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.

  • Impact Canada challenges
    Could your technology idea solve a challenging government problem? You could be eligible for funding and other resources to help put your idea into action.

Canada

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

  • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
    Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
  • Agriculture Direct Loans
    Only Applies to : New Brunswick
    Get a loan for a project of strategic importance to the province's agricultural sector.
  • Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    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 Fisheries Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    You can apply to receive funding for initiatives aimed at increasing the availability of sustainable, high quality and high value fish and seafood.
  • Atlantic Innovation Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get funding to develop new technology.
  • Business Development Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.
  • CBDC Innovation Loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you're an entrepreneur living in rural Atlantic Canada, you could get help to support your innovative projects.
  • Cultural industries — Financial assistance
    Only Applies 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.
  • Impact: more than a start-up loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you live in one of 6 major Atlantic cities, you could obtain a loan to start, grow or improve a small business.
  • Research and Development Tax Credit (New Brunswick)
    Only Applies to : New Brunswick
    Obtain a fully refundable tax credit for research and development activities carried out by your business.
  • Venture for Canada
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Do you operate a small business in Atlantic Canada? You could get 4-month paid internships of up to $7,000 per intern for innovation-focused projects.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
    Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
  • Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    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 Fisheries Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    You can apply to receive funding for initiatives aimed at increasing the availability of sustainable, high quality and high value fish and seafood.
  • Atlantic Innovation Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get funding to develop new technology.
  • Business Development Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.
  • Business Investment Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    Need financing to grow or expand your business? If it is part of the Province's strategic sector, you could be eligible for funding.
  • CBDC Innovation Loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you're an entrepreneur living in rural Atlantic Canada, you could get help to support your innovative projects.
  • Commercialization Officer Internship and Directed Research Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    You could get funding to hire an intern to help commercialize your advanced technologies.
  • Consultant Advisory Services Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    You can access up to $5,000 to hire a consultant to help with an issue or a challenge faced by your SME or non-profit organization.
  • Direct Equity Tax Credit Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    Invest in a new or expanding small business in Newfoundland and Labrador and receive a provincial income tax credit.
  • Film and video tax credit
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    Apply for a refundable provincial corporate income tax credit for your Newfoundland and Labrador film project.
  • Impact: more than a start-up loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you live in one of 6 major Atlantic cities, you could obtain a loan to start, grow or improve a small business.
  • Provincial Agrifoods Assistance Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    Get funding to diversify and expand your primary or secondary processing operation in the agriculture or agrifood industry.
  • R&D Proof of Concept
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    Apply for a grant to reduce the technical and financial risk of your innovative, pre-commercial research and development project.
  • R&D Vouchers
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    Access funding for technical expertise and facilities that will support your research and development activities within your innovative business.
  • Seafood Innovation and Transition Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    If your fisheries-related business or organization is transitioning from shellfish to groundfish, you could be eligible for funding.
  • Venture for Canada
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Do you operate a small business in Atlantic Canada? You could get 4-month paid internships of up to $7,000 per intern for innovation-focused projects.

Northwest Territories

  • Community Futures Program (NWT)
    Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
    If you are starting a new business or looking to grow your existing business in the NWT, you could be eligible for business assistance, funding or counselling.
  • Financial programs
    Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
    Are you looking to obtain financing for your business? This program offers term loans, equity, contributions and letters of credit.
  • Self Employment Option
    Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
    Interested in starting your own business in the NWT? If you are unemployed, you could continue to receive benefits and get help to start your business.
  • Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development
    Only Applies to : Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
    Find out how your northern business could get up to $99,999 for a project that creates jobs and helps develop the North.
  • Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development
    Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
    You may be eligible to receive financial support to start a new business or improve your business' capacity.
  • Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program
    Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
    Access funding to develop your tourism business in the Northwest Territories.

