The Government of Canada and Quebec is contributing 17.4 million to Fortress Xylitol, more than half of $33 Million (the total project cost).

Fortress is commercializing its technology to produce xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener and a healthier substitute for sugar. It is mainly produced for the food market and food manufacturers and will be made from hemicelluloses generated by Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc.

Fortress also aims to have a construction in Thurso for a demonstration plant where to do the testing of innovative processes for the xylitol production while reducing the lifecycle of GHG emissions.

 

THE FUNDING AMOUNT

The funding contributions are from the following:

$10.4M was provided by the federal government of Canada from the funding in Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

$7M from the Government of Quebec.

  • $5M in an equity investment
  • $2M loan through the investment projects component of Quebec’s ESSOR program.

 

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY CANADA (SDTC)

Sustainable Development Technology Canada is a foundation created by the Government of Canada that helps Canadian entrepreneurs and startups in the development and deployment of competitive clean technology solutions in the global market. It supports small-medium sized businesses through generous funding for feasible business projects. Thus, it is no surprise that they granted Fortress.

“We are extremely grateful for SDTC’s continued support and confidence in our proposed xylitol project and look forward to our partnership with IQ.”  says Mark Kirby, President of Fortress AB

SDTC also aims to encourage businesses to adapt, develop and demonstrate new clean technologies to lessen carbon footprint.

It has invested almost $1 billion in some 350 ideas and over 300 enterprises, which have created over 9,400 well-paid jobs, generated some $1.9 billion in annual revenue, and reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by 10.1 megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent. (Source: www.sdtc.ca)

 

THE COMPANY: Fortress Global Enterprises Inc.

Fortress Global Enterprises Inc, formerly Fortress Paper Ltd, is a Canada-based producer of specialty pulp, security papers, and other security-related products.

It operates its xylitol business through Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Inc., which has a laboratory and pilot plant facilities located at Vancouver, BC, Canada.  

Once the model for the xylitol production is approved, they will invest $150 million for the construction of the commercial plant that will produce 20,000 tons of xylitol a year.

 

Sources: www.newswire.cawww.sdtc.ca, www.reuters.com

 

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The CMF is a not-for-profit corporation that provides $352 million in funding annually to support the Canadian television and digital media industries.

One of the streams it provides funding through is “The Innovation Program”, which is designed to support Canadian interactive digital media content and software applications that are innovative and leading – edge.

Funding Type:                                            

Projects in the Innovation Program may apply for Prototyping, Production, or Marketing & Promotion support. Only projects which have received Production –stage CMF-support can apply for Marketing & Promotion support.

The CMF uses the following classification to evaluate innovation, in descending order:

  1. Revolution: “Never been done before, completely new, breakthrough, creates market turbulence.”
  2. Differentiation: “Paradigm shift for an existing product or service. Brings something existing to another level.”
  3. Improvement: “Adding significant components, or features, that bring new benefits to an existing product or service.”
  4. .Iteration: “Refining features, adding content to an existing product or service.”

Eligible Activities & Expenditures:

Must be costs directly related to the project, including but not limited to:

  • Research and preparation of the content
  • Salaries and benefits/wages/contracts for project teams (global project management, preparation, digitization, development of interpretive materials, editing and proofreading)
  • Technology infrastructure (hardware and software)
  • Expenses to put content online, including copyright clearance, documentation, design, and development of the prototype, translation costs
  • Travel and accommodations
  • Project audit fees
  • Other technical and administrative expenses
  • Marketing and promotion

Potential Funds:

A single eligible project may receive Prototyping, Production, and/or Marketing & Promotion support, either alone or in combination with each other, but will be capped at $1.2 million per single project.

Prototyping – Eligible costs for prototyping can be claimed at 75% up to a maximum of $250,000 as a repayable advance.

Production – Eligible costs for production can be claimed at 75% up to a maximum of $1 million as a recoupable investment.

Marketing and promotion – Eligible costs for marketing can be claimed at 75% up to a maximum of $400,000 as a repayable advance.

Who can apply?

