barriers, and/or controlling access to the operation
        • Construction of hard surface or wash bay for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment, installation of sanitation facilities at Controlled Access Points (CAPs) or anterooms to higher risk areas, and replacing porous interior surfaces.
        • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment.
        • Installation of a treatment system for the purpose of disinfecting or removing pathogens, particulate, crop residue or contaminants from water.
        • Construction of a new structure, or modification of an existing structure, to be used only as a quarantine or isolation facility.
        • Emergency elimination of plant or soil materials posing a biosecurity risk to plant health (for example, contaminated by spores or pests).
        • Select technology for pest prevention in greenhouses, including screening and gravel perimeters.

         Timeline: Applications accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until January 6, 2025 or funding has been fully allocated

        Stream 6: Innovative Pest Monitoring and Management Tools and Equipment

        Funding to adopt demonstrated and innovative integrated pest management practices and incorporate tools and equipment for monitoring, management and treatment into plant health risk management plans, to prevent, identify and limit the introduction and spread of pests.

        Funding:

        • Up to 35% of eligible costs to a max of $50,000

        Eligibility:

        • Primary Producers or Service Providers in Ontario

        Eligible Activites:

        • Purchasing of select on-farm monitoring and diagnostic tools.
        • Purchasing of select on-farm management tools and equipment to adopt innovative and integrated pest management practices.

         Timeline: Applications accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until January 6, 2025 or funding has been fully allocated

        Stream 7: Technologies and Processes to Reduce Plant Pest Contamination and Risk

        Funding for processors (including those who conduct primary processing activities, such as washing and packing) to identify and limit the introduction and spread of plant pests to decrease contamination risk to their business and the sector.

        Funding:

        • Up to 35% of eligible costs to a max of $100,000

        Eligibility:

        • Processor (including washers and packers)

        Eligible Activites:

        • Purchasing select management, monitoring and diagnostic tools and equipment.
        • Modifications or additions to existing structures to establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas.
        • Modifications to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce plant health biosecurity risks.
        • Establishing new or existing walkways, laneways or access routes to improve traffic flow efficiency and reduce contamination.
        • Construction of hard surface pad or wash bay facility for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment outside a CAP (Controlled Access Point) or CAZ (Controlled Access Zone).
        • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment to limit the spread of plant pests.
        • Purchasing plant hygiene or treatment equipment.
        • Installation of a treatment system to remove pathogens, particulates, crop residue or contaminants from water.
        • Construction or modification of a structure used only as a quarantine or isolation facility.

         Timeline: Applications accepted as of September 19, 2023 on an ongoing basis until January 6, 2025 or funding has been fully allocated

        Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN)

        The Canadian Food Innovation Network gives organizations working in the food and beverage industry the opportunity to improve and innovate, through research and development, and new product and service adoption. Two different streams are involved, the Challenge Stream and the Innovation Booster Stream.

        Funding:

        • Challenge Stream – Up to 50% of eligible expenses for projects ranging from 1 to 4 million.
          *Approved applicants will need to pay 5% non-refundable project management fee to CFIN
        • Innovation Booster Stream – Up to 50% of eligible expenses for projects between 20k to 200k.
          * Approved applicants will need to pay 5% project management fee to CFIN. 

        Eligibility:

        Challenge Stream

        • Be small to medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented.
        • Currently conducting research at Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)  one to seven.
        • Willing to lead and collaborate with other organizations incorporated in Canada, also members of the CFIN.
        • Collaborative organizations should consist of at least; two independent private sector company, one small to medium size enterprise with less than $50 million annually in gross revenue
          *If large number of partners, highley recommended to have large diversity in type of organizations

        Innovation Booster Stream

        • Have no more than 500 full time equivalent employees, with less than $50 million in previous fiscal year.
        • Organization incorporated for over a year or part of a limited liability partnership.
          *Two years of audited financials or review engagement is required as part of application. Approved applicants must have CFIN membership (free membership).

         Eligible Activites:

        Challenge Stream –

        • Advancement and development of new technology into product-specific applications in middle or late stage TRLs.
        • Industrial research focused on developing techonology-driven processes, products and services at early stages of TRL
        • Should fall into one of three categories:
          • Safe and Agile Supply Chains: Digital supply chain solutions, logistics and supply chain, consumer analysis, and food safety and security.
          • Food System Sustainability: Eco-friendly packaging, food waste, increased inefficiencies, circularity and upcycling, and value recovery.
          • Smart Product and Process Development: AI and big data systems, robotics, health and wellness products, and emerging products.

        Innovation Booster Stream –

        • Projects should focus on research and development in the technology readiness levels of one to seven, and fall in one of the following categories:
          • Agile and Safe Supply Chain: Digital supply chain solutions, food safety and security, ogistics and supply chains, and consumer analytics.
          • Food System Sustainability: Green/smart packaging, food waste, value recovery, input efficieny, and circularity and upcycling.
          • Smart Product and Process Development: AI and big data, robotic applications, emerging areas similar to cultured proteins, and health and wellness products and benefits.

         

        Cap – Canadian Agriculture Partnership Agri-Food Energy Costs Savings Initiative

        The Canadian Agriculture Partnership Agri-Food Energy Cost Savings Initiative is designed to support competitiveness, profitability, growth and long-term sustainability of agri-food processors by implementing technologies and processes to increase energy efficiency in their operations

        Funding:

        • 20% of eligible expenses to a maximum $300,000 per project.

