Funding Programs

Legacy Fund

Hiring funding is a hot topic with many of our members and the business community in general right now. The University of Guelph is now offering an award-type funding opportunity to employers who hire co-op students from an agriculture segment of their co-operative education program. This award, branded the Legacy Fund, goes directly to the employer, providing $2500 in bursaries and can be used on top of the Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit, which provides another $3000 to the employee as a tax incentive.

You do not need to fill out an application. If you use RecruitGuelph to post your co-op job and hire a University of Guelph co-op student for one of their work terms, then you are automatically enrolled.

Youth Employment Fund: Government Grants for Hiring Youth

Youth who are unskilled and under the age of 29 often have difficulty finding a job. The government now offers a wage subsidy to employers who can commit to hiring and training these youth.

Amount: Up to $6,800 to offset training and wage costs linked with a job placement plus an additional $1000 for training per new hire. 
 
Employer Eligibility: No limitations on industry sector; must offer meaningful on-the-job training for youth; mandatory work site visit to verify work site legitimacy.
 
Youth Eligibility: between 15 and 29 years old; unemployed; not enrolled in full-time school; resident of Ontario; no limit on the number of applications per company. Cannot be a co-op or summer student returning to school.
Timeline: 4-6 month placement commitment.
 
To learn more or to discuss opportunities, apply online to Employment Ontario's Employment Service to work with a service provider on matching you with a suitable youth.

LOCAL FOOD FUND 

The Local Food Fund is another key component of the strategy and is designed to support innovative local food projects that celebrate local food, and help create jobs and economic growth in Ontario.

The Fund supports projects in four categories:

  • Regional and Local Food Networks
  • Enhanced Technologies, Capacity and/or Minor Capital
  • Research and Best Practices
  • Education, Marketing and Outreach

For more information on the fund, please see the online guidebook.

Projects are cost-shared, with the provincial government investing up to 50 per cent of the project’s eligible
cost, or up to 90 per cent in limited circumstances. The Minister would consider reimbursements of up to 90
per cent in cases where a project demonstrates a close alignment with the Local Food Fund outcomes and
could not be delivered without the increased funding rate, and if the increased funding rate is approved, the
applicant would have sufficient ability (including financial ability) to deliver the project.

Funding from federal government programs can be used to reach 75 per cent of eligible costs from federal and
provincial governments, assuming it is permitted under any applicable federal programs. In such cases,
provincial funding would be on top of the federal funding, up to the limits described above, and in no cases
would funding be greater than 90 per cent from all sources.

Growing Forward 2

GF2 is a single funding program that offers funding assistance to established processors and new processing businesses to grow profits, expand markets and manage shared risks. Funding assistance supports six ares of focus where individual businesses can apply for cost-share for Capacity Building activities and Project Implementation. Innovation is a key component present throughout all areas of focus. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) will deliver Growing Forward 2 funding assistance for processors across the province.

The GF2 cost-share funding cap for a single processing business covering both Capacity Building activities and Project Implementation is $350,000 over the 5-years timeframe of the program (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018).

Starting June 26, 2013, cost-share opportunities for Capacity Building activities is available to eligible processors on a continuous basis. Processors can access 50 per cent cost-share towards projects under Capacity Building.

Funding assistance will support eligible Capacity Building activities in three types of projects:

1. Education, skills development and training;

2. Assessment and audit; and

3. Planning

For full program details refer to the Program Guide for Capacity Building projects for Processors. For more information contact OMAF.

Starting September 9, 2013 to October 24 and December 16, 2013 to January 30, 2014 cost-share opportunities for Project Implementation will be available to eligible processors and new processing businesses during these intake dates. Processors can access 35 per cent cost-share towards projects and 50 percent cost-share towards innovative projects. We encourage applicants to include a strong rationale for their projects, and a well-developed plan. Project selection will be based on evaluation criteria.

The Program Guide for Project Implementation for Processors and application with a complete list of criteria and descriptions will be available on the website in August 2013.

For more information contact OMAF.