Nova Scotia

  • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
    Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
  • Aquaculture Loan Program
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Apply for a loan to establish, maintain or expand your aquaculture business.
  • Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    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 Fisheries Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    You can apply to receive funding for initiatives aimed at increasing the availability of sustainable, high quality and high value fish and seafood.
  • Atlantic Innovation Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get funding to develop new technology.
  • Business Development Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.
  • CBDC Innovation Loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you're an entrepreneur living in rural Atlantic Canada, you could get help to support your innovative projects.
  • Digital media tax credit
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Your media business may be eligible for a refundable tax credit of up to 50% on the cost of developing interactive digital products.
  • Impact: more than a start-up loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you live in one of 6 major Atlantic cities, you could obtain a loan to start, grow or improve a small business.
  • Innovacorp
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Get the capital and guidance you need to take your emerging technology business to the next level.
  • Innovate to Opportunity hiring incentive
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring a recent Masters or PhD graduate to help your business innovate and export.
  • Innovation Rebate Program
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Apply for a 25% rebate on projects valued up to $15 million that will increase the global competitiveness of your business.
  • Nova Scotia farm loans
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Apply for a variety of lending products to help start or grow your agricultural business.
  • Nova Scotia Research and Development Tax Credit
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    You can apply for a 15% tax credit for costs incurred from qualified scientific research and experimental development.
  • Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program
    Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
    Get help valued up to $25,000 from a Nova Scotia university or college to make your business more productive and innovative.
  • Venture for Canada
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Do you operate a small business in Atlantic Canada? You could get 4-month paid internships of up to $7,000 per intern for innovation-focused projects.

Nunavut

  • Atuqtuarvik Corporation — Financing
    Only Applies to : Nunavut
    If you are Inuit and live in Nunavut, you can apply for a loan to start or expand your business.
  • Funding programs for Nunavut filmmakers
    Only Applies to : Nunavut
    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.
  • Makigiaqvik Loans
    Only Applies to : Nunavut
    If you have an Inuit-owned business and are living in the Qikiqtani region, you may be eligible for a loan of up to $50,000.
  • Sivummut Grants to Small Businesses
    Only Applies to : Nunavut
    If you live in the Baffin (Qikiqtaaluk) region of Nunavut, you could get up to $25,000 to start or grow a business.
  • Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development
    Only Applies to : Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
    Find out how your northern business could get up to $99,999 for a project that creates jobs and helps develop the North.
  • Strategic Investments Program
    Only Applies to : Nunavut
    You could get funding to start or grow a business, or to help build Nunavut's economy if you run a not-for-profit corporation or society.

