UP TO $100,000 FOR ONTARIO PROCESSORS TO BUY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
PROGRAM OPENS IN FOURTEEN BUSINESS DAYS
Ontario’s Processor- Technology and Equipment to Improve Productivity program will contribute 35% up to $100,000 towards the purchase of advanced manufacturing technology that will improve labour productivity, input efficiency, or waste reduction. Eligible applicants are Ontario processors (including tobacco-based biopharmaceuticals or other bio-products, health or nutrition supplements and pet food product manufacturer) with 199 or fewer employees. Funding can be requested for:
- the purchase, installation and configuration of technology (including software) that enhances manufacturing processes through automation, robotics or digitization
- the purchase of measurement, metering, monitoring and integration equipment for waste reduction management (for permanent systems intended to be left in place), as well as related software and reporting system costs
- Costs of development or translation of manufacturing policies, feedback systems, preventative maintenance procedures and standard operational procedures such as processing standards (time, temperature, speed, etc.), proactive preventative maintenance routines, and employee scheduling systems
- Project-related one-time costs for training key personnel on new technology (e.g., train the trainer), third-party advisory fees, and eligible technology or equipment rental.
Renovations, electrical and other utility or facility changes, upgrades or modifications, ancillary equipment (e.g., conveyors, boilers,) and ERP systems are not eligible.
Applications from Indigenous and Northern Ontario businesses are preferred plus can be for technology that is not advanced.
All applicants must submit a labour productivity, input and/or waste audit, assessment or plan that demonstrates the need and impact of the project in addressing current deficiencies, opportunities and risks, plus project-related baseline Key Performance Indicators, e.g., changes in labour productivity, energy usage, waste management.
Applications will be accepted beginning September 27, 2021.
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