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Your Guide to Government 

Financial Assistance for 

Business in Ontario


Revised 2017-2018 Edition


By: Iain Williamson










Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Ontario has been published annually since 1993 and covers 590 Federal and provincial programs, sub-programs and other initiatives that relate to for-profit companies operating in Ontario. It describes each program; the eligibility requirements together with the application process. It provides 796 contact addresses, phone and fax numbers together with websites.

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 Ontario, 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 Ontario: 2017-2018 Edition by Iain Williamson, 366 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55270-784-5; ISSN 1198-0524; published in July 2017; 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 The 2017 Federal Budget & Canada Small Business Financing Act

Initiatives Announced in the Federal Budget of 22 March 2017

Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME)

Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP)


Chapter 3 Business Development Bank of Canada & Associated Programs

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Futurpreneur Canada


Chapter 4 Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canada Business Network

Impact Canada Fund

Strategic Innovation Fund

Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF)


Chapter 5 Assistance for Research Development in Canada

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

National Research Council Canada (NRC)

CanExport Program

Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants

Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants

DND/NSERC Research Partnership Grants

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI)


The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

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


Chapter 6 Export Related Assistance

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Northstar Trade Finance Inc.

Accord Financial Corp.


Camsa Inc.


National Bank of Canada: Global Trade Solutions

Desjardins: Import and Export

BNP Paribas SA

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)

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

The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)


Chapter 7 Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development (ABED)

Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB)

Further Information on AANDC


Chapter 8 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Background on CMHC

National Housing Strategy

National Housing Fund

Targeted Support for Northern Housing

Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations & Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)

Further Information


Chapter 9 Assistance for the Environment

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)


Chapter 10 Assistance for Agriculture and Resources

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Farm Credit Canada (FCC)

Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC)

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


Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC)

National Forest Pest Strategy

Mineral Exploration Tax Credit


Chapter 11 Human Resources and Job Skills

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Information & Communications Technology Council (ICTC): CareerConnect

BioCareers - Career Focus Program

Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation (CWCF)

Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative (CAIC)


Chapter 12 Assistance for 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)

Canada Media Fund (CMF)

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)

Harold Greenberg Fund

Quebecor Fund

COGECO Program Development Fund


Chapter 13 Federal Economic Development Agencies in Ontario (FedNor and FedDev)

FedNor (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)

FedDev Ontario: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Accelerator Centre (AC)



Chapter 14 Assistance in Ontario

Ontario 2017-2018 Budget Proposals for Business

Ontario 2016-2017 Budget Proposals for Business

Jobs and Prosperity Fund

Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC)

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

Eastern Ontario Development Fund

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Export Assistance

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Starter Company

Employment Ontario

Ontario Works

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Ministry of Finance

Labour Sponsored Investment Funds (LSIFs)

Community Small Business Investment Funds (CSBIF)

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)

Angel Network Program (ANP)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI)

Stiller Centre for Technology Commercialization

The Yves Landry Foundation (YLF)

Toronto Better Buildings Partnership New Construction Program (BBP-NC)

Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program (ALGP)

Waubetek Business Development Corporation-Term Loans

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF)

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Enbridge Energy-Efficiency Rebates

City of Toronto's Capacity Buy Back Program

Partners in Project Green Eco-Efficiency Program

Tourism Development Fund

(Tourism) Industry Partnership Proposal Program (IPPP)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)


Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO)

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA)

Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) Sustainability Services

The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op)

Micro Finance Program

Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund

Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)

ACCESS Community Capital Fund (ACCF)

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise

Rise Individual Lending Program

London Small Business Centre

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

Invest Ottawa

Y Enterprise Centre - Ottawa

Centennial College - Centre of Entrepreneurship (COE)

BDO New Venture Competition

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs)

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Business Consulting Services

Canada Business Ontario

Wisdom Exchange



Chapter 15 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

Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC)

Toronto Food Business Incubator (TFBI)

The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT)


Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone (DMZ)

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre


McMaster Biosciences Incubation Centre-The Forge

Hamilton Technology Centre

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

Startup Canada Women Entrepreneurship Fund

TruShield Retail Startup Fund

Enactus Canada

Canadian Industrial Innovation Centre



Canadian Association of Business Incubators (CABI)










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