Rural Economic Development (RED) Program Re-Opened

Ontario is helping rural communities, organizations and businesses create jobs and attract investment with renewed support from the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Strengthening rural communities is part of the Ontario government's plan to create jobs, boost the economy and build a more fair and prosperous society.

The RED Program has up to $4.5 million funding per year for three years to help rural communities remove barriers to community development and promote economic growth to support sustainable rural economies and regions, while developing the capacity, tools and flexibility they need to become stronger, more prosperous communities. The RED program has the potential to positively impact our communities, our economy and the people who call Ontario home. For more information visit theRED Program Website or email red@ontario.ca.

Advance Manufacturing Fund

The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) is a $200 million, five year federally funded program which supports investments in activities that create new and innovative products or production methods such as prototyping, demonstration projects and advanced product testing.

    Repayable funding is available for manufacturing companies that are either undertaking manufacturing activities or conducting research and development in Ontario. Non-repayable funding is available for post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations that are collaborating with Ontario manufacturers. For more information, visit the FedDev Ontario website. 

    The GFTC Legacy Fund (“GLF”)

    GLF has set aside up to $1.5 million to be invested over the next year in initiatives aimed at enhancing productivity, innovation, commercialization and sustainability for Food Processors in Canada.  GLF intends to make this $1.5 million capital accessible to fund initiatives that can demonstrate material benefits to a meaningful number of food producers in the Canadian Food Industry.  While this investment initiative is intended to promote activities that may benefit Canadian food producers of any size, GLF recognizes that specific productivity and innovation advancements that help small and medium enterprises (“SME”) in-turn can help the entire Canadian Food Industry to expand and be more competitive on an international basis.  The targeted individual investment size ranges from $25,000 - $300,000.  GLF is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for consideration.  Funds may be allocated as grants, loans or equity investments depending on the circumstance, merits and level of risk to be taken-on. 

    GLF welcomes proposals from business consortiums, industry associations, research groups, education institutions, companies and individuals; however, GLF is not obligated to solicit submissions or include any submissions from any specific party in its final evaluation.  Given that proposals will be considered over the coming weeks/months on a rolling basis and there are finite dollars to allocate, time is of the essence for those parties that are considering submitting proposals. 

    Learn more about the GFTC Legacy Fund contact John Hamilton

    The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund

    Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

    The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund supports regional economic development by creating jobs, attracting private sector investment and promoting innovation, collaboration and cluster development in Southwestern Ontario.

    The fund is a discretionary, non-entitlement program with limited funding. There are two funding streams, one for established businesses and a regional stream for economic development organisations including municipalities.

    Under the business stream, the fund may provide up to 15% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. For project investments of $10+ million that create 50+ jobs, funding may be available in the form of a secured repayable loan, to a maximum of $5 million in provincial support.

    Under the regional stream, the fund may provide up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. Stacking with other provincial programs is not permitted under either funding streams.

    Eastern Ontario Development Fund

    The Eastern Ontario Economic Development Fund is a four year, $80 million fund designed to help businesses create new jobs, and invest in new technologies, equipment or skills training for workers. It will also support economic development projects that will attract or retain investment in Ontario-based industries and communities.

    Individual businesses can receive up to fifteen per cent (15%) of total eligible expenditures to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. Also, up to 35% of total project costs may come from other public sector funding sources. Examples of eligible items: new technologies, equipment, skills training.

    Aime Global Initiative - Yves Landry

    The Yves Landry Foundation (YLF) is making available up to $50,000 per company in the form of a grant to foster training that will lead to advancements in innovation within the manufacturing sector in Ontario. All projects for consideration must lead to new global export opportunities or create new global markets.

    In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Yves Landry Foundation is making available up to $50,000 per company in the form of a grant to foster training that will lead to advancements in innovation within the manufacturing sector in Ontario. All projects for consideration must lead to new global export opportunities or create new global markets. If you have received federally supported AIME funding from the Yves Landry Foundation in the past three years, you are not eligible to participate in this new round of funding. Please check with YLF staff to confirm your eligibility.

    AgriProcessing Initiative (API)

    The AgriProcessing Initiative (API), part of the federal Agricultural Flexibility Fund, is a five year,$50 million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-processing sector in Canada.

