Grants, contributions and financial assistance
Explore opportunities to receive public funds to help springboard your business venture. There are programs that apply to businesses in all provinces and territories, and others that apply only to businesses in your region.
- Aboriginal Business Canada
Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- AgriInnovation Program
If your business is agricultural, you can apply for an R&D grant or a loan to get your new agricultural product or technology ready for the market.
If you are an agricultural producer, and you put aside savings to use when your profits are down, the government may match your contributions.
- AgriMarketing Program
Do you have an agricultural business? You could get money to advertise and market your agricultural products and adapt appropriate assurance systems.
- Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program
By collaborating with government researchers, you could increase your business' scientific capacity for projects relating to fish health and environmental performance.
- Automotive Innovation Fund
If you have an incorporated automotive business, you could get funding to build greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles through innovation and R&D.
- Automotive Partnerships Canada
If you are working on next-generation automotive technologies, you could receive financial assistance to support collaborative R&D activities.
- Business Assistance — Immigrant Investor Program
If your business is in one of the eligible industries and obtains a positive recommendation from an accredited financial intermediary, you could receive funding.
- Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence
If you create a network of skilled partners in industry and academia to address real-world challenges, you could receive funding for research costs.
- Canada Book Fund
You could receive financial assistance for your Canadian book publishing business.
- Canada Feature Film Fund
If you are an incorporated Canadian film producer, you could receive money to develop, produce and market your movies in English or French.
- Canada Periodical Fund
You could get money to help you publish your Canadian magazine or non-daily newspaper.
- Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program
As a Canadian farmer or processor, you could receive funding for projects that solve problems other farmers face or that help them grow or market their products.
- Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation
Access financial assistance, workshops, and other services that can help your industrial facility save energy.
- Collaborative Health Research Projects
If you are in natural sciences or engineering and have a partner from the health science community, you could get funding for your collaborative research project.
- Collaborative Research and Development Grants
You could get a university to help you with your research project in natural sciences or engineering if you contribute half the costs of the project.
- Defence Industrial Research Program
You could be eligible for up to 50% of the costs of an R&D project that introduces new and innovative technologies into the Canadian Forces.
- Development Innovation Fund
Learn how your health business could get funding to partner with innovators in low- and middle-income countries to help solve global health issues.
- Engage Grants
You could access a grant for your science and engineering business to help solve a company-specific problem by collaborating with researchers from a Canadian university.
- Financing Support for Inbound Foreign Direct Investment
Selling your business to a foreign investor? Consider pointing them to this financing solution.
- Fonds de développement des entreprises d’économie sociale
Do you have a social enterprise? If so, this development fund can help you.
- Going Global Innovation
Apply for funding to help you solidify an international R&D partnership.
- Grant — Fondation Montréal Inc
If you are a young Montreal entrepreneur, you could receive a grant of between $5,000 and $30,000 to start up your business as well as advice or training.
- Grant Programs for Writers and Publishers
As a professional writer, collective or publisher, you can apply for various grants through the Canada Council for the Arts.
- Grant programs for artists
As a professional artist, you can apply for a grant to help cover the cost of creative productions, professional development, residency and travel expenses.
- Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth
Your housing-related Aboriginal business may qualify for wage subsidies to hire and train First Nations or Inuit youths.
- Industrial Research Assistance Program
Your small or medium-sized business may qualify for financial assistance to develop, adopt, adapt and/or commercialize new or improved technologies.
- Industrial Research Assistance Program — Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program
Find out how you can add digital technologies to your business operations to increase productivity.
- Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards
If you are a university student, you could gain research work experience in the natural sciences and engineering to complement your studies.
- Industry Partnership Programs
You could get help with your Canadian research and development projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.
- Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research Program
If you are an academic researcher, you can apply for a grant for a collaborative research project you undertake with a Canadian industry partner who shares an interest in health R&D.
- Interaction Grants
Your R&D company could access grants of up to $5,000 to meet with established academic researchers to identify potential research projects.
- International Science and Technology Partnerships Program
If you own a small or medium-sized business with R&D projects in science and technology, you could get money to partner with foreign researchers.
- Jeunes Promoteurs
If you want to start up your first business and you are between the ages of 18 and 35, you may be eligible to obtain financial assistance.
- Knowledge Mobilization Initiative
If you can create a network dedicated to transferring knowledge to those who can put it into practice, you may be able to get financial assistance.
If you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner, you may be eligible for financing.
- Mass layoffs
If you plan to lay off more than 50 people, you could receive technical and financial assistance to set up a reclassification assistance committee.
- Matching Investment Fund
If you produce milk products or manufacture processed goods made with milk, you could get funding to create new or improved products.
- Mitacs Elevate
You could receive funding toward a fellowship program with a recent PhD graduate to work on a research project for two years.
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
If you are a person with disabilities who wants to start a business or if you are an employer who would like to hire someone with a disability, you could qualify for funds.
- Partnership Workshops Program
If you are an academic wanting to work on collaborative research activities with end-users from the business community, you can apply for a grant to develop a workshop.
- Pilot program supporting agricultural multifunctionality
Your agricultural business or group of agricultural businesses could benefit from funding for your community-related projects.
- Program to support sectoral development strategies
Your agricultural association or business/agri-food sector group could receive funding for projects that facilitate sectoral development.
- Programme UBIFRANCE/QUÉBEC
You can request reimbursement of travel and hospitality expenses incurred in France, if you have agreed to a Quebec-France partnership to carry out an industrial project.
- Programme d'aide à la mise en valeur des forêts privées
If you are a recognized forestry producer, you could obtain funding to conduct forestry activities in private forests.
- Quebec Economic Development Program
Find out about resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.
- Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program
If you are a landlord, you could obtain financing to repair or convert your property to create affordable housing for low-income tenants.
- Self-employment support
Receive financial and technical support to start or purchase a microbusiness.
- Space Technology Development Program
Your organization (Industry or Academia) could receive financial and technical support to perform R&D on space technologies.
- Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative
If you are an aerospace and defence company that is incorporated in Canada, you could receive money for R&D projects in Canada.
- Strategic Network Grants
If you are a researcher, you could get funding from one of two grants for large-scale, multi-disciplinary science and engineering projects.
- Strategic Project Grants
If you are an academic researcher, you can apply for a grant for a collaborative research project you undertake with a Canadian industry partner.
- Support for hiring workers who have suffered employment injuries
You may be able to obtain a grant to hire workers who have suffered employment injuries.
- Sustainable Development Technology Fund
Do you need money to develop and test a new energy technology? You could qualify for funding to create clean technology products that fight climate change.
- Technology Demonstration Program
If you have a defence-related R&D project that shows the military utility of emerging concepts and technologies, you may be able to receive financial assistance.
- Tour Operator Partnership Program
You could receive funding to market your Nova Scotia tour package product.
- UNIQ Financing — Working Capital
You could get a loan, a loan guarantee or quasi-equity financing to increase the working capital for your business.
- UNIQ Financing — Capital Assets
You could obtain a loan, loan guarantee or quasi-equity financing to acquire assets for your business.
- Workforce Training Measurement
Your business could receive technical or financial assistance to define your training needs, to set up your project, and to assess its effectiveness.
- Youth Employment Program
You could obtain financial assistance to hire a skilled post-secondary graduate to work on your innovative project.
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