Mentor Works Ltd. http://www.mentorworks.ca The Canadian Government Grants and Loan for Business Experts Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:11:44 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 NSERC Engage Grants Support Research Projects at Dalhousie University http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/nserc-engage-research-grants-dalhousie/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/nserc-engage-research-grants-dalhousie/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:09:52 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25207 NSERC Engage Research Grants at Dalhousie University

NSERC Engage is a collaborative research and development program where businesses may access university researchers to help solve an innovative technological problem. Recently, 10 NSERC Engage partnerships were formed between Canadian companies and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Computer Science. In addition to helping businesses find academic partners to help conduct R&D projects, businesses who apply […]

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NSERC Engage Research Grants at Dalhousie University

NSERC Engage is a collaborative research and development program where businesses may access university researchers to help solve an innovative technological problem. Recently, 10 NSERC Engage partnerships were formed between Canadian companies and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Computer Science.

In addition to helping businesses find academic partners to help conduct R&D projects, businesses who apply for NSERC Engage may also receive up to $25,000 in research grants from the federal government. These grants, paid directly to the research institution, offset a large portion of researcher wages and a variety of other research costs. Projects should span no longer than 6 months and have tangible results upon completion.

The following NSERC Engage projects were successfully awarded research grants to complete innovative R&D activities. If your business has a similar project planned, consider using NSERC Engage grants to access a team of researchers and their research facilities.

NSERC Engage Successful Research Projects at Dalhousie University

Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Computer Science is on the forefront of computer engineering technologies within Canada. They are a premier destination for youth entering the computer sciences field, and also assist with the research and development of innovative technologies that are increasing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses.

10 NSERC Engage projects were completed through the Faculty of Computer Science over the last year, of which some of the most interesting projects were:

Web Translation Services: Making the Internet More Accessible

International businesses must be accessible by customers in all of the markets they serve. Successful global companies must provide websites and electronic media to customers in a variety of languages. The easiest way for companies to do this is to setup multiple websites that have domains unique to the market or language. However, consistently publishing pages to a range of websites can be difficult, time demanding, and costly.

Proximify is a Canadian web services company is solving this issue by developing an automated content management system (CMS) that translates the HTML and CSS text of an existing webpage, then republishes this content in another language on a company’s international website.

Efficient Reporting and Investigation of Internet Browser Bugs

Software can sometimes behave in ways that it is not engineered to. At that point, the software may crash leading to data loss or even security threats. Although software development firms invest in the testing of software before it is launched, the full extent of problems that may come from a program is unknown until the product is adopted by a large number of users. When users experience crashes, details of these occurrences can be shared with the developers who can then patch or fix the issue.

Crash data is often stored in binary form, which can make the identification of a singular issue extremely difficult. Google wants to change this, which is why in partnership with Dalhousie, the company is investigating ways to tag/annotate parts of the code that suggest errors are occurring, which will help to determine a root cause faster.

Speech-to-Text Technology Innovates Healthcare Records

Hand-writing a patient’s medical information is an outdated and error-prone way to approach healthcare in the 21st century. When recording data from assessments such as radiology tests, doctors and healthcare professionals must have a way to accurately keep information in a structured, detailed way.

One way to help healthcare professionals keep records more accurately and efficiently is to implement a voice-to-text computing system that would be able to analyse and record a variety of medical terminology. Building a database for these terms, including abbreviations, and a computer program to contain medical records is a big job, however Dalhousie University and web document management company Palomino are collaborating to develop a system that solves the issue and advances Canada’s healthcare industry.

Professional Event Database for Workshops, Conferences, and Networking

There are an overwhelming number of websites online that list professional events such as conferences, workshops, and networking opportunities. Because these event listings are scattered across multiple sites, industry professionals miss events that could benefit them or their business. If there was a way to consolidate all of these listings in one place, it would make finding and registering for events a much easier process.

Analytic-OR has joined with Dalhousie University to automate the compilation of online event listings. The platform being developed through a NSERC Engage partnership will enable users to search events by their geography or industry to find valuable opportunities to grow or meet like-minded professionals.

How to Access NSERC Engage Grants for Small Business Research

If your business has a research and development project that may qualify for Canadian government funding through NSERC Engage, please contact Mentor Works.

We can help confirm your eligibility and provide comprehensive application support. This approach greatly reduces the amount of time and effort needed to apply for program and receive small business grants.

