Program Overview

The Product Demonstration Program (PDP) looks to provide Alberta-based companies with the opportunity to develop novel and innovative technologies. The government of Alberta and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade are providing incentives for your business to reduce time to market and commercialize your product.

In 2015, Alberta Innovates (AI) surveyed and identified key performance indicators identified by businesses that led to the success of technology development and implementation. One key factor pointed out by several companies was establishing a partner who could help transition from prototyping to sales. As a result, Alberta Innovates created the Product Demonstration Program to help companies with novel technologies find a strategic partner who could aid in the sales department.

Eligible Companies

To qualify as an Applicant, an Alberta SME is required to satisfy the following criteria:
• be a for-profit SME;
• demonstrate that the SME has engaged with a strategic partner(s), and that the relationship does
not create a conflict of interest;
• have a physical presence in Alberta;
• meet the following definition of an SME: a company with fewer than 500 Full-Time employees, and
less than $50,000,000 annual gross revenue;
• be a legal entity:
1. incorporated in Alberta; or
2. incorporated federally or in another jurisdiction and extra-provincially registered in Alberta; or
3.  a General Partnership, Limited Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership and registered in
• have no outstanding balance or otherwise owe money to Alberta Innovates or its subsidiaries.

Eligible Projects

To qualify for funding all projects must:
• have the participation of an Alberta-based SME as the Applicant, and at least one Strategic Partner;
• start after the execution of the Agreement between Alberta Innovates and the Applicant and must
have clear, critical “go/no go” milestones;
• be completed within two (2) years unless an extension is specifically approved in writing by Alberta Innovates;
• submit to other criteria that Alberta Innovates may develop from time to time.

Project activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Technology optimization critical for market acceptance
  • Manufacturing of a prototype for a demonstration project
  • Applications for regulatory approval and certifications critical for market acceptance
  • Testing of a prototype in an operational environment
  • Results assessment or verification of technical data.

Eligible Expenditures

  1. Salary and benefits (one-time)
  2. Materials
  3. Capital assets & Software
  4. Sub-contractors


This program offers up to $300,000 in funding over a maximum 2-year project. The funding amount will be determined on a per-company basis depending on the needs of your business. The amount funded by Alberta Innovates must be matched by the applicant.

Application Deadline

This program has a continuous intake period.


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.



Program Overview

The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) program encourages strategic alliances between businesses and academic, research and government institutions. These alliances must focus on novel or enhanced bio-industrial products and technologies. The main purpose of this program is to utilize Alberta’s biomass and create a market that is competitive, profitable and efficient. Undoubtedly, the bio-industrial sector remains untapped, this program allows businesses the ability to enter the industry with more wealth of knowledge, by partnering with other institutions you will be better prepared to mitigate challenges.

In particular, the ABF Opportunities program is relevant for companies who would not be able to conduct their projects in a timely manner without funding. This is especially important for companies who are transitioning from research to commercialization but don’t have the financial means to do so efficiently, while also being in a time-sensitive position.

Eligible Companies

Applications must be submitted by:

  • Researchers based in Alberta, and researchers elsewhere conducting projects with
    a benefit to Alberta, or
  • Operating companies or industry groups based in Alberta.

Eligible Projects

Projects must:
• Be completed by December 31, 2020

  • Have the project work carried out primarily in Alberta.
    • Have a direct application to the bio-industrial sector. (Note: Bioindustrial products exclude food, feed or pharma products in this sub-program.)
    • Develop bio-industrial products and bio-industrial technologies that use renewable,
    sustainable biomass, with a focus on agriculture and forestry biomass, produced or available in Alberta.
    • Focus on developments leading to a competitive advantage for Alberta companies or other direct benefits to Alberta.
    • Engage a project team with demonstrated competence, experience, and the organizational capacity to successfully complete the project.

Eligible Expenditures

  1. Salary (one-time)
  2. External Consultants
  3. Travel
  4. Equipment
  5. Materials/Supplies


Funding for approved full proposals will be established on a per-company basis based on your needs.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019.


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.




Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) provides funding for clean technology development and demonstration projects (i.e., when project is past the proof-of-concept stage but has not been commercialized) through SD Tech Fund (SDTF).

