Grant Supports Export Market Development
The Ontario Export Market Access program offers 50% funding up to $50,000/application towards export market 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.
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 products or services are accepted into the target market. Although companies may not request more than $50,000/application, Export Market Access may provide companies up to $250,000 over the life of the program
Grant Supports Electricity Conservation
The IESO Conservation Fund offers grants of up to $1 million to pilot and/or develop innovative conservation programs, practices, and technologies. Funding is available to private business as well as not-for-profit organizations. Eligible expenses include:
- Equipment and products, including diagnostic and testing tools, instruments, and software
- Professional, engineering, scientific, technical, management and contracting services, including training, permitting and licensing fees
- Salaries and benefits directly involved in project (max $800/day)
- Marketing, communications, and workshops directly related to project activities
- Monitoring, verification and evaluation project impacts, including data collection, processing, analysis and management
Eligible projects must lead to/promote the conservation of electricity; the IESO Conservation Fund supports the following project outcomes:
- The creation and/or development of a new conservation program (up to 75%; maximum $500,000)
- Development and assessment of new energy management tools such as mapping tools or policies (up to 75%; maximum $500,000)
- Piloting new training programs (up to 75%; maximum $250,000)
- Creation of a Community of Practice, a network to share information and best practices (up to 75%; maximum $250,000)
- Strategic research that leads to pilot projects (up to 100%; maximum $100,000)
- Development and demonstration of near-commercial, emerging technologies or processes (up to 75%; maximum $500,000)
- Strategic Opportunities: 50% up to $1 million will be provided for large scale energy reduction initiatives, such as the development of incentive programs to encourage energy reductions, i.e., pay-per-performance energy reduction programs to be implemented across a franchise, service providers creation of energy use monitoring software and programs to encourage conservation.
Projects to research, develop or demonstrate transmission, distribution, or electricity generation technologies (e.g. wind, hydro, bioenergy) are ineligible. Approved projects must be longer than 3 years, and cannot receive any additional IESO funding. The next intake window to submit applications is July 1 to 31, 2018.
Up to $1 Million for Projects that Support Ontario’s Agriculture, Agri-Food and Agri-Products Sector
The Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP): Organizations and Collaborations program offers up to 75% in grant funding to a maximum of $1 million (typically less than $100,000) towards initiatives focused on:
- Environmental Stewardship (Soil health and water quality improvements)
- Economic Development (Market development, business analysis, technological solutions)
- Protection and Assurance (Food safety and traceability, animal/plant health)
Eligible organizations include Ontario-based associations, marketing boards, municipalities, economic development offices, aboriginal groups, and other legally recognized, not-for-profit organizations related to the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector. Eligible collaborations are combinations of two or more Ontario-based legally recognized businesses, not-for-profit associations/organizations, and/or academic/research institutions in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector. Funding is provided for the following:
- Communication/education/training materials (design, printing, translation, etc)
- Land and facility rentals
- Supplies, including shipping and transportation
- Equipment, construction, software, and retrofits
- Travel and accommodation
- Audits and assessments
- R&D, pilots, and demonstrations
- Skills development and training
- Salaries, contracted services, and consultants
Expenditures must be directly related to the project and incurred after receiving approval. Projects funded under this program are ineligible to receive additional support from other CAP programs. Next deadline to submit an application is July 19, 2018.
Funding for the Agricultural Processing Sector
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Processors Stream) offers grants of up to 50% (25% to a maximum of $250,000 for equipment) towards increasing the sustainability, competitiveness and prosperity of Ontario’s agriculture processing sector. Eligible companies include food/pet food processors, agricultural-based pharmaceuticals/nutraceuticals, ornamentals (flowers, shrubs) and bio-products manufacturers, as well as other entities involved in the transformation of agricultural commodities and products. Funding is provided for projects that support plant/animal health, food safety/traceability, increased productivity, market development, or business planning/assessments. Eligible expenditures include but are not limited to:
- New technology, equipment, hardware or software (e.g. ERP systems) purchase, implementation and employee training
- Audits, assessments and planning
- Retrofits that lead to increased productivity/efficiency, improved plant/animal health, the development of new products, or the attainment of quality assurance and safety standards such as HACCP or BRC
- Product development, research, testing and related materials/supplies
- Engineering, scientific and other contracted professional services
- Market development and research, sales, promotional activities, travel and accommodation
Costs incurred before receiving approval are ineligible for reimbursement (note: it typically takes roughly 3 months for a decision to be made). Applicants must be based or establishing operations in Ontario, be able to demonstrate potential income of at least $30,000 within three years of applying, plus cannot use awarded funding to undermine other Canadian companies. A maximum of two applications may be submitted per intake. Next deadline for applications is May 8, 2018.
Program Offers Funding for College and University Graduates as Young as 15 Years Old!
The ICTC CareerConnect program offers a 50% wage subsidy to hire post-secondary graduates for full-time, information and communication technology (ICT) positions. Eligible placements must be located in Barrie, Peterborough, St. Catharines/Niagara Region, Toronto Sudbury, Windsor, or Ottawa, last 6 months, and include but are not limited to the following:
- Software & Hardware Engineering
- Software Testing
- Web Design & Development
- Database Administration
- Help Desk & Technical Support
- Computer Programming
- Project Management
- Network Support
- Technical Writing
- Graphic Design
Candidates must be 15 – 30 years old, unemployed/underemployed, Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have refugee status. Graduates that are receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, or who have previously worked for the applicant company are not eligible.
Grant Supports Technologies and Solutions that Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs)
The BLOOM Clean Tech Demonstration Program offers funding of 50% to a maximum of $150,000 for Ontario-based demonstrations of innovative clean technologies/solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eligible expenditures include:
- Personnel salaries and benefits
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Purchase, installation, testing and/or commissioning of equipment and solutions
- Supplies and materials such as testing/analytical tools, chemicals and raw materials
- Rentals/leases of facilities and equipment
Only costs incurred after receiving approval and before March 31, 2019 are eligible for reimbursement. Requests for funding must be submitted by two co-applicants: the provider of a clean technology/solution and a secured purchaser of the demonstrated products. Preference will be given to projects that increase awareness and market demand of clean technologies/solutions, and/or reduce risks related to their adoption. The deadline to submit an application is May 31, 2018.