Grants, contributions and financial assistance 

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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.

  • Aboriginal Business Development Program
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia

    Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.

  • Aboriginal Initiatives Fund II

    Your aboriginal organization could benefit from a range of financial assistance for projects that support community development.

  • 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.

  • AgriInvest

    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 agricultural products and adapt appropriate assurance systems.

  • 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
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    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.

  • Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism — Courses
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    If you have a cultural tourism business in the Atlantic Provinces, you could get a subsidy to help pay for management training.

  • Canada Book Fund

    You could receive financial assistance for your Canadian book publishing business.

  • 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 Industry Program for Energy Conservation

    Access financial assistance, workshops, and other services that can help your industrial facility save energy.

  • Cleantech Pre-investment Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Apply for up to $50,000 to get your early-stage clean technology business investment-ready.

  • 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.

  • Cultural Industry Growth Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Find out how your creative arts business or consortium may be eligible for financial support for export development.

  • Early Childhood Enhancement Grant
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You can apply for a grant to improve employee salaries and benefits at your daycare.

  • Emerging Music Business Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You could be eligible for funding for your emerging music business in Nova Scotia.

  • 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 by collaborating with researchers from a Canadian university.

  • Export Development Program for Music
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You could get financing to promote and expand your music business outside of Nova Scotia.

  • Export Prospector Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You can apply for up to $15,000 to help you take advantage of export trade shows and missions.

  • ExportAbility Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Apply for funding to increase your competitive know-how in the global marketplace.

  • Film Market and Festival Assistance Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Apply to receive financial assistance to attend film markets and festivals as a producer.

  • Global Business Accelerator Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Are you involved in international commercial activities? You could get funding to hire an international business expert.

  • Go-Ahead Program for exporters
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    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 through the Canada Council for the Arts.

  • Grant programs for artists

    As a professional artist, you can apply for a grant to help cover the cost of creative productions, professional development, residency and travel expenses.

  • 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.

  • Industrial Research Assistance Program

    Your small or medium-sized business may qualify for financial assistance to develop, adopt, adapt and/or commercialize new or improved technologies.

  • 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-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.

  • 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.

  • Investments in Forest Industry Transformation

    You could get funding to commercialize new technologies for forest product production.

  • Job Creation Partnerships
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    If you are planning a new business project that benefits the community, you could be eligible to hire a subsidized job seeker.

  • 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.


    You may be eligible for financing if you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner.

  • Matching Investment Fund

    If you produce milk products or manufacture processed goods made with milk, you could get funding to create new or improved products.

  • Mitacs Elevate

    You could receive funding toward a fellowship program with a recent PhD graduate to work on a research project for two years.

  • Networks of Centres of Excellence

    Find out about various funds available for your R&D activities that respond to current research and innovation needs.

  • Nova Scotia Business Development Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You could qualify for a government rebate to help vitalize your start-up or existing business.

  • 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.

  • Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Get free help from a Nova Scotia university or college to make your business more productive and innovative.

  • Research and Development Program (waste diversion)
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You could receive research funding of up to $50,000 for your solid waste diversion idea.

  • Service Export Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You could get reimbursed for up to 50% of costs related to finalizing a service export deal.

  • Space Technology Development Program

    Your organization (Industry or Academia) could receive financial and technical support to perform R&D on space technologies.

  • Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative

    If your aerospace and defence company is incorporated in Canada, you could receive money for R&D projects in Canada.

  • Supported Child Care Grant
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Apply for a grant to create or sustain an inclusive child care program for children with special needs.

  • Sustainable Development Technology Fund

    Do you need money to develop and test a new energy technology? You could qualify for funding to create clean technology products that fight climate change.

  • 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.

  • Technology Demonstration Program

    You could receive up to 50% of the costs of creating a next-generation manufacturing service for the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.

  • The LEAN + Energy Efficiency and Environment Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    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.

  • Value-Added Manufacturing Program
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You could receive funding of up to 50% of eligible start-up costs related to your diverted-waste innovation.

  • Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    You can apply for funding to train your employees and help boost productivity.

  • Youth Employment Program

    You could obtain financial assistance to hire a skilled post-secondary graduate to work on your innovative project.