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. You can filter the programs by region and/or by business type.
- 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.
- R&D Vouchers
Access funding for technical expertise and facilities that will support your research and development activities within your innovative business.
- Valorisation Jeunesse — Place à la relève
Would you like to help train the next generation of workers by offering summer internships? If so, you could receive financial assistance and advice for hiring young Montrealers.
- Aboriginal Economic Development Fund — Regional Partnership Grant
As an approved aboriginal business or a non-aboriginal business partnering with one, you may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $250,000.
- Aboriginal Initiatives Fund II
Your aboriginal organization could benefit from a range of financial assistance for projects that support community development.
- Advanced Manufacturing Fund
If your Ontario manufacturing business conducts innovative manufacturing activities and R&D, you could access repayable funding.
- AgriInnovation Program
If you have an agri-business, you can apply for an R&D contribution to get your new agricultural product or technology ready for the market.
If you are an agricultural producer, you could get a matching contribution if you put aside savings.
- AgriMarketing Program
Do you have an agricultural business? You could get money to advertise and market your products and adapt appropriate quality and security assurance systems.
- Agriculture and Agrifoods Development Fund
Get funding to diversify and expand your primary or secondary processing operation.
- 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 funding 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 Partnership 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.
- Broadband for E-business and Marketing (Muskoka)
You may be eligible for financial support to help your Muskoka business develop and exploit e-business strategies and applications.
- Broadband for E-business and Marketing (Timmins)
You may be eligible for financial support to help your business in the Timmins region develop and exploit e-business strategies and applications.
- Business Development Centres of Nunavut
If you are a Canadian living in Nunavut, you can apply for help to start or grow a business in your community.
- Business Intelligence and Networking (SEED)
You could get funding to offset the cost of attending seminars and trade shows on new technologies or business opportunities.
- Business Investment Fund
Need financing to grow or expand your business? If it is part of the Province’s strategic sector, you could be eligible for funding.
- Business Training Fund
Do your employees need training to upgrade their skills? If so, your business could qualify for funding.
- CHOICES workplace safety incentive program
You may qualify for insurance rebates for improving your workplace health and safety and return-to-work outcomes.
- Canada Job Grant
You could get up to $10,000 per employee to help cover the cost of training.
- Canada Periodical Fund
You could get money to help you publish your Canadian magazine or non-daily newspaper.
- 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.
- Career Focus
You could get funding to hire youths if you can give them useful work experience.
- 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.
- Cleantech Pre-investment Program
Apply for up to $50,000 to get your early-stage clean technology business investment-ready.
- Cluster Development Program
Work together with other local businesses to find export opportunities.
- Coast Opportunity Funds — Economic Development Fund
Obtain funding for your sustainable business or economic development activities if you are a Participating First Nation (or individual member of one) on the BC coast.
- Collaboration Voucher Program
You may be able to cut the cost of innovation technical expertise needed to keep your Ontario business competitive.
- 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
If you live in BC and are underemployed, unemployed or have made an EI claim in recent years, you could get help to start or buy a business.
- Connecting Canadians
If your business provides Internet service, you could get financing to help enhance or expand your network to rural and northern Canadians.
- Conservation Fund
You could receive funding for new energy 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.
- Cultural Industry Growth Program
Find out how your creative arts business or consortium may be eligible for financial support for export development.
- Cultural industries — Financial assistance
Find out how you could get money to help cover costs related to your film, television, new media, music or publishing business.
- Development and Commercialization Fund
You could receive financial support for the discovery and development project phases of your innovative PEI business.
- Digital Media Development Program
Find out about a salary rebate worth up to $15,000 per year per full-time production employee who helps develop gaming intellectual property.
- Direct Operating grant (child care)
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 Program
If you are located in a rural area of Eastern Ontario, you could get financing to start or grow your business.
- Economic Development Initiative (Southern Ontario)
Funding may be available for your business if you provide programs or services in French to a Francophone community in southern Ontario.
- Electric Vehicle Incentive and Charging Incentive Programs
You might be eligible for rebates toward the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle and a charging station.
- Emerging Music Business Program
You could be eligible for funding for your emerging music business in Nova Scotia.
- 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.
- Enabling Accessibility Fund — Workplace Accessibility Stream
Your small business may qualify for a grant to improve accessibility in your facility for people with disabilities.
- Engage Grants
You could access a grant for your science and engineering business to help solve a company-specific problem.
- Enterprise Trade Fund (Small Business)
Your export-related business could be eligible for funding to open, develop or expand markets or to stimulate Yukon business activities.
- Enterprise Trade Fund (film and sound industries)
If your business is involved in the sound or film industry, apply for funding of up to $50 000.
- Entrepreneur Support (SEED)
You may be eligible to receive a grant to start a new business or improve the capacity of your business.
- Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund
If you are Aboriginal and live in the territories, you could get financing to start or grow a business.
- Export Development Program
Are you thinking about exporting your product or service? You might be eligible for funding to help you get started.
- 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 5 employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a grant of 50% on costs to grow export sales.
- Farm Business Development Initiative
As a Saskatchewan farmer, you can apply for funding to access farm-related training or to help with the cost of hiring a consulting service.
- Film Market and 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.
- Financial support for agricultural fairs
You could receive financial assistance to carry out your agricultural fair project.
- Financial support for workplaces – Work/life balance
Take advantage of this grant to institute a work/life balance measure within your business.
- 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
As a commercial fisher or business owner, you could get a grant to cover up to 50% of the cost to ship within Nunavut and southern Canada.
- Fisheries and Sealing Programs — Fur Pricing Program
Are you a fur harvester in Nunavut? If so, you are eligible for advance payments for cleaned and dried sealskins and furs through local Wildlife offices.
- Fonds de développement des entreprises d'économie sociale
Do you have a social enterprise? If so, this development fund can help you.
- 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 fisher, you may be eligible for mentoring and financial support.
- 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.
- Grant Programs for Writers and Publishers
As a professional writer, collective or publisher, you can apply for various grants and prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts.
- Grants for registered family child care homes
Thinking of starting a registered family child care home in Newfoundland and Labrador? You may be eligible for start-up grants and yearly supplements.
- Growing Forward 2: Growing Assurance
If you are an agriproducer or agriprocessor interested in sustainable business practices, you could find financial assistance.
- Growing Forward 2: Growing Innovation
As an agriproducer or agriprocessor, you could take advantage of financial assistance programs designed to help you with research and adoption of new technologies.
- 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.
- INNOV8 Program
You could get money to help your business improve processes, increase productivity, commercialize products, advance technology, export or innovate.
- Incoming Buyers Program
Your business could receive up to $2,250 to bring an international buyer to your business.
- Industrial agreement programs
If your Quebec SME is seeking European industrial or technological partners, these programs could make the process easier for you.
- 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.
- Interaction Grants
Your R&D company could get a grant of up to $5,000 to meet with established academic researchers to identify potential research projects.
- 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.
- 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.
- Investing in Business Growth and Productivity
Your established Ontario business or not-for-profit organization may be eligible for funding to grow and be more productive.
- Investing in Business Innovation
You could get financing to help commercialize the innovations of your Southern Ontario start-up if you've already secured private investments.
- Investment Agriculture Foundation funding programs
If you are part of the agriculture and food processing industry in BC, you could be eligible for funding.
- Investments in Forest Industry Transformation
You could get funding to commercialize new technologies for forest product production.
- 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.
- Job Creation Partnerships
If you are planning a new business project that benefits the community, you could be eligible to hire a subsidized job seeker.
- Job integration contract (Contrat d'intégration au travail)
If your business hires and retains a person with a disability, you may be eligible for financial assistance and specific support.
- Junior Exploration Assistance
You could receive a grant to conduct advanced mineral exploration and prospection.
- Métis Employment Services
Thinking of hiring? If so, your business may qualify for wage subsidies of up to 50%.
- Market Access Program
If you want to market your product or service beyond Saskatchewan, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some costs to exhibit at a trade event in a new market.
- 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.
- Mass layoffs
If you plan to lay off more than 50 people, you could receive technical and financial assistance to set up a reclassification assistance committee.
- Micro Business (SEED)
Your micro business may be eligible to receive funding for equipment, raw materials, and general expenses.
- Micro-Business Training Pilot Program
If you are over 19 years of age with no recognized certifications or post-secondary credits, you could receive up to $1000 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.
- Music PEI Funding Program
If you are a musical artist from PEI, you may apply for a grant to assist you in developing your craft.
- Networks of Centres of Excellence
Explore various funds available for your R&D activities that respond to current research and innovation needs.
- Northern Business Opportunity Program (Northern Ontario)
Your Northern Ontario business could be eligible for grants or loans ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.
- Northern Community Capacity Building Programs (Northern Ontario)
You may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to a maximum of $150,000 to support certain types of business related activities in Northern Ontario.
- Northern Innovation Programs (Northern Ontario)
Your Northern Ontario business may able eligible for funding from $15,000 up to $500,000 towards research and commercialization of new technologies.
- 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 Internship Program
You may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $31,500 if you hire a recent graduate as a new intern in your Northern Ontario organization.
- Nunavut Prospector's Program
Find out how you could get up to $8,000 for prospecting projects in Nunavut.
- 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 Media Development Corporation Export Fund
Check out how your cultural media company could receive funding for export development.
- Ontario Music Fund
If you run a business, a consortium, an industry association or a not-for-profit organization active in the Ontario music sector you may be eligible to apply for funding.
