Canadian Government Grants for ERP System Implementation/Upgrades

Small businesses across Canada can attest to the necessity of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system in managing resources, tracking productivity, scheduling workflow, and reporting on all quantifiable data throughout the company.

Whether your company is looking to integrate a new ERP system or upgrade and customize an existing ERP system, there are several Canadian Government funding programs available to ease the financial burden.

Small business funding grants can assist with the consulting, installation, and customization of the system, as well as provide you a specialized hire, dedicated to manage and maintain your ERP system to maximize user adoption throughout the organization.

All Canadian and Ontario Government funding programs are very flexible in terms of what ERP software you are implementing; popular platforms include Microsoft Dynamics, Great Plains, Epicor, Infor, Oracle, and SAP.

IRAP ARP: Canadian Business Grants for ERP Consulting/Installation/Customization

The IRAP Accelerated Review Process (ARP) is available for incorporated Canadian companies who conduct R&D in-house. If your business meets these criteria, the IRAP ARP small business grant will support 80% of direct labour costs and 50% of subcontractor fees up to $50,000 related to the selection, preparation, installation, and customization of a new or existing ERP system. Most IRAP Government Funding schedules run from April 1st to March 31st of every year and funding is allocated to various regions across Canada.

IRAP DTAPP: Small Business Funding Grants for ERP Adoption/Upgrades

The IRAP Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) was created to help support Canadian companies who are looking to increase their internal efficiencies through the adoption of new technology. Thus, companies looking to implement, upgrade, or customize an ERP system within their corporation can receive up to $100K in small business grants, covering 80% of direct labor and 75% sub-contractor.


Check out our article detailing The Top Canadian Business Grants for Hiring.  We can help you find a funding program to suit nearly every job title whether you are looking for a maximum contribution, or you require approval within days.

iSTEM/Graduate Enterprise Internship: Grant Funding for Hiring an ERP Manager

Implementing or upgrading an ERP system is a very resource intensive process, even with the help of third party consultants. Luckily, the iSTEM hiring grant program allows small businesses to hire a science, technical, engineering, or math graduate for 6-months to assist with ERP installation, customization, maintenance, and training. Also known as the Graduate Enterprise Internship (GEI), iSTEM covers 50% of the recent graduate’s wage up to $10,000 for a Bachelor’s graduate and $15,000 for a Master’s or Ph.D graduate.

Create a Funding Plan for Your ERP Project via Mentor Works Ltd.

Please contact a Canadian Government Funding Planner today to finalize timelines and eligibility factors for any of the above programs to lessen the financial burden of your ERP project. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our Weekly Small Business Funding E-Newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest Canadian small business grants, loans, and tax credits.


  1. Hello there, This is Steven from Sun, CPA, Professional Corporation. I have a client who has been building ERP system for his company for several years and he’s still looking for potential upgrades and any sufficient fundings. Would you like to give me any suggestions about what program(s) should he pick. I would also appreciate if you may attach your service fee schedule. Thanks!

  2. Chris, is any funding availably for other systems aside from ERP … like HRIS or Payroll? either to help with ongoing costs or implementation & training?

    1. Hi Mike, thanks for your comment. Training grants awarded by the Canadian or provincial governments focus on active, results-oriented training projects where employees are better equipped to support company challenges. As a result, employees incorporated in the training should receive wage increases, title promotions, and/or be new employees that require training to contribute to your organization. Employers can choose from a wide range of training programs as long as the skills gained through training have a direct impact on productivity and the ability to become more competitive.

      I’ve asked one of my colleagues to reach out to you directly to follow-up and answer any specific training/funding questions you might still have! Please allow for 1-2 business days and they’ll be in touch by email.

    1. Hi Jiten,

      Yes, employers can receive grants for training new employees using ERP Programs, but it depends on the province. Different provinces have different eligibility/criteria, so we would need this information to give you a more accurate answer.

      You can get in touch with us through our Contact Us page. We hope this helps!

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