Ontario

  • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
    Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
  • Bioenterprise Seed Funding Program
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Has your business developed a unique agricultural or agri-food innovation in Southern Ontario? You could access seed financing and business coaching.
  • Collaboration Voucher Program
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You may be able to cut the cost of innovation technical expertise needed to keep your Ontario business competitive.
  • Community Futures Program (Ontario)
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You could receive funding to start or grow your business in rural Ontario.
  • Conservation Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You could receive funding for new energy conservation programs and technology for your business.
  • Digital Main Street
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Access grants and support to help your small business improve how it uses digital tools and techniques to be more successful.
  • Eastern Ontario Development Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    If you run an incorporated business, you could receive project funding that supports business expansion and innovation in your region.
  • Eastern Ontario Development Program
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    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)
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Funding may be available for your organization if you provide business support services in French to a Francophone community in southern Ontario.
  • FedNor Innovation Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    If your business is based in Northern Ontario, you could receive funding towards the adoption and commercialization of new technologies.
  • Fuel Injection Program
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Your advanced manufacturing or social innovation business could access up to $30,000 in seed funding for growth projects in Southern Ontario.
  • Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Learn about financing and support that may help you develop and commercialize innovative techniques, products and services in Ontario.
  • Interactive Digital Media Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You may be eligible for funding to help you cover some the costs of commercializing your interactive digital media content.
  • Investing in Business Growth and Productivity
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Your established Ontario business or not-for-profit organization may be eligible for funding to grow and be more productive.
  • Investing in Business Innovation
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You could get financing to help commercialize the innovations of your Southern Ontario early-stage business if you've secured private investments.
  • Investment Accelerator Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    This fund helps build and strengthen Ontario-based businesses in the cleantech, information/communications technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors.
  • Jobs and Prosperity Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You may be eligible for funding to help with business projects that will enhance productivity and help you compete in the global marketplace.
  • Métis Voyageur Development Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    If you are Métis, your Ontario-based business may be eligible for loans up to $1M with better rates and fewer restrictions than with commercial lenders.
  • N1M — Startup technology support for the Northumberland region and Southern Ontario
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You could get funding if your technology start-up or innovative SME in Southern Ontario is at the idea or validation stage.
  • Northern community capacity building program (Northern Ontario)
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to a maximum of $100,000 to support certain types of business-related activities in Northern Ontario.
  • Northern Innovation Programs (Northern Ontario)
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Your Northern Ontario business may be eligible for funding from $15,000 up to $500,000 towards research and commercialization of new technologies.
  • Northern Ontario Development Program
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Apply for financing to grow your business in Northern Ontario.
  • Ontario business research institute tax credit
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You could be eligible for a refundable tax credit for scientific research and experimental development in Ontario.
  • Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Enterprises
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You may be eligible for a loan of $5,000 to $25,000 for your innovative Ontario-based social enterprise.
  • Ontario film and television funding
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    You could be eligible for funding to help your Canadian corporation develop, produce and export Ontario films and television shows.
  • Ontario Innovation Tax Credit
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    As an owner of an Ontario-based corporation, you may be eligible for a tax credit of 8% to 12% for scientific research and experimental development.
  • Ontario Media Development Corporation tax credits
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Your Ontario-based, cultural media production corporation could be eligible to receive refundable tax credits for some of your production expenses.
  • Ontario Music Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    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 Research and Development Tax Credit
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Find out if you qualify for a tax credit for your research and development expenditures.
  • Ontario Tax Exemption for Commercialization
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Your corporation may be eligible for a tax exemption if you sell new products developed by Canadian colleges or universities.
  • Social Enterprise Ontario
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Your social enterprise with an environmental or social goal for Francophones may be eligible for grants of up to $16,000 or loans of up to $40,000.
  • Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Apply for funding to help your innovative small business develop and commercialize new processes or technologies.
  • Southwestern Ontario Development Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    As an incorporated business or not-for-profit organization, you could receive funding to support business expansion and innovation in your region.
  • Tourism Development Fund
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Your tourism business may qualify for financial support for innovation, training, and improving investment readiness.

Prince Edward Island

  • PEI Product Development Assistance
    Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
    You could receive financing to help you generate new products, add value to existing products, and create new markets through BIO|FOOD|TECH.
  • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
    Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
  • Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    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 Fisheries Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    You can apply to receive funding for initiatives aimed at increasing the availability of sustainable, high quality and high value fish and seafood.
  • Atlantic Innovation Fund
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get funding to develop new technology.
  • Business Development Program
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.
  • CBDC Innovation Loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you're an entrepreneur living in rural Atlantic Canada, you could get help to support your innovative projects.
  • Craft Development Program
    Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
    You could receive financial support to expand or diversify the quality of crafts that your business manufactures.
  • Development and Commercialization Competition
    Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
    You could receive financial support for the discovery and development project phases of your innovative PEI business.
  • Impact: more than a start-up loan
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    If you live in one of 6 major Atlantic cities, you could obtain a loan to start, grow or improve a small business.
  • Innovation and Development Labour Rebate Program
    Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
    If your business develops or commercializes new products, processes and services, you may be eligible for a tax credit.
  • Micro-Loan Program
    Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
    You may be eligible to receive financing to help start or expand your PEI-based business.
  • Pilot and Discovery Competition
    Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
    You could obtain up to $25,000 to test an innovation-based idea.
  • Venture for Canada
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
    Do you operate a small business in Atlantic Canada? You could get 4-month paid internships of up to $7,000 per intern for innovation-focused projects.

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Saskatchewan

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