- Ontario Self-Employment Benefit
You may be able to turn your employment insurance eligibility into support for planning a new business of your own.
- Ontario Youth Employment Fund
You may be eligible for funding towards some of the cost for new employees if you provide job placements of 4 to 6 months to youth in Ontario.
- 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.
- Power Smart Express
This program provides financial incentives to help you replace old, inefficient technologies with new energy-efficient products.
- Prime-Vert Program — Tier 4 Support in developing and transferring agri-environmental knowledge
Your agricultural producers’ association could receive financial assistance to develop and promote environmentally friendly agricultural practices.
- 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.
- Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program
Get free help from a Nova Scotia university or college to make your business more productive and innovative.
- Program to support sectoral development strategies
Your agricultural association or business/agri-food sector group could receive a grant for projects that support sectoral development in Quebec.
- 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.
- Prospectors Assistance
You could receive funding for mineral exploration activities and prospector training.
- Quebec Economic Development Program
Find out about financial and other resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.
- R&D Proof of Concept
Apply for a grant to reduce the technical and financial risk of your innovative, pre-commercial research and development project.
- 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.
- Regional Development Fund
Need to enhance skills essential for regional economic development? If you run a non-profit organization in Newfoundland and Labrador, you could be eligible for funding.
- Research and Development Program (waste diversion)
You could receive research funding of up to $50,000 for your solid waste diversion idea.
- SMART Program — Advanced Technologies for Global Growth
As a Southern Ontario manufacturer, you could get financing to invest in advanced technologies.
- 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 Assistance
If you are unemployed and want to create a job for yourself by starting your own business, you may be eligible for financial and entrepreneurial assistance.
- 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 support
Receive financial and technical support to start or purchase a microbusiness.
- Service Export Program
You could get reimbursed for up to 50% of the 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.
- SmartStart Seed Fund
As a youth entrepreneur, you may be eligible for funding of up to $40,000 to help you through the validation stage of you innovation-based business.
- 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.
- Starter Company
As a youth entrepreneur, you may be eligible for funding of up to $5,000 and business skills training to help you a start or expand a business.
- Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects program
As a young entrepreneur you may be eligible for funding of up to $3,000 and business skills training to help you a start a business.
- Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program (Northern Ontario)
Your alliance of businesses or not-for-profits in Northern Ontario may be eligible to apply for up to $1 million for new infrastructure projects.
- 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
Find out how your northern business could get money for a project that creates jobs and helps develop the North.
- Student Summer Employment Wage Subsidy Program
You could get a wage subsidy to hire a high school or post-secondary student for the summer.
- 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 in the Yukon, you may be eligible for funding to help care for a child with special needs.
- TECTERRA Geomatics Technology Programs
If you are an entrepreneur in the geomatics industry, you could access funding and resources that can help you develop and commercialize your business.
- TechFutures Program
Are you a young entrepreneur with a technology-driven business idea? You could receive financial support to launch your business.
- Technology Demonstration Program
You could receive up to 50% of the costs of a next-generation manufacturing project for the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.
- 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.
- Toronto Enterprise Fund
You could receive operating or seed funding for starting or managing a social enterprise that provides employment or training for vulnerable people.
- Tour Operator Partnership Program
You could receive funding to market your Nova Scotia tour package product.
- Touring Artist Fund
You could get 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 $150,000 for campaigns promoting tourism events across Ontario.
- Tourism Industry Partnership Proposal Program
You could get financing to help your business consortium market an Ontario tourist destination to both domestic and international audiences at once.
- Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program
Get a grant to develop, improve or expand your tourism operation in the Northwest Territories.
- UNIQ Financing — Capital Assets
You could obtain a loan, a loan guarantee or quasi-equity financing to acquire assets for your business.
- UNIQ Financing — Working Capital
You could get a loan, a loan guarantee or quasi-equity financing to increase the working capital 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.
- 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.
- Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative
Your Western business could get financial assistance to bring innovative products, processes and services to market.
- Workforce training measures
Your business could receive technical or financial assistance for your employee training projects.
- Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive
You can apply for funding to train your employees and help boost productivity.
- Workplace Skills Enhancement Program
Do your employees need training to improve the productivity and global competitiveness of your business? If so, you could be eligible for funding.
- 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 help 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 Cultural Industries Training Fund
Are you a Yukon business person working in cultural industries or the arts? Apply for 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
If you are a Yukon filmmaker, you can apply for funding to further your skills through training.
- Yukon Filmmakers Fund
Find out about the funding that is available to help you produce films or videos.
- 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 $5,000 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 Program
Receive up to $250 per hectare to revive your farm land and up to $0.50 per linear foot to rebuild certain fences.
- Yukon Wildlife Damage Prevention and Compensation
Has wildlife damaged your Yukon crops, gardens, orchards, pastures or fences? Find out if you are eligible for financial assistance.
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