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Oshawa Incentives and Services

Data Last Updated: 28 November, 2018

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Business Support Services

Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD)3000 Garden Street, Suite 200
Serves Durham RegionWhitby, ON
905 668-4949L1R 2G6
Helping entrepreneurs and small business start successful and stay successful. Building business competencies since 1998, the BACD offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, market research, business resources and innovation alliances for existing business and start ups.
http://www.bacd.ca
Economic Development Services, City of Oshawa50 Centre Street South
Serves OshawaOshawa
905 436-5617L1H 3Z7
Services include - land and building site selection, statistical market data, promotional programs, liaison with provincial and federal governments, consultation and networking with local business, industry and educators.
http://www.oshawa.ca/business
Spark Centre21 Simcoe Street South
Serves Durham RegionOshawa, ON
905 432-3999L1H 4G1
Spark Centre helps start and grow innovative technology-based companies. We help start-up companies find the best path to market, and we surround them with the tools, people and connections they need to get there faster. We also help existing companies develop relationships and create strategies that can drive faster growth.
http://www.sparkcentre.org

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Incentives and Financial Support

Capital

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Description:  BDC actively supports the development and growth of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises through its complementary financing, venture capital and consulting services.
 
Canada Small Business Financing Program - Industry Canada
Description:  The program's main objectives are to help new businesses get started and established firms make improvements and expand, to improve access to loans that would not otherwise be available to small businesses, to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.
 
Celebrate Ontario
Description:  Celebrate Ontario provides project-based funding to new or existing Ontario events to enhance programs, activities and services and support innovations that will lead to long-term improvements, sustainability and the attraction of additional tourists.
 
Community Futures Program - Ontario
Description:  FedNor's Community Futures (CF) Program, supports 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Northern Ontario. CFDCs offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth.
 
Futurpreneur Canada
Description:  Financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.
 
Futurpreneur Canada Newcomer Program
Description:  Are you a newcomer to Canada between the ages of 18 and 35, with a limited credit history? If so, you could apply for a $7,500 repayable loan to start a business.
This amount could be matched with a repayable loan from the BDC for a potential total of $15,000. If you are between the ages of 35 and 39, your application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
 
Investment Ready: Certified Site Program
Description:  Through the Investment Ready: Certified Site program, you can benefit from financial and international marketing support, as well as an Investment Ready: Certified Site designation once you complete a set of requirements for an eligible property.
 
Jobs and Prosperity Fund: Food and Beverage Growth Fund
Description:  This fund is available for food and beverage processing, and bioproduct projects across the province with more than $5 million in eligible costs.
 
Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Ventures
Description:  The Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund enables social entrepreneurs and innovators to grow their world-changing enterprises with access to capital and existing programming and services.
 
Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund - Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
Description:  To leverage private sector capital in clean technology, life sciences and advanced health technologies, digital media and information and communications technology sectors.
 
REACH
Description:  REACH (Resources for Evaluating, Adopting and Capitalizing on Innovative Healthcare Technology) is a matching grant funding program designed to help Ontario healthcare providers apply new methods to procure and more rapidly adopt innovative medical technologies that can address high priority health system needs.
 
SmartStart Seed Fund
Description:  Open to young entrepreneurs from the ages of 18 to 29 and entrepreneurs from the age of 30+, the program provides both seed financing and financing for entrepreneurship skills training to help recipients grow their start-up.
 
Starter Company
Description:  Professional mentoring to start and expand a business in Ontario - open to Ontario residents, 18-29, not attending school full time.
 
Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) - Industry Canada
Description:  Firms, organizations or institutions may apply for investments assistance repayable over the long term in conducting R&D in eligible aerospace and defence technologies.
 
Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) - Industry Canada
Description:  The Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) provides non-repayable contributions in support of large-scale technology demonstration projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security sectors.
 

Commercialization

AC JumpStart
Description:  The program provides eligible companies with $30,000 in seed capital (to be matched by recipient firms) in mentoring from the team of in-house experts Access to market research and connections to investors.
 
Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP)
Description:  Enables automotive manufacturers' adoption of innovative hardware and software to increase productivity and fuel global competitiveness. Grant funding will cover a portion of the costs associated with: Software upgrades;Innovative equipment/hardware implementation; and Automated systems training.
 
Canadian Technology Accelerators
Description:  The Canadian Technology Accelerator initiative helps Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service explore opportunities in foreign markets.
 
CDMN Soft Landing Program
Description:  Funding for mature startups and SMEs to enter into new markets, close international sales, or connect with new partners. The program connects businesses to local incubators to help fund international business activities.
 
China Angels Mentorship Program (CAMP)
Description:  Having direct business ties to the Chinese marketplace is more important than ever for start-ups seeking an international presence. The China Angels Mentorship Program (CAMP), a joint initiative of Ontario Centres of Excellence and the China Canada Angels Alliance (CCAA), is a virtual incubation program designed to create value for early-stage companies looking to enter the Chinese market.
 
Conservation Fund
Description:  The Conservation Fund 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.
 
Going Global Innovation
Description:  Going Global Innovation (GGI) is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada's international innovation efforts. The program supports Canadian researchers who aim to commercialize technologies by pursuing collaborative international research and development (R&D) opportunities through partnerships with key players in foreign markets.
 
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) - National Research Council Canada
Description:  Technical advisory services, networking and financial assistance to SMEs.
 
Investments in Forest Industry Transformation
Description:  The initial four-year $100-million initiative supported forest industry transformation by accelerating the deployment of highly innovative, first-in-kind technologies at Canadian forest industry facilities. These projects included bioenergy, biomaterials, biochemicals and next-generation building products.
 
Market Readiness
Description:  Through its Market Readiness (MR) Investment Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) invests directly in companies to further their early-stage commercialization and support their growth into a scalable business. The program supports companies in both the Customer Creation (CC) and Company Building (CB) stages of the Customer Development Model, as defined by Lean Start-up principles. The OCE investment de-risks other investment opportunities and helps the company attract the private investment and other funding it needs to grow.
 
Matching Investment Fund
Description:  You could get up to $150,000 to create new or improved products made from milk. Up to $25,000 can be used for consultation services, while remaining funds must be applied towards product development. To qualify, you need to: Make foods, drinks or other products using milk, Provide 50% of the costs, or Create a product that increases the use of milk. Small businesses (fewer than 25 employees) are eligible for a reimbursement of up to 100% of eligible costs for the first $10,000 spent on a project.Other conditions apply.
 
Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
Description:  Covers three key areas: Industry-Academic R and D Collaboration; Commercialization; and Entrepreneurship. Other key OCE initiatives are the IBM Smart Computing Initiative and Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII).
 
Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE)
Description:  The Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE) provides research institutions with funding to help support the operational costs of large-scale transformative research of strategic value to the province.
 
Ontario Tax Exemption for Commercialization
Description:  If you are a newly established corporation in certain sectors, you could be eligible for a refund of the corporate income tax and corporate minimum tax your business paid in its first 10 taxation years.
 
The Jobs and Prosperity FundStrategic Partnership Stream
Description:  The Strategic Partnership stream provides funding for industry partners that develop enabling technologies for Ontario's priority sectors. This stream is available for partnerships with at least $10 million in eligible costs.
 
Voucher for Commercialization
Description:  The Voucher for Commercialization provides funding to early-stage opportunities, for activities that are the next logical step for potential commercialization.
 
Voucher for Innovation and Productivity
Description:  The VIP program helps eligible Ontario companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting industry-academic collaborations. Industry can leverage Ontario's world-class academic institutions to solve business challenges, develop new products and processes, and increase productivity while advancing innovations that help to build and sustain Ontario's knowledge-based economy.
 

Digital Media

Canadian Media Fund: Convergent Stream
Description:  Through the Convergent Stream, the CMF supports the creation of convergent television and digital media content for consumption by Canadians anytime, anywhere. The convergent stream is made up of various programs and incentives that target key activities.
 
