GOVERNMENT GRANT TO HIRE GRADUATES!
The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Career Focus Program will contribute 50% up to $20,000 towards employing a graduate of a Canadian university, college, CEGEP or provincially certified program. Graduates need to be between 15 and 30 years old and have graduated during the past three years. Also, they must have Canadian citizenship, permanent residence or refugee status. Offered work positions should be project-focused, last a minimum of 30 hours per week for 4 months, and provide meaningful job experience towards significantly increasing the graduate’s chance of securing long-term employment or self-employment in the agriculture sector. Internships must start after April 1, 2018. The deadline to apply for funding is November 30, 2017.
GRANT SUPPORTS ENERGY MANAGEMENT
The Energy Efficiency for Industry program offers 50% funding up to $40,000 to industrial companies towards implementing Energy Management Projects or Process Integration and Computational Fluid Dynamics energy studies.
- Energy Management Projects eligible projects include but are not limited to the development and dissemination of tools and information related to energy efficiency; development, organization and delivery of training; assessments, evaluations and bench-marking studies; and development of technical guides and reports, implementation roadmaps and best practices studies. A possible project could be undertaking a CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard pilot.
- Process Integration and Computational Fluid Dynamics Studies establish systems and processes necessary to achieve continual improvement of energy performance towards ISO 50001 Standards. Studies should be relevant to all types and sizes of related organizations and lead to reductions in energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and other environmental impacts. Results from the studies will report on energy performance improvements and implementation of measures to meet ISO 50001 Standards.
GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE GRADUATES!
The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Career Focus Program will contribute 50% up to $20,000 towards employing a graduate of a Canadian university, college, CEGEP or provincially certified program focusing on biological, agricultural or veterinary science, and/or applied technology. Graduates need to be between 15 and 30 years old and have graduated during the past three years. Also, they must have Canadian citizenship, permanent residence or refugee status. Offered work positions should be project-focused, last a minimum of 4 months, and provide meaningful job experience towards significantly increasing the graduate’s chance of securing long-term employment or self-employment in the agriculture sector. Internships must start after April 1, 2018. The deadline to apply for funding is November 30, 2017.
Program Supports Adoption of New Technologies and Practices
The Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program provides up to 50% to a maximum of $100,000 to Ontario automotive suppliers to adopt new IT hardware and software, or to contract an expert “mentor” from the industry to assist in developing practices that lead to improved processes and increased competitiveness. Eligible expenditures include:
- Salary and benefits
- Travel expenses within Ontario
- Equipment, software and hardware
- Sub-contractor and consultant fees
- Development and maintenance of web-based information
- Professional services
Please note that capital costs are ineligible for funding, although the program offers funding to cover the depreciation, and cost of using a capital asset for project activities. Priority is given to small and medium sized enterprises (less than 500 employees and $1 billion annual revenue), however larger firms are eligible but must partner with at least one small or medium-enterprise. All projects must be no longer than 2 years in duration. The deadline to apply for funding is November 7, 2017.
Program Supports Business Expansion in Southern Ontario
The Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP) program offers interest-free loans of up to 25% to a maximum of $20 million for activities that will result in increased business growth and/or ability to participate in global markets. Possible activities include but not limited to adopting new technologies, processes and related skills development, pursuing new business opportunities, market development, facility improvement and expansion, growth and integration of global value chains, and/or business expansion to support greater economic diversification. Projects must encourage economic growth and/or job creation in Southern Ontario. Eligible expenses include equipment purchases and installation, facility retrofits, consulting fees, marketing, as well as project-related employee wages and other expenses. Building and land purchases are not eligible. Interest-free loans are up to 6 years. Applicants must have between 15 and 1,000 employees. Please note that the program has little to no money left. However, we believe that the program will be re-invigorated by April 1, 2018. Therefore, companies with projects occurring after April 1, 2018 should provide a summary of future planned activities.
Revised Program Expected in 2018
The AgriInnovation Enabling Commercialization and Adoption program contributed 50% up to $10 million in interest-free loans towards the demonstration, market introduction, or adoption of new agri-food and agri-based products and solutions. Innovations were to be within two years of market readiness, with testing and piloting already completed.
Eligible activities included the production of samples, creation of demonstration site, commercialization, and adoption or adaptation of recent innovations to existing operations. The following costs were supported:
- Building purchase
- Renovation and construction
- Equipment purchase and installation
- Salaries and benefits
- Contracted services
- Professional fees
For-profit corporations (including cooperatives) were eligible to apply. It is expected that a revised program will be running for April 1, 2018. However, companies planning to invest in “game-changing” products, processes or technologies should present their project to the program as soon as possible.