For Companies in Southern Ontario, funding is now available through Fed Dev Ontario for innovative projects that :

  • Increase the number of high-growth firms by supporting the commercialization, adoption/adaptation of new, leading-edge and innovative technologies, products or processes.
  • Strengthen key clusters and build on areas of regional innovation strength.
  • Create and maintain highly skilled jobs.
  • Increase export value by improving business investment
  • Promote inclusive growth and participation of traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, Indigenous and young entrepreneurs.

Funding is available through the following streams to support these results:

1) Business scale-up and productivity

Type of funding:

No-interest, repayable contributions from $500,000 up to $10 million per project.

Organization Eligibility:

  • Innovative and globally-oriented businesses seeking to accelerate their growth.
  • High-potential firms (including accelerator graduates) that are commercializing innovative products, technologies and processes.
  • Firms with scale-up potential looking to improve productivity through the adaptation/adoption of highly innovative, first-of-its-kind technologies with the goal of global competitiveness and market expansion.

Project Eligibility 

Project Objective: 

  • High-growth firms conducting activities to scale up and expand.
  • Technology demonstration and the commercialization of new technologies.
  • Initiatives for early adoption or adaptation of leading-edge technologies and processes to improve productivity.
  • Increase businesses’ capacity to grow through market diversification and entry into global markets.

Examples of project activities include:

  • Leveraging risk capital to accelerate the commercialization of products and services geared towards market diversification and growth.
  • Automating and digitizing processes, and related skills development, to improve productivity and increase business capacity and competitiveness.

 

2) Regional innovation ecosystems

Type of funding:

  • Non-repayable contributions from $500,000 up to $10 million per project.\

Organization Eligibility:

  • Not-for-profit organizations who contribute to fueling an entrepreneurial environment conducive to business innovation and growth.
  • Regional economic stakeholders who promote the entrepreneurial talent of underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs.

Project Eligibility 

Project Objective: 

  • Grow and sustain strategic clusters and consortia that support businesses to scale up and commercialize innovative products, technologies and services.
  • Enhance the development and reach of business incubators, accelerators, and other organizations, which support entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative companies with high-growth potential.
  • Support projects led by innovation-oriented organizations to increase and promote business productivity and global competiveness, and investment and talent attraction.

Examples of projects include:

  • Encouraging the first customer for new technologies, products or services.
  • Delivering seed funding, mentoring, networking opportunities and other programs and services to enable the commercialization of new technologies by southern Ontario firms.

 

3)Community Economic Development and Diversification

If you are a not-for-profit looking organization focused on economic transformation in your community, learn more how to apply:

Type of funding:

  • Non-repayable contributions from $250,000 up to $5 million per project for not-for-profit organizations.
  • No interest, repayable contributions from $250,000 up to $5 million per project for incorporated businesses, including Indigenous businesses.

Project Eligibility 

Project Objective: 

  • Enhance business attraction, investment, retention and employment opportunities in southern Ontario communities.
  • Develop and expand collaborative efforts that strengthen regional competitiveness.
  • Support regional businesses, hubs and communities with the goal of economic diversification, integration and transformation.

Examples of projects include:

  • Creating financing opportunities to reduce risk and enable businesses to make investments in innovative technologies.
  • Integrating local businesses into national or global supply chains.

Source: Fed Dev Ontario

 

To learn more about whether your company qualifies for this funding & for assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.

 

You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733

 

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On December 3, 2018, The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister announced a new funding program that will be dedicated to carrying out business scale-up and assist high potential Canadian businesses to thrive in the future.

As mentioned by Navdeep Bains, the said funding Regional Economic Growth Innovation (REGI) program will be accessed in all regions of Canada as he believes that innovation doesn’t only happen in big cities.

The new program will provide a consistent support to regions across the country to ensure that innovative businesses anywhere in Canada will have the opportunity to grow, have access to global markets and adopt new technologies and processes. In which will eventually fuel the economy.

Under REGI, innovation funding programs across all of Canada’s six RDAs will focus on these new streams:

  • Business scale-up and productivity

Investing in and supporting businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, to accelerate their growth, assist them in scaling up and enhance their productivity and competitiveness in both domestic and global markets.

  • Regional innovation ecosystems

To create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness.