Canadian Media Fund: Experimental Stream
Description:  The Experimental Stream seeks to support Canadian interactive digital media content and application software that is innovative and leading edge. Eligible Projects may apply for Development, Production, or Marketing & Promotion support and are evaluated.
 
FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry
Description:  If your business operates in the English sound recording industry in Canada, you could qualify for funding to support various business activities.
 
Film Fund - Ontario Media Development Fund
Description:  The OMDC Film Fund is designed to increase the level of domestic film production in Ontario by providing support to Ontario producers for feature film projects in the final stages of development and production financing.
 
Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)
Description:  Tax credit designed to enhance Canada as a location of choice for film and video productions employing Canadians, as well as to strengthen the industry and secure investment.
 
IDM Fund: Global Market Development
Description:  The Global Market Development program provides eligible Ontario companies with funding to participate in international activities that support company growth and produce measurable business and market development results. Primary activities supported include targeted sales trips and attendance at international market events.
 
IDM Fund: Industry Development
Description:  Ontario Media Development Corporation provides support to Ontario's cultural entrepreneurs by partnering with established trade and event organizations to offer initiatives, events and activities that stimulate the growth of the cultural media industries. These initiatives must promote the potential for measurable commercial transactions or other business-focused opportunities for Ontario companies that create and sell content in the book, film, interactive digital media, magazine, or television industries, and any combination of these industries.
 
IDM Fund: Marketing Support
Description:  The IDM Fund: Marketing Support program provides funding for marketing activities that will amplify the visibility and financial viability of OMDC-funded interactive digital media projects when they are released/available for sale in the marketplace. The purpose of the Marketing Support program is to allow IDM Fund: Production program recipients to build an effective, wide-ranging, and successful marketing campaign for newly released products, in order to achieve increased revenues.
 
IDM Fund: Production and Concept Definition
Description:  Production - support for the creation of a market-ready content project that will be released to end users. Concept Definition - support for early-stage activities that will assist the applicant company in moving towards the production of a market-ready content project.
 
Industry Development Program - Ontario Media Development Corporation
Description:  Ontario Media Development Corporation provides support to Ontario's cultural entrepreneurs by partnering with established trade and event organizations to offer initiatives, events and activities that stimulate the growth of the cultural media industries.
 
Interactive Digitial Media Fund (IDM) - Ontario Media Development Corporation
Description:  Successful applicants are eligible to receive a non-refundable contribution to create a market-ready interactive digital media content product.
 
Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit (OBPTC)
Description:  Tax credit for Ontario publishing companies to publish and promote works by a Canadian author.
 
Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit (OCASE)
Description:  Ontario tax credits for computer animation and special effect activities in film or TV productions.
 
Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC)
Description:  Ontario refundable tax credit for film and video productions.
 
Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
Description:  Ontario refundable tax credit for labour, marketing and distribution expenditures for the creation of interactive digital media products.
 
Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC)
Description:  Ontario refundable tax credit for qualifying labour expenditures for those productions that do not meet the Canadian content requirements.
 

Energy

Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)
Description:  CIPEC and Natural Resources Canada can help your organization cut costs, improve energy efficiency and reduce industrial greenhouse gases.
 
Conservation Fund
Description:  The Conservation Fund 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.
 
ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry Program: ISO 50001
Description:  The Energy Efficiency for Industry program is offering cost-shared assistance to industrial companies to implement energy management projects, including CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard pilots, and for two types of energy studies: Process Integration and Computational Fluid Dynamics.
 
Feed-in Tariff Program - Ontario Power Authority
Description:  Procurement program that guarantees specific prices for various forms of renewable electricity production sources, including on-shore wind, hydroelectric, solar, biogas, biomass and landfill gas.
 
Ontario Green Investment Fund
Description:  As announced in the 2015 Fall Economic Statement Ontario's Green Investment Fund commits $325 million to projects that will fight climate change, boost the economy and create jobs.
 
