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.