Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth

The primary focus of this Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) grant program is to accelerate the identification and adoption of investments in advanced technologies, including ICT, robotics, additive manufacturing (ie. 3D printing), sensor-based tech, instrumentation, automated packaging and material handling, nanotechnologies, clean technologies, and innovative advanced communications solutions.

  • Amount: CME offers two streams of funding: (1) Advanced Technology Assessments, covering up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 for professionals to examine and make recommendations regarding the manufacturing process and (2) Advanced Technology Adaptation/Adoption, a capital equipment focused grant, covering up to 35% of eligible expenses up to $100,000 for companies to adopt new technologies in order to improve productivity.
  • Timeline: $20M was allocated to this program in December 2014; projects should be less than 12 months in length.
  • Eligibility: Incorporated for 2 years, minimum of 15 employees up to a maximum of 1000 employees, and with a manufacturing operation in Ontario. Not necessary to be a member of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to be eligible. Limited funding so only the best projects will be selected for funding. Companies predominantly engaged in trading, exporting or distribution are not eligible.

Learn More about CME SMART Ontario Government Grants

CME SMART Program Overview: A summary of CME SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth, its purpose, its two streams, and which organizations are eligible.
CME SMART Eligibility Criteria: Learn more about which organizations, projects, and expenses qualify for CME SMART Ontario government grants.
CME SMART Frequently Asked Questions: Still have questions about the CME SMART program? We’ve identified and answered some of the most common inquiries about advanced technology grant funding.

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