Grants, contributions and financial assistance
Explore opportunities to receive public funds to help springboard your business venture. There are programs that apply to businesses in all provinces and territories, and others that apply only to businesses in your region.
- PEI Product Development Fund
You could receive financing to help you generate new products, add value to existing products, and create new markets through BIO|FOOD|TECH.
- Aboriginal Business Development Program
If you are Aboriginal and live in the territories, you could get financing to start or grow a business.
- Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative
Apply for financial support for your research and development projects in Manitoba's agriculture and agri-food industry.
- AgriInnovation Program
If your business is agricultural, you can apply for an R&D grant or a loan to get your new agricultural product or technology ready for the market.
If you are an agricultural producer, and you put aside savings to use when your profits are down, the government may match your contributions.
- AgriMarketing Program
Do you have an agricultural business? You could get money to advertise and market your agricultural products and adapt appropriate assurance systems.
- Agriculture and Agrifoods Development Fund
Get funding to diversify and expand your primary or secondary processing operation.
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grants
Learn about grants and resources for artists in Alberta.
- Alberta Innovates r&D Associates
You could get financial help with hiring a Master's or PhD graduate to conduct research and related activities for your business.
- Alberta Multimedia Development Fund
If you publish books or magazines, or produce films or sound recordings, you could get a grant to fund new projects and cover eligible expenses.
- Alberta Technology Innovation Program
If you are an Alberta agri-processor, you may get support to attend technology-related trade shows, conferences, seminars and other events.
- Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program
By collaborating with government researchers, you could increase your business' scientific capacity for projects relating to fish health and environmental performance.
- Atlantic Innovation Fund
If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get money to develop new technology.
- Automotive Innovation Fund
If you have an incorporated automotive business, you could get funding to build greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles through innovation and R&D.
- Automotive Partnerships Canada
If you are working on next-generation automotive technologies, you could receive financial assistance to support collaborative R&D activities.
- Biosecurity Risk Prevention and Mitigation Initiative
You could access funds for your farm to help implement systems and programs that prevent and lessen risks to plant and animal health.
- Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism — Courses
If you have a cultural tourism business in the Atlantic Provinces, you could get a subsidy to help pay for management training.
- Business Assistance — Immigrant Investor Program
If your business is in one of the eligible industries and obtains a positive recommendation from an accredited financial intermediary, you could receive funding.
- Business Development Centres of Nunavut
If you live in Nunavut, you can apply for loans, training and business counselling to help you start or grow a business.
- Business Opportunity Grant
If you are an agriculture producer, producer group or a new entrant to the industry you may be eligible for funding for your projects.
- Business Training Fund
Do your employees need training to upgrade their skills? If so, your business could qualify for funding.
- Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence
If you create a network of skilled partners in industry and academia to address real-world challenges, you could receive funding for research costs.
- CEED — SEED Capital Loan Program
You get financing of up to $20,000 to start, expand or modernize your urban business.
- CHOICES workplace safety incentive program
You may qualify for insurance rebates for improving your workplace health and safety and return-to-work outcomes.
- Canada Feature Film Fund
If you are an incorporated Canadian film producer, you could receive money to develop, produce and market your movies in English or French.
- Canada Periodical Fund
You could get money to help you publish your Canadian magazine or non-daily newspaper.
- Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program
As a Canadian farmer or processor, you could receive funding for projects that solve problems other farmers face or that help them grow or market their products.
- Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (Manitoba)
Apply for funding for research and development projects to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based product development or marketing opportunity.
- Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
Access financial assistance, workshops, and other services that can help your industrial facility save energy.
- Capital Acquisition Program
You may be eligible for financing to build your infrastructure and move from start-up through to international exporting.
- Child Care Inclusion Program
Are you starting a child care facility that will include children with diverse needs? If so, you may be eligible for a grant.
- Clarence Campeau Development Fund
If you are Métis, you could get money to help you start a business or grow the one you have.
- Collaborative Health Research Projects
If you are in natural sciences or engineering and have a partner from the health science community, you could get funding for your collaborative research project.
