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Note: Although we endeavor to ensure that the information is as current and accurate as possible, program details and contact information may change. Readers are advised to verify the information before acting on it. Any comments or inquiries regarding the listed programs should be directed to the applicable organization listed at the bottom of each description, or call your local CFDC for assistance.

Please check back on a regular basis for additional and updated information.

Agriculture & Food

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Programs and Services
This website provides a comprehensive list of programs and services provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

As an agricultural producer, if you set aside savings to protect against small income declines, you could get matching contributions from the government.

AgriMarketing Program
Agricultural businesses can get money to help market their products, and go on trade missions.

Green Energy Business Information Bundle for Farmers
Green energy defined, opportunities for farmers highlighted, and benefits and financial programs outlined.

Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers – FACTSHEET

This FACTSHEET provides a summary of programs and services currently available to Ontario farmers that are funded by the Ontario and/or Canadian governments. Producers should also check with their commodity organizations for additional commodity specific programs that may be available through their associations.

Economic Development

Communities in Transition
A program that lets communities and regions apply at any time for help developing a strategy for their economic growth. Staff in the Communities in Transition Office is available to work one-on-one with community representatives to review specific challenges and opportunities and advise on project proposals.

Eastern Ontario Development Fund
If you have a great idea that will grow your business-or your local economy- and you're located in Eastern Ontario, you may be eligible for funding assistance from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF). The $80 million Province of Ontario fund is targeted to businesses and economic developers. The program supports projects that create and retain jobs, encourages the introduction of new technologies, pursues growth in new markets and contributes to the diversification of the economy of Eastern Ontario.

The ecoACTION website provides information on ecoENERGY, ecoAGRICULTURE, in addition to many other initiatives, grants and rebates.

Economic Development Initiative
This Initiative supports business and economic development activities that encourage sustainable growth in southern Ontario's Francophone communities in two priority areas: 1) Community Strategic Planning; 2) Business and Economic Development.\

Eastern Ontario Development Program
EODP is a $10 million, annual, short-term contribution aimed at addressing socio-economic challenges in Eastern Ontario, investing in community economic development, small business growth and job creation.

The Program is supported and managed by FedDev Ontario and is delivered by the 15 local Community Futures Development Corporations (EO CFDCs) in Eastern Ontario.  While announced in the February 2011 budget, programming details are still to be confirmed.

FedDev Ontario – Programs
Programs and initiatives administered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) which also oversees the Community Futures Program in Southern Ontario.

Prosperity Initiative
Supports businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in undertaking projects to enhance productivity, diversify the regional economy, and build a competitive advantage for southern Ontario.

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade - Programs and Services 
This website provides information on the Programs and Services administered by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade that help communities and businesses grow an innovative, sustainable and competitive Ontario economy.

Ontario Power Authority - Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program
Consider the benefits of generating green energy from renewable sources such as the sun, wind, water or bioenergy, and selling it for a guaranteed price. You can be part of Ontario's growing green energy movement, make money and contribute to a cleaner environment.  The FIT Program was enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009.

Innovation & Technology

Graduate Enterprise Internship
The Graduate Enterprise Internship provides financial support to eligible not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario to arrange internships with structured mentoring opportunities for graduate students and recent graduates of undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with small- and medium-sized companies in southern Ontario.

Innovation Demonstration Fund
The Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF) is a funding program administered by the Ministry of Research and Innovation that focuses on the commercialization and initial technical demonstration of globally competitive, innovative Green technologies, processes and/or products.

The objective of the IDF is to help companies in their efforts to commercialize innovative technologies in Ontario by mitigating the risk of projects with significant pilot-scale technical hurdles. The IDF is not aimed at routine engineering, upgrading, or improvements to existing processes, designs or products.

Investing in Business Innovation
Investing in Business Innovation provides funding to boost private sector investment in start-up businesses to accelerate the development of new products, processes and practices and bring them to market. Funding is also available for angel investor networks and their associations to attract new investment and support the growth of angel investment funds.

NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program
The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is a federal program that supports small and medium-sized enterprises' innovation in Canada. They support small and medium-sized enterprises grow stronger, grow faster and grow bigger through innovation and technology.

Technology Development Program
The Technology Development Program provides financial support to encourage research and innovation organizations, the private sector, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations to work together to accelerate the development of large-scale, advanced technologies that will result in new market opportunities for southern Ontario businesses.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program
The SR&ED program is a federal tax incentive program, administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada. It is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial R&D. The SR&ED program gives claimants cash refunds and/or tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D work done in Canada.


