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Your Guide to Government Financial 

Assistance for Business in Alberta


Revised 2016 - 2017 Edition


By: Iain Williamson



Published Aug. 2016





Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Alberta has been published annually since 1993 and covers 468 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 653 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: 2016-2017 Edition by Iain Williamson, 316 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55270-757-9; ISSN 1198-046X; published in Aug. 2016; 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 2016 Federal Budget & Canada Small Business Financing Act

Initiatives Announced in the Federal Budget of March 21, 2016

Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME)

Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP)


Chapter 3 - Business Development Bank of Canada & Associated Programs

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Futurpreneur Canada


Chapter 4 - Industry Canada & Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Canada Business Network

Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF)

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA)

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada


Chapter 5 - Assistance for Research & Development in Canada

National Research Council Canada (NRC)

International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTP Canada)

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program

Research Partnerships Program (RPP)

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI)


Aerospace Technology Demonstration Program

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Cooperation Agreement Between Canada and the European Space Agency (ESA)


Chapter 6 - Export Related Assistance

Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Northstar Trade Finance Inc.

Accord Financial Corp.


Maple Trade Finance


National Bank of Canada: Global Trade Solutions

Desjardins: Import and Export

BNP Paribas SA

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)

Global Affairs Canada

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA): Duty Deferral and Relief

Canada Export Achievement Awards

The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)


Chapter 7 - Assistance for the Environmental Industry

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF)



Chapter 8 - Assistance for Energy, Agriculture & Resources

Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Farm Credit Canada (FCC)

Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC)

Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC): Matching Investment Fund (MIF)

Forestry Innovation and Market Development

Mineral Exploration Tax Credit


Chapter 9 - Federal Employment Related Assistance

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Information & Communications Technology Council (ICTC): Career Connect

BioCareers - Career Focus Program

Small Business Internship Program (SBIP)

Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF)

Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative (CAIC)

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)


Chapter 10 - Assistance for The Media and the Arts

Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)

Livres Books Canada

The 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 11 - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)



Chapter 12 - Assistance in Alberta

Alberta Budget 2016

Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF)

Consolidation of Alberta Innovates

Tecterra Inc.

Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre (ABDC)

Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products (ACAMP)

TEC Edmonton

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA)

Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF)

Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC)

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Agriculture Opportunity Fund

Feeder Associations of Alberta Limited

Alberta Energy

Alberta Human Services

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.


VA Angels

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

ABT Financial: 4-H Loan Program


Regional Economic Development Alliances (REDAs) in Alberta

The Business Link Business Service Centre

Alberta Small Business Resources


Chapter 13 - 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

Foothills Business Incubator

Innovate Calgary - Alastair Ross Technology Centre


Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI)

The Advanced Technology Centre (ATC), Edmonton

NINT Innovation Centre

Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator (APBI)

Research Transition Facility (RTF)

TEC Edmonton Incubation Facility

Enactus Canada

Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre

Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) - Innovation Centre



Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Strengthening Canada's Network of Accelerators and Incubators

Canadian Association of Business Incubators (CABI)

National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)










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