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.
- Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- Access-Ability Program
Apply for a $10/hour wage subsidy to employ persons with disabilities at your business.
- Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship
You could qualify for a $3,000 grant for activities that support the promotion or development of export opportunities for Canadians.
- 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 — SME Component
Your SME in the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sector could be eligible for funding to develop or further penetrate export markets.
- AgriMarketing — Assurance systems stream
Your not-for-profit organization could be eligible for funding for projects that support national food assurance systems and tools.
- AgriMarketing — Market development stream
Your not-for-profit organization in the agriculture, agri-food, fish or seafood sector could be eligible for funding for market development projects.
- 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.
- Automotive Supplier Innovation Program
As a supplier to the automotive industry, your business could access funds to support projects that develop innovative products or processes.
- 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 Energy Rebates
Find out how to receive a rebate when you buy energy efficient products for your business.
- CanExport Program
You could get up to $99,999 to help your business develop new export markets.
- 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 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.
- Canadian International Innovation Program
If you are a Canadian company with R&D projects in science and technology, you could get funding to work with a foreign partner to commercialize your technology.
- Career Focus
You could get funding to hire young people if you can give them useful work experience.
- Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN)
Is your next-generation communication solutions project ready for commercialization? You could qualify for support valued up to $100,000.
- Cleantech Pre-investment Program
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.
- Craft Business Development
Access skills development and funding assistance to develop or grow your craft business in Cape Breton Island and Mulgrave.
- Cultural Industry Growth Program
Find out how your creative arts business or consortium may be eligible for financial support for export development.
- Early Childhood Enhancement Grant
You can apply for a grant to improve employee salaries and benefits at your daycare.
- Emerging Music Business Program
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.
- Export Development Program for Music
You could get financing to promote and expand your music business outside of Nova Scotia.
- Export Growth Program
You could be eligible for funding up to $35,000 to increase your export capabilities.
You could reduce the loan principal on your first farming business by up to $30,000.
- Graduate to Opportunity program
Apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring a recent college or university graduate.
- Grant Programs for writers and publishers
As a professional writer, publisher, or part of an author collective, you can apply for various grants and prizes 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 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.
- Investments in Forest Industry Transformation
You could get funding to commercialize new technologies for forest product production.
- 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.
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 obtain research assistance from a PhD fellow at a reduced cost to your business for projects lasting up to two years.
- Networks of Centres of Excellence
Explore various funds available for your R&D activities that respond to current research and innovation needs.
- Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund
Apply for funding to produce your Nova Scotia film or television project.
- 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.
- Partnerships Options for Companies
Get help with your Canadian R&D projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.
- Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program
Get free help from a Nova Scotia university or college to make your business more productive and innovative.
- Research and Development Program (waste diversion)
You could receive research funding of up to $50,000 for your solid waste diversion idea.
- Small Business Development Program
You could qualify for a government rebate of up to $15,000 to increase your export capacity.
- Soft Landing program
Are you ready to take your ICT business global? Get help making the right connections abroad.
- 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.
- Sustainable Development Technology Fund
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 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.
- Tour Operator Partnership Program
You could receive funding to market your Nova Scotia tour package product.
- Translation Assistance Program — alianco
Obtain up to $8,000 in financial assistance for the translation of your promotional materials, if your business is located in Atlantic Canada.
- Value-Added Manufacturing Program
You could receive funding of up to 50% of eligible start-up costs related to your diverted-waste innovation.
- Workplace Education Initiative
Apply for funding to develop and increase essential skills in your workplace.
- Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive
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.
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