Canadian Small Business Funding Guide

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[Free Event] Export Expansion Strategies & Funding: September 20 in Chatham, Ontario http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/news-and-events/2016-09-20-export-expansion-strategies-event-chatham-ontario/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/news-and-events/2016-09-20-export-expansion-strategies-event-chatham-ontario/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:42:50 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25196 Canadian Government Funding for Small Business Export Expansion

Exporting is one of the most important growth strategies used by businesses across Canada. Nearly 73,000 Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) leverage new markets and opportunities outside of the country by exporting goods or services. This, however, only accounted for 11.8% of SMEs in Canada signalling that there is reluctance among Canadian businesses to […]

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Canadian Government Funding for Small Business Export Expansion

Exporting is one of the most important growth strategies used by businesses across Canada. Nearly 73,000 Canadian small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) leverage new markets and opportunities outside of the country by exporting goods or services. This, however, only accounted for 11.8% of SMEs in Canada signalling that there is reluctance among Canadian businesses to grow exports.

When Canadian SMEs are asked what is preventing them from growing their exports, many cite currency fluctuations, risk management, and accessing financing as their top concerns. While these are significant issues, they are also manageable concerns that businesses can navigate to increase their exporting success.

Small business owners and executives should develop strategies to grow and minimize international market risks. On September 20, 2016 small business managers will have the chance to learn how to formulate and execute these strategies during a free workshop hosted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Export Expansion Strategies & Funding: Event Details

Growing your business internationally doesn’t need to be risky. Many support services are available to reduce the risks that businesses face, from financial, to legal, or even political risks. Understanding how to avoid or mitigate these risks is essential to any SME export strategy.

Join the Municipality of Chatham-Kent as they host speakers from Mentor Works and Western Union for a discussion on export financing strategies.

Register for this Export Expansion Event

Use the button below to register for this small business funding event.

When: September 20, 2016
Where: 565 Richmond St., Meeting Room 1A, Chatham, Ontario.
Cost: Free

Register Now

Export Expansion Strategies: Event Speakers

Kerri Raposo – Business Development Executive, Mentor Works Ltd.

For over 15 years, Kerri has led manufacturers towards improved quality assurance programs and sustained financial growth. She offers a grounded insight to a wide range of business issues, from operations management to strategic financing opportunities. As a Business Development Executive at Mentor Works, Kerri routinely works with businesses from a variety of industries to become more competitive within domestic and international markets.

Belinda McCulloch – Business Development Executive, Western Union Business Solutions

Belinda has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry, and has worked with companies of various sizes and industries to evaluate and reduce risk exposures. She strives to help each business attain their unique goals in regards to sending and receiving payments, and to equip businesses with the tool to effectively manage their exposure to currency fluctuations- allowing businesses to benefit from specific expertise while maintaining control and direction of their needs and goals.

Mel Francis – Senior Corporate Risk Manager, Western Union Business Solutions

Mel helps businesses minimize the impact of currency movements on their profit margin by implementing a tailored FX risk management strategy. She has previously worked on the Foreign Exchange desks of BMO and National Bank and has accumulated more than 10 years of experience in FX Structured Products. Mel Holds a Bachelor degree in Economics as well as a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Finance.

Free Download for Attendees Only: Top 3 Canadian Government Funding Opportunities

As a special thank-you for those in attendance, Mentor Works will provide a complimentary PDF download that details the top three government funding programs available to Canadian SMEs. This sheet contains an actionable list of government grants that will help your business access export expansion funding.

This reference sheet will only be provided to event attendees. To ensure your business does not miss out, please register now.

Register Now

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York Region Food Processor Boosts Productivity with Growing Forward 2 http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/growing-forward-2-ontario-success-york-region/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/growing-forward-2-ontario-success-york-region/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:03:12 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25192 Growing Forward 2 Ontario Funding for York Region Business

Treasure Mills Inc. has been recently announced as recipients of the Growing Forward 2 Ontario government funding program. The company will leverage up to $100,000 in Ontario small business grants to purchase/install automated baking and washing equipment while also improving their drainage and refrigeration systems. The Aurora, Ontario food processor is the latest of many […]

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Growing Forward 2 Ontario Funding for York Region Business

Treasure Mills Inc. has been recently announced as recipients of the Growing Forward 2 Ontario government funding program. The company will leverage up to $100,000 in Ontario small business grants to purchase/install automated baking and washing equipment while also improving their drainage and refrigeration systems.

The Aurora, Ontario food processor is the latest of many from York Region to have successfully received Growing Forward 2 Ontario funding. To date, 50 projects in York have received GF2 investments, totalling more than $2.5 million in economic support.

Growing Forward 2 Ontario government funding will soon reach its final deadline to submit applications in 2016. Agricultural and agri-food processors wishing to receive GF2 Ontario grants must apply by November 3, 2016 to be considered for funding this year.

Growing Forward 2 Ontario: $100,000 Successful Project Details

Treasure Mills Inc. is a leading provider of nut-free baked goods, including school-safe cupcakes, muffins, snack cakes, and cookie bars. Operating out of their 30,000 sq. ft. production facility in Aurora, Ontario, the company has experienced extreme demand growth over the last several years. Due to this demand, the company searched for additional investments that would help them become more efficient and increase production.

