Support for Ontario’s Commercial Greenhouse Sector
The Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII) offers grants of up to 50% for projects that increase the competitiveness of Ontario’s commercial greenhouse sector and lead to the development/adoption of innovative technologies. Funding is offered to business partnerships as well as not-for-profit organizations for activities related to the following:
- Production & Market Development: Improve production efficiencies, diversify and accelerate market development
- Biosecurity: Improve biosecurity, resistance management and emergency preparedness
- Environment: Improve environmental stewardship and sustainability
Eligible expenses include project-related:
- Capital costs including shipping and installation to a maximum 50% of the total budget.
- Wages and benefits;
- Rental/lease of facilities, land and equipment;
- Design, printing and translation of promotional/educational materials;
- Research institution overhead (maximum 25% total budget);
- Travel, meals and accommodation
Applicants are encouraged to request funding of $50,000 to $1 million for projects ending no later than November 30, 2022. Ongoing operating expenses, building construction, land acquisitions plus costs expenses associated with achieving regulatory compliance are ineligible. Project costs already approved for funding by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will not be considered. Regrettably, this program does not support competitiveness or innovation activities related to growing marijuana. The deadline to submit an application is June 19, 2020.
The Covid-19 Response program is providing up to $5 million in grant/non-refundable funding towards the rapid production of crucial equipment and products needed to address the Covid 19 virus. Current needs, as identified by the Government of Canada, include:
- Virus Screen testing
- Personal protective equipment (e.g. gloves, gowns and masks)
- Hospital equipment (e.g. ventilators, IV and ICY equipment, beds, and technologies for remote facilities)
- Cleaning and sterilization chemicals and equipment
- Antiviral and symptom management treatments (as available)
Funding is up to 100% for projects with immediate impact (i.e. April-June 30, 2020), and up to 50% for projects with impacts/results occurring after June 30th, 2020. Eligible projects include:
- companies looking to develop and manufacture new therapeutics, equipment and products essential for COVID-19 response;
- manufacturers who currently produce essential equipment and products increase product output; and,
- manufacturers transitioning from production of existing products to products essential for COVID-19 response.
Funding is available to Canadian private and public organizations. Applicants must be a member of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (program organization). Eligible costs include equipment purchases, subcontractor and consultant fees, materials as well as internal project related expenses including labour. It is expected that collaboration will be required to achieve expected project goals. However, in exceptional circumstances, the program may fund individual company initiatives. Total program budget is $50 million.
The Plastics Challenge – Diverting End of Life Vehicle Plastics advertises 100% grant/non-repayable funding up to $1.15 million towards converting end-of-life vehicle (ELV) plastics components into valuable materials (e.g. polymers, solid carbons like carbon black or graphite, etc.) and/or into molecules (e.g. chemicals, monomers or fuels).
To be eligible, proposals should target the dismantling and conversion of ELV plastic components destine to landfill prior to or after shredding (i.e., Automotive Shredder Residue [ASR]).
Phase 1 offers a maximum of $150,000 for up to 6 months to develop a cost-effective laboratory or pilot scale prototype system that converts a minimum of 40% of ELVs plastics, i.e. at least 40% of the plastics contained in an end of life vehicle, at a rate of 50 tons/hr. or more. The prototype must also allow for separate recovery of toxic substances plus have a lower environmental impact than current landfill practices.
Phase 2 offers a maximum of up to $1 million over 2 years for commercializing funded Phase 1 prototype systems. Eligible systems must be automated for industrial or semi-industrial use, and able to cost-effectively convert a minimum of 60% ELVs plastics, i.e. at least 60% of the plastics contained in an end of life vehicle, at a rate of 50 tons/hr. or more. As in Phase 1, the system must also allow for separate recovery of toxic substances plus have a lower environmental impact than current landfill practices.
Proposals that lead to end products materials of inconsistent quality; or present a strategy based on the direct incorporation of ELVs plastics into composites, concrete or asphalt; or present a direct waste-to-energy approach such as co-incineration WILL NOT be considered for funding. All projects must comply with local, provincial and federal environmental regulations.
Incorporated businesses having 499 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, of which 50% of the workers, contractors, executives live and/or are paid in Canada, are eligible to apply.