Save on Energy
Description:  Businesses across Ontario can benefit from an array of programs offered throughout the province. There are energy-efficiency programs to assist organizations from the smallest of retail stores to the largest industrial complexes.
 

Export

Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship
Description:  As a Canadian-based entrepreneur, group or organization, you could qualify for a $3,000 grant if you undertake activities that support the promotion or development of export opportunities for entrepreneurs in Canada. Examples of eligible projects include: Trade missions, Global ecosystem tours, Soft landings programs, Export training, and Global partnership facilitation
 
Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)
Description:   International contracting agency provides export-related assistance in military sales and Canadian commitments for international assistance.
 
CanExport
Description:  Delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), CanExport provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities.
 
CanExport Program
Description:  Delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), CanExport provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities.
 
Expanding Market Opportunities Program
Description:  Under Budget 2012, the federal government invested $105 million, over two years, to support Canada's forest sector. The funding is targeted at fostering innovation and expanding market opportunities for the sector.
 
Export Development Canada
Description:  A crown corporation that offers financing, credit insurance and bonding solutions to Canadian exporters.
 
Export Market Access - A Global Expansion Program
Description:  A 50/50 cost-sharing grant to help Ontario SMEs cover costs incurred to develop export sales in foreign markets, predominately outside the US.
 
Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)
Description:  The Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) helps accelerate the growth of new technology companies being established in Ontario and positions them for further investment by angels and venture capitalists.
 
Ontario Exporters Fund
Description:  The Export Manager Program has been established to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become export ready and help them gain/increase access to international export markets. The program is an initiative of the Province of Ontario and administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
 

Human Resources and Training

Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus
Description:  The $2,000 Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus (AESB) is available to employers who hire, register, and train an apprentice as part of their participation in the Employment Service program.
 
Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund (AEF) - Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Description:  The Ministry recognizes the need for approved training delivery agents (TDAs), both Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs) and non-college TDAs, to update their equipment and facilities in order to deliver relevant, high-quality training in support of Ontario's workplace-based apprenticeship programs.
The Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund (AEF) enables approved TDAs delivering apprenticeship training programs to have the opportunity to acquire state-of-the-art equipment, update facilities, and support increased apprenticeship placements.
 
Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit - Canada Revenue Agency
Description:  A non-refundable tax credit equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006.
 
Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC) - Ministry of Finance
Description:  A refundable tax credit available to employers who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled trades.
 
Canada Ontario Job Grant
Description:  Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the Job Grant) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.
 
Canada Summer Jobs
Description:  Contributions for employers to hire students during the summer.
 
Canada-Ontario Job Grant
Description:  Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the Job Grant) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.
 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Description:  Major federal health research funding agency for universities, hospitals and research institutes.
 
Co-operative Education Tax Credit
Description:  You may be eligible for a tax credit if you hire a student enrolled in a co-operative education program at a recognized Ontario university or college. In most cases, you may hire a student for a minimum of 10 weeks, up to a maximum of four months, or apply for a refund up to $3,000 per placement.
 
College and Institutes Canada Clean Tech Internship
Description:  If your business is in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields, you may be eligible to hire an intern for a new environmental position or project. The program offers: A) A wage subsidy up to $12,000, B) Pre-approved, skilled graduates. Other conditions apply.
 
Concierge Service - Government of Canada
Description:  Concierge Service is the place where Canadian SMEs (Small or Medium-sized Enterprises) can find information and guidance to access government programs and resources in support of business innovation.
 
Connect Canada Internship
Description:  For a small investment, companies can leverage their research dollars and in house capabilities and gain access to a dedicated graduate intern who is guided by their academic supervisor. Connect Canada's business model allows for a quick turn around on applications, and is flexible and responsive in developing internships that meet industry needs. Connect Canada. Eligible projects include: Market Research, Applied Scientific Research, Technical Problem Solving, or Software Solutions.
 
Cooperative Education Tax Credit (CETC)
Description:  A refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax.
 
