Financing for innovation
Are you looking to finance your innovation activities? Whether you're working on products or services at the research and development phase, or looking to market your innovation at the commercialization stage, there are a number of government programs available to help you. Find out if you qualify.
- 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.
- 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.
- AgriProcessing Initiative
If you are a Canadian processor of agricultural products, you could receive money for new machinery to help you update your manufacturing processes.
- Alberta BoostR
This crowdfunding platform can help your Alberta businesses raise money through a community of supporters, in exchange for a reward.
- Alberta Innovates
You could get support for the research and innovation-based activities of your business from the Alberta Government.
- Alberta Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program
Your corporation may be able to receive a tax credit for scientific research and experimental development expenditures incurred in Alberta.
- 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 Association of Community Business Development Corporations
If you live in a rural region of Atlantic Canada, you can access business counselling, financing and training to help start or grow your business.
- Atlantic Innovation Fund
If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get money to develop new technology.
- Atuqtuarvik Corporation — Loan Services
If you are Inuit and live in Nunavut, you can apply for a loan to start or expand your business.
- 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.
- 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 (North Bay)
You may be eligible for financial support to help your business in the North Bay region 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-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.
- Canada Media Fund
If you are involved in the Canadian television or digital media industries, you may be eligible for funding.
- 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.
- 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 Enterprise Development Tax Credit Program
Are you a community-based business looking for capital? Encourage investment in your business by making investors aware of available tax credits.
- Community Futures British Columbia — Financing programs for entrepreneurs
You could get money to start or grow a business if you live in a rural area of British Columbia.
- Community Futures Saskatchewan — Loan products for small businesses
You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in rural or northern Saskatchewan.
- Connect Canada internships
You could receive funding of $5,000 to help pay the salary of a graduate student or a post-doctoral fellow for 4 to 6 months to help with your advanced R&D project.
- Conservation Fund
You could receive funding for new conservation programs and technology for your business.
- 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 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.
- Digital media tax credit
Your digital media business may be eligible for a refundable tax credit of up to 50% on the cost of developing interactive products.
You could obtain a loan, a loan guarantee or quasi-equity funding to establish environmentally friendly business practices within your business.
- 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)
Your export-related business could be eligible for funding to open, develop or expand markets or to stimulate Yukon business activities.
- Entrepreneur Loan Program
You may be eligible to receive up to $50,000 directly from authorized lenders backed by a government guarantee for your new or expanding business.
- Farm Credit Canada Products and Services
You could access capital for your farming or agri-business operation.
- FedNor Innovation Fund
If your business is based in Northern Ontario, you could receive funding towards the adoption and commercialization of new technologies.
- 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).
- 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.
- INNOV8 Program
You could get money to help your business improve processes, increase productivity, commercialization, advance technology, export or innovate.
- Industrial R&D Fellowships Program
You could get help to hire a PhD graduate to work on a research project in natural sciences or engineering for your business for 2 years.
- Industrial R&D Internship Program (IRDI)
Your not-for-profit corporation could receive funding to create private sector research internships for science and technology graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
- 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 loans
If your business gets at least 60% of its revenue from information technology you may be eligible for this term loan.
- Innov'Action Agri-Food Tier 2 — Innovation in agricultural production
Use this subsidy to support your business or group of businesses in carrying out your innovative projects pertaining to agricultural production.
Get the capital and guidance you need to take your emerging technology business to the next level.
- 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.
- Manitoba Industrial Opportunities Program
Access funding for your small business to advance technology and create long term, high skilled jobs.
- Metis-Dene Development Fund
Are you a majority-owner of a business in the Northwest Territories? You may be able to get money to help you grow your business.
- Mitacs Accelerate
Learn how you can expand your R&D potential by recruiting a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to research your technology project.
- Mitacs Elevate
You could receive funding toward a fellowship program with a recent PhD graduate to work on a research project for two years.
- Nova Scotia Farm Loans
Apply for a loan to help fund your agricultural business.
- Nova Scotia First Fund
Find out how to commercialize your emerging technology with a venture investment of up to $3 million.
- Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit
You may be entitled to a 30% refundable tax credit, to a maximum of $30,000 per literary work, if you publish or promote work by a Canadian author.
- Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Enterprises
You may be eligible for a loan of $5,000 to $25,000 for your innovative Ontario-based social enterprise.
- 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 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 Production Services Tax Credit
Your production company could be eligible to receive a refundable tax credit for production expenses.
- Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit
Find out if you qualify for a tax credit for your research and development expenditures.
- Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit
Your Ontario corporation may qualify for a 20% refundable tax credit for expenses related to the production of a sound recording or music video.
- Ontario Tax Exemption for Commercialization
Your start-up corporation may be eligible for a tax exemption if you sell new products developed by Canadian colleges or universities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Proof of Principle Program
If you are an academic researcher whose research, collaborations and training relate to commercialization, you may be eligible for financial assistance.
- Research and Development Program (waste diversion)
You could receive research funding of up to $50,000 for your solid waste diversion idea.
- Research and development tax credit
You can apply for a 15% tax credit for costs incurred from qualified scientific research and experimental development.
- Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative
Up to $100,000 of funding may be available for you to establish or grow your agri-business.
- Saskatchewan Mineral Exploration Tax Credit
Your mineral exploration company may be able to offer tax credits to your investors.
- 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.
- 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.
- Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation
Apply for funding to help your innovative small business develop new processes or technologies.
- 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 Program — Nunavut Equity Investment Fund
If you live in Nunavut, you could get money to start or grow a business in mining, tourism, cultural industries or fisheries.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tax Credit for R&D Salary for Biopharmaceutical Activities
If you are in the biopharmaceutical industry, your business may be eligible for more favourable terms for this tax measure.
- Tax credit for pre-competitive private partnership research projects
Put this tax measure to work for your scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) projects carried out in Quebec, in partnership with another private company.
- 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.
- Tourism Development Fund
Your tourism business may qualify for financial support for innovation, training, and improving investment readiness.
- Validation Certificate for Pre-Competitive Research Consortiums
Do you do pre-competitive research and want to create research consortiums? If so, this tax credit can help you.
- Value-Added Manufacturing Program
You could receive funding of up to 50% of eligible start-up costs related to your diverted-waste innovation.
- 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.
- 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 Training Program
Get funding to strengthen your agriculture and agri-food business through training, skills development, and diversification.
- Yukon Research and Development Tax Credit
Receive a tax credit of 15% or 20% for eligible research and development costs.
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