The company’s project funding through Growing Forward 2 Ontario will bring up to $100,000 in government grants to purchase and install new productivity-enhancing machinery. Treasure Mills Inc. suggests that the new automated equipment will be able to reduce production costs by 10% and increase product output by upwards of 200%.

This small business funding contribution will help Treasure Mills Inc. to become significantly more productive and able to supply more grocery retailers in Canada and the United States.

Related Blog: Automotive Software Development Centre Fuels Innovation in Markham, Ontario

About Growing Forward 2 Ontario Business Grants

Growing Forward 2 Ontario provides small business funding to food producers, processors, and organizations. The federal-provincial initiative leverages funding from both levels of government to boost the productivity, innovation, and export capacity of Ontario-based businesses.

Ontario agriculture and agri-food businesses may receive up to 35-50% of project expenses to a maximum $350,000 in small business grants. Projects typically revolve around productivity and labour enhancements, market development, environment and climate change adaptation, or implementing assurance systems.

The Growing Forward 2 Ontario program requires businesses to submit applications during recurring intake periods scheduled throughout the year. There is one intake period remaining this year; businesses seeking project funding must apply between October 14 and November 3, 2016.

How to Apply for Growing Forward 2 Ontario Government Grants

If your business could use Ontario government funding like the investment Treasure Mills Inc. received, you may wish to consider applying for Growing Forward 2. Companies should first consider whether they are eligible to participate in the program and if their project is a good fit.

Please Note: Applications for the final intake period of 2016 are due by November 2, 2016.

Would you like assistance in figuring out whether your business or project is appropriate for Ontario government funding through GF2? Mentor Works’ team of Government Funding Planners can discuss your project and help you identify a variety of government grants, including Growing Forward 2, which can provide additional investment.

If you decide to pursue funding opportunities, we also help businesses with comprehensive application writing support. Send us a message at any time to receive insight towards your top Ontario government funding opportunities.

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GF2 BC Agri-Innovation Program: Agricultural Technology Grants http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-gf2-bc-agri-innovation-grants-overview/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-gf2-bc-agri-innovation-grants-overview/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:20:55 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25188 GF2 BC Agri-Innovation Growing Forward 2 Grants British Columbia

British Columbia is emerging as a national leader for innovative technology development within the agricultural industry. To stimulate this growth, the federal and B.C. provincial government have partnered to provide grants to businesses, industry associations, and non-profits who are commercializing or adopting innovative products, processes, or technologies for use in the agri-food industry. The Canada-BC […]

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GF2 BC Agri-Innovation Growing Forward 2 Grants British Columbia

British Columbia is emerging as a national leader for innovative technology development within the agricultural industry. To stimulate this growth, the federal and B.C. provincial government have partnered to provide grants to businesses, industry associations, and non-profits who are commercializing or adopting innovative products, processes, or technologies for use in the agri-food industry.

The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program is an initiative that was created from the popular Growing Forward 2 funding framework. The program typically provides up to 50% of project costs, with highly innovative projects receiving up to 100% of expenses, in the form of BC government grants. Applicants must support the remaining project costs from internal financing.

Applicants should propose a project that advances their innovative capacity and competitiveness within the agricultural or agri-food sectors. Funding has been depleted for research and development projects, however technology piloting, demonstration, commercialization, and adoption projects may still be funded.

Growing Forward 2 BC Agri-Innovation Program Details

Applicants of the Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program may receive up to 50-100% of expenses for a variety of agricultural technology development and commercialization projects. To determine if you are a good fit for the program, consider the following program details.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants must be incorporated in British Columbia or have a head office within the province and be a:

  • Agri-food sector producer or processor;
  • Retail or food service business;
  • Non-profit organization;
  • Industry association; or
  • Academic institution.

Project Eligibility Criteria

Projects that advance the competitiveness or innovation of British Columbia’s agriculture or agri-food industry are a good fit for the program. In addition, projects must fit into one of the program’s five priority areas, which include:

  1. Energy and Waste Management;
  2. Climate Change Adaptation;
  3. Air, Water, and Soil Quality Improvements;
  4. Plant, Animal, and Food Science Improvements; and
  5. New Product Development and Commercialization.

How to Apply for GF2 BC Agri-Innovation Grants

Applications are currently being accepted for the British Columbia Agri-Innovation program, however the program ends on March 31, 2018 and requires all projects to be finished prior to December 2017.

Agri-Innovation British Columbia government funding applications start at 11 pages in length and can grow depending on the innovative project being proposed.

To confirm your business’ eligibility for the Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program, please contact Mentor Works, the Canadian Government Funding Planners. In addition to ensuring your project’s eligibility, we also provide unparalleled application support services to increase your probability of success while reducing the amount of time required to apply.

Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program: Successful Projects

There are a variety of British Columbian businesses and organizations who have already been approved for government grants through the Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program. They include:

  • Nova-BioRubber Green Technologies Inc. were awarded with up to $125,000 for demonstrating a feasible new cash crop, Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS). TKS can be processed to extract rubber and inulin, both having a variety of uses.
  • Kalala Organic Vinyards Ltd. received up to $4,300 to research the benefits of spraying crops with Humic acid (HA). The results showed that treating plants with HA increased the production of crops with less contamination from mold.
  • BC Cranberry Marketing Association has submitted several successful Agri-Innovation applications which resulted in projects such as Assessing New Pest Management Tools for BC’s Cranberry Industry ($8,400), Exploring Foliar Cranberry Pest Control with a New Natural Pesticide ($2,500), and Demonstration of Bumble Bee & Indicator Plant Gardens ($3,000).

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SDTC Greentech Funding: Do You Qualify for SD Tech Fund Grants? http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-sdtc-greentech-sd-tech-fund-eligibility/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-sdtc-greentech-sd-tech-fund-eligibility/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:54:40 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25177 SDTC Greeentech Grants for Business SD Tech Fund

SD Tech Fund grants support the development and commercialization of innovative green technologies (greentech). Administered by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), these Canadian government grants provide businesses with up to 33% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $15 million. Developing green technologies and creating a low-carbon economy is a major component of the federal […]

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SDTC Greeentech Grants for Business SD Tech Fund

SD Tech Fund grants support the development and commercialization of innovative green technologies (greentech). Administered by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), these Canadian government grants provide businesses with up to 33% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $15 million.

Developing green technologies and creating a low-carbon economy is a major component of the federal government’s investment policy. In 2016, the government allocated additional funding to SDTC so that innovative greentech companies could develop and bring the technologies to market.

To learn if your business is eligible for SD Tech Fund government grants, consider the following criteria.

Businesses Eligible for SDTC Tech Fund Grants

Businesses applying for the SD Tech Fund are required to enter a technology development consortium that contains them and at least two other partners. Consortiums may include a wide variety of partners including other businesses, non-profit organizations, academia, industry associations, government entities.

In addition, Canadian businesses applying for SDTC greentech grants must:

  • Be developing an innovative green technology;
  • Own the proprietary rights to the technology; and
  • Be able to enter a legally-binding agreement with consortium partners.

STDC Tech Fund Greentech Project Eligibility

Greentech development grants may be awarded to businesses who are creating an advanced technology that:

  • Have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3-7, signifying that their technology is beyond proof of concept but hasn’t been commercialized yet;
  • Will be ready for commercialization within 1-5 years;
  • Is disruptive and will displace existing technologies;
  • Will result in measurable decreases of greenhouse gas emissions, or contamination within water, soil, or air; and
  • Will incur at least $750,000 in project expenses.

Priority Areas: In-Demand Technology Development Projects

SDTC gives priority access to projects that focus on the following five themes:

  1. Sustainable Natural Resources Development
  2. Carbon-Free Power Generation and Distribution
  3. Energy Efficiency for Communities and Industry
  4. Next-Generation Technologies
  5. Remote and Northern Community Utility Systems

Project Expenses Eligible for SDTC Technology Development Grants

Projects suitable for SD Tech Fund grants must have a budget totalling $750k to $15M consisting of the following expenses:

  • Salaries and third-party contractor costs related to the project;
  • Field testing services and feasibility studies;
  • Supplies and equipment (including installation, testing, upgrading costs);
  • Laboratory and field supplies and materials;
  • Travel and conference expenses related to the project;
  • Print, production, and translation services, including shipping costs (incl. customs fees);
  • Data collection services; and
  • Communication and distribution costs.

Learn More About SDTC Government Grants for Greentech Development

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Canada Media Fund Experimental: CMF Funding for Digital Media Projects http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-cmf-canada-media-fund-overview/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-cmf-canada-media-fund-overview/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:55:56 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25168 CMF Experimental: Canada Media Fund business funding for media development and production

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) plays a vital role in supporting digital media development, production, and marketing projects. Through various streams of government funding, such as the CMF Experimental stream, the organization ensures that Canadian companies are producing high-quality content that is demanded and consumed around the world. CMF Experimental is divided into three sub-streams […]

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CMF Experimental: Canada Media Fund business funding for media development and production

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) plays a vital role in supporting digital media development, production, and marketing projects. Through various streams of government funding, such as the CMF Experimental stream, the organization ensures that Canadian companies are producing high-quality content that is demanded and consumed around the world.

CMF Experimental is divided into three sub-streams of project funding. This includes government funding for (1) media development projects, (2) media production projects, and (3) media marketing & promotion projects. Canadian businesses may apply for multiple streams of CMF Experimental funding throughout their project’s lifecycle, however funding is capped at a maximum $1.2 million per project.