SDTC evaluates projects on the basis of environmental benefits, strength of technology innovation, Technology Readiness Level (TRL), Management capability, Business plan and commercialization plan, Financial strength.


Funding Type:

The funding is a non-repayable contribution.

SD Tech Fund typically provides:

  • Funding of up to 33% of eligible projects costs.
  • An average contribution of $2 million to $4 million, with funds disbursed over the life of the project up to a five-year period.


Eligible Activities:

The project must have the potential for one of the following:

  • GHG emissions reductions,
  • Reductions in water consumption,
  • Reduction of water, soil or air contamination.


To be funded through SDTF, a project:

  • Must fund at least 25% of its eligible costs privately.
  • Cannot receive more than 75% of its eligible costs from other government funding sources.
  • At least 50% of its eligible project costs incurred within Canada.
  • Enter the commercialization phase within 1-5 years;


Eligible Costs:

  • Salaries and Contractor costs related to the project;
  • Field testing services and feasibility studies;
  • Supplies and equipment;
  • Laboratory and field supplies and materials;
  • Travel and conference expenses;
  • Print, production, and translation services,
  • Shipping costs (incl. customs fees);
  • Data collection services; and
  • Communication and distribution costs.


Who can apply?

  • Be a Canadian business;
  • Have a defined project and demonstrate pre-commercial technology.
  • Have a strong market potential for the technology.
  • Own the IP right to the technology; and
  • Be able to enter a legally-binding agreement with at least two other consortium partners.



This program has an open intake, however SDTC has a multi-step evaluation process: Phase 1 is the Initial Project Review; Phase 2 is the Full Project Review; Phase 3 is the Funding Approval


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The Health Technologies Fund (HTF) is a program of the Government of Ontario, developed by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS), administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence.  It supports the development of made-in-Ontario health technologies. It provides grants to businesses and research organizations seeking to improve the quality and deliverability of healthcare in the province by testing and adopting new technologies.(Source:

The HTF is currently available to healthcare providers, technology developers, and academic institutions in the province of Ontario.

Created by the Ontario local government, the HTF is developed by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist and administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Its main objective is to forge partnerships among publicly funded health service providers (HSPs), patients, academia and industry in streamlining the evaluation, procurement, and adoption of healthcare technologies in the Ontario health system. With the theme of “Better Care Closer to Home,” the HTF is primarily focused on improving the deliverability of healthcare services to patients in the province.

Key Areas of Focus

The HTF has two main drives:

  • Pre-Market Evaluation:

Projects under this area deal with the implementation of validated technology in a healthcare setting through proper evaluation and assessment practices, and acquisition of evidence-based data on the cost-effectiveness of the technology as well as its perceived impact to the healthcare industry. This is to support procurement programs and support wide-scale procurement activities and programs in the future.

Projects under the pre-market evaluation stream may include identification of changes in the clinical workflow, collection of data & generating evidence to support procurement goals, and creating plans for adopting a validated technology.

Clinical trials that determine a technology’s efficacy are excluded as well as activities that are not based in the province of Ontario.

  • Early Adoption:

Projects under this area support validated market-ready technologies that have been successfully implemented in one or more healthcare settings. These projects must involve a HIT collaborating to perform an additional implementation (and preferably multiple implementations) of the technology (in one or more healthcare settings) in order to evaluate the technology across multiple implementations, to generate further evidence to support value-based procurement and wide-scale adoption plan.

Projects under the early adoption stream may include streamlining and identifying changes in clinical workflow, to successfully integrate the technology, knowledge translation and user training, collecting evidence for future procurement activities, and creating procurement and adoption plans for healthcare providers.

Similar to projects under the pre-market evaluation, clinical trials that determine a technology’s efficacy and activities that are not based in the province of Ontario are excluded from the program.

Projects under both categories must align with the theme of Better Care Closer to Home and the technologies must have obtained required regulatory approvals and received initial user feedback.

Who Qualifies:

The HTF is currently accepting applications from Health Innovation Teams (HITs), which comprises the following members:

  • Applicant

One or more Providers of publicly-funded Health Services Provider. Eligible health care system applicants include (but are not limited to) family health teams, community care providers, long-term care homes, and hospitals.

  • Technology partner

This includes Ontario-based for-profit health technology businesses that provide solutions and conduct research innovations that are in line with the HTF’s main drive.