Eligible costs include salaries, contractors (not to exceed 1/3 of total eligible costs), travel, reports and studies, overhead (not to exceed 15% of total eligible costs), material, patenting, capital costs, etc. Ineligible costs may include land acquisitions, financing charges, goods or services received through donations, property taxes, and lobbyist fees. The deadline for applications is April 16, 2020 14:00 EST.
The Temporary Wage Subsidy is equal to 10% of an employer’s wage remunerations paid between March 18, 2020, and June 20, 2020. The subsidy is up to $1,375/employee to a maximum of 25,000/employer and applied for as a remittance deduction. Eligible employers are non-profit organizations, registered charities, or a Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs) that have an existing CRA business number and payroll program account as of March 18, 2020; and pay salary, wages, bonuses, or other remuneration to an employee. Associated CCPCs can also apply for the maximum $25,000 subsidy. However, only CCPCs with “taxable capital employed” less than $15 million are eligible. The subsidy can be carried forward into the 2021 fiscal year. Please note that the subsidy is taxable.
The Plastics Challenge – Sustainable Alternative to Plastic Packaging advertises 100% grant funding up to $1.15 million to Canadian businesses towards eliminating plastic waste and pollution through product or technology innovations.
Phase 1 offers a maximum of $150,000 to conduct R&D and proof of feasibility for up to 4 months to create a model or prototype that represents a near desired configuration of the proposed product or technology. Activities include testing in a simulated operational environment or laboratory. A minimum of 2/3 of the activities must be done internally.
Phase 2 offers a maximum of up to $1 million over one year to continue R&D to develop a prototype for commercialization. Only businesses that received Phase 1 funding are considered for Phase 2.
Proposed products or innovation should be for eliminating and/or the viable recycling of single use plastics, or plastics which are difficult to collect or recycle due to their design, size, or presence of contaminants (e.g. packaging for durable goods like molded polystyrene, mixed material packaging, polyurethane foam, bubble wrap, etc.). Solutions could apply to any organization that provides or uses plastic packaging products (retailers, manufacturers, schools, hospitals, etc.). Compostable and biodegradable solutions will not be considered for funding. All projects must comply with local, provincial and federal environmental regulations.
Eligible businesses must have 499 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, of which 50% of the workers, contractors, executives live and/or are paid in Canada.
Eligible costs include salaries, contractors (not to exceed 1/3 of total eligible costs), travel, reports and studies, overhead (not to exceed 15% of total eligible costs), material, patenting, capital costs, etc. Ineligible costs may include land acquisitions, financing charges, goods or services received through donations, property taxes, and lobbyist fees. The deadline for applications is April, 12, 2020 14:00 EST.
The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SODF) advertised 15% up to $5 million in grants and four-year interest-free loans towards investments that create jobs and lead to economic growth. Eligible expenditures include equipment, consulting services, facility retrofits and expansions, as well as employee training and other project-related costs incurred over 3 to 4 years. Businesses are required to have 3 years of financial statements and be (or plan to be) located in one of the following Southwestern Ontario counties: (Brant, Bruce, Chatham-Kent, Dufferin, Elgin, Essex, Grey, Haldimand, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Niagara, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth, Simcoe, Waterloo and Wellington)
Applicants in rural communities (populations under 100,000) must have at least 5 employees and may receive up to $500,000 as a grant. Rural businesses are required to make investments of no less than $200,000.
Applicants in communities with populations over 100,000 may receive 15% up to $5 million as an interest-free loan. These businesses must have 10 or more employees and plan to invest at least $500,000. Up to 30% of the loan is forgivable to a maximum of $500,000 if the applicant achieves its job creation and investment targets.
Strategic new investments to Ontario (companies without a presence in Ontario), or companies whose investment plans (including new mandates, expansions 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.
Businesses with 15 or more employees must create 5 jobs by project completion. Companies with fewer employees are required to increase their workforce by 30%. Only costs incurred after approval are eligible for funding.
There is also 50% grants funding up to $1.5 million for community economic development.
Only expenses incurred after receiving approval (i.e. July 15, 2020) will be eligible for reimbursement
Next application intake opens Thursday March 5, 2020 with a deadline of Friday April 20, 2020.