- Collaborative Research and Development Grants
You could get a university to help you with your research project in natural sciences or engineering if you contribute half the costs of the project.
- Commercialization Support for Business Program
Apply for financial help to commercialize innovative products that aren't yet being manufactured in the province.
- Community Futures Program
If you are starting a new business or looking to grow your existing business in the Northwest Territories, you could be eligible for business assistance, funding or counselling.
- Community Futures Self Employment Programs
In rural British Columbia you can receive business training and access to financial assistance if you are unemployed and looking to start a new business.
- Conservation Fund
You could receive funding for new conservation programs and technology for your business.
- Craft Development Program
You could receive financial support to expand or diversify the quality of crafts that your business manufactures.
- Craft Industry Development Program
Are you a craft, gift and apparel producer? If so, you could receive a grant for projects that contribute to the long-term viability of your business or organization.
- Defence Industrial Research Program
You could be eligible for up to 50% of the costs of an R&D project that introduces new and innovative technologies into the Canadian Forces.
- Development Innovation Fund
Learn how your health business could get funding to partner with innovators in low- and middle-income countries to help solve global health issues.
- Development and Commercialization Fund
You could receive financial support for the discovery and development project phases of your innovative PEI business.
- Direct Operating Grant
If you run a child care program in the Yukon, you may get funding for ongoing operating and maintenance costs.
- Disaster Financial Assistance Program
You could receive financial help with repairs and recovery from uninsurable disaster-related property damage.
- Early Childhood Enhancement Grant
You can apply for a grant to improve employee salaries and benefits at your daycare.
- Eastern Ontario Development Fund
As a business or an incorporated, not-for-profit organization you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
- Electric Vehicle Incentive Program
Find out how you might receive a rebate toward the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle.
- Emerging Music Business Program
You could be eligible for funding for your emerging music business in Nova Scotia.
- Emerging Technology Program (Northern Ontario)
You may be eligible for funding to research and develop new technology if you operate an incorporated business in Northern Ontario.
- Employ PEI
As a PEI business owner, you can apply for a wage subsidy to hire and train eligible individuals for up to a year.
- Engage Grants
You could access a grant for your science and engineering business to help solve a company-specific problem by collaborating with researchers from a Canadian university.
- Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation
If you live in the Cape Breton or Mulgrave areas, you could get money to help you start or grow your business or to upgrade your website.
- Enterprise Trade Fund (Film and Sound Industries)
If your business is involved in the sound or film industry, apply for funding and you could receive up to $50 000 in funding.
- Enterprise Trade Fund (Small Business)
If your export-related business contributes to the growth of Yukon business activity through market penetration and business development, it may be eligible for funding.
- Enterprises North Job Creation (Northern Ontario)
You may be eligible for funding up to $1 million to help expand your business or create jobs for Northern Ontario.
- Export Help! Program
You may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 to hire a consultant to provide you with export advice.
- Export Market Access — A global expansion program
If you have at least five employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a grant of 50% on costs to grow export sales for your Ontario business.
- Film Development Fund
Your Yukon film business may be eligible for up to $35,000 in non-repayable grants to cover expenses associated with the development of film projects in Yukon.
- Film Market/Festival Assistance Program
Apply to receive financial assistance to attend film markets and festivals as a producer.
- Financial programs
Are you looking to obtain financing for your business? This program offers term loans, equity, contributions and letters of credit.
- Financing Support for Inbound Foreign Direct Investment
Selling your business to a foreign investor? Consider pointing them to this financing solution.
- Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program
You could access funding for research and development projects (for example, recovery of discards, alternative harvesting and processing technology, quality assurance).
- Fisheries and Sealing — Commercial Fisheries Freight Subsidy
Are you a commercial fisher living in Nunavut? If so, you could get a grant to help you ship your fish to markets in the south.
- Fonds de développement des entreprises d’économie sociale
Do you have a social enterprise? If so, this development fund can help you.
- ForeFront Internship Program
If your business is working on commercializing medical or health-related technologies you could get funding for interns.
