Business Expansion Funding Directory

Business Expansion Grant, Loan, and Funding Programs Mentor Works Can Write for Your Business.

Business expansion grants, loans, and other incentives are available to support businesses across Canada. Explore the programs listed below to learn more about government funding your business could potentially use.

Mentor Works team of Canadian government grant & loan application writers have an average success rate of 86% across all government funding programs and provide our clients with an average of 95% time savings. Speak with a member of our team to find out what programs your business may be eligible for by calling us at 1-888-599-3111 or visiting our Get Funding Help page.

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AG Action Manitoba Manitoba Business Expansion
  • Federal government program that supports the growth and competitiveness of Manitoba agriculture.
  • Amount varies depending on the project focus your business chooses, as well as the stream chosen.
Yes agri, food
AgriAssurance: SME Stream Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • Supports businesses to meet certification standards in the agricultural and agri-food sector
  • Up to 50% to a maximum $50,000 in non-repayable government funding
Yes food, manufacturing, agri,
Business Scale-up and Productivity Program (BSP) Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Helps to offset upfront project costs and helps southern Ontario businesses grow more quickly
  • Access repayable funding for up to 35% of project costs to a maximum $10M
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto, cleantech,
Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) is designed to support communities that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
  • CCRF will be delegating up to a maximum of $750,000 - $1 million in government funding to cover up to 75% of total expenses for a project
Yes municipality, non profit, covid
Canada Media Fund: Experimental Stream Canada-wide Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports developing, producing, and promoting innovative, interactive software development projects including apps and video games
  • Up to $15k-$1.5M per project phase in grants
Yes software, cleantech,
Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • offers a process through which the Government of Canada assumes financial risk, responsibility, and provides compensation for damage or losses to objects and appurtenances in eligible travelling exhibitions.
  • Receive up to $700K in Indemnification Coverage.
Yes municipality
Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Alberta Alberta Business Expansion
  • Supports the growth and competitiveness of Alberta agriculture businesses and organizations
  • Funding varies depending on your project focus and what funding stream it matches with
Yes food, agri, municipality, non profit, agri,
Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Federal Canada-wide Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports Canadian agricultural business expansion and growth
  • Up to 50%-75% of expenses to a max $1M in grants
Yes food, agri, municipality, non profit, agri,
Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Ontario Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports Ontario agricultural business expansion and growth
  • Up to 25% to 50% of eligible expenses to a max $250,000 in grants
Yes food, northern ontario, agri, municipality, non profit,
CanExport Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • Supports global expansion projects including participation in trade shows and government-led trade missions
  • Up to 50% to a max $50,000 in grants
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto, northern ontario, cleantech,
Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster (COB) Program Ontario Business Expansion
  • Supports Ontario municipalities and organizations by relieving some of the financial stress of hosting large events that meet the ministry’s definition of a Blockbuster Event.
  • Covers up to 20% of eligible large festival costs.
Yes municipality
Commemorate Canada Program Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • Provides support for initiatives that commemorate and/or celebrate historical figures, places, events, and accomplishments of national significance through funding.
  • Receive up to 100% of costs or up to $10K in grants.
Yes municipality, covid
Creative Export Canada (CEC) Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • Supports commercialization of technology and/or productivity improvements of businesses
  • Access up to 50% of costs to a maximum $500,000 per collaboration
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto,
Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports economic development in investing in infrastructure or implementing strategies to advance regional priorities
  • Up to 15-50% of project expenses to a maximum of $500k-$5M in grant or loan funding depending on stream
Yes forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software, municipality, non profit, agri
Export Support Fund Alberta Business Expansion
  • Helps reduce the cost of attending trade shows in new export markets
  • Access up to 50% of costs to a maximum $20,000 per application
Yes exporting,
IESO Conservation Fund Ontario Business Expansion
  • Support new conservation and demand management programs, practices and technologies to reduce Ontario's electricity consumption
  • Up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $500,000
Yes agri, municipality, non profit,
Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) Ontario Hiring & Training Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supporting economic growth and jobs creation projects.
  • Applicants can receive up to 50-90% of costs for economic growth projects.
Yes cleantech, non profit, manufacturing
Manitoba Industrial Opportunities Program (MIOP) Manitoba Business Expansion
  • Supports small and large businesses in Manitoba with low-interest repayable funding contributions to begin operations in Manitoba
  • Loans ranging from $500,000 to $5,000,000 and paid back between 5 - 7 years
Yes
Market Readiness Program (OCI) Ontario Business Expansion
  • Supporting academic spin-off companies with grants to further their early-stage commercialization and support scalable business growth
  • Max funding from $125,000-250,000 in Ontario provincial funding
Yes
Museums Assistance Program (MAP) Canada-wide Research & Development Business Expansion Hiring & Training
  • Offers support to workers, collections, skills, and more for museums, heritage institutions, and Indigenous communities.
  • Receive up to 70% of 400K in funding support.
Yes municipality
NOHFC INVEST North Program Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supporting economic development initiavitves in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance towards projects that diversify their region
  • Receive up to $5,000,000 per project as either a grant or partially foregivable loan
Yes research, university, manufacturing, media, agri, collaborative, northern ontario, cleantech,
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supporting economic development initiavitves in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance towards projects that diversify their region
  • Receive up to $2,000,000 per project as either a grant or partially foregivable loan
Yes northern ontario, non profit, agri,
Rural Economic Development Fund (RED) Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports regional economic development activities in rural southern Ontario communities
  • Up to 30-50% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $150,000-$250,000
Yes northern ontario, cleantech, agri, municipality, non profit,
SME in Action Program Québec Business Expansion
  • Helps SMEs carry out feasibility studies prior to the realization of investment projects in Québec
  • Up to 40% of eligible expenses to a maximum $100,000 to $250,000
Yes business expansion
Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports companies investing in new facilities and equipment to advance regional priorities
  • Up to 15-50% of expenses to a maximum of $500k-$5M in grant or loan funding depending on stream
Yes forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software, municipality, non profit,
Tourism Development Fund (TDF) Ontario Business Expansion
  • Helps not-for-profits and municipalities to invest in developing new tourism services, tourism investment attraction, and industry capacity building
  • Access up to 50% of costs. There is no maximum amount for applications
Yes municipality, non profit,
Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund Ontario Business Expansion
  • supports Canadian tourism businesses with funding aimed at recovery projects designed to mitigate the financial tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector.
  • Successful applicants may receive funding matching up to 50% of total cash expenses with no pre-determined limit.
Yes municipality, covid
Western Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) Program Western Canada Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Helps businesses with high growth potential adopt/adapt innovative technologies that support productivity and export expansion
  • Access up to 50% of costs to a maximum $5M per application and $10M per applicant
Yes forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software, covid,
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What Can Business Expansion Funding Be Used For?