While REGI will focus on these streams, Regional Development Agencies, such as FED Dev Ontario will continue to support businesses and communities through existing programming to foster economic development opportunities and diversification in their regions.

 

Learn more about the regional programs by Fed Dev Ontario & see how EVAMAX can help you succeed in your application for funding. 

 

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CAP (Canadian Agricultural Partnership) – Ontario Funding:

Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management Systems Program:

CAP is a five-year joint federal-provincial-territorial initiative to support the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sectors in Canada in terms of competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability. Businesses in these sectors can access cost-share funding for projects to make new improvements and adopt new practices.

This funding is offered to Ontario-based processors seeking to make an improvement at a facility to put in place software systems that will streamline and integrate business applications and contribute to improved business results.

Funding Type:

The Program provides non-repayable grants on a cost-shared basis to cover eligible expenses at 35% of up to a maximum of $100,000 per project.

Eligible Activities:

  • Resource management plan implementation
    • First-time development of reports or dashboards that integrate meaningful metrics and benchmarks such as:
    • Product shipping, distribution or routing across different transportation modes (e.g., trucking, intermodal, rail, marine)
    • Border requirement integration
    • Supply and demand forecasting, management performance reports
    • Inventory and input management
    • Order fulfillment benchmarking
    • Product quality management
  • First-time costs to implement a supply chain optimization such as:
    • Electronic Data Interface (EDI) systems
    • Integrating products into national standardized product registry for synchronized data exchange
  • One-time training costs for new project-related systems
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Eligible Costs:

  • Salaries
  • Use of equipment
  • Materials and Supplies
  • Use of land and facilities

Who can apply?

Agri-food & Agri-product Processors with fewer than 200 employees that have completed an Enterprise Resource Planning or supply chain audit or assessment that demonstrates the need for the project and have identified baseline Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for productivity, energy usage, and waste management.

The company must be either:

  • An established company that is a manufacturer and is currently directly involved in the transformation of agricultural commodities, food, beverage or agri-based bio-products in Ontario may meet the eligibility criteria.
  • New entrants to the food and agri-product processing industry may also be considered for cost-share funding for education, training, assessments, and audits as long as they have business projections that demonstrate the potential annual gross business income of $30,000 or more within three years of applying.

Deadline:

The program is currently active and renewable. There are 2-3 intakes in a year. The next intake is expected to be in January 2019.

 

To learn more about whether your company qualifies for this funding & for assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.

 

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CAP (Canadian Agricultural Partnership) – Alberta Value-Added Products to Markets Program:

The purpose of this program is to support the growth of Alberta’s Food Processors and Bio-Industrial Processors. The Program funds projects that support new product development, implementation of state-of-the-art processes, commercialization of products in new markets, and expansion of existing markets.

Funding Type:

The Program provides non-repayable grants on a cost-shared basis to cover eligible expenses up to a maximum of $500,000 per applicant per fiscal year as follows:

  1. Eligible Capital Expenses at 25% grant

b)      Eligible Non-Capital Expenses at 50% grant

The grant request must be more than $50,000.

Eligible Activities:

  • Processing Capacity Expansion
  • Product and Process Development
  • Label and Package Development
  • Market Development
  • Export Preparation and Planning
  • Product Demonstration

Eligible Costs:

  • Engineering design
  • New processing equipment
  • Retrofitting or modifications of existing processing equipment and/or software systems
  • Software systems to support the development of process improvements
  • Lab equipment
  • Travel outside of Alberta
  • 3rd party testing
  • 3rd party expertise (formulation, branding, market research, export strategy)
  • Ingredient costs for trials
  • Develop labels
  • Label printing used for new product launch
  • Certification costs required to access a new market
  • 3rd party payments to design, develop and print marketing materials
  • Development of initial online marketing and selling platforms
  • Registration fees for conferences and tradeshows
  • In-store or in-market product demonstrations

Who can apply?

  • Bio-Industrial Processors – manipulates and enhances the value of an agricultural product
  • Food Processors – changes an agricultural product into a value-added product through physical, chemical, or thermal means, including packaging

Deadline:

There are 1 to 3 submission deadlines per year for this program. The next submission deadline is April 1, 2019. Completed Applications must be received between February 15, 2019, and April 1, 2019.

