Government Funding for Fish/Seafood Industries
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP) is offering funding of up to 75% to a maximum of $1 million towards adopting or adapting market-ready clean processes, technologies and/or sustainable practices which will improve the environmental performance of ongoing operations. Eligible applicants are Canadian businesses, indigenous organizations or industry/professional groups involved in fish/seafood harvesting, aquaculture, or processing.
Project expenditures include consulting, engineering, equipment, salaries and other project-related costs incurred after receiving funding approval. Along with FACTAP project support, a minimum 10% contribution (either in cash or in-kind) must come from provincial/territorial governments. Applicants are required and must be able to support any project costs not covered by FACTAP and/or other government contributions. Funding from all government sources cannot exceed 90% of project costs. For the FYE March 31, 2018 applicants can receive a maximum of $750,000. Beginning April 1, 2018 maximum project funding will be $1 million. Applications will be accepted until funds are fully allocated.
Canada Summer Jobs Program Renewed for Another Year
Canada Summer Jobs provides government funding for businesses with less than 50 employees, as well as not-for-profit and public sector organizations to hire new employees. For businesses, the subsidy is 50% of the adult minimum wage per student hired. For organizations, funding is up to 100% of the adult minimum wage per student hired. The length of employment must be for 30 to 40 hours/week for six to sixteen weeks. Employers can receive incentives for more than one employee so long as they do not exceed the maximum funding amount of $300,000. Eligible summer workers are Canadian citizens or protected refugees (as defined under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act), between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive), and are currently full time-students planning to return to their studies the next academic year. Government funding preference will be for jobs that:
- Support local priorities and community services
- Provide meaningful work experience and financial contribution
- Employ a visible minority, Indigenous person, new immigrant/refugee or a person with a disability
- Offer sound supervision and mentoring
- Offer services/support for the LGBTQ2 community
- Are directed toward members of, and support the vitality of, an official-language minority community
- Offer opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) or ICT (Information, Communications, or Technology) related fields, particularly for women
Supported work terms may begin April 23, 2018 and must end no later than September 1, 2018. Additionally, $3000 in government funding for businesses looking to offset “accommodation” costs of hiring a student with a disability may be available. All work placements are to be in Canada. Deadline to apply is February 2, 2018.
Funding Provided for Positions Starting this Spring
The Green Internships Stream provides 50% up to $16,000 in government funding for businesses to hire post-secondary graduates to undertake work in the agricultural sector that will benefit the natural environment. Eligible employers include private businesses, not-for-profit organizations, provincial and municipal governments, associations, boards, councils, and universities. Subsidized employees must be 30 years of age or younger, have graduated from a college, university or CEGEP, have not previously received funding from Youth Employment Strategy programs, and be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident. Internships are to be 4-12 months long, ending no later than March 31st, 2019. Not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for government funding of up to 80% on a case-by-case basis. Contact INAC to apply!
Program Supports Activities that Lead to Increased Sales Abroad
The Ontario Export Market Access program offers 50% funding up to $30,000/application towards export development activities. Funding is available under the following categories:
- Market Research: Funding for consulting fees towards carrying out market intelligence or research on market size, segmentation, growth, trends, buying attitudes, regulatory requirements, product requirements, distribution channels, and competitor activity strategy and performance, etc. as well as towards developing an international marketing/market entry plan.
- Marketing Tools: Funding for out of pocket costs in developing, producing, or procuring export marketing materials such as: display panels, pavilions, information booths (not to be used for retail activities) and translation of existing materials.
- Direct Contacts: Funding to participate in trade shows/events and technical seminars, as well as in government or association sanctioned incoming and outgoing trade missions. Eligible costs include: booth rental and related exhibition expenditures; on-site and local translation services; pre-show and show mail-out, advertising; foreign travel for up to two company or potential client representatives; out of pocket expenses for prearranging and on-site meetings; foreign product testing for market certification; and follow-up activities.
- Foreign Bidding: Funding for tendering Ontario goods and services such as engineering, construction, architecture and management consulting against foreign competitors. Support is available to carry out pre-feasibility studies and proposal preparation for solicited-only bids. Eligible expenses include but not limited to the purchase of bid/tender documents and travel expenses.
Please note that the per diem travel allowance for all eligible export activities is $125/person to a maximum of $250/day. Additionally, funding is not provided for software purchases, product sample shipping other than for trade show purposes; hired consultant travel to Canada; company officials’ travel within Canada; hosting or developing web sites, e-newsletters, online journals, or e-commerce portal content; applicant salaries, commissions, recoverable taxes, or capital costs such as office equipment, computers, office space; entertainment and hospitality expenses; postage and courier fees; modifications of existing products, product documentation or packaging to meet foreign standards, consumer preferences, etc.
Applicants must have five to five hundred employees, minimum annual sales of $500,000, be established and operating in Ontario, and have been incorporated for at least 2 years. Preference will be given to companies who have developed an international marketing/market entry plan, which demonstrates that the promoted product or service are accepted into the target market.
Grant Supports French/English Market Development
The Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages Program provides a wage subsidy of 50% (plus limited travel and accommodation financial support) towards hiring a university student for a summer work position that requires English and French communication skills. Possible positions include but not limited to document translation, offering bilingual support service and undertaking research in both official languages. Positions need to be 30-40 hours a week for six to sixteen weeks, however employees with disabilities are eligible for part-time positions. Eligible employers will be incorporated, in stable financial health, plus use French and English in the workplace. New employees must be full-time students between 16 and 30 years old returning to their studies in September 2018 and who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee status. The application deadline is February 1, 2018.
Program Supports Innovation in Mining, Energy and Forestry Businesses
The Clean Growth Program provides up to $10 million in government funding for mining, energy, or forestry related businesses to research, develop, and/or demonstrate innovative pre-commercial clean energy technologies that significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Eligible expenditures include:
- personnel salaries and benefits and overhead expenses directly related to the project
- professional, scientific, technical and contracting services including data collection and field testing, processing and analysis plus project management;
- travel costs, including meals and accommodation;
- licence fees and permits;
- purchase, installation, testing and/or commissioning of equipment, materials and products,
- laboratory/field supplies and materials; and
Funding is offered for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies, R&D, and/or demonstrations. Eligible FEED studies must address the financial, technical, and regulatory components needed to execute the demonstration of an innovative clean technology that significantly reduce GHGs. Projects that are exclusively R&D of a new green technology (i.e., does not increase profits) can receive a grant of up to 75% of eligible expenditures. Revenue generating demonstration projects can receive 50% funding to be repaid (typically within 5 years) from resulting profits at a rate matching the government’s contribution (e.g., if the fund contributes 50% to the project, repayment will be 50% of resulting annual profits) until the contribution is repaid. Please note, to be eligible for funding, a project must secure funding or an in-kind contributions from a province or territories.