Regional Economic Growth through Innovation - Steel & Aluminum Initiative

Funding request must be more than $150,000, to a maximum of $1,000,000 per applicant.

Application Intake Begins: March 11, 2019

Submission deadline: April 8, 2019 (Priority)


The purpose of the Steel and Aluminum initiative is to encourage Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) that are heavily invested in the Canadian steel and aluminum industry to innovate and expand manufacturing capacities. Recent developments worldwide have significantly impacted small Canadian businesses. Investments provided by this fund will aim to strengthen the competitiveness and productivity of SME’s.

Funding Type:

FedDev Ontario will provide non-repayable funds on a 45% cost-sharing basis to cover eligible expenses up to a maximum of $1,000,000 per applicant. The grant request must be more than $150,000. Stacking is allowed with other overall government (federal, provincial, municipal) funding capped at 75% of eligible costs.

Eligible Activities:

  • Productivity Improvement: Capacity expansion, adopting or adapting innovative technologies
  • Business Scale up: Implementing best management practices, Market expansion/development
  • Technology Commercialization: Advanced stage project ready for market diversification and growth

Related: Go Global with Regional Economic Growth Innovation (REGI) Programs

Eligible Costs:

  • Cost of labour (e.g., wages and benefits);
  • Capital costs (e.g., purchase of machinery, equipment);
  • Operating costs that are directly related to the project (e.g., management fees), up to 20 percent of the total project cost;
  • Professional, advisory and technical services;
  • Costs related to intellectual property;
  • Technological development and commercial demonstrations;
  • Subcontracting costs;
  • Production and distribution of promotional material and management tools; and/or
  • Maintenance costs.

Who can apply?

  • Any type of business or social enterprise with steel and/or aluminum expenditures making up at least 20 percent of the total cost of goods sold
  • Eligible applicants must also employ 10-499 individuals on a full-time basis in Canada

Related: Fed Dev Ontario Funding for Southern Ontario


Projects submitted before April 8, 2019, will be given priority. The overall funding available is $39 million. If there are funds remaining after applications submitted within the intake period are processed, the remainder of the funds will be allocated on a rolling basis.

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.





Using wood pellets as a substitute for fossil fuels will reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

“According to the Energy Information Administration, direct thermal conversion of 3 million tons of wood pellets displaces the equivalent of almost 8.5 million barrels of #2 fuel oil – which is 356 million gallons. Making the switch from oil heat to a wood pellet stove or furnace could lead to a 60 to 90% reduction of carbon emissions. ” 

As part of the government promotion for cleaner energy and commitment to advancing the innovative technology in Canada’s Forest Industry, Granule 777 Inc was given a total of $15,000,000 worth of funding.

Announced by Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the funding aims to assist the company in building the first fully integrated industrial wood pellet and sawmill complex in Canada.

In addition, the company was also given a repayable contribution of $5 million to help in buying production equipment.

The said funding was provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program.


Investment in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program

Investment in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) programs offers non-repayable contributions for applicants in the Canadian forest Industry who were able to succeed  in implementing their innovative technologies in their facilities.

The very goal of this program is to support projects at the pilot to commercialization phase and to help these technologies reach the market in the future.


THE COMPANY: Granule 777 Inc. and their project

Upon the completion of the new mill, they plan to manufacture 210,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year primarily for export and be able to use 450,000 green metric tons of biomass.  Also, they intend to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and create 40 new jobs for mill operations.

This innovative venture will certainly have a positive impact to the rural, Indigenous communities and the surrounding regions as it aims to increase Canada’s green electricity production and reduce greenhouse gas emission and also create good jobs and opportunities for Canadians.


Read the latest news on grants and funding! For assistance in preparing your submission and position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group. Email us at or call 1-877-711-7733




Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment and summer job opportunities for youth and students. Companies may receive up to 50%-100% in wage subsidies.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years.


What’s New?

Expanded eligibility: to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.

Updated eligibility criteria: the eligibility criteria have been updated to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding.

Better job matching and easier hiring: All positions will be posted on Job Bank Canada and on the app, to get the word out and help match young people with employers and good quality jobs.

These changes have been made to complement the Government’s renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy, announced in Budget 2018.

The program objectives have been updated to:

  • Provide quality work experiences for youth;
  • Respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers; and,
  • Provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills.



Eligible Employers:

Non-For-Profit organizations; public sector employers; and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada. Full-time employees are those working 30 hours or more per week with the employer.

The criteria to assess the proposals focus on:

  • Jobs that support local priorities;
  • Jobs that provide career-related experience or early work experience;
  • Employers who provide supervision and mentoring; a safe work environment and service to local communities;
  • Jobs that provide a salary above the provincial or territorial minimum wage.


Application Deadlines:

  • Applications are due by January 25, 2019.
  • The earliest job start date is April 23, 2019.
  • The latest job start date is July 23, 2019.
  • The latest job end date is September 1, 2019.
  • The latest date to submit a payment claim is 30 days following the completion of the CSJ-funded work placement.


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 or call 1-877-711-7733.


Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP)



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.

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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 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.

Related:Regional Economic Growth through Innovation  Steel & Aluminum Initiative

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.

Related: IRAP: Could You Be the Next Company to Receive Millions in Funding?

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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This Global AIME Initiative (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence) offers manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario up to $100,000 to offset the training expenses related to projects focusing on innovation and achieving a competitive advantage.

History: The Government of Canada, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, has re-invested in this program through the Investing in Business Growth and Productivity Initiative (IBGP).

Program Mandate:

The AIME Global program supports southern Ontario manufacturers to undertake training or skills-upgrading activities which will support innovation at the manufacturing facilities. All initiatives must support innovation which will lead to new global export opportunities or create new global markets.

Eligible Projects:

Projects focussing on developing new engineering skills, training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools necessary to support innovation;

Training to adopt and adapt new technologies, new manufacturing methods or any other area of business that will make a southern Ontario manufacturing company more competitive in the global market place.

Eligible training activities:

  1. Training that supports the adaption of new technology, new processes or procedures or a change within the company to support innovation. This training must clearly be linked to innovations leading to expansion into new domestic or international markets; and
  2. Training that supports and develops highly skilled personnel in any area that leads to innovation.

Examples of types of training:

  • Development of new engineering skills;
  • Training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools necessary to support innovation;
  • Adopting and adapting new technologies, new manufacturing methods

Company Eligibility:

  1. Have between 10-1000 employees in southern Ontario;
  2. Have been continuously in business for at least three years (3 years);
  3. Demonstrate a solid financial footing over the three year period;
  4. Manufacturing facility or facilities in Southern Ontario (as per Yves Landry website).
  5. Manufacture a specific product for sale in Ontario or elsewhere.

Funding Amount:

First time applicants: Up to a maximum of $100,000 with 50% shared costs.

Second tier (Manufacturers who have received this funding more than 24 months ago):

Up to $100,000 with a shared contribution up to 25%.

Application Deadline:

Application intake is open until funds are depleted.


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 or call 1-877-711-7733.


Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP)



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.


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.


You may also email us at or call 1-877-711-7733



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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


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 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


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


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