Canada Book Fund
The Canada Book Fund provides financial assistance for your Canadian book publishing business, ensuring access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad.  The program has two main supports: 1) Support for Publishers; 2) Support for Organizations.

Starting and Growing Your Business

BizPaL Initiative
Easy and convenient, BizPal is intended to simplify the business permit and license process for entrepreneurs, governments, and third party business service providers, ultimately slashing document research time and speeding up entrepreneurs start up.

Business Development Bank of Canada
Canada’s business development bank, BDC, provides Canadian businesses with flexible finance, venture capital and consulting services.  BDC helps businesses carry out their projects from the start-up phase through the expansion phase.

Canada Business - Grants, Contributions and Financial Assistance
This website provides a list of grants, contributions and other forms of financial assistance available for businesses in Canada.

Canada Revenue Agency
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and most provinces and territories and various incentive programs and social and economic programs which are delivered trough the tax system.

Charity Village
Charity Village is a hub of information for charities and non-profits.

E-Business Handbook
The Ontario Ministry of Economic and Trade has provided small businesses with information and tools to help them get started in the world of e-business.

Industry Canada - Programs and Services
This website provides a list of the programs and services provided by Industry Canada for businesses including Business Tools and Resources, Economic and Market Research/Statistics and Financing.

Invest in Ontario  
This website provides information on Select Ontario Government Programs for Businesses.

If you are looking to get funding from a company - LinkedIn can show you who you know that has contacts there so you can get introduced.

Small and Medium Enterprises
The Ontario Ministry of Economic and Trade has provided information, resources and tools specifically for Small and Medium Enterprises including Starting a Business, Growing a Business and the Ontario Business Program Guide.

Starting a Business
This website provides information on how to start your own business including Developing your business plan, Business name and registration and financing your business.

Statistics Canada
As Canada’s central statistical office, Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their county and provides a solid foundation for informed decisions by all Canadians including businesses and non-profit organizations.

The Canadian Business Resource Centre
CBRC is committed to helping you get the most funding possible from the various government grants and loans programs you qualify for. Let us show you how to get the grant money that is put aside for you! Don't delay! You can get government grant and loans money to help you: Start Or Expand A Business, Invest In Capital Expenditures, Engage In research and development, Purchase Real Estate For Business, Train Staff, Hire Employees.

Students & Youth

Canada Summer Jobs
If you are planning to hire a student for the summer this subsidy could help you cover up to 50% of their wage.

Canadian Youth Business Foundation
This website provides information on the Programs and Initiatives CYBF, a national charity, offers youth between the ages of 18-34.  If you have a business idea CYBF can help, providing pre-launch coaching, start-up financing, mentoring and more.


Scientists and Engineers in Business
Scientists and Engineers in Business provides financial support to help recent graduates and graduate students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields develop their business skills so they can bring innovative ideas to market and help grow the southern Ontario economy.

Students and Young Entrepreneurs
This website provides information on Programs and Resources available for students and young entrepreneurs interested in exploring the possibility of going into business.

Summer Company
If you are a student and between 15 and 29 years of age you could receive up to $3,000 to start and run your own summer business.

Youth STEM Initiative
Program provides financial support to not-for-profit organizations to expand, enhance and coordinate the reach and impact of educational outreach programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for children and youth in kindergarten through grade 12.

Tourism & Culture

Cultural Development – Ontario Business Program Guide  
Businesses in the tourism and cultural sectors guide to tax and financial incentives.

Financial Assistance for Ontario Heritage Programs
Ontario Heritage Actgives the legal power to municipal governments (councils) to designate heritage properties. Amendments to the Act in 2005 gave the Ontario Heritage Trust the authority to advise the Minister of Culture on heritage designations of provincially significant properties - an important new power that will help preserve Ontario's built and cultural heritage well into the future.

How to Start an Eco-Tourism Business in Ontario
Learn how to start an Eco-Tourism Business in Ontario.

Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture – Funding and Awards  
The Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture provides sources of funding and awards for Ontario Tourism and Culture.

Tourism Development Fund
The Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Tourism Development Fund, supports projects that promote tourism investment, product and experience development and industry capacity building.

Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program
The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) can help you promote and market tourism events in Ontario through the Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program (TEMPP).

Note:  Please check back on a regular basis for additional and updated information as program status, details and contact information may change.  This is not a complete listing of all of the programs and services that are currently available.

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