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Your Guide to Government 

Financial Assistance for 

Business in The Nunavut


Revised 2016 - 2017 Edition


By: Iain Williamson


Published Aug. 2016





Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in The Nunavut has been published annually since 1999 and covers 363 federal and territorial programs, sub-programs and other initiatives that relate to for-profit companies operating in The Nunavut. It describes each program; the eligibility requirements together with the application process. It provides 451 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 The Nunavut, 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. Itís 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 The Nunavut: 2016-2017 Edition by Iain Williamson, 236 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55270-761-6; ISSN 1466-4356; 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 - Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (Cannor)

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)


Chapter 12 - Assistance in the Nunavut

Department of Economic Development & Transportation: Small Business Support Program

Nunavut Development Corporation (NDC)

Nunavut Business Credit Corporation (NBCC)

Baffin Business Development Corporation (BBDC)

Kakivak Association

Department of Culture and Heritage

Nunavut Art and Crafts Association (NACA)

Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC)

Nunavut Prospectors Program (NPP)

Department of Environment

Nunavut Harvester Support Program (NHSP)

Kivalliq Partners in Development (KPID)

Nunavut Economic Developers Association (NEDA)

Canada Business NWT (CBNWE)

Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)

Canada Business Network: Nunavut Service Centre


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

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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