- Fuel tax exemptions or refunds
You can buy tax-exempt fuel for authorized off-road commercial activity in the Yukon.
- Funding programs for Nunavut filmmakers
If you are a filmmaker, producer or owner of a production company based in Nunavut, you may get money to create films, television shows and digital media.
- Future Fisher Program
As a newly-licensed Prince Edward Island lobster fisherman, you may be eligible for mentoring and financial support.
- Gasoline Competition Assistance Program
If you are a service station owner or bulk fuel dealer located along the Alberta or Manitoba border, you may be eligible for a commission for gasoline and propane sold.
- Global Business Accelerator Program
Are you involved in international commercial activities? You could get funding to hire an international business expert.
- Go-Ahead Program for exporters
You could get help covering the costs of follow-up visits to prospective markets found through provincial government trade missions, shows or conferences.
- Good Energy
Obtain a rebate on eligible energy-efficient appliances, heaters and outboard motors purchased between April 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013.
- Graduate Transition Program
Are you currently looking to hire new employees for your business? Hire a recent graduate and you may be able to get a subsidy to help pay his or her wages.
- Grant — Fondation Montréal Inc
If you are a young Montreal entrepreneur, you could receive a grant of between $5,000 and $30,000 to start up your business as well as advice or training.
- Grant Programs for Writers and Publishers
As a professional writer, collective or publisher, you can apply for various grants through the Canada Council for the Arts.
- Heritage Training Fund
If your business is engaged in the heritage sector, you could qualify for educational funding.
- Hometown Manitoba
Is your business in a rural community? You could access funding to enhance public places and building exteriors or to promote a unique identity that defines your community.
- Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth
Your housing-related Aboriginal business may qualify for wage subsidies to hire and train First Nations or Inuit youths.
- Human Resources Implementation Program
Your business may be eligible for funding to implement a human resource strategy.
- Human Resources Planning Program
You could obtain up to $1,000 to hire human resource expertise.
- Industrial Research Assistance Program — Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program
Find out how you can add digital technologies to your business operations to increase productivity.
- Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards
If you are a university student, you could gain research work experience in the natural sciences and engineering to complement your studies.
- Industry Growth Program
Find out how your creative arts business or consortium may be eligible for financial support for export development.
- Industry Partnership Programs
You could get help with your Canadian research and development projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.
- Industry Partnership Proposal Program
You could get financing of up to $60,000 to help your business consortium market an Ontario tourist destination to both domestic and international audiences at once.
- Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
Learn about financing and support that may help you develop and commercialize innovative techniques, products and services in Ontario.
- Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research Program
If you are an academic researcher, you can apply for a grant for a collaborative research project you undertake with a Canadian industry partner who shares an interest in health R&D.
- Information Technology Implementation Program
You may be eligible to receive financing to implement information technology solutions and strategies for your export-oriented business.
- Information Technology Planning
You could receive up to $5,000 to cover a maximum of 50% of the cost of acquiring technical support for your PEI business.
- Innovation Vouchers Program
Apply for financial assistance to bring new technologies or knowledge-based products and services to market.
- Interaction Grants
Your R&D company could access grants of up to $5,000 to meet with established academic researchers to identify potential research projects.
- International Science and Technology Partnerships Program
If you own a small or medium-sized business with R&D projects in science and technology, you could get money to partner with foreign researchers.
- Investment Agriculture Foundation funding programs
If you are part of the agriculture and food processing industry in BC, you could be eligible for funding.
- JEDI Aboriginal Development Fund
If you are Aboriginal and live in New Brunswick, you can apply for up to $2,500 to start or grow a business.
- Jeunes Promoteurs
If you want to start up your first business and you are between the ages of 18 and 35, you may be eligible to obtain financial assistance.
- Job Creation Partnerships
You may be eligible for funding to hire unemployed workers.
- Junior Exploration Assistance
Receive a grant to conduct advanced mineral exploration and prospection.
- Knowledge Mobilization Initiative
If you can create a network dedicated to transferring knowledge to those who can put it into practice, you may be able to get financial assistance.