1) A company that

  1. a)  Is for-profit;
  2. b) Is Canadian-controlled; and
  3. c) Has its head office based in Canada. 

2) A Canadian broadcaster licensed to operate by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Deadline:

Funding First Closing Date Final Closing Date
Innovation Program: Prototyping May 15, 2018 November 6, 2018
Innovation Program: Marketing & Promotion May 15, 2018 November 6, 2018
Innovation Program: Production April 26, 2018 September 25, 2018

 

Canada Media Fund (CMF) – The Innovation Program

The Innovation Program, designed to support Canadian interactive digital media content and software applications that are innovative and leading – edge.

Projects in the Innovation Program may apply for Prototyping, Production, or Marketing & Promotion support. Only projects which have received Production –stage CMF-support can apply for Marketing & Promotion support.

The CMF uses the following classification to evaluate innovation, in descending order:

  1. Revolution: “Never been done before, completely new, breakthrough, creates market turbulence.”
  2. Differentiation: “Paradigm shift for an existing product or service. Brings something existing to another level.”
  3. Improvement: “Adding significant components, or features, that bring new benefits to an existing product or service.”
  4. Iteration: “Refining features, adding content to an existing product or service.”

Prototyping support should be for the early stages of building a product in order to demonstrate its intended functionalities and design. Specifically, this phase is for experimenting, testing and validating different concepts and hypotheses to arrive at a first functional prototype.

Funding for production should generally be for a project that is out of conceptual and prototyping phases and has a clear path to market and/or monetization. Production support is provided for the creation of a final, market-ready version of an eligible Project, including localization of the project and early marketing/commercialization activities.

Marketing & Promotion support is provided for marketing and promotion of an Eligible Project, such as the creation of national and international marketing campaigns, design costs, creation and market testing of advertising, use of the internet for promotion or transactions, promotion and publicity for launches or in international trade publications; localization of the project; and marketing specific initiatives.

Maximum Contribution

A single Innovation Program Eligible Project may receive Prototyping, Production, and/or Marketing & Promotion support, either alone or in combination with each other, but will be capped at $1.2 million per single project.

  • Prototyping – Eligible costs for prototyping can be claimed at 75% up to a maximum of $250,000.
  • Production – Eligible costs for production can be claimed at 75% up to a maximum of $1 million.

Marketing and promotion – Eligible costs for marketing can be claimed at 75% up to a maximum of $400,000.

Eligible Costs – must be costs directly related to the project, including but not limited to:

  • Research and preparation of the content
  • Salaries and benefits/wages/contracts for project teams (global project management, preparation, digitization, development of interpretive materials, editing and proofreading)
  • Technology infrastructure (hardware and software)
  • Expenses to put content online, including copyright clearance, documentation, design, and development of the prototype, translation costs
  • Travel and accommodations
  • Project audit fees
  • Other technical and administrative expenses
  • Marketing and promotion

Core business operations or capital expenditures of the applicants, such as rent, purchase of real estate, and maintenance costs, are not Eligible Costs.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

An eligible Applicant to the CMF is either:

1) A company that

a) Is for-profit;

b) Is Canadian-controlled; and

c) Has its head office based in Canada.

2) A Canadian broadcaster, public or private, that is licensed to operate as such by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

 

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Definition:

Ontario Creates offers a wide variety of programs to provide financial support to Ontario’s cultural entrepreneurs within the interactive digital media industry.

Their funding allows producers of interactive content to create new products, access existing and new markets and grow their business.

Funding Type:

IDM (Interactive Digital Media) Fund: Production and Concept Definition – provide IDM content creators with funding for high quality, original interactive digital media content projects including production and concept definition activities.

Eligible Activities & Expenditures:

Production – activities that take a project from concept definition to market-ready content that will be released to end users on a digital media platform, network or device that is capable of interactivity.

Concept Definition – early-stage activities that will assist the applicant company in moving towards the production of a market-ready content project, this may include: prototype creation, preparation of pre-production documents and pitch material, business planning and research

Potential Funds:

Successful applicants are eligible to receive a non-refundable contribution capped at 50% of the project budget:

  • Production: maximum contribution: 250,000; minimum request: $25,000;
  • Concept Definition: maximum contribution:  $50,000; minimum request: $10,000;

Who can apply?