Employer Signing Bonus - Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Description:   A monetary bonus for an employer who hires and registers an apprenticeship scholarship candidate as an apprentice.
 
Environmental Youth Corps Internship Program
Description:  Thinking of hiring a graduate for a position related to the environment? A wage subsidy may be available.
 
Human Resources and Training
Description:  The Ministry recognizes the need for approved training delivery agents (TDAs), both Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs) and non-college TDAs, to update their equipment and facilities in order to deliver relevant, high-quality training in support of Ontario's workplace-based apprenticeship programs.
 
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) - National Research Council Canada
Description:  Technical advisory services, networking and financial assistance to SMEs.
 
Mitacs Accelerate
Description:  A unique cost-shared R and D internship program which connects companies with Canadian universities' research expertise, in all disciplines.
 
MITACS Elevate
Description:  Mitacs Elevate is an attractive option for organizations seeking a recognized program to help them develop their research & development management capacity in-house with a minimal impact on their R&D budgets.
 
Mitacs-Accelerate InDev
Description:  $3,500 wage subsidy for recruiting Masters and Ph.D students for a 4-month collaborative business development projects, including: Product Development, Marketing/Competitive Research, Prototyping & Design, Strategic Planning, Production Planning.
 
NSERC CRD
Description:  CRD Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the industrial partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from one year to five years in duration.
 
Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
Description:  Covers three key areas: Industry-Academic R and D Collaboration; Commercialization; and Entrepreneurship. Other key OCE initiatives are the IBM Smart Computing Initiative and Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII).
 
Ontario Labour Market Partnerships
Description:  Ontario Labour Market Partnerships support partnerships among employers, employer/employee associations, and community organizations to address identified labour market issues.
 
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Description:  The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers students a chance to attend school and train as registered apprentices at the same time.
 
Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program - Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Description:  The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program helps potential entrants to the apprenticeship system develop their job skills and trade readiness so that they will be prepared to find work as apprentices.
 
Skills Link Program
Description:  The Skills Link program is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Through funding of organizations, the Skills Link program helps youth overcome barriers to employment, develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market and to promote education and skills as being key to labour market participation. These barriers include, but are not limited to, challenges faced by recent immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, single parent youth, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth, and youth living in rural or remote areas.
 
Summer Company
Description:  The Summer Company program provides hands-on business training and mentoring to help enterprising youth start up and run their own summer business.
 
Youth Employment Fund
Description:  The Youth Employment Fund is part of the Ontario government's new Youth Jobs Strategy, which is helping 30,000 young people across the province get work experience, start a business or build job skills.
 
Youth Employment Program - National Research Council Canada
Description:  Financial assistance to innovative Canadian SMEs to hire post-secondary graduates.
 

Innovation

AdvancingHealth Program
Description:  This program is designed to bolster innovation in Ontario's public healthcare sector by matching healthcare needs with innovative products and services through partnerships between public healthcare organizations, companies and academic institutions. The aim is to advance healthcare innovation directed to improved health outcomes, enhanced patient experience and efficient use of resources. This will be achieved through investments in collaborative demonstration projects that show clear potential for scaling-up to the system-level and can make a strong case for adoption.
 

Innovation

Bioenterprise Seed Funding
Description:  Bioenterprise is participating in a program funded by the Government of Canada to provide non-repayable seed financing, coaching and mentorship to assist start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, as well as sustainable and environmental technologies, to grow through generation of revenue and attraction of follow-on private investment over the next 4 years.
Bio enterprise's program partner Innovation Guelph will deliver this program as the Fuel Injection Program to advanced manufacturing and social innovation industry sectors.
 Bioenterprise Seed Funding is a matching program that provides eligible enterprises with:
1. $30,000 in seed funding (to be matched by recipient enterprise)
2. Coaching/mentorship support services (e.g. market intelligence, investment preparation and access to Bioenterprise global network)

Innovation

Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)
Description:  Created to bolster innovation in Canadas business sector, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government.
 