CMF Experimental Digital Media Funding Streams

There are three unique streams of funding that businesses may apply for. This includes:

  1. Media Development: Projects in the conceptual or prototyping phases may receive up to 75% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $300,000. Typical projects include feasibility or market assessments, preparing storyboards, and preparing the final version of scripts.
  2. Media Production: Projects that have been conceptualized and can prove market demand may receive up to 75% of expenses to a maximum $1,000,000. Projects traditionally revolve around the creation of market-ready media and early-stage marketing activities.
  3. Media Marketing & Promotion: Completed media projects may receive up to 75% of eligible marketing and promotion expenses to a maximum $400,000. Government funding contributions through this stream assist in the creation and distribution of national/international marketing campaigns.

New – Commercial Projects Pilot Program Provides up to $1.2M

Canadian media is adapting to become more interactive and digital. It’s important that Canadian companies are remaining competitive with international competitors within this space to supply global demand for products such as video games and software applications.

The Commercial Projects Pilot Program (C3P) is a specialized stream of funding that closely resembles CMF’s Media Production stream. Applicants may receive up to 50% of project expenses to a total $1.2 million in funding. All projects considered for this stream must be related to the production and marketing of interactive digital media content.

Expected Outcomes of CMF Experimental Projects

The Canada Media Fund supports projects that enhance a business’ competitiveness and return economic benefits to the country. As such, CMF funded projects must have potential for commercial or public use, must create jobs, and must be targeted towards Canadian consumers.

Canadian Businesses Eligible to Apply for CMF Experimental Funding

To be eligible for this small business funding program, applicants must be either:

  • A for-profit company which is Canadian controlled and has a head office in Canada; or
  • A public or private Canadian broadcaster that is licensed by the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Successful Canada Media Fund Experimental Projects

The Canada Media Fund regularly announces its support for new, innovative digital media projects. Some of the most recent recipients of funding include:

How to Apply for CMF Funding

Each stream of the Canada Media Fund operates on scheduled application intake periods. There are typically two intake periods per year for each stream, the first is scheduled for Spring (April/May) and the second is scheduled for Fall (September/October), with specific dates announced annually.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Applications for the latest round of CMF funding are as follows:

  • Media Development: October 25, 2016.
  • Media Production: September 27, 2016.
  • Media Marketing & Promotion: October 25, 2016.

Apply for CMF Digital Media Funding

Application forms for the Canada Media Fund Experimental Stream can be found online via CMF’s website. Fully completed applications will typically range from 25-35 pages, depending on the funding request and complexity of the project. This does not include supporting documents, such as the project budget and any supplemental information.

Application packages must be submitted on or before the deadlines noted above.

If you have any questions about eligibility for CMF funding or wish to receive comprehensive support throughout the application process, please contact a Canadian Government Funding Planner from Mentor Works.

Learn More About the Canada Media Fund Experimental Stream

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CME SMART Green Grants for Ontario Manufacturers Reducing Emissions http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-cme-smart-green-manufacturing-grants-overview/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-cme-smart-green-manufacturing-grants-overview/#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:43:42 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25157 CME SMART Green Funding for Manufacturers in Ontario

Carbon emissions have been a hot topic for both the government and business sector lately. And with the Ontario Cap and Trade Program coming into effect, businesses are seeking more sustainable ways to run their business. Fortunately, The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have announced a new program dedicated to helping Ontario manufacturers reduce their […]

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CME SMART Green Funding for Manufacturers in Ontario

Carbon emissions have been a hot topic for both the government and business sector lately. And with the Ontario Cap and Trade Program coming into effect, businesses are seeking more sustainable ways to run their business.

Fortunately, The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have announced a new program dedicated to helping Ontario manufacturers reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: The CME SMART Green Program. Although the program is tentatively scheduled to launch on October 18, 2016, program details are readily available.

CME SMART Green Funding Details

The CME SMART Green Program was created to encourage Ontario manufacturers to improve their competitiveness, energy efficiency, as well as reduce GHG emissions. CME will provide 50:50 matching Ontario grant funding up to $200,000 per facility for suitable projects.

Applicants can apply for up to 5 facilities up to a maximum of $500,000. CME will distribute funding to approximately 110 projects.

Eligible Applicants for CME SMART Green Funding

Ontario manufacturers may apply for CME SMART Green grants if they:

  • Have annual GHG emissions less than 25,000 tonnes;
  • Are not participating in Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program;
  • Have a minimum of 10 employees; and
  • Have been in operations for at least three years.

This program is for upcoming projects only. Past projects will not be funded through CME SMART Green.

Suitable Projects for CME SMART Green Funding

One assessment audit and one implementation project can be completed per facility up to five facilities. Businesses can utilize assessment audits to determine areas for improvement ($10,000 cap on funding for this activity), while implementation projects will involve adopting and integrating the new equipment or process.

Projects must focus on the reduction of GHG intensity and/or avoidance by upgrading processes, equipment, or end products. Examples of this include improving the energy efficiency of processes and equipment, implementing productivity improvements that have direct GHG improvements, and other GHG reduction projects that decrease gross or per-unit GHG emissions.