- Métis Youth Program
Are you between the ages of 18 and 35 and a Saskatchewan resident of Métis ancestry? You could get advice and financing to start your own business.
- Market Readiness Subsidy Program
You could receive a subsidy to offset costs of training and professional development for your tourism business or non-profit organization.
- Marketing Support Program
You could obtain financial assistance for marketing costs from start-up through to international exporting.
- Micro-Business Training Pilot Program
If you are over 19 years of age with no formal post-secondary education, you could receive up to $1500 of funding for business education courses.
- Mitacs Elevate
You could receive funding toward a fellowship program with a recent PhD graduate to work on a research project for two years.
- Mitacs Enterprise
You could receive funding to help pay the salary of a graduate with technical and business-management expertise for a competitive 6-month internship.
- Natural Stone Assessment
Access a grant for the exploration and assessment of new or undeveloped natural stone sites.
- Northern Agriculture Program
Is your business working towards building healthier Northern Communities? Find out what financial assistance is available.
- Northern Development Fund
You could access loans and grants to develop your Northern Saskatchewan business.
- Northern Energy Program (Northern Ontario)
If your business is based in Northern Ontario, you could apply for funding to help you plan renewable energy projects in your region.
- Northern Ontario Development Program — Business Growth and Competitiveness
Find out how you could get funding to support your business activity in Northern Ontario.
- Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program
Apply for a grant of up to $125,000 towards eligible costs of starting a new business in Northern Ontario.
- Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur
You could receive a grant of up to $25,000 if you are between the ages of 18 and 29 and plan to start a new business in Northern Ontario.
- Northwest Territories Arts Council Funding
Are you an artist in the Northwest Territories? You could get a grant to help finance your artistic project.
- Nunavut Prospector's Program
Find out how you could get up to $8,000 for prospecting projects in Nunavut.
- OceanTech Global
Access financial assistance for national and international travel associated with ocean-related business development activities, including trade shows and trade missions.
- On-Farm Energy Management
As an Alberta producer you may be able to increase your profitability and strengthen your competitive position by improving your energy efficiency.
- Ontario Disability Support Program: Employment Supports
If you are an entrepreneur with a disability, you can get help starting a business.
- Ontario Exporters Fund
Apply for funding to help you hire an export manager to develop an export plan for your existing business.
- Ontario Innovation Demonstration Fund
You may qualify for funding to help commercialize your innovative green technologies.
- Ontario Media Development Corporation Export Fund
Check out how your cultural media company could receive funding for export development.
- Ontario Media Development Corporation Interactive Digital Media Fund
You may be eligible for funding up to a maximum of $150,000 for the production of your digital media content.
- Ontario Self-Employment Benefit
You may be able to turn your employment insurance eligibility into support for planning a new business of your own.
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
If you are a person with disabilities who wants to start a business or if you are an employer who would like to hire someone with a disability, you could qualify for funds.
- Partnership Workshops Program
If you are an academic wanting to work on collaborative research activities with end-users from the business community, you can apply for a grant to develop a workshop.
- Pilot and Discovery Fund
You could obtain up to $25,000 to test an innovation-based idea.
- Pilot program supporting agricultural multifunctionality
Your agricultural business or group of agricultural businesses could benefit from funding for your community-related projects.
- Prince Edward Island BioAlliance Commercialization Services Initiative
You could get financial and technical assistance to help you commercialize your bioscience-related research, products, and services.
- Product Incentive Program
This program provides financial incentives to help you replace old, inefficient technologies with new energy-efficient products.
- Productivity Improvement Program
You could get money to hire experts to show you how to make your manufacturing, processing or export business more productive.
- Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program
Get free help from a Nova Scotia university or college to make your business more productive and innovative.
- Professional Service Assistance Program
You could get a non-repayable contribution of up to $1,000 to pay for professional advisory support.
- Program to support sectoral development strategies
Your association or group of farm businesses could receive funding for projects that contribute to sectoral development.