Canada Periodical Fund
Description:  The Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) supports eligible small and mid-sized printed magazine and digital periodical publishers. This component of the CPF encourages innovation to adapt to changing market conditions and contributes to the diversity of content sought by Canadian readers.
 
Connect to Innovate
Description:  The Connect to Innovate program will invest $500 million by 2021, to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities in Canada. In these communities, challenging geography and smaller populations present barriers to private sector investment in building, operating and maintaining infrastructure.
 
Going Global Innovation
Description:  Going Global Innovation (GGI) is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada's international innovation efforts. The program supports Canadian researchers who aim to commercialize technologies by pursuing collaborative international research and development (R&D) opportunities through partnerships with key players in foreign markets.
 
Health Technologies Fund
Description:  The Health Technologies Fund (HTF) supports the development of made-in-Ontario health technologies by accelerating evaluation, procurement, adoption and diffusion in the Ontario health system. The fund is part of the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist's mandate to strengthen Ontario's innovation ecosystem. The HTF fosters partnerships between publicly funded health care service providers, patients, academia and industry to drive collaboration that improves patient outcomes, adds value to the health system and creates jobs in Ontario.
 
Innovation Superclusters Initiative
Description:   The Government of Canada challenged Canadian businesses of all sizes to collaborate with other innovation actors, including post-secondary and research institutions, to propose bold and ambitious strategies that would transform regional innovation ecosystems and develop job-creating superclusters of innovation, like Silicon Valley. The investment of up to $950 million, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the private sector, is expected to create more than 50,000 jobs over ten years and grow Canada's GDP.
 

Innovation

MaRS Catalyst Fund
Description:  Investing in business as a force for good. We are a different class of investment fund. We firmly believe that progress and profit go hand in hand, and that business is a force for good; it can help people and the planet while generating a return.
 

Innovation

Matching Investment Fund
Description:  You could get up to $150,000 to create new or improved products made from milk. Up to $25,000 can be used for consultation services, while remaining funds must be applied towards product development. To qualify, you need to: Make foods, drinks or other products using milk, Provide 50% of the costs, or Create a product that increases the use of milk. Small businesses (fewer than 25 employees) are eligible for a reimbursement of up to 100% of eligible costs for the first $10,000 spent on a project.Other conditions apply.
 

Innovation

OMF - Music Industry Development
Description:  The Music Industry Development stream of the Ontario Music Fund is designed to strengthen and develop the support structures and systems that contribute to economic and cultural growth of the music industry in Ontario by supporting organizations engaging in strategic initiatives with long-term impacts on the growth and sustainability of Ontario's music industry.
 

Innovation

The Jobs and Prosperity Fund-New Economy Stream
Description:  Businesses, business associations and entrepreneurs can get funding for projects to enhance productivity and help them compete in the global marketplace. The New Economy Stream provides funding for private sector organizations to: 1. build innovation capacity, 2. improve productivity, performance and competitiveness, 3. increase access to global markets.
This stream is available for projects with at least $10 million in eligible project costs. It is aimed at projects in Ontario's key sectors, including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and information and communications technologies.
 
The TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program
Description:  Through the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will support projects with industrial emitters that demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in collaboration with innovative companies providing solutions. The projects will help Ontario meet its year 2020 targets for GHG emission reduction and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario. Ontario's year 2020 GHG emission target is 15 per cent below the 1990 level.
 

Research and Development

AgriInnovation Program
Description:  The AgriInnovate program aims to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase sector competitiveness and sustainability.
 

Research and Development

Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program
Description:  By collaborating with government researchers, you could increase your business' scientific capacity for R&D projects relating to fish health and environmental performance.
 
Automotive Partnership Canada y
Description:  If you are working on next-generation automotive technologies, you could receive financial assistance to support collaborative R&D activities. Your research must be driven by industry needs and involve industrial collaboration.
 