Projects that improve productivity, but do not reduce GHG emissions are ineligible for funding.

Prepare for the October 18, 2016 Launch Date

Although Ontario manufacturers are unable to apply for the CME SMART Green program until October 18, 2016, applicants are encouraged to solidify their project budget, timeline, and GHG reduction metrics. We will be posting updates on this program as they become available, so ensure you register for our funding newsletter to stay abreast of this GHG reduction grant and other Canadian government funding programs.

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Free Webinar: How to Find the Perfect Export Market for Your Business http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/news-and-events/cme-export-webinar-find-new-markets/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/news-and-events/cme-export-webinar-find-new-markets/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:53:32 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25154 CME Webinars for Export Expansion

It’s no secret. Expanding your business into new international markets can help access additional suppliers, customers, and increase profits. Growing into strategically selected markets will make for a more competitive business, however selecting the wrong market could result in wasting precious company resources. A variety of tools and resources are available to help companies select […]

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CME Webinars for Export Expansion

It’s no secret. Expanding your business into new international markets can help access additional suppliers, customers, and increase profits. Growing into strategically selected markets will make for a more competitive business, however selecting the wrong market could result in wasting precious company resources.

A variety of tools and resources are available to help companies select the right export market, however many businesses are unaware of where or how to find them. “The complex process of exporting products can be intimidating for businesses, and in some cases may present a barrier that’s too difficult to overcome” says Emiliano Introcaso, National Program Manager of the Export Success Program.

Luckily, there are exporting experts who can assist Ontario businesses navigate this process confidently.   Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Canada-Ontario Export Forum (COEF) are two organizations who support Ontario companies that are beginning to export or are scaling-up their exports. Businesses can learn from these two organizations during a series of webinars focused on performing quality export market research.

International Market Research Tools and Tips Webinar

Ontario businesses can learn exporting best-practices during a two-part webinar series presented by COEF and supported by CME. Participating organizations will learn about online tools, databases, and directories that focus your market research and lead to choosing a more viable export market. “These tools and tips will benefit Ontario-based companies with a variety of export experience, from those who do not currently export to veteran exporters” adds Mr. Introcaso.

Export Webinar Organizers

The Canada-Ontario Export Forum (COEF) is a partnership of 22 federal, provincial, and non-profit organizations who collaborate to increase export sales among new and experienced exporters. Their coordinated approach results in training opportunities such as the International Marketing Tools webinar and other resources that educate Ontario business owners and executives.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s most popular trade and industry association. As a representative of over 10,000 businesses throughout the country, CME’s services bolster Canada’s exporting opportunities and advantages. Their leadership, expertise, and connections enable educational events that inform businesses about ways to grow their business internationally.

Webinar Details

This export webinar has been broken into two 1-hour sessions; registrants will have access to both sessions when they register for free.

Session 1 – September 7, 2016 @ 1-2pm

  • Planning to research a market
  • Understanding statistical market data
  • Using directories to discover customers and/or competitors

Session 2 – September 14, 2016 @ 1-2pm

  • Complying with regulations and standards
  • Export marketing
  • Getting started and where to find additional resources

Webinar Registration

When: September 7 & 14, 2016 @ 1-2pm

Where: Online Webinar via GoToWebinar

Cost: Free

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BONUS – Entering a New Foreign Market: Maximizing Value While Minimizing Risks Webinar

CME is hosting another webinar in September 2016 that is specifically designed for Canadian manufacturers who are looking to setup a physical presence in the United States. In partnership with The CAI Global Group, CME’s webinar will feature strategic considerations that businesses must make before growing into the US.

Webinar Topics Include:

  • Confirming your export expansion strategy;
  • Financing your export expansion through government incentives and other resources;
  • Selecting your location;
  • Workforce assistance resources; and
  • Best practices to guide your export growth.

Webinar Registration

When: September 29, 2016 @ 1-2pm

Where: Online Webinar via GoToWebinar

Cost: Free

Register Now

Canadian Government Funding Programs for Export Expansion

If your company is starting or expanding its export strategy, it’s critical to use Canadian government funding incentives to offset a portion of the costs. Not only does it provide an incentive to grow into new countries, but it also mitigates some of the risks associated with establishing operations in an unproven market.

An assortment of Canadian government grants and loans may be able to assist with the exporting process, including a relatively new exporting grant, CanExport. Newly created in 2016, CanExport grants provide up to 50% of eligible export market development costs to a maximum $99,999. Businesses may be able to recover a portion of market development costs, such as participating in a trade show and developing marketing materials, for a country that they haven’t sold products in for at least 24 months.

