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Your Guide to Government 

Financial Assistance 

for Business in Manitoba


Revised 2015 - 2016 Edition


By: Iain Williamson


Published Nov. 2015





Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Manitoba has been published annually since 1993 and covers 464 federal and provincial programs, sub-programs and other initiatives that relate to for-profit companies operating in Manitoba. It describes each program; the eligibility requirements together with the application process. It provides 556 contact addresses, phone and fax numbers together with Web sites.

Financing is constantly in a state of flux. New programs and initiatives are announced every year and others fade away without any fanfare. For this reason, this guide is updated annually. It is a monumental task but readers appreciate getting the latest information.

If you are looking to finance a business in Manitoba, this is the place to start. You can save yourself countless hours of searching for the programs that are best suited to your needs. Whether you are at the start-up stage or wish to expand an existing business, you will benefit greatly from knowing what is available and how to make quick contact with the program managers. Itís all here at your fingertips!




Author, Iain Williamson, is an entrepreneur, business consultant and seminar leader. His views have appeared in many newspaper articles. He has also been the guest speaker on a CBC Radio phone-in show on starting a business in a recession. In addition, he has appeared on television shows such as: CBC TV's Venture; TVO's MoneysWorth, and Canada Tonight of BCTV and CHCH Television.

Iain spent five years as a financial analyst and knows what makes business tick. For fourteen years he operated his own businesses in importing, high technology and manufacturing. He is now a small business consultant and also owns a book publishing business. He holds degrees from Oxford University, England and from St. Andrew's in Scotland. He has successfully arranged government grants and writes from firsthand experience which he shares with you. This book is essential reading for anyone who is seeking business financing.


Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Manitoba: 2015-2016 Edition by Iain Williamson, 302 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55270-730-2; ISSN 1198-0486; published in early Nov. 2015; Canadian $99.95.  


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Chapter 1 - Introduction

The Scope of This Book

Some factors to Bear in Mind

Constant Changes


Chapter 2 - Canada Small Business Financing Act & the 2015 Federal Budget

Initiatives Announced in the Federal Budget of April 21, 2015

Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME)

The Canada Small Business Financing (CSBF) Program


Chapter 3 - Business Development Bank of Canada

Futurpreneur Canada


Chapter 4 - Industry Canada & Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Canada Business Network

Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF)

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA)

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)


Chapter 5 - Assistance for Research & Development in Canada

National Research Council Canada (NRC)

International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTP Canada)

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program

Research Partnerships Program (RPP)

Department of National Defence

Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI)


Aerospace Technology Demonstration Program

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Cooperation Agreement Between Canada and the European Space Agency (ESA)


Chapter 6 - Export Related Assistance

Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Northstar Trade Finance Inc.

Accord Financial Corp.


Maple Trade Finance


National Bank of Canada: NatExport

Brome Capital

Desjardins: Factoring - Export D

BNP Paribas SA

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA): Duty Deferral and Relief

Canada Export Achievement Awards

The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)


Chapter 7 - Assistance for the Environmental Industry

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF)



Chapter 8 - Assistance for Energy, Agriculture & Resources

Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Farm Credit Canada (FCC)

ACC Farmers Financial

Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC): Matching Investment Fund (MIF)

Forestry Innovation and Market Development

Mineral Exploration Tax Credit


Chapter 9 - Federal Employment Related Assistance

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Information & Communications Technology Council (ICTC): Career Connect

BioCareers - Career Focus Program

Small Business Internship Program (SBIP)

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS)

Skills and Partnership Fund - Aboriginal

Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF)

Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative (CAIC)

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)


Chapter 10 - Assistance for The Media and the Arts

Heritage Canada

Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)

Livres Books Canada

The Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund (CIFVF)

Telefilm Canada

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Independent Production Fund (IPF)

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Telus Fund

Shaw Rocket Fund

Rogers Cable Inc.

Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)

Canada Media Fund (CMF)

Harold Greenberg Fund

Quebecor Fund

COGECO Program Development Fund


Chapter 11 - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)



Chapter 12 - Assistance in Manitoba

Entrepreneurship Manitoba

Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities

Employment Manitoba:Self-Employment Program

Recognition Counts Program

Manitoba Finance

Labour-Sponsored Investment Funds

Manitoba Innovation Growth Sidecar Fund

Jubilee Fund Inc.

Metis Economic Development Fund

First Peoples Economic Growth Fund Inc. (FPEGF)

Manitoba Housing and Community Development

Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF)

Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba/Centre d'entreprise des femmes du Manitoba

Louis Riel Capital Corporation (L.R.C.C.)

Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU) Business and Community Financial Centre (BCFC)

Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation (TWCC)

Manitoba Mineral Resources

Manitoba Marketing Network Inc.

Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC)

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI)

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Film and Music (MFM)

On-Screen Manitoba (OSM)

Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism

Biomedical Commercialization Canada Inc. (BCC)

Innovate Manitoba (i'm)

Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM)

Startup Canada

Enactus Canada

Startup Canada Women Entrepreneur Fund

TruShield Retail Startup Fund


Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Business Info Centre


Chapter 13 - Business Incubators, Accelerators & Innovation Centres

The Incubator Concept

Applications of the concept

Types of incubators in Canada

What incubators provide

Innovation centres

Some observations on incubators


Ability to Attract Investors

Incubators, Innovation Centres and Accelerators in Canada

The Eureka Project

GVI Genesys Venture Inc.

Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre, Waterloo, Ontario

Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) - Innovation Centre


Canadian Association of Business Incubators (CABI)

National Business Incubators Association (NBIA)








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