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Your Guide to Government Financial 

Assistance for Business in Alberta


Revised 2018-2019 Edition


By: Iain Williamson









Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Alberta has been published annually since 1993 and covers 458 federal and provincial programs, sub-programs and other initiatives that relate to for-profit companies operating in Alberta. It describes each program; the eligibility requirements together with the application process. It provides 614 contact addresses, phone and fax numbers together with websites.

Financing is constantly in a state of flux. New programs and initiatives are announced every year and others fade away without any fanfare. For this reason, this guide is updated annually. It is a monumental task but readers appreciate getting the latest information.

If you are looking to finance a business in Alberta, this is the place to start. You can save yourself countless hours of searching for the programs that are best suited to your needs. Whether you are at the start-up stage or wish to expand an existing business, you will benefit greatly from knowing what is available and how to make quick contact with the program managers. It’s all here at your fingertips!



Author, Iain Williamson, is an entrepreneur, business consultant and seminar leader. His views have appeared in many newspaper articles. He has also been the guest speaker on a CBC Radio phone-in show on starting a business in a recession. In addition, he has appeared on television shows such as: CBC TV's Venture; TVO's MoneysWorth, and Canada Tonight of BCTV and CHCH Television.

Iain spent five years as a financial analyst and knows what makes business tick. For fourteen years he operated his own businesses in importing, high technology and manufacturing. He is now a small business consultant and also owns a book publishing business. He holds degrees from Oxford University, England and from St. Andrew's in Scotland. He has successfully arranged government grants and writes from firsthand experience which he shares with you. This book is essential reading for anyone who is seeking business financing.



Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Alberta: 2018-2019 Edition by Iain Williamson, 298 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55270-810-1; ISSN 1198-046X; published in August 2018; Canadian $99.95   


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CHAPTER 1 Introduction
The Scope of This Book
Some factors to Bear in Mind
Constant Changes

CHAPTER 2 The 2018 Federal Budget & Canada Small Business Financing Act
Initiatives Announced in the 2018 Federal Budget
Changes to the Entire Business Innovation Program Suite
The Creation of Four Flagship Platforms
Innovative Solutions Canada
Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP)

CHAPTER 3 Business Development Bank of Canada & Associated Programs
Background on Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Futurpreneur Canada

CHAPTER 4 Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Canada Business Network
Innovation Canada
Strategic Innovation Fund
Innovation Superclusters
Establishing Six Economic Strategies

CHAPTER 5 Assistance for Research & Development in Canada
Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program
National Research Council Canada (NRC)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
DND/NSERC Research Partnership Grants
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Cooperation Agreement Between Canada and the European Space Agency (ESA)

CHAPTER 6 Export Related Assistance
Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)
Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) Initiative
Business Women in International Trade (BWIT)
CanExport Program
Business Opportunities: Development and Humanitarian Aid Markets
Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA)
Trade Offices
Export Development Canada (EDC)
Northstar Trade Finance Inc.
Accord Financial Corp.
Camsa Inc.
National Bank of Canada: Global Trade Solutions
Desjardins: Import and Export
BNP Paribas SA
Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA): Duty Deferral and Relief
The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)

CHAPTER 7 Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC)
Dissolution of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA)
Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs)

CHAPTER 8 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Background on CMHC
National Housing Strategy
Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations & Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)
Further Information

CHAPTER 9 Assistance for Women Entrepreneurs
Assisting Women Entrepreneurs
New Women Entrepreneurship Strategy
Increasing Access to Capital for Women Owned Businesses
Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative
Improving Access to Federal Business Innovation Programming
Enhancing Data and Knowledge
Encouraging Corporate Diversity

CHAPTER 10 Assistance for the Environment
Pricing Carbon Pollution and Supporting Clean Growth
Extending Tax Support for Clean Energy
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)
The Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

CHAPTER 11 Assistance for Agriculture and Resources
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) Program
Advance Payments Program (APP)
Farm Debt Mediation Service (FDMS)
Livestock Tax Deferral Program
Price Pooling Program (PPP)
National Goat Identification Program (NGIP)
Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC)
Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC): Matching Investment Fund (MIF)
Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC)
National Forest Pest Strategy
Mineral Exploration Tax Credit
Renewing Canada's Network of Small Craft Harbours
Developing the Next Generation of Rural Broadband

CHAPTER 12 Human Resources and Job Skills
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
A New Organization to Support Skills Development and Measurement in Canada
Expanding the Youth Employment Strategy
Co-operative Education and Work-integrated Learning Programs
Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program
Canada's Start-up Visa Program
Canada Workers Benefit
Improving Parental Benefits
Pay Equity Legislation
Wage Earner Protection Program
Youth Employment Strategy's Canada Summer Jobs program
EI Working While on Claim Pilot Project
Help for Workers in Seasonal Industries
Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women
New Pre-Apprenticeship Program
New Women in Construction Fund
Union Training and Innovation Program
Future Skills
Support for Softwood Lumber Jobs
Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers
Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP)
Career Focus
Labour Market Development Agreements
Canada Summer Jobs
Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) - Aboriginal
Information & Communications Technology Council (ICTC): CareerConnect
BioCareers - Career Focus Program
Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF)
Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative (CAIC)

CHAPTER 13 Assistance for Media and the Arts
Heritage Canada
Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)
Livres Books Canada
Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund (CIFVF)
Telefilm Canada
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Canada Media Fund (CMF)
Independent Production Fund (IPF)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Telus Fund
Shaw Rocket Fund
Rogers Cable Inc.
Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund
bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)
Harold Greenberg Fund
Quebecor Fund
COGECO Program Development Fund

CHAPTER 14 Western Economic Diversification Canada
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)


CHAPTER 15 Assistance in Alberta
Alberta 2018 Budget
Renewable Electricity Program (REP)
Cannabis Taxation and Revenue
Petrochemicals Diversification Program
Petrochemicals Feedstock Infrastructure Program
Alberta Innovates
Tecterra Inc.
Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products (ACAMP)
TEC Edmonton
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)
Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC)
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Agriculture Opportunity Fund
Feeder Associations of Alberta Limited
Alberta Energy
Alberta Labour
Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT)
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA)
Alberta Media Fund (AMF)
Alberta Cultural Industries Association (ACIA)
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Alberta Enterprise Corporation
Apeetogosan Métis Development Inc.
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)
ABT Financial: 4-H Loan Program
Regional Economic Development Alliances (REDAs) in Alberta
The Business Link Business Service Centre

CHAPTER 16 Business Incubators, Accelerators & Innovation Centres
The Incubator Concept
Applications of the concept
Types of incubators in Canada
What incubators provide
Innovation centres
Some observations on incubators
Ability to Attract Investors
Incubators, Innovation Centres and Accelerators in Canada
Alberta Accelerator Expansion Support
Foothills Business Incubator
Innovate Calgary - Alastair Ross Technology Centre
Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI)
novaNAIT - Duncan McNeill Centre for Innovation (DMCI)
Advanced Technology Centre (ATC), Edmonton
NINT Innovation Centre
Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator (APBI)
Research Transition Facility (RTF)
Enactus Canada
Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre
Canadian Association of Business Incubators (CABI)










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