Canadian Small Business Funding Events

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Technology Industry is Canada’s Fastest Growing Economic Sector http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/market-trends/technology-industry-in-canada-2016/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/market-trends/technology-industry-in-canada-2016/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:48:14 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25130 The State of Canada's Tech Industry

Canada’s technology sector is a major economic driver and will continue to grow in importance. As the world moves closer towards a digital economy, technology-based companies will become essential to driving GDP, providing high-paying jobs, and innovating a variety of other industries. Canadian tech firms invested $9.1 billion on innovation in 2015. Public and private […]

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The State of Canada's Tech Industry

Canada’s technology sector is a major economic driver and will continue to grow in importance. As the world moves closer towards a digital economy, technology-based companies will become essential to driving GDP, providing high-paying jobs, and innovating a variety of other industries.

Canadian tech firms invested $9.1 billion on innovation in 2015.

Public and private investments in Canada’s technology industry will continue to improve the competitiveness of Canadian firms on a global stage. Startups and mature businesses both have a role to play in the development of advanced technologies, and ultimately more investment is needed to help companies compete on a global scale. Failure to provide this critical investment will result in hindered economic performance.

Canada’s Technology Industry: By the Numbers

According to the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship’s (BII+E) State of Canada’s Tech Sector 2016 report, Canada’s tech industry consists of 71,000 companies operating coast-to-coast, and employing 864,000 Canadians (5.6% of the country’s workforce).

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship also reports that:

  • Canada’s tech sector provides high-paying jobs, with an average salary of $67,000 compared to the national average of approximately $48,000.
  • 69% of Canadian tech firms have only 1-4 employees, yet the sector is responsible for generating 7.1% ($117 billion) of Canada’s total economic output.
  • Information and communications technology (ICT) firms make up the majority of the tech sector’s economic output, contributing 61.2% of the total, while employing 55% of all Canadian tech sector employees.

As can be seen in the chart below from BII+E’s The State of Canada’s Tech Sector 2016 report, the technology sector remains larger than various major economic sectors, including Finance & Insurance, Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, Agriculture.

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Technology Industry’s Commitment to Innovative Research and Development

Canadian tech firms invested $9.1 billion on innovation in 2015 alone, easily making it the largest sector for R&D spending in the entire Canadian economy. Despite this, there is still significant room for growth when it comes to driving innovation on a global stage.

“By international measures, our innovation performance has continued to be pretty mediocre at best… We have not paid sufficient attention to what it takes to scale and grow our most promising startups and help them to compete in global markets.”
– Micheál Kelly, Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

Canada's tech industry reportThe World Economic Forum (WEF) ranks Canada 22nd in innovation worldwide, and the Conference Board of Canada, a not-for-profit think-tank dedicated to researching economic trends and issues, gives Canada’s tech sector a ‘C’ grade in innovation.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a study conducted by a global consortium of Universities, ranks Canada as virtually tied with the U.S.A. for per-capita production of startup companies, however Canada has a reputation for not adequately supporting those startups to help them evolve into stable, profitable firms in the long-run.

Micheál Kelly notes that less than 5% of Canada’s tech-firms are “high-growth” firms, indicating long-term financial sustainability risks for 95% of Canada’s tech companies.

Future Growth Potential for Canada’s Technology Industry

Despite not fostering innovation as well as some countries around the world, 84% of Canada’s technology companies are profitable. Since many tech companies in Canada are relatively new startups, there is potential for significant revenue growth within Canada’s tech industry.

Accenture Consulting, a global professional services and consulting firm, reports that Canada’s tech sector is outperforming the rest of Canada’s economic sectors. Growing faster than any other sector on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) since the start of 2013, the tech sector is currently valued at $250-billion.

The company also reports that Canadian tech firms have attracted larger venture capital investments in the last 18 months compared to previous periods, “indicating a class of maturing businesses with promising market opportunity. Average investment amounts rose from $4.4 million in 2013 to $5 million in 2014”; 21 companies across Canada collected at least $784 million from venture capital investments.

Second and third-round funding is accelerating as well; whereas additional rounds of venture capital funding usually take 7-8 years to materialize for Canadian tech startups, that gap is decreasing to 2-3 years, a similar time period which is leveraged by tech startups in California’s Silicon Valley.

Accelerated venture capital investments made to Canadian tech startups is a clear sign of the increasing potential for long-term profitability among these companies, and increasing startup quality.