        Eligibility:

        • must be a processor in the agri-food sector undertaking activities that promote energy efficiency and result in the reduction of overall operational costs.

        Eligible Activities:

        • Purchasing or modifying equipment/technology that improves energy efficiency.
        • Purchasing of energy monitoring controls, equipment, and technology.
        • Building envelope energy efficiency improvements (renewable energy, lighting, ventilation, heating, refridgeration, water heating and cooling).

        *Currently accepting applications until June 5, 2023

        Driving Innovation in Food Production

        Created support eligible farm and food processing businesses in investing in innovative technology, equipment, or processes to expand production capacity and enhance efficiency.

        Funding:

        • 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum $100,000 per project.
        • Larger projects will be eligible for a up to 35% of eligible cost covered to a max of $100,000

        Eligibility:

        • Emerging businesses in both the agriculture and food/beverage sector.

        Eligible Projects:

        • Enhance production capacity, efficiency, and cybersecurity are encouraged.

        *Program starts accepting applications February 15, 2024

        Dairy Modernization Initiative

        Provides funding to dairy processors for equipment upgrades that make processing more efficient and/or improve food safety.

        Funding:

        • 50% of eligible costs to a maximum $200,000 per project

        Eligibility:

        • Dairy processors looking to improve processing efficiencies and food safety in Ontario.

        Eligible Project costs:

        • Purchase and installation of new/ refurbished equipment and associated costs (including minor building modifications if necessary and feasible within timelines), as listed below.
          • Increased cooler/freezer capacity, including:
            • Condenser units
            • Seals on cooler/ freezer doors
            • Air flow upgrades in coolers/ freezers (e.g., fans)
          • Waste management handling/processing, including Equipment and structures to handle, store and dispose of processing by-products such as:
            • Wastewater holding tanks
            • Valves
            • Piping
          • Product handling & food safety, including:
            • processing equipment, conveyers, winches, hydraulics, bottling/bagging systems, automated tote washers, commercial-grade dishwashers and bottle washers, form washers, plate coolers, scales, vacuum and other packaging equipment, mixers, milk tanks, blend and mix tanks, pasteurizers/HTST pasteurizer heat exchanges, cream/milk separators, ice cream makers, cheese presses, homogenizers, clean-in-place (CIP) and clean-out-of-place (COP) systems, fermentation vats, tippers, and x-ray machines.
          • Incorporated testing to support monitoring, surveillance, data collection, lab testing, and analysis including:
            • pH meters
            • Conductivity meters
            • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) test units
          • Improve product traceability, including barcoding and product identification equipment
          • Engineering/professional services for equipment/processes/first time food safety audit or certification (e.g., gaining access to new markets)
          • One-time costs associated with training key personnel on project-related equipment and technology (e.g., train the trainer)
          • One time-installation costs from third party service providers and minor building modifications specifically required for the eligible equipment
          • Minor equipment or structural upgrades directly linked to installed equipment increasing productivity/capacity/food safety

          Timeline:
          Applications accepted as of April 2, 2024 to November 30, 2024, or until funding is depleted

          *Eligible project costs can be incurred as of April 1, 2024, must be completed with equipment delivered by February 15, 2026. Recipients have until approval letter, to have their equipment installed.

          Agri-Tech Innovation Initiative

          Funding to support the growth and productivity of agri-food sector through innovation, advanced manufacturing, improved food safety, enhanced cyber security and energy efficiency. Projects that will be funded will improve processing capacity and agri-food production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario by investing in production expansions and modernization.

          Funding:

          • Stream 1: 50% of eligible costs to a max of $49,999
          • Stream 2: 35% of eligible costs to max of $100,000
          • Stream 3: 35% of eligible costs to a max of $100,000

          Eligibility:

          • Stream 1 & 2: Livestock Primary Producer or associated Service Provider in Ontario
          • Stream 3: Processor in Ontario

          Eligible Activities:

          • Stream 1 & 2:
            • Implementing new equipment, or modification of equipment, technology, and machinery for production and/or manufacturing that is Innovative
            • Implementing new equipment, technology, and machinery or modification of equipment, technology, and machinery for advanced manufacturing (i.e., through automation, robotics, or digitization)
            • The following activities that support the above activities can be part of the project:
              • Purchasing equipment, technology, and machinery that advances food safety and traceability including:
                • Food safety equipment
                • Barcoding and product identification systems
                • Testing equipment for monitoring and analysis.
              • Facility or cyber security changes, upgrades, or modifications
              • Purchasing software or upgrades
              • Hiring third-party expertise/services including engineering services, cyber security assessments, software development, training, installation, and managementStream 1 & 2:
          • Stream 3:
            • Purchasing or installing new or refurbished equipment, parts, components and/or technology that improves energy efficiency
            • Purchasing, installing or modifying water use equipment and technology that improves energy efficiency (e.g., Clean in Place (CIP) systems that use cold water instead of hot water, equipment to recover and reuse waste heat from processing water)
            • Facility improvements related to building energy efficiency improvements (e.g., lighting, ventilation, heating, refrigeration)
            • The following activities that support the above activities can be part of the project:
              • Third-party expertise/services required for the Project including engineering services, staff training, and management of the Project.

          Timeline:

          Applications open from February 15, 2024 to March 28, 2024 (11:00 am EST)