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Your Guide to Government 

Financial Assistance 

for Business in Québec


Revised 2017-2018 Edition

By: Iain Williamson











Your Guide to Government Financial Assistance for Business in Québec has been published annually since 1993 and covers 505 federal and provincial programs, sub-programs and other initiatives that relate to for-profit companies operating in Québec. It describes each program; the eligibility requirements together with the application process. It provides 568 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 Québec, 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. It’s 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 Québec: 2017-2018 Edition by Iain Williamson, 294 pages, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55270-783-8; ISSN 1198-0540:; 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 Canada Economic Diversification for the Québec Regions


Centres d'Aide aux Entreprises (CAE)


Chapter 14 Assistance in Québec

Québec Budget 2017-2018

Investissement Québec (IQ)

Immigrant Investor Program

Cycle Capital Fund III

Desjardins Venture Capital

Essor 02

Labour-Sponsored Fund of the Confederation of National Trade Unions called "Fondaction"

Québec Solidarity Fund (QFL)

iNovia Capital

Anges Québec (AQ)

Relève Québec Fund

Réal Ventures


Teralys Capital

Québec International

Société d'Investissement Jeunesse (SIJ)


Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST)

Ministry of Revenue

Drummondville Economic Development Authority

Youth Employment Services (YES)

Fondation Montréal Inc.

Fondation de l'entrepreneurship

Réseau Québec Community Credit (RQCC) Network

Compagnie F Entrepreneurship for Women

Fonds d'Emprunt des Laurentides

Cercles d'Emprunt de Montréal

Kahnawa:ka's Economic Development Commission

Info entrepreneurs


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

Montreal Enterprises and Innovation Centre (CEIM)


Drummondville Economic Development Authority-Industrial Incubator

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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