Scaling your business into a globally-competitive firm takes considerable knowledge and financial resources. Developing a growth strategy that includes Canadian government funding is a great step towards sustainable, achievable expansion, yet many companies finance growth independently or through traditional funding sources. There is considerable opportunity when leveraging government grants and other funding programs, which includes offsetting the costs of:

  • Purchase and implementation of capital equipment to support increased exporting;
  • Product certifications and industry standards;
  • International trade shows and related expenses;
  • Outbound and inbound trade missions;
  • Translation of marketing materials;
  • Market research and competitive analysis; and
  • Hiring of employees related to international market development.

Facility Expansion Resources

Expanding the physical size of operations is a significant undertaking. While it’s expected to bring substantial improvements to productivity and overall production, the upfront costs of these types of projects can be staggering. Companies exploring facility expansion projects should consider the benefits of using government funding programs for these types of projects. Through non-repayable contributions (government grants) and repayable contributions (government loans), firms can reduce the immediate and long-term costs of facility expansion projects, enabling a wider project scope and faster completion times. Explore the resources below to understand where facility expansion fits in your growth plans and develop a strategy for success:

Exporting & Market Development Resources

Expanding market reach through exploratory projects such as trade shows and missions can grow a business’ client base substantially. Whether exporting to the United States, Europe, or other markets, seeking customers outside of Canada can have profound impacts on your company and make it more resilient to regional price and/or demand fluctuations. Exporting should be viewed as a long-term commitment; fortunately, export grants and other forms of market expansion funding can help your business evaluate export opportunities and confidently grow abroad. Explore the resources below to understand where exporting fits in your growth plans and develop a strategy for success:

Upcoming Events & Webinars on Funding for Business and Export Expansion

Ready to expand your business’ production, enhance competitiveness, and reach new markets?

Mentor Works hosts a variety of events geared towards this and other