Canadian Government Funding for the Tech Sector

There are many sources of funding for Canadian tech companies, not just from venture capitalists, but also from provincial and federal governments. Canadian government funding programs focused on supporting innovation and tech industry growth include:

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Tech Funding

There are two unique IRAP research grants that enable Canadian businesses to perform R&D. They include:

  • IRAP ARP: A research grant for solving internal technical challenges, such as process or product/technology improvements. Funds projects spanning 1 year or less with up to 50-80% of project expenses to a maximum $50,000.
  • IRAP Mid-Size: Enhances a business’ ability to innovate and develop new products or services. Projects eligible for Mid-Size funding are often follow-ups from a successful IRAP ARP project. Funding may cover up to 65-80% of project expenses to a maximum $500,000.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

SD Tech Fund: Technology development grants covering up to 33% of expenses related to late-stage development or pre-commercialization strategies for clean technologies. Projects should focus on environmental concerns such as clean air, clean water, and climate change.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

OCE TalentEdge Internships/Fellowships: OCE TalentEdge Programs offer seek to maximize the utility of industry-academic research partnerships. The program has two streams:

  • TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP): Funding to engage a college or university student, post-secondary graduate, or Master’s graduate for a 4-month internship. Businesses may receive up to 50% of expenses to a maximum $10,000 per internship provided.
  • TalentEdge Fellowship Program (TFP): Funding to engage a PhD graduate or post-doctoral fellow for a 12-month period. Businesses may receive up to $35,000 per fellowship and a maximum of $70,000 in total funding.

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

There are two streams of NSERC research grants for Canadian businesses to leverage. They include:

  • NSERC Engage: This research funding stream predominantly focuses on short-term research projects that can be completed within 4-6 months. Businesses may access up to $25,000 per academic researcher requested.
  • NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD): Longer-term research and development projects, usually following an NSERC Engage project, may qualify for NSERC CRD funding. Businesses hiring a team of academic researchers may receive up to $200,000 per year for a maximum of 5 years.

Mitacs Research Grants for Canadian Small Businesses

Mitacs Elevate: Businesses hiring a PhD fellow may access funding to reduce the cost of their labour. The Elevate program provides up to $30,000 per year for a maximum of two years. Mitacs also helps to match PhD fellows to industry partners, reducing the time and human resources staff needed to recruit.

Canadian Small Business Funding Guide

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Going Global Innovation: Business Grants for International Research Partnerships http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-going-global-innovation-grants-overview/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-08-going-global-innovation-grants-overview/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:16:15 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=25122 Going Global Innovation Grants for International Technology Commercialization Partnerships

Canada is an internationally-recognized leader for conducting innovative research projects. This ecosystem of academic researchers, businesses, and other collaborators has supported a positive global reputation and opens new doors for Canadian businesses wishing to form international research partnerships. Going Global Innovation (GGI) is a Canadian government grant program that promotes the development of international research […]

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Going Global Innovation Grants for International Technology Commercialization Partnerships

Canada is an internationally-recognized leader for conducting innovative research projects. This ecosystem of academic researchers, businesses, and other collaborators has supported a positive global reputation and opens new doors for Canadian businesses wishing to form international research partnerships.

Going Global Innovation (GGI) is a Canadian government grant program that promotes the development of international research and development partnerships. Canadian businesses who are actively seeking a foreign partner to collaborate on research projects may be eligible to receive government grants to offset the travel and administrative costs associated with forming such partnerships.

Businesses within Canada may receive up to 75% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $75,000 through the Going Global Innovation program. Although the grant does not cover expenses specifically related to research projects, the funding will help businesses solidify partnerships abroad.

Purpose of the Going Global Innovation Grants Program

Going Global Innovation fills an important gap in the development and commercialization of new products/ processes in international markets. Although there are several Canadian government grants aimed at developing innovative technologies, there is a gap in funding aimed at commercializing technologies globally.

The renewed Going Global Innovation program closes this void by helping businesses travel to international markets and meet with potential partners. Canadian companies who have proof (i.e. a letter or email) from a potential foreign partner requesting a meeting to discuss their collaboration may apply to the program.

If accepted into the program, Canadian businesses may receive up to $75,000 to offset the costs of travel, meals, and other expenses related to participating in the meeting. Canadian government funding provided by Going Global Innovation is meant to help businesses overcome these pre-commercialization costs and develop profitable collaborations.

Businesses Eligible to Receive Going Global Innovation Small Business Grants

Applicants to the Going Global Innovation program must be a Canadian:

  • Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME);
  • University, college, or other academic institution; or
  • Non-governmental research centre.

Please note that applications must be submitted from a Canadian researcher/innovator on behalf of an eligible applicant. The individual must be a passport-holding Canadian citizen who will be travelling to the foreign country on behalf of their organization.

How to Apply for Going Global Innovation Research and Development Grants Canada

Canadian applicants must submit program applications at least 8 weeks prior to the start of project activities. Any expenses incurred prior to application approval may be deemed ineligible for funding.

Going Global Innovation applications typically require a 6-10 page application form, project budget, performance measurement strategy, and verification that a foreign entity has requested a meeting to potentially arrange a collaboration. Application packages may be submitted via email to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, who will review the documents for approximately 8 weeks.

Mentor Works can help verify your business’ eligibility for Going Global Innovation and a variety of other Canadian government funding programs. If you would like to discuss how this program fits into your business’ growth strategy or receive support with the application process, please contact a Canadian Government Funding Planner.

Learn More About Going Global Innovation Program Business Expansion Grants

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