FUNDING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED
The Canadian Environmental Employability Pathways will contribute 100% up to $15,000 towards the wages of an intern for 12 weeks. Intern positions must be environment-related and lead to the new hire gaining skills to obtain/maintain/succeed in employment. Priority will be given to applicants hiring indigenous, women, visible minorities, those living with a disability or residing in an official language minority community (OLMC) and populations. There is limited funding so apply now!
Only Sixteen Business Days Before Application Deadline
Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness Stream Program advertises 15% up to $5 million in interest-free loans and $1.5 million in grants (i.e. non-repayable/forgivable) towards investments that create jobs and lead to economic growth/expansion/global competitiveness. Eligible expenses include new equipment/technology, consulting services, facility retrofits and expansions, as well as employee training and other project-related costs. Eligible businesses must be or planning to operate in Ontario and have 10 or more employees as well as 3 years audited or reviewed financial statements. Projects need to be 3 to 4 years in duration, with $500,000 or more eligible expenses, create and/or upskill a minimum of 5 jobs, plus occur in the advanced manufacturing sector i.e., automotive, aerospace, life sciences (including cannabis and food processing), information and communications technology, steel and chemical manufacturing.
Businesses in a municipality with populations under 100,000 or per square kilometre population density of 100 or under can request 15% up to $500,000 in grant funding. Conversely, business in higher populated areas (e.g., Toronto and Hamilton), can apply for interest-free loans of 15% up to $5 million with $500,000 of the loan being forgivable (i.e., a grant) if the applicant meets promised job and investment targets. Strategic new investments to Ontario (companies without a presence in Ontario), or companies whose investment plans (including new mandates, expansion, or re-shoring/relocation) are subject to significant risk due to incentives offered from other jurisdictions, are eligible to receive 15% up to $1.5 million as a grant.
Typically, more than 50% of the program’s contribution is paid near or at the end of the project (e.g., year 3 or 4). Applicants must begin to repay awarded loans once the project is completed, at which time the government charges approximately 5% annually (i.e., provincial cost of borrowing plus 3%) on unpaid balances. Successful applicants are not allowed to secure other provincial funding for their project while receiving program support.
Only costs incurred after the application deadline are eligible for support. The application deadline is February 10, 2022.
Support for Social Media and Search Engine Optimization Development
Applicant targeted country or subnational markets must have previously generated less than $100,000 in revenues or no more than 10% of entire sales. The United States is divided into 5 subnational markets and China, Brazil and India are divided into 4 subnational markets. Eligible applicants are Canadian incorporated/limited liability partnership businesses that have less than 500 full time employees and generate $100,000 to $100 million in annual sales revenue. Project expenses must be at least $20,000 to be considered for funding. Applicants can submit one application per government fiscal year (i.e., March 31) but must have completed their initial export project prior to re-applying. Note: Activities can start no earlier than April 1, 2022.
Funding to Hire Youth
Canada Summer Jobs is advertising non-repayable (grant) funding for businesses with less than 50 employees, as well as not-for-profit (including religion-operates daycare) and public sector organizations to hire new employees 15-30 years of age. The subsidy is 50% for businesses and 100% for non-profits of the provincial minimum wage (e.g., $14.35/hr. in Ontario). Employment must be for a minimum 30 hrs./wk. to a maximum of 40 hrs./wk. extending 6 to 23 weeks. Positions can begin April 25, 2022 or end not later than September 3, 2022. Eligible employees (i.e., Youth) are Canadian citizens or protected refugees (as defined under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act), between the ages of 15 and 30. Requests for funding will be evaluated on the position(s):
- Provision of quality work experience including a commitment of planned supervision and a strong possibility of continued employment.
- Opportunity for skills development. For example, having a trainee mentoring plan plus a training plan covering transferrable skills such as client services, communication, teamwork, digital skills, leadership, etc.