Established or new companies (with less than 1 year of operation or has not released a product) that:

  • have a permanent establishment in Ontario;
  • be a Canadian-owned organization;
  • be incorporated in Ontario or federally or prepared to incorporate immediately if their application is successful;
  • be in a sound financial position; and
  • be in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application submission.

Deadline:

There are two rolling deadlines throughout the year. Applications can be submitted to Ontario Creates either April or August of each year electronically through their Online Application.  Please check our website regularly for updated information.

IDM (Interactive Digital Media) Fund: Production and Concept Definition

Ontario Creates has several other programs and resources to support small businesses in the cultural and interactive industries in Ontario. This includes:

IDM (Interactive Digital Media) Fund: Production and Concept Definition

  • Provide IDM content creators with funding for high quality, original interactive digital media content projects that make a positive contribution to the Ontario economy.
  • Production – activities that take a project from concept definition to market-ready content that will be released to end users on a digital media platform, network or device that is capable of interactivity.
  • Concept Definition – early-stage activities that will assist the applicant company in moving towards the production of a market-ready content project, this may include: prototype creation, preparation of pre-production documents and pitch material, business planning and research.
  • Successful applicants are eligible to receive a non-refundable contribution capped at 50% of the project budget.
  • Production: maximum contribution = $250,000
  • Concept Definition: maximum contribution = $50,000
  • New companies and first-time applicants are required to contact Ontario Creates in advance to determine their eligibility.
  • Established Companies that have:
    • at least 25% of their revenue over the last 2 years come from the creation of complete screen-based content projects; or
    • at least 50% of their expenditures over the last 2 years associated with the production of interactive digital media content; or
    • at least 50% of their revenue over the last 2 years come from eligible publishing activities and related brand extensions of the core business (i.e. trade shows, website, television properties).
    • They must also have at least 1 owner or full-time employee with at least 3 years of experience in the content creation for interactive platforms, networks or devices.
  • New companies (with less than 1 year of operation or has not released a product) that:
    • have an executive team with the experience and commitment required to deliver and commercialize the project;
    • have at least 1 owner or full-time employee with at least 3 years of professional experience in the publishing or interactive digital media content production industries;
    • are at least 51%-owned by individuals that have recent Ontario work experience;
    • are prepared to incorporate immediately (if not already incorporated) if their application is successful;
  • All companies must:
    • have a permanent establishment in Ontario;
    • be a Canadian-owned organization;
    • be incorporated in Ontario or federally or prepared to incorporate immediately if their application is successful;
    • be in a sound financial position; and
    • be in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application submission.
  • In addition, applications should be submitted by the primary corporate entity and not the single purpose production company.

 IDM Fund: Global Market Development

  • provides eligible Ontario companies with funding to participate in international activities that support company growth and produce measurable business and market development results including targeted sales trips and attendance at international market events
  • Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $15,000 capped at 50% of the total costs for all activities.

IDM Fund: Marketing Support

  • Provides funding for marketing activities for IDM Production fund recipients. The marketing support program allows recipients to build an effective, wide-ranging, and successful marketing campaigns for newly released products.
  • Eligible to receive up to $50,000, capped at 75% of the total costs for all activities. The minimum Ontario Creates contribution is $15,000. Companies that can apply for an increased maximum on a case-by-case basis

 IDM Fund: Industry Development Program

  • Provides support to Ontario’s established trade and event organizations to offer initiatives, events and activities with long-term impacts on growth and sustainability in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors.
  • There are two program streams, Business Development, and Capacity Building.
  • Business Development – support to organizations for business to business (B2B) industry activities and business to consumer (B2C) audience development activities that offer opportunities for new business leads, sales, and relationships.
  • Capacity Building – support for strategic activities that address challenges and opportunities or environmental changes that contribute to either the capacity of the applicant or its stakeholder group.
  • Funding capped at 75% of the approved budget. Contributions will generally range from $5,000 to $60,000.