- Programme UBIFRANCE/QUÉBEC
You can request reimbursement of travel and hospitality expenses incurred in France, if you have agreed to a Quebec-France partnership to carry out an industrial project.
- Programme d'aide à la mise en valeur des forêts privées
If you are a recognized forestry producer, you could obtain funding to conduct forestry activities in private forests.
- Prospectors Assistance
You could receive funding for mineral exploration activities and prospector training.
- Quality Improvement Support Program
You could receive financing to enhance trade and export opportunities and improve your competitiveness in the global marketplace.
- Quebec Economic Development Program
Find out about resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.
- Reclamation of Yukon Land
You can apply for up to $10,000 to remove abandoned fences, vehicles or garbage piles from land having an agriculture title or a grazing lease.
- Rental Incentive Program
You could obtain financing to help you lease space for your Prince Edward Island manufacturing, processing, or exportable services business.
- Research and Development Program (waste diversion)
You could receive research funding of up to $50,000 for your solid waste diversion idea.
- Rural Economic Development Program
Access funding for your partnership projects that improve employee skills and economic diversity in rural or less urbanized areas of Ontario.
- SMART Prosperity Now
Find out how you can get money for new technologies that will make your business more productive.
- SaskMetis Economic Development Corporation — Loan programs
If you are Métis, you may be able to get up to $500,000 to help you start, buy or grow a business, or to use for working capital.
- Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative
Up to $100,000 of funding may be available for you to establish or grow your agri-business.
- Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive
If your organization conducts research in the area of new and promising technologies for the oil and gas sector, you may be eligible for an incentive.
- Self Employment Option
Interested in starting your own business in the Northwest Territories? If you are unemployed, you could continue to receive benefits and get help to start your business.
- Self Employment Program
Are you collecting Employment and Income Assistance? Are you ready to be your own boss? The Self Employment Program might be the next step for you.
- Self-Employ PEI
Interested in starting your own business? If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible to receive benefits to help you do so.
- Self-Employment Benefit — Workforce Expansion
Do you want to start a business and be your own boss? Find out about a program that could help you get started.
- Self-Employment Program
Are you currently unemployed and interested in starting your own business? You can apply to get training and support.
- Self-employment support
Receive financial and technical support to start or purchase a microbusiness.
- Service Export Program
You could get reimbursed for up to 50% of costs related to finalizing a service export deal.
- Sivummut Grants to Small Businesses
If you live in the Baffin (Qikiqtaaluk) region of Nunavut, you could get up to $25,000 to start or grow a business there.
- Small and Medium Industrial Program
You could get up to $95,000 in financial support to find ways to save energy, build a business case for an energy saving project, and implement it.
- Southwestern Ontario Development Fund
As a business or an incorporated, not-for-profit organization you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
- Space Technology Development Program
Your organization (Industry or Academia) could receive financial and technical support to perform R&D on space technologies.
- Strategic Industries Development Fund
If your business undertakes a strategic industry-related project, you may be eligible for funding if the project provides positive economic outcomes.
- Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development
If you live in the North, find out how your business could get money for a project that creates jobs and helps develop the North.
- Strategic Network Grants
If you are a researcher, you could get funding from one of two grants for large-scale, multi-disciplinary science and engineering projects.
- Strategic Project Grants
If you are an academic researcher, you can apply for a grant for a collaborative research project you undertake with a Canadian industry partner.
- Summer Company
If you are a student between 15 and 29 years of age, you may be eligible for up to $3,000 to help you start and run a summer business.
- Support for hiring workers who have suffered employment injuries
You may be able to obtain a grant to hire workers who have suffered employment injuries.
- Supported Child Care Grant
Apply for a grant to create or sustain an inclusive child care program for children with special needs.
- Supported Child Care Program
If you run a child care service, you may be eligible for funding to help care for a child with special needs in the Yukon.
- TEAM Work Opportunity Fund
If you have a self-identified disability, you could access funding to help you become an entrepreneur.
- Technology Demonstration Program
If you have a defence-related R&D project that shows the military utility of emerging concepts and technologies, you may be able to receive financial assistance.