    You could receive a repayable contribution of 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $2 million per project, for: new (novel to facility) machinery and equipment (including the commissioning) that enables the adoption of new manufacturing technologies and processes; or consultation, design and advice on new technologies, processes and products which are new to your facility.

    Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis for the duration of the program. However, you should apply as soon as possible, since these types of programs are often fully subscribed before the end date. Funded projects must be completed by March 31, 2014, therefore, the timing of applications must allow for this condition to be met. To obtain an electronic or a paper copy of the application form, call API staff at 1-877-246-4682, or email to API@agr.gc.ca.

    Canadian agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP)

    The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is seeking projects under the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). The AAC is interested in innovative projects that:
    Seize opportunities – projects that develop a new idea, product, niche, or market opportunity to the benefit of the sector.
    Respond to new and emerging issues – projects that address issues that were not of concern previously, or were not known about at all.
    Pathfind and pilot solutions – projects that test ways of dealing with new issues, or find new ways to deal with existing issues. Under CAAP, this is done in two ways:
    Pathfinding projects – projects that look at different options to prepare the sector to face the future and remain competitive.

    Piloting projects – projects that test ideas or approaches to see if it is effective enough to use in everyday applications in the sector.

    Fed/dev ontario program - Prosperity initiative

    In response to Ontario's economic challenges, Budget 2009 provided more than $1 billion over five years for a new Southern Ontario development agency. The agency's programs will support economic and community development, innovation, and economic diversification, with contributions to communities, businesses and non-profit organizations. It will help workers, communities and businesses in southern Ontario position themselves to take advantage of opportunities, as economic growth recovers in Canada and around the world.

     
    The Prosperity Initiative aims to encourage businesses and/or not-for-profit organizations to undertake projects that will result in the diversification and enhanced competitiveness of southern Ontario regions and sectors through:
     
    • The adaptation and adoption of new technologies, processes and skills to enhance business productivity in southern Ontario;
    • The development of new industries or opportunities that will help diversify the economy of a region or community of southern Ontario; and/or
    • The development and expansion of strategic economic clusters that will build on the assets and strengths of southern Ontario and increase its competitiveness within the global economy.
    Up to $210 million has been allocated to this program from 2010 to 2014. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants must first submit a Statement of Intent outlining the applicant's intent, project scope, alignment with Prosperity Initiative objectives, project stakeholders, future outcomes, overall costs and funding sources.
    Applicants receiving written approval from FedDev Ontario to proceed to the next phase may then submit a full project proposal.
     

    PROSPERITY NOW PROGRAM - CME SMART

    CME SMART Prosperity Now program has an Assessment stream and a Project Funding stream. You can apply for funding for one assessment and one project.

    Assessments: Eligible companies can receive 50% of the cost, up to $5,000, for assessments of:

    • Market, Commercialization of New Technology, and Productivity.
    • Only one assessment per company will be funded.

    Project Funding: Eligible companies can receive:

    • 33% of the eligible costs, up to $75,000, for eligible projects.

    SMEs previously supported through CME SMART programming will be considered eligible however cumulative funding between previous SMART program and the new Prosperity Now cannot exceed $100,000.

    Application forms should be available early in February.

    Scientific Research & 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. 

    Small Project Accelerated Review Process (ARP)
    National Research Council – Industrial Research and Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

    Support of up to $50,000 will help your business grow by addressing a wide range of technology, business and market-oriented needs, covering 75% of consulting costs and 100% of internal labour costs.

    Eligible firms must be: incorporated and for-profit with 500 or less full-time employees; have a separate legal status and operate in Canada; and have the objective to grow and generate profits through the adoption, development and commercialization of innovative or technology-driven products, services or processes.

    A partial list of eligible projects include: assessment of technology needs for adoption of technology; product design, engineering design, design for manufacture; productivity enhancement studies; development of business, sales and marketing plans, and image creation (branding); development of e-commerce enabled website (or website upgrading); competitive market research studies; and feasibility assessment for new service or product ventures.

    For a full list of eligible projects or to apply, contact your local Industrial Technology Advisor, or contact NRC-IRAP at 1-877-994-4727.