Note: The IDM Funds essentially support producers of interactive content throughout the entire lifecycle of their project: from concept definition to production, to marketing, to promotion including lead generation and capacity expansion. The funds also support the industry development and global expansion.

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OIDMTC:

Ontario Creates provides a tax incentive to companies in Ontario for developing and marketing interactive digital media products. Types of interactive digital media products include, but are not restricted to, digital games, mobile applications, and e-learning products for children.

Funding Type:

Two funding streams are available under the OIDMTC tax credit program:

  • Non-specified product – A 40% refundable tax credit for products developed in-house
  • All Other – The credit is 35% refundable tax credit for companies that develop under a fee-for-service arrangement or large digital game corporations that develop digital games.

Eligible Activities & Expenditures:

Labor expenditures and marketing and distribution expenditures (for non-specified products only; capped at $100,000 per product). Eligible labor expenditures include salaries and wages for employees and contract fees.

Definition of Interactive Digital Media for OIDMTC purposes:

A product must be an interactive digital media product whose primary purpose is to entertain users or educate children under 12 and presents information in at least two of:

(i) text, (ii) sound and (iii) images.

Who can apply?

Any Canadian corporation, which develops an eligible product at a permanent establishment in Ontario operated by it, and files an Ontario tax return.

Deadline:

Within 18 months after the company’s year-end in which the development of the product was completed.

What Is It?

The refundable tax credit based on eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses for interactive digital media products.

How much is the Tax Credit?

A 40% tax credit is available for eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses for companies that develop and market their own products.

The credit is 35% on eligible Ontario labour expenditures for products developed under a fee-for-service arrangement.

A 35% credit on eligible labour expenditures is also available to digital game corporations and specialized digital game. Eligible marketing and distribution expenses are capped at $100,000 per non-specified product.

What Types of Products Are Eligible for the Tax Credit?

There are four types of products that can be claimed: non-specified products, specified products, eligible digital games developed by a qualifying digital game corporation, and eligible digital games developed by a specialized digital game corporation. Types of interactive digital media products that may be eligible include: digital games, mobile applications, and e-learning products for children.

What Expenditures Are Eligible?

Labour expenditures and marketing and distribution expenditures (for non-specified products only). Eligible labour expenditures include salaries and wages for employees and contract fees.

Eligible Labour expenditures must also be paid to individuals resident in Ontario, directly attributable to the development of the eligible product, and paid for services rendered at a permanent establishment in Ontario. Eligible labour expenditures incurred up to 3 years before the completion of the product can be included in the OIDMTC claim.

Up to $100,000 of eligible marketing and distribution expenditures related to a non-specified (developed in-house) product can be included. Eligible marketing and distribution expenses up to 24 months prior to the completion of the eligible interactive digital media product, and those incurred 12 months after the completion of the product can be claimed.

Marketing and distribution costs cannot be claimed for specified products or for games developed by qualifying digital game corporations or specialized digital game corporations.

Other Interactive Digital Media Tax Credits in various provinces in Canada:

Tax Credit

Eligibility Requirements

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

40% of eligible labour costs and a maximum of $100,000 in marketing/distribution expenditures

For the purposes of OIDMTC, the IDM product will feature the primary purpose to educate, inform or entertain through the use of at least two of i) text, ii) image and iii) sound. The IDM product must be user-controlled and not be developed primarily for interpersonal communication. Eligible products include mobile applications, video games, and educational software, among many others.
Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit

18% of total labour costs

OCASE is a refundable tax credit administered by Ontario Creates based on eligible expenses incurred with respect to computer animation and special effects activities. Eligible companies may include animation or visual effects houses, post-production houses and film and television production companies.
Quebec Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit

16% of eligible labour and production costs

Must be eligible for Quebec Film and Television Production Tax Credit or Quebec Production Services Tax Credit. Must perform computer animation and special effects or shoot in front of a chromatic screen.
Quebec Multimedia Production Tax Credit

Up to 37.5% of eligible labour costs.

The company must be established in Quebec. Titles must be published electronically, using software that supports interactivity, and substantially contains three of the four types of information: text, sound, still images and animated images. (Video images are considered as only one media component.)

