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.
Up to 100% Funding Available
The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an intensive export development training program offered by World Trade Centres in Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Depending on the region and availability of funds the $25,000 program is currently being subsidized up to 100%. To be eligible for funding and to participate in the program applicants must be a Canadian business with an export ready product plus operating for two years and generating a minimum of $1 million in revenue.
Instruction is provided by experts in export development and includes but not limited to:
- Logistics, transportation and distribution – how to develop foreign distribution networks, overcome transportation challenges e.g. food handling and packaging, tracking, and meeting targeted market safety standards
- Accounting and legal issues – importation laws, currency exchanges, trade agreement compliance, dealing with bribery plus how to identify and protect against illegitimate business practices
- Financing and support services – how to arrange insurance for foreign accounts receivable (e.g. Export Development Canada), establish institutional financing and transactional services as well as access available government support (e.g. government funding and international/external affairs services).
- Supply chain development – supply chain development and management, sourcing/out sourcing, negotiating and securing ingredients/components/services for consulting/manufacturing/processing and creating buyer/seller/distributor agreements
- Sales and marketing including effective techniques to secure foreign buyers, e-commerce, recognizing cultural sensitivity, etc.
Additionally, each participating business receives one-on-one instruction on developing an export marketing plan.
Businesses who have previously participated in the program reported, on average, a 70% growth in exports plus attested to being far better prepared to penetrate foreign markets including China, the UAE, Italy and Mexico.
Funding is limited so it is recommended to apply as soon as possible. The next training session begins early January 2018.
Bio Talent Canada Offers $15,000 for a New Employee
The Science Horizons Youth Internships Program provides 50% up to $15,000 in government funding for businesses to hire post-secondary graduates to undertake work that will benefit the natural environment. Subsidized employees must be between 15 and 30 years of age, have graduated from a post-secondary program, are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI), and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have been granted refugee status. Internships are to be full time positions, 6-12 months long, and be in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. INAC urges any interested organizations to apply for funding as soon as possible.
Government Funding for Commercial Greenhouses!
The Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative will reimburse up to 90% of expenditures to a maximum of $168,000 to commercial greenhouses in Ontario with at least 20,000 square feet of production area. Funding is being offered to help increase competitiveness, access new markets, and/or expand current markets. Eligible activities include but are not limited to increasing energy efficiency (using renewable energy, upgrading greenhouse cover materials, etc.), improving growing systems and infrastructure, improving waste management, first time implementation of a sales and marketing plan, or research on first-time crop production in Ontario. The program will not pay for ongoing operating expenses, construction and land acquisition costs or any regulatory compliance expenses. Maximum funding is calculated at $0.14 per square foot of applicant production area (e.g. a greenhouse with 60,000 square feet is eligible to receive up to $8,400). Expenses may be claimed for costs incurred between March 23, 2017 and September 30, 2019. The final deadline for submission is September 28, 2018 or until all funds have been allocated. Regrettably, this program does not support the growing of marijuana.