Research and Development

Canada Foundation for Innovation
Description:  To strengthen the ability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that will benefit Canadians.
 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Description:  Major federal health research funding agency for universities, hospitals and research institutes has research programs matching industry partner's financial contributions.
 
Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)
Description:  The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) fosters and supports collaborative industrial research and development projects with high potential for commercialization between Canada and partner countries.
 
CDMN Soft Landing Program
Description:  Funding for mature startups and SMEs to enter into new markets, close international sales, or connect with new partners. The program connects businesses to local incubators to help fund international business activities.
 
Collaborative Research and Development Grants
Description:  The Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise, and educational resources available at Canadian postsecondary institutions and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in industrial and/or economic benefits to Canada.
 

Research and Development

College and Community Innovation Program Applied Research and Development Grants
Description:  The Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in economic benefits to the company and/or Canada.
 

Research and Development

Communications Research Centre Canada - Industry Canada
Description:  Helps SMEs take part in strategic R&D collaborations that leverage CRC's activities, resulting in knowledge and technology transfer that benefit Canadian industry, the economy and Canadians.
 
Early Researcher Awards
Description:  Funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research centres.
 
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) - National Research Council Canada
Description:  Technical advisory services, networking and financial assistance to SMEs.
 
Industrial Research Chairs Grants
Description:  Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) are intended to:
1. assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in natural sciences and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
2. assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in Canadian universities but for which there is an important industrial need; and
3. provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).
 

Research and Development

Matching Investment Fund
Description:  You could get up to $150,000 to create new or improved products made from milk. Up to $25,000 can be used for consultation services, while remaining funds must be applied towards product development. To qualify, you need to: Make foods, drinks or other products using milk, Provide 50% of the costs, or Create a product that increases the use of milk. Small businesses (fewer than 25 employees) are eligible for a reimbursement of up to 100% of eligible costs for the first $10,000 spent on a project.Other conditions apply.
 

Research and Development

Mitacs Accelerate
Description:  A unique cost-shared R and D internship program which connects companies with Canadian universities' research expertise, in all disciplines.
 

Research and Development

Mitacs-Accelerate InDev
Description:  $3,500 wage subsidy for recruiting Masters and Ph.D students for a 4-month collaborative business development projects, including: Product Development, Marketing/Competitive Research, Prototyping & Design, Strategic Planning, Production Planning.
 

Research and Development

New Directions Research Program - OMAFRA
Description:  This program offers funding for research that stimulates the sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario's agri-food, agri-business and rural sectors.
 
NSERC Engage R&D
Description:  Engage Grants support well-defined research projects undertaken by eligible university and college researchers and their industrial partners. A maximum grant of $25,000 over a period not exceeding six months will be awarded to support the project costs.
 
Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
Description:  Covers three key areas: Industry-Academic R and D Collaboration; Commercialization; and Entrepreneurship. Other key OCE initiatives are the IBM Smart Computing Initiative and Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII).
 
Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund - Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
Description:  To leverage private sector capital in clean technology, life sciences and advanced health technologies, digital media and information and communications technology sectors.
 
Ontario Innovation Tax Credit (OITC)
Description:  The Ontario Innovation Tax Credit (OITC) is a refundable tax credit. It is available to all corporations that perform scientific research and experimental development (SR and ED) in Ontario.
 
Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit
Description:  Tax credit for Scientific Research and Experimental Development expenditures.
 
Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE)
Description:  The Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE) provides research institutions with funding to help support the operational costs of large-scale transformative research of strategic value to the province.
 
Research and Development
Description:  The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) fosters and supports collaborative industrial research and development projects with high potential for commercialization between Canada and partner countries.
 
Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program - Canada Revenue Agency
Description:  The largest single source of federal support for industrial R and D. Investment tax credits for expenditures such as wages, materials, machinery, equipment, some overhead, and SR and ED contracts.
 
Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) - Industry Canada
Description:  Firms, organizations or institutions may apply for investments assistance repayable over the long term in conducting R&D in eligible aerospace and defence technologies.
 
Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) - Industry Canada
Description:  The Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) provides non-repayable contributions in support of large-scale technology demonstration projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security sectors.
 

Research and Development

The TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program
Description:  Eligible projects involve research and development that fall under the following categories: 1) Industrial Point Source: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites.
2) Value Chain: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions using more sustainable approaches through the industrial value chain.
3) CO2 Innovations: Technologies that involve new and innovative uses of CO2.
 
The TargetGHG Collaborative Technology Development Program
Description:  This Call is intended for Ontario-based SMEs to develop and demonstrate new and innovative technologies that have strong potential to result in significant, verifiable and sustainable GHG emissions reductions in Ontario, Canada and globally. The SMEs are required to develop Consortium Partnerships which may include, industrial large emitters, other SMEs, large enterprises and academic institutions.
 

Research and Development

University of Guelph Partnership 2008-2018 - OMAFRA
Description:  On April 28, 2008, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph renewed this partnership for a ten year period (2008-2018).
 
Youth Employment Program - National Research Council Canada
Description:  Financial assistance to innovative Canadian SMEs to hire post-secondary graduates.
 

Southern Ontario

Advanced Manufacturing Fund
Description:  The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) is a $200-million fund delivered province-wide by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
 
Economic Development Initiative
Description:  The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) is the key economic development initiative under the Roadmap and continues to strengthen innovation, entrepreneurship, partnerships, and diversification of economic activities in official language minority communities (OLMCs). The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is responsible for delivering EDI in southern Ontario.
 
Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP) - FedDev Ontario
Description:  IBGP focuses on established businesses that have the potential to be global players with innovative and unique opportunities to accelerate growth and support job creation.
 
Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) - FedDev Ontario
Description:  IBI provides mentorship, entrepreneurial support and financing to help new businesses grow and succeed. The initiative is designed to foster a more competitive southern Ontario economy by focusing on providing business support to new entrepreneurs.
 
Investing in Commercialization Partnerships (ICP) - FedDev Ontario
Description:  ICP funding is available to the following organizations for business-led projects that focus on bringing new ideas to market - publicly-funded colleges and universities and not-for-profit organizations located in southern Ontario.
 
Investing in Regional Diversification (IRD) - FedDev Ontario
Description:  IRD is open to incorporated not-for-profit organizations located in southern Ontario whose mandate includes economic development.
 
Scientists and Engineers in Business Initiative
Description:  Scientists and Engineers in Business is designed to help improve the business and management skills of entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by improving access to financing and/or providing business support.
 
Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII)
Description:  The Southern Ontario Fund for Investing in Innovation supports high-growth, innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities by offering loans of usually $150,000 to $500,000 to support all aspects of growth challenges facing them. The loans are intended to help finance:
1. Late stage commercialization;
2. New product or service development;
3. New applications or markets; or
4. Development or implementation of new processes or technologies.
 
Southwest Ontario Development Fund
Description:  The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund gives money to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario.
 
Yeves Landry AIME Initiative (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence)
Description:  The AIME Global program supports southern Ontario manufacturers to undertake training or skills-upgrading activities which will support innovation at the manufacturing facilities.
 

Business Support Services

Serves Durham Region Whitby, ON
905 668-4949 L1R 2G6
Helping entrepreneurs and small business start successful and stay successful. Building business competencies since 1998, the BACD offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, market research, business resources and innovation alliances for existing business and start ups.
http://www.bacd.ca
Serves Oshawa Oshawa
905 436-5617 L1H 3Z7
Services include - land and building site selection, statistical market data, promotional programs, liaison with provincial and federal governments, consultation and networking with local business, industry and educators.
http://www.oshawa.ca/business
Serves Durham Region Oshawa, ON
905 432-3999 L1H 4G1
Spark Centre helps start and grow innovative technology-based companies. We help start-up companies find the best path to market, and we surround them with the tools, people and connections they need to get there faster. We also help existing companies develop relationships and create strategies that can drive faster growth.
http://www.sparkcentre.org