Digital animation films associated with an eligible multimedia title are also eligible. However, the labour expenditure related to the main multimedia title with which the related title is associated must be at least $1M.

BC Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

17.5% of eligible labour costs

The company must be established in British Columbia.

Wages/salaries for the year must exceed $100,000. Interactive digital media must educate, inform or entertain through at least two of the three types of information: text, sound, or images.

BC Digital Animation or Visual Effects Tax Credit

16% of eligible labour costs

The company must be established in British Columbia. Part of the British Columbia Film and Television Tax Credit and can only be claimed in conjunction with the “basic tax credit” of the Film and Television credit.
Manitoba Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

40% of eligible labour costs up to a maximum of $500,000

The Manitoba IDMTC is a refundable tax credit offered to companies developing and producing interactive digital media products in Manitoba. The product must be approved by the Department of Growth Enterprise and Trade.
New Brunswick Digital Media Development Program

30% of eligible labour costs up to a maximum of $500,000

The company must be established in New Brunswick. Must develop game engines or games with entertainment/serious gaming applications. Annual gross revenues cannot exceed $20M and total assets cannot exceed $10M during the preceding taxation year. Cannot just be in the research stage, must be in advanced development.
Nova Scotia Digital Media Tax Credit

50% of eligible labour costs or 25% of total expenditures with the additional regional bonus of 10% of eligible labour expenditures or 5% of total expenditures.

Nova Scotia’s DMTC is a refundable tax credit for the development of an interactive digital media product. Like the OIDMTC, the interactive digital media product must have the primary purpose to educate, inform or entertain, and presents information in at least two of the forms text, sound, and image.
PEI Innovation and Development Labour Rebate

25% of eligible labour costs

PEI’s Video Game Labour Rebate provides a rebate to game studios producing video game titles based on eligible labour costs. The PEI Game Plan program offers quarterly payments of the rebate based on actual payroll records to enable cash-flow during the game development cycle.

 

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The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is an agreement that provides funding for innovations in the agricultural sector. It provides repayable grants to businesses as well as other entities that are directly involved in the agricultural industry.

Recognizing the importance of the agricultural sector as a driver for economic growth, the Canadian government launched CAP on April 1 of this year to provide repayable grants to various stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

 

With at least $3 billion in earmarked funds, CAP focuses on strengthening the competitiveness of the Canadian agricultural sector and providing opportunities for producers, processors, and SMEs in the face of global challenges to growth.

 

Key Areas of Focus

CAP aims to develop the Canadian agricultural sector by funding eligible For-Profit and Not-for-profit entities to undertake projects that are in line with the areas identified by CAP. These areas include:

  • Science, research, and innovation
  • Markets and trade
  • Environmental sustainability and climate change
  • Value-added agriculture and agri-food processing
  • Public trust
  • Risk Management

Federal & Provincial Funding

Federal Programs & Activities:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada delivers federal programs under CAP aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector.

There are several sub-programs under CAP – Federally Funded activities, namely:

AgriMarketing:

The program supports industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food. The program also helps some sectors maintain their domestic market.

Who can apply: Small & Medium-sized Enterprises & National Industry Associations. 

AgriCompetitiveness:

Funding will support sector-led activities such as farmer-oriented seminars, and conferences that identify industry best practices and build the capacity of the sector, farm business management, farm safety information, and tools, as well as activities which raise agricultural awareness.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada and Indigenous organizations.

AgriScience:

The focus of this program is to accelerate the pace of innovation, support pre-commercialization activities and invest in cutting-edge research to benefit the agricultural and agri-food sector. Project activities must address key industry and government priorities.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous groups in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector. 

AgriInnovate:

This program focuses on initiatives to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization, and/or adoption of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.

The program will provide repayable contributions on projects that:

  • demonstrate a recently proven innovation
  • adopt new or world-leading agricultural products, technologies or services in clean technology, automation or robotics, and precision agriculture
  • introduce significant improvements to the value-added sector
  • provide new opportunities, or expand existing export opportunities

Who can apply: For-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sectors such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations.