Partners may be of any size or stage (start-up, small- to medium-sized enterprise, and multinational enterprise) with a research and development, and/or manufacturing presence in Ontario.

  • Third-Party Evaluation Provider

 Ontario-based evaluation team with expertise in technology adoption and diffusion, design and implementation, and health economics. The evaluation component of the project should support the development of a plan to support wider-scale procurement and/or adoption of the technology in Ontario.

  • Other contributors

It is strongly recommended that partners such as community-based associations and advocacy groups are included in addition to Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to provide sector expertise to ensure project development and implementation meets sector and local needs.


Pre-Market Evaluation projects Up to 50 percent of the eligible project cash costs up to a maximum amount of $500,000 for a term of up to 24 months.

Early Adoption projects Up to 50 percent of the eligible project cash costs up to a maximum amount of $1,000,000 for a term of up to 24 months.

Eligible Expenditures:

Actual costs directly attributable to and necessary for the completion of the project and are not wholly or partially for another purpose.

  • One-time costs, directly attributable to implementation of the project;
  • Retroactive Expenses: OCE will acknowledge expenses after the approval date.
  • Founder’s Salary: For a Start-up company, the maximum allowable compensation of $5,000 per month
  • Cost of utilization/depreciation of Capital items i.e. equipment, testing tools, and instruments used for the project.


  • Interested HITs may submit their expressions of interest (EOI) until May 9, 2018.
  • Invitation to Submit a Full Application: July 2018
  • Full Application submission deadline: August 16, 2018

Application process

Interested applicants may submit their EOIs to the OCE. After a thorough assessment, the OCE and OCHIS will contact candidates for the program to submit a full application.


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.



NSERC Engage

Engage Grants provide innovative companies in Canada access to the academic resources available at Canadian universities and colleges.

These grants are intended to motivate companies to form partnerships with the academic community in Canada and support short-term research and development activities aimed at solving a specific problem for the company such as the development of a new product or improvement to an existing process.


Funding Type:

Engage Grants provide a maximum grant of $25,000 over a period of six months to support the joint collaboration between the academic institution and the company and offset project costs.


Eligible Activities:

  • The project must generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative way to solve a company-specific problem.
  • This problem must relate directly to the company’s products and services.
  • The company must be able to further develop the results after the project is completed.
  • The project must have short-term objectives.

Applications are evaluated mainly against the following criteria:

  • Technical merit
  • Industrial relevance and potential for innovation impact
  • Industrial participation and plan for technology transfer
  • Benefit to Canada


The NSERC Engage program reimburses project costs including:

  • Labour
  • Office Supplies up to maximum of $250 per project.
  • Equipment
  • Consulting Fees up to 20% of the funding request.
  • Publication and Conference Expenses

Who can apply?

Once the company has found an academic partner to collaborate with on the project, the application can be made by the University or college researcher on behalf of the company.

To be eligible for the grant, the company must:

  • Operate independently in Canada and produce goods or services, or perform research and development activities;
  • Operating for at least two years or be projected for exceptional growth;
  • Have at least two full-time employees;
  • Have participating staff with relevant expertise;
  • Actively generate revenue from sales or have significant private sector investment; and
  • Have a plan and capacity to exploit the research results within Canada.



Applications have an open-intake and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to the availability of funding. The company initiates the collaboration process by creating a detailed research proposal to be taken to an academic institution to find a professor with the capabilities to support the project.

Once a match has been made between the school and company, the professor and/or research institution initiates the NSERC Engage grant application. Decisions are typically made within six weeks of submission.


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




Program Overview

The GreenON Food Manufacturing program supports Ontario food and beverage processors. The program helps to accelerate greenhouse gas pollution reductions by enhancing the efficient use of inputs, processing, and outputs in the food and beverage processing sector.

Program Benefits

GreenON aims to improve competitiveness and gain access to greenhouse gas emission reduction technologies. This program shortens the pay-back period for implementing innovation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Processors can demonstrate corporate social responsibility by being early adopters of greenhouse gas emission reduction technologies.

Who Qualifies

Food and/or Beverage Manufacturers: i.e. any established company that is a manufacturer and is currently directly involved in the transformation of agricultural commodities, food, or beverage in Ontario.