All applicants should receive a status update of their application within four to six weeks of the application deadline.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733

 

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BCIP is a permanent, competitive first purchase program offered by the Canadian government to allow small businesses in Canada to test and pre-sell technologies to the Government of Canada before commercializing them. Canadian companies can submit a proposal for their technologies that potentially improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government.

 

Funding Type:

The program has 2 streams:

  • Up to $500,000 contract value for Standard Components
  • Up to $1,000,000 contract value for Military Components

This is awarded through a government contract specifically for the company’s technology. Technology developers retain the IP during the process.

 

Eligible Activities:

The BCIP is looking for technology, equipment, software or services that:

  • can compete in the priority industry (see below)
  • demonstrate substantial benefits over existing goods and services in the industry
  • can be used within federal operations

Standard Components:

  • Product/Service must have at least of 80% Canadian content
  • Be pre-commercial and in the late stages of development
  • Must fit within one of the four categories: Environment, Health, Safety & Security, & Enabling Technologies
  • Proposals are evaluated on technical merit

Military Components:

  • Innovation that fits within the categories: Command & Support, Cyber-Security, Protecting the Soldier, Arctic and Maritime Security, In-Service Support, and Training Systems.

The technology must have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 7-9, which represent projects that are in late-stage development or early-stage commercialization.

 

Who can apply?

  • A Canadian business, non-profit organization, or university
  • A partnership, post-secondary collaboration, or economic cluster
  • An international entity with an eligible Canadian Bidder
  • Own IP rights to the technology
  • Ensure the product is made with at least 80% Canadian resources
  • Not be earning revenue from the product

 

What are the Priority Industries?

Standard Components:

  • Biotech
  • ICT
  • Agrifood
  • Clean Tech/Green
  • Health Sciences
  • Safety/Defense

Military Components:

  • Aerospace
  • Cybersecurity
  • ICT
  • Health Sciences

Deadline:

There is a continuous in-take of applications for BCIP.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733

 

 

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, up to two levels, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person, available to registered apprentices once they have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the designated Red Seal trade.

An apprentice can receive up to two Apprenticeship Incentive Grants (a lifetime maximum of $2,000 per person). You can apply for the AIG after completing your first and second years/levels (or equivalent). Proof of progression for both technical and on-the-job training is January 1 to December 31, 2018. Deadline for submitting the AIG is June 30th 2019.

 

Program Objectives:

  • increase access to apprenticeships in the Red Seal trades by helping apprentices cover expenses such as the purchase of tools and other materials required for learning on-the-job and travel expenses associated with classroom training;
  • encourage progression through the technical and on-the-job training requirements in the early years of their apprenticeship program, building momentum toward certification; and
  • promote interprovincial mobility by increasing the number of apprentices who remain in the Red Seal trades and get their Red Seal

 

Who Qualifies:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
  • High school students are not eligible
  • Registered apprentices with employer/or training trust fund/or union training centre/or joint apprenticeship training committee, and the apprenticeship authority
  • In the Red Seal trade program that is designated as such in the province or territory where registered as an apprentice
  • Can show supporting documents that prove successful completion of the first or second year/level

 

Other grants available:

 

Evidently, there are several sources of funding offered for training. For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.

 

You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733.

 

 

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As an employer, you are in the best position to identify the skills your business needs or areas where you are having difficulty finding workers with the right skills. The value of a highly skilled workforce cannot be overstated by Canadian businesses.

The Canadian federal government and provincial governments are helping this issue and spurring workforce development by creating government incentive programs to promote and subsidize training for employees. Programs vary in focus, from formal third-party training, to internal training and apprenticeship training. Training improves more than just an individual’s skill set.

Businesses that invest in it will observe improved morale, employee retention, and employee engagement. By promoting and offering training opportunities to its employees, a business can set itself up to stay competitive, minimize turnover, and encourage strategic thinking.

The following grants may be applicable to your business:

Canada Jobs Grant (CJG)

The Canada Job Grant offers funding toward the cost of training provided by eligible third-party trainers. The total cost of training will be shared between the Government of Canada and employers.

Active until 2019/20, there is approximately $163 million available in grant funds. The Government of Canada could provide two-thirds of the cost of training, up to a maximum of $10,000 per grant. Employers will be required to contribute the remaining one-third of the training costs. Intake periods vary depending on province in which company is applying.

 

Other grants available:

 

Evidently, there are several sources of funding offered for training. For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.

 

You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733.

 

 

 

Go Global with Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) program