AgriDiversity:

This program provides funding to help under-represented groups in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous People, and people with disabilities to fully participate in the sector. It also aims to develop their skills to take a leadership role, build their entrepreneurial capacity and business skills, facilitating the sharing of industry experience, best practices, and knowledge, and to help under-represented groups to manage transformation.

Who can apply: Not-for-profit organizations including associations in Canada, Indigenous organizations, and Official Language Minority Communities.

AgriAssurance:

This program focuses on supporting initiatives for development of assurance systems and standards to foster public trust.

Who can apply: Funding is offered through two components.

For National Industry associations – Funding provided will assist industry associations (Not-for-profit organizations in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood) develop assurance systems, standards or tools, such as: food safety, animal and plant health surveillance, animal welfare, environmental sustainability, traceability, quality standards, market attributes, food defense, and system integration.

For-Profit Organizations: Businesses operating in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, such as businesses and corporations, co-operatives, and Indigenous organizations can apply for funding to obtain third-party certification when it is required to meet an export opportunity.

Deadline

Applications from producers, processors and other stakeholders are accepted until May 8, 2018. Get a FREE consultation.

Application process

Interested organizations and individuals may undergo a pre-screening eligibility assessment and must satisfy all requirements set by the program administrator. To know which CAP program best fits your business, and to position your grant proposals for seamless approval contact EVAMAX Group.

Cost-Shared programs by federal, provincial and territorial governments

Ever since it was launched, the CAP has been accepting applications in provinces where bilateral agreements have already been arranged, namely Ontario and Quebec. This investment will be cost-shared on a 60:40 basis and delivered by provinces and territories to ensure programs are tailored to meet regional needs. Read full article

 

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Program Overview

The partnership between the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA), the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) supports the auto parts sector in adopting industry-leading software, hardware and/or provide training to improve processes and increase the competitiveness of the industry in Ontario.

The Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) seeks to increase the sourcing capabilities of Ontario-based small and medium-sized automotive suppliers while encouraging innovation and productivity initiatives that increase success in the growing export markets.

Program Objectives

The ASCIP hopes to increase suppliers’ capabilities to deliver shorter design cycle times, more responsive to market changes and able to take advantage of new business.

This program supports the adoption of specific software, hardware and IT solutions that allow companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively.

Eligible Companies

Automotive Suppliers

  • Small and medium-sized Ontario-based enterprises (firms with either fewer than 500 employees globally or global revenues of less than $1 billion)
  • Larger firms are eligible but must partner with at least one Ontario-based small and medium-sized enterprise
  • At least 50 percent of the firm’s total sales revenue must come from auto supply sector
  • Only one project per company is allowed for the lifetime of the program

Eligible Projects:

  • Stream 1 – Technology Adoption: Eligible projects must focus on advancing product lifecycle management and improving competitiveness through the adoption of advanced IT technologies:  hardware, software and/or training.
  • Stream 1 will provide grants to Ontario-based small and medium-sized auto parts supplier firms that conduct projects to advance product lifecycle management and improve competitiveness through the adoption of advanced hardware, software and/or training.
  • OCE will contract with a company and reimburse up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, or up to $100,000 per project, whichever is lower, with the company funding the remainder with matching cash contributions.
  • The APMA will provide support to the applicant company by marketing the ASCIP program to its members and support the applicants in developing project proposals.
  • Stream 2 – Mentorship Pilot Program: Eligible projects must focus on operational efficiency and competitiveness improvements. Adoption of advanced IT technologies may be included as part of the project overall scope.
  • Stream 2 will provide grants to Ontario-based small and medium-sized auto parts supplier firms that conduct projects to improve operational efficiency and competitiveness through the organizational adoption of lean manufacturing practices.
  • The mentors will be automotive industry experts with background and expertise in lean manufacturing process efficiency to assist suppliers with specific business development needs.  They will be identified in collaboration between the Applicant Company and APMA, and matched based on project outcomes and overall company goals.
  • The services provided by the mentor will qualify as an eligible cost for selected projects. OCE will contract with a company and reimburse up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, or up to $100,000 per project, whichever is lower, with the company funding the remainder with matching cash contributions.