- Respond to national priorities, e.g., hiring visible minorities, LGBTQ2 youth, Indigenous persons, new immigrant/refugees or a person with a disability, women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, youth who have not completed high school or are applying for their first job, members of, and supporting the vitality of, an official-language minority community and those in rural and remote communities. Another national priority is for offering positions that protest and conserve the environment.
- Support local priorities and constituencies.
Businesses can receive incentives for more than one employee so long as they do not exceed the maximum funding amount of $300,000. Additional support is available for indigenous and disabled youth. Deadline to apply is January 25, 2022: however, program funding is usually committed sooner.
Funding for Conveyer Systems, Mixers, Freezers, etc.
The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative is offering 60% non-repayable funding to a maximum of $150,000 to Ontario provincially and federally licensed meat processors towards increasing productivity and efficiency. Support is for new and/or refurbished equipment plus related expenses (e.g., minor building retrofits) made between November 12, 2021, and March 21, 2022. Eligible activities and expenses consist of:
- Increased cooler/freezer capacity including:
- Reefer trailers
- Condenser units
- Seals on cooler/ freezer doors
- Air flow upgrades in coolers/ freezers (e.g., fans)
- Waste management handling/processing, including:
- Equipment and structures to handle, store and dispose of deadstock and processing by-products (e.g., blood and wastewater holding tanks)
- Equipment and structures to handle, store and dispose of SRM (e.g. chilled and frozen storage, SRM screen system for whole plant)
- In-vessel composting, treatment and disposal (e.g., hides, feathers, deadstock)
- Animal handling/processing, including:
- Barn/holding pen upgrades (e.g., chute design, increase size/capacity)
- Animal restraints/knock boxes/upgrades (e.g., non-slip floor, upright restraints)
- Kill floor/evisceration room equipment (e.g., Stunning equipment, hoists, bleed rail, saws, pneumatic skinning knife, hide pullers, leg cutters)
- Product Handling/processing, including:
- Conveyer/rail systems, winches, hydraulics, skinning beds/cradles, automated tote washer, scales, vacuum packaging, mixers
Engineering/professional services as well as training and labour costs associated with the acquisition of eligible equipment are also supported by the program.
Activities and expenses that do not directly increase productivity/efficiency, including the purchase of ERP software and solutions, are not eligible. Nor will the program support mobile and/or leased equipment.
Applications will be accepted starting November 19, 2021. Funding is extremely limited. It is, therefore, important to apply as soon as possible.
Funding to Pilot Energy Efficient Equipment
Canada’s Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Research and Innovation Stream will contribute 50% up to $2 million towards the research, development, demonstration and commercialization of transformative clean technologies or enabling expansion of current technologies in 3 priority areas:
- Green energy and energy efficiency including better management of energy intensive processes and technologies.
- Precision agriculture including management strategies that gather, process, and analyze data; and decision support tools and technologies that improve real time input use and nutrient management.
- Bioeconomy including technologies using agricultural waste and by-products for energy and bio-product generation.
Eligible activities are:
- Applied research and development of clean technologies*
- Piloting and evaluating clean technologies*
- Demonstration and knowledge and technology transfer activities*
- Commercializing and scaling up clean technologies **
- Other activities that support the Research and Innovation Stream as determined by the program
*Program funding for applied research, development, piloting and demonstration activities is non-repayable (i.e., a grant).
** Funding for commercialization and scale-up is a loan repayable over 10 years, 1 year after project completion.
Whereas the maximum program contribution is 50%, businesses that are 50% + owned by women, youth 35 years old or under, indigenous groups, visible minorities or persons with disabilities may receive up to 60% in support.
Eligible costs include equipment purchases, consulting, project administration (to a maximum of 10% of total project costs) and project-related salaries and wages.
Minimum applicant investment is $50,000 over 5 years (i.e., to 2026). This program is available to Canadian food processors as well as farmers. Total program budget is $100 million over 5 years.