Financing for innovation 

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

    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 Partnership Canada

    If you are working on next-generation automotive technologies, you could receive financial assistance to support collaborative R&D activities.

  • BDC Venture Capital

    An alternate source of funding for your technology-based business.

  • BDC financing

    You could get money to help you start or grow your business.

  • BDC growth capital for aboriginal business

    Find out how you could get money to help start or grow your Aboriginal business.

  • BDC subordinate financing

    Do you own a successful business, but lack the collateral to get a conventional loan? Discover an alternative way to finance your business growth.

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

    Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.

  • 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 Media Fund

    If you are involved in the Canadian television or digital media industries, you may be eligible for funding.

  • 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.

  • Community Business Development Corporations — Loans for Atlantic entrepreneurs
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    You could borrow up to $150,000 to start, grow, or modernize a business in a rural area of Atlantic Canada.

  • 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.

  • Cultural industries — Financial assistance
    Applies only to: New Brunswick

    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.

  • Digital Media Development Program
    Applies only to: New Brunswick

    Find out about a salary rebate worth up to $15,000 per year per full-time production employee who helps develop gaming intellectual property.

  • 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.

  • Farm Credit Canada Products and Services

    You could access capital for your farming or agri-business operation.

  • Financial Assistance to Industry Program
    Applies only to: New Brunswick

    You could get a loan or loan guarantee to start, grow or maintain your business in New Brunswick.

  • INNOV8 Program
    Applies only to: New Brunswick

    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 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.

  • MUSICACTION

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

  • 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 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.

  • NB Growth Program
    Applies only to: New Brunswick

    You could get a grant of up to $100,000 to start a business, or up to $60,000 to expand, diversify or improve your small business.

  • Networks of Centres of Excellence

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

  • NextGen Biofuels Fund

    Find out if you are eligible for funding to develop a biofuel production facility in Canada.

  • 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.

  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program

    You can get a tax credit, if you spend money on industrial R&D in Canada.

  • Seed Capital Initiative
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia

    If you live in one of 5 major Atlantic cities, you could obtain a loan to start, grow or improve a small business and get business training.

  • 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

    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.

  • Youth Employment Program

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