Feed Manufacturers: any established company that is a manufacturer and is directly involved in the production of agri-based bio-products in Ontario may meet the eligibility criteria.

Only projects that are undertaken in Ontario food and beverage processing facilities can qualify for funding.


Two funding streams are available under the GreenON Food Manufacturing program:

  • Retrofit Stream – Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution through the adoption of proven technologies such as retrofits to improve energy, water, and resource efficiency. The program reimburses 35% of eligible cost of the project up to a maximum of $500, 000.
  • Innovation Stream – Support projects that reduce GHG pollution through the adoption and demonstration of technologies that are lesser known to the food and beverage processing sector in Ontario. The program reimburses 75% of eligible cost of the project up to a maximum of $1,000,000.

Eligible Activities & Expenditures

  1. Capital Expenses (data collection equipment, publications, etc.)
  2. Travel and Living – Domestic
  3. Salaries & Benefits
  4. Operating Expenses (professional fees, office supplies, etc.)


This program accepts applications between April 30 and July 3rd, 2018.  Get aFREE consultation.


(This program has been canceled now by the Ontario Government. You may want to check the grants and funding news.) For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. 




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.


ProducersProcessors, and Other Businesses can apply for cost-share funding starting on April 3, 2018, until May 8, 2018.


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



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 the 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.)

Application Deadline

Applications for round 2 are now available! The application deadline is November 28, 2018.


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Program Overview:

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) is a program that was launched in 2017. It provides repayable and non-repayable contributions to support four distinct Streams of activities:

Stream 1: Encourage research and development (R&D) that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes, and services;

Stream 2: Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada;

Stream 3: Attract and retain large-scale investments in Canada; and

Stream 4: Advance industrial research, development, and technology demonstration through collaboration between academia, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Who Qualifies:

The Strategic Innovation Fund focuses its support on larger projects that are over $10 million in requested contribution.

Streams 1, 2 and 3:

The Applicant must be a for-profit corporation—small, medium or large-sized—proposing to carry on business in Canada in the industrial and/or technology sectors. You can receive up to 50% of total eligible costs or a requested contribution starting at $10 million in funding.

Stream 4:

Applicants are a consortium that may include Canadian universities, colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations (including SMEs) and/or not-for-profit entities operating in the industrial and/or technology sectors. You can receive up to 50% of total eligible costs.

Networks in the industrial and/or technology sectors are also eligible for this stream and can receive up to 100% of eligible costs. Stream 4 contributions are all non-repayable and you can receive a contribution starting at $10 million in funding.

Eligible Projects:

Each Stream has its own criteria as to what is an eligible project.

Stream 1—R&D and Commercialization

The project must involve activities related to the research, development, and commercialization of innovative products, processes and/or services. For example, projects could focus on:

  • R&D to test the commercial potential of an early TRL concept or finding;
  • Development of current products through the implementation of new technology that will enhance the Recipient’s competitive capability

Stream 2—Firm Expansion and Growth

The project must support the expansion or material improvement of existing industrial or technological facilities, or projects. For example, projects could focus on:

  • Increasing manufacturing capacity to meet demonstrated market demand;
  • Improving production efficiency through improvements to plant and equipment; or
  • Improving processes to increase efficiency

Stream 3—Investment Attraction and Reinvestment

The project must support new investment in industrial or technological facilities in Canada. For example, projects could focus on:

  • A Canadian company establishing a new production facility which did not previously exist in Canada;
  • Obtaining a production mandate for a product which was previously produced outside Canada or is being produced for the first time

Stream 4—Collaborative Technology Development and Demonstration

The project must support industrial research, including activities related to the discovery of new knowledge that aims to support the development of new technology-driven products, processes or services at early-stage technology readiness levels;

  • Development by a lead Tier 1 original equipment manufacturer company of a potential new product utilizing academic research findingsconjunction with SME suppliers and research councils

Further stream specific information can be obtained through EVAMAX GROUP, get a FREE consultation.

Eligible Costs:

Eligible costs are limited to non-recurring costs that are specifically related to the project, this includes:

  • direct labour
  • overhead (program limits apply)
  • subcontracts and consultants
  • direct materials and equipment
  • other direct costs
  • land and buildings


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