Eligible Expenditures

  1. Travel & Living – Domestic
  2. Salaries & Benefits
  3. Operating Expenses (hardware and software implementation, direct materials, etc.)

 

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Program Overview

The trade war between Canada and the United States could raise the profile of some domestic industries, but Canadian retailers say that reality hangs on how long the cross-border tiff continues and if consumer attitudes on made-in-America goods shift. Canada’s dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs targeting $16.6 billion in American imports came into effect July 1st — after the federal government gave the White House a month to rescind its 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports.

Business Impacts & Government Action

The Canadian government plans to provide as much as $2 billion in assistance for affected workers, including plans to expand a work-sharing program, increasing funding to the provinces and territories to increase the capacity of the job and training programs available to workers affected and providing liquidity support to affected businesses. Learn about hiring and training grants.

 

In addition, the Federal Government plans to enhance the Strategic Innovation Fund up to $250 million in new support to help Canadian manufacturers compete and improve the integration of the Canadian supply chain of steel and aluminum. Canada will also invest $50 million over five years to help Canadian companies in export diversification by providing “export readiness” grants.

 

The Government took similar steps to cushion the impact of a softwood lumber spat (Wingrove & Quinn, 2018). On Friday, steel pipe maker Tenaris SA said it would temporarily lay off 40 workers at its Tenaris Algoma Tubes facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, which is across the border from the northern Michigan city of the same name. Evidently, Canadian companies will need help in sustaining development and innovation. During these unsteady times, layovers become a huge threat to economic growth. The desire to be a self-sustaining nation has never been higher, and with a shift in consumer demand for Canadian goods, grants and funding are at the peak of importance for your business.

Our team at EVAMAX stays on top of new developments & will keep you posted on any new available opportunities for Grants & Funding. You may also check our latest articles.

 

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The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) provides funding to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario. This program supports projects that create jobs, encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development as well as attract private sector investment.

Who Qualifies

Eligible sectors

Projects in these sectors are eligible under this program:

  • advanced manufacturing (automotive, aerospace, plastics, clean technologies)
  • life sciences
  • processing (primary and secondary)
  • information and communication technology
  • tourism
  • cultural industries

There are two types of funding offered by this program: business and regional

Business stream

In order to be eligible for this stream, you need to:

  • employ at least 10 people
  • commit to creating at least 10 new jobs
  • be able to provide 3 years of operations/financial statements
  • be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in southwestern Ontario
  • invest at least $500,000 in the project

Regional stream

In order to be eligible for the regional stream, you need to:

  • focus on economic/business development and job creation in the area
  • align with provincial and regional priorities (e.g., introducing new forms of innovation, taking part in province-led economic development initiatives)
  • invest more than $100,000
  • have private sector support
  • be used for activities that are new to the organization

*If you are a business you must apply to the Business stream.

Eligible Costs

Business stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Project facility modifications/upgrades required for the project
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one time)
  • Specialized Expertise
  • Skills training
  • Permits and Fees

Regional Stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Infrastructure for immediate investment such as public infrastructure (e.g. site servicing, power service upgrades, etc.)
  • Business attraction costs
  • Project facility modifications/upgrades
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one-time)
  • Specialized expertise
  • Skills training
  • Project related permits, fees, and other similar charges

Funding Available

Business stream

You can obtain up to 15% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 50% of the total costs from your own business or private financing.

Investments of more than $10 million that also create more than 50 new jobs may be eligible for a loan of up to $5 million.

Regional stream

Up to 50% of eligible project costs are obtainable to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 35% of total costs through your own resources or private financing.

SWODF Success

The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth reports that with help from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, thirty companies will be adding and retaining over 5000 jobs in total. This represents a total of over $19 million in provincial funding starting from 2016.

Our team at EVAMAX stays on top of new developments & will keep you posted on any new available opportunities for Grants & Funding. You may also check our latest articles.

Application Deadline

This program is open at this time & has a continuous intake.

 

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 Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) provides funding to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario. This program supports projects that create jobs, encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development as well as attract private sector investment.

