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Federal, Provincial, and Private Support to Businesses

The Federal and Provincial governments, as well as the private sector, have in place several tools to support local businesses in the form of grants, loans, interest-free loans, mentoring or other types of support. Several of these programs are listed below. 

It is also recommended to access the Government of Canada's website from time to time for additional information on short term Federal programs for Ontario businesses.



 

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Achieving Innovation & Manufacturing Excellence - Yves Landry Foundation is a cost shared program to fund training that will lead to advancements in innovation within the manufacturing sector in Ontario

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Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit - Canada Revenue Agency offers a Federal tax credit to cover salaries and wages paid to train new apprentices in the first two years of the contract.

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Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit is a Provincial refundable tax credit on salaries and wages paid to new apprentices in certain skilled trades to help offset employers' costs.

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Business Development Bank of Canada actively supports, through multiple financing solutions, the development and growth of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises through its complementary financing, investment, and consulting services.

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Innovation and Industry Programs is run by the Government of Canada's Health Research investment Agency. Its mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

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Canadian Youth Business Foundation Start-Up Financing Program provides mentoring, educational resources and start-up financing assistance to aspiring young entrepreneurs.

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Communications Research Centre Canada - Industry Canada
assists small and medium enterprises develop their potential through on-site technology incubation and technology transfer through access to world-class facilities and support.

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Conservation Fund from the Ontario Power Authority provides financial support to new and innovative electricity conservation initiatives designed to enable Ontario's residents, businesses and institutions to cost-effectively reduce their demand for electricity.

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Eastern Ontario Development Fund - Ministry of Economic Development offers a provincial government grant program to private sector companies and to qualified economic development projects of agencies, associations and NGOs. Sector focus includes manufacturing; processing; tourism; business services; cultural industries; technology and green technology development.

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ecoEnergy for Renewable Heat provides financial assistance to eligible industrial, commercial and institutional entities to increase the use of renewable thermal energy and develop capacity in the renewable thermal energy industry.

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Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit Program - Canada Revenue Agency offers a Federal refundable tax credit for foreign producers for labour expenditures rendered in Canada by Canadian residents.

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Industrial R & D Fellowships - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada offers financial assistance for companies to hire a recent PhD graduate for a two-year period to undertake a research project (or projects) of importance to the company, and to evaluate the post doctoral fellow for potential long-term employment.

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Industrial Research Assistance Program - National Research Council Canada is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Internship Program with Innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - National Research Council Canada provides financial assistance to innovative Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises to hire post-secondary graduates.

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Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit (OBPTC) offers tax credits to Ontario publishing companies to publish and promote works by a Canadian author.

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Ontario Business Research Institute Tax Credit (OBRITC) provides a refundable tax credit program for qualifying corporations incurring qualified expenditures in respect of SR & ED under an eligible contract with an eligible ERI.

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Ontario Centre of Service is a major Government of Ontario commercialization initiative to provide eligible technology-based start-ups with different programs to support technology development, market potential analysis, prototype development, early customer trials, promotion and patenting costs. Investments are generally made in the form of a convertible debenture (loan) in return for a nominal equity position.

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Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit (OCASE) provides Ontario tax credits for computer animation and special effect activities in film or TV productions.

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Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC) offers an Ontario refundable tax credit for film and video productions.

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Ontario Innovation Demonstration Fund offers non-interest bearing repayable or forgivable loans; royalty agreements and equity participation to help commercialize innovative technologies.

 

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Ontario Innovation Tax Credit (OITC) offers a refundable provincial tax credit on research and development expenditure claims.
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Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit provides for an Ontario refundable tax credit for labour, marketing and distribution expenditures for the creation of interactive digital media products.

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Ontario Job Connect provides training subsidies for employers who train youths out of school, out of work, not currently in a training program.

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Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) provides for an Ontario refundable tax credit for qualifying labour expenditures for those productions that do not meet the Canadian content requirements

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Ontario Research Fund - Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation supports the operational costs (direct and indirect) and the capital costs of research of Ontario's research community by matching funds towards projects granted by Canada Foundation for Innovation or the private sector.

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Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit (ORDTC) is a non-refundable tax credit. It is available to corporations that carry out scientific research & experimental development work in Ontario.

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Ontario Summer Jobs Service provides wage support for employers hiring students for seasonal jobs during the summer.

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Ontario Targeted Wage Subsidy offers temporary wage subsidies to assist employers providing on-the-job experience and hiring individuals who face barriers in finding employment.

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program - Canada Revenue Agency is a federal tax incentive program, administered by the Canada Revenue Agency that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada. It is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial R&D.

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SMART Program - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters offers financial assistance for manufacturing productivity improvement projects such as lean design and lean manufacturing, quality improvement, energy efficiency, IT best practices, and environmental impact reduction.

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Work-Sharing Program - Human Resources and Social Development Canada provides income support to workers eligible for Employment Insurance benefits and who are willing to work a temporary reduced work week when there is a reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.

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