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Your Guide to Government 

Financial Assistance for 

Business in Ontario


Revised 2016 - 2017 Edition


By: Iain Williamson


Published Aug. 2016





Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Ontario has been published annually since 1993 and covers 582 federal and provincial programs, sub-programs and other initiatives that relate to for-profit companies operating in Ontario. It describes each program; the eligibility requirements together with the application process. It provides 823 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 Ontario, 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 Ontario: 2016-2017 Edition by Iain Williamson, 386 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55270-754-8; ISSN 1198-0524; 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 - Federal Economic Development Agencies in Ontario (FedNor and FedDev)

FedNor (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)

FedDev Ontario: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Accelerator Centre (AC)



Chapter 12 - Assistance in Ontario

Ontario 2016-2017 Budget Proposals for Business

Jobs and Prosperity Fund

Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC)

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

Eastern Ontario Development Fund

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Export Assistance

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Starter Company

Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy

Ontario Works

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU)

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

Ministry of Finance

Labour Sponsored Investment Funds (LSIFs)

Community Small Business Investment Funds (CSBIF)

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)

Angel Network Program (ANP)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

The Health Technology Exchange (HTX)

Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI)

Stiller Centre for Technology Commercialization

The Yves Landry Foundation (YLF)

Toronto Better Buildings Partnership New Construction Program (BBP-NC)

Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program (ALGP)

Waubetek Business Development Corporation-Term Loans

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF)

Ontario Power Authority (OPA)

Enbridge Energy-Efficiency Rebates

Water Smart Business

City of Toronto's Capacity Buy Back Program

Partners in Project Green Eco-Efficiency Program

Tourism Development Fund

Celebrate Ontario Program

(Tourism) Industry Partnership Proposal Program (IPPP)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)


Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO)

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA)

Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) Sustainability Services

The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op)

Micro Finance Program

Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund

Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)

ACCESS Community Capital Fund (ACCF)

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise

Startup Canada Women Entrepreneurship Fund

TruShield Retail Startup Fund

Rise Individual Lending Program

London Small Business Centre

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

Invest Ottawa

Y Enterprise Centre - Ottawa

Centennial College - Centre of Entrepreneurship (COE)

BDO New Venture Competition

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs)

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Business Consulting Services

Canada Business Ontario

Wisdom Exchange



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

Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC)

Toronto Food Business Incubator (TFBI)

The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT)

IDEAHUB: Port Hope Business Incubator


Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone (DMZ)

Innovate Niagara

Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC)

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre


Community MicroSkills Development Centre

McMaster Biosciences Incubation Centre (MBIC)

Hamilton Technology Centre

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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