- The LEAN + Energy Efficiency and Environment Program
Apply for funding to hire a qualified productivity and energy efficiency consultant for your manufacturing or export business.
- Tour Operator Partnership Program
You could receive funding to market your Nova Scotia tour package product.
- Touring Artist Fund
Access funding to help you exhibit your artistic work outside the Yukon.
- Tourism Development Fund
Your tourism business may qualify for financial support for innovation, training, and improving investment readiness.
- Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program
You could receive up to $200,000 to promote and market tourism events across Ontario.
- Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program
Get a grant to develop, improve or expand your tourism operation in the Northwest Territories.
- Trade Assistance Program
Get introduced to exporting and obtain financial assistance to develop new export markets outside Maritime provinces.
- Translation Assistance Program
You could get up to $8,000 to translate your promotional material into French or English.
- UNIQ Financing — Working Capital
You could get a loan, a loan guarantee or quasi-equity financing to increase the working capital for your business.
- UNIQ Financing — Capital Assets
You could obtain a loan, loan guarantee or quasi-equity financing to acquire assets for your business.
- Value-Added Manufacturing Program
You could receive funding of up to 50% of eligible start-up costs related to your diverted-waste innovation.
- Vehicle Retrofit Program (persons with disabilities)
If you provide transportation services to persons with a disability in New Brunswick, you may be able to get a grant to retrofit your vehicles.
- Web Presence Program
Your business could receive a non-repayable contribution to establish a presence on the Internet.
- Western Diversification Program
If your not-for-profit organization is looking to strengthen the economy of Western Canada, you can apply for funding for various initiatives.
- Workforce Development Fund
Are you looking to increase the skill level of your employees? This program can help you train your employees to develop skills and increase productivity.
- Workforce Training Measurement
Your business could receive technical or financial assistance to define your training needs, to set up your project, and to assess its effectiveness.
- Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive
You can apply for funding to train your employees and help boost productivity.
- Workplace Training — Employer Information
If you are planning to hire new employees, you may be able to get a reimbursement for up to 70% of workplace training costs.
- Youth Employment Program
You could obtain financial assistance to hire a skilled post-secondary graduate to work on your innovative project.
- Yukon Advanced Artist Award
If you are a professional artist, you could be eligible for funding to assist you with your career development.
- Yukon Agriculture Development
You could receive funding to develop agricultural projects that can improve the economic conditions of your region.
- Yukon Agriculture Training Program
Get funding to strengthen your agriculture and agri-food business through training, skills development, and diversification.
- Yukon Arts Fund
If you are part of an arts collective, you could get funding for activities related to the literary, visual or performing arts.
- Yukon Business Incentive Program
You may receive cash rebates to help your business hire Yukon residents for eligible construction projects or sell Yukon-made goods to the territorial government.
- Yukon Cultural Industries Training Fund
Are you a Yukon business person working in cultural industries or the arts? Apply to receive funding to help pay for the costs of professional training.
- Yukon Film Production Fund
You could receive up to $500,000 per project to assist with the costs of producing a film in the territory, if your Yukon corporation controls the project.
- Yukon Film Training Initiative
If you are a Yukon filmmaker, you can apply for funding to further your skills through training.
- Yukon Filmmakers Fund
Find out about funding available to help you produce films.
- Yukon Mining Incentive Program
You could get funding for your mineral prospecting and exploration activities in Yukon.
- Yukon Sound Recording Program
If you are a Yukon sound recording professional producing a CD, you could be eligible for up to $5000 in grants.
- Yukon Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund
Apply for up to $105,000 in funding to help your tourism business pay for costs associated with marketing.
- Yukon Tourism Training Fund
Find out how you could receive funding for your tourism business to train new and current employees.
- Yukon Underutilized Land Initiative
Receive up to $250 per hectare to use farm land that has not been used for agriculture for several years.
- Yukon Wildlife Damage Compensation Program
Are you a Yukon farmer who has not been able to prevent crop forage damage from wildlife? If so, you may be able to receive some compensation.
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