Who Qualifies

Eligible sectors

Projects in these sectors are eligible under this program:

  • advanced manufacturing (automotive, aerospace, plastics, clean technologies)
  • life sciences
  • processing (primary and secondary)
  • information and communication technology
  • tourism
  • cultural industries

There are two types of funding offered by this program: business and regional

Business stream

In order to be eligible for this stream, you need to:

  • employ at least 10 people
  • commit to creating at least 10 new jobs
  • be able to provide 3 years of operations/financial statements
  • be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in eastern Ontario
  • invest at least $500,000 in the project

Regional stream

In order to be eligible for the regional stream, you need to:

  • focus on economic/business development and job creation in the area
  • align with provincial and regional priorities (e.g., introducing new forms of innovation, taking part in province-led economic development initiatives)
  • invest more than $100,000
  • have private sector support
  • be used for activities that are new to the organization

*If you are a business you must apply to the Business stream

Eligible Costs

Business stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Project facility modifications/upgrades required for the project
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one time)
  • Specialized Expertise
  • Skills training
  • Permits and Fees

Regional Stream

The following cost categories are claimable for your project:

  • Infrastructure for immediate investment such as public infrastructure (e.g. site servicing, power service upgrades, etc.)
  • Business attraction costs
  • Project facility modifications/upgrades
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Labour (one-time)
  • Materials (one-time)
  • Specialized expertise
  • Skills training
  • Project related permits, fees, and other similar charges

Funding Available

Business stream

You can obtain up to 15% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 50% of the total costs from your own business or private financing.

Investments of more than $10 million that also create more than 50 new jobs may be eligible for a loan of up to $5 million.

Regional stream

Up to 50% of eligible project costs are obtainable to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. You need to contribute at least 35% of total costs through your own resources or private financing.

EODF Success

The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth reports that with help from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, seventeen companies will be adding and retaining over 1000 jobs in total. This represents a total of over $8 million in provincial funding starting from 2016.

Our team at EVAMAX stays on top of new developments & will keep you posted on any new available opportunities for Grants & Funding. You may also check our latest articles.

Application Deadline

This program is open at this time & has a continuous intake.

 

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.

 

 

Cost-Shared programs by federal, provincial and territorial governments:

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative to increase the competitiveness, prosperity, and sustainability of the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector.

Since its launch, the CAP has been accepting applications in provinces where bilateral agreements have already been arranged, namely Ontario and Quebec.

This investment will be cost-shared on a 60:40 basis and delivered by provinces and territories to ensure programs are tailored to meet regional needs.

Cost Sharing Opportunities in Ontario

In Ontario, strategic initiatives under CAP will focus on achieving key outcomes related to Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship, and Protection and Assurance.

Funding Type

Cost-sharing (up to 50% of cost sharing for some projects and initiatives)

Eligible Activities & Expenditures

  1. Capital Expenses (Equipment purchases/retrofits, construction, software etc.)
  2. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems implementation & upgrades.
  3. Product, Processes & Technology Development & Innovation
  4. Food Safety / Traceability Systems
  5. Marketing – Domestic & Export
  6. Business Development Planning
  7. Plant & Livestock related infrastructure
  8. Not for Profit organizations initiatives raising agricultural awareness & education.

Potential Funds

  • Maximum 50% cost share for some projects & initiatives
  •      Up to maximum 250K for some projects & activities

Who can apply

For-profit & Not-for-profit organizations in the following categories are eligible –

Producers, Processors i.e. any 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.

This includes processors:

  • Tobacco-based pharmaceuticals or other bio-products
  • Ornamentals (flowers, shrubs, sod, etc.,  both land-based and greenhouse)
  • Health or nutrition supplements
  • Pet food products

or Other business: Businesses or manufacturers that want to adapt products, services or processes that will help drive producer and processor productivity.

Deadline

The second round of intake is now open. Producers, Processors, and Other Businesses supporting agricultural industries can apply for cost-share funding untilAugust 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

 

To know which CAP Cost Share program best fits your business and to position your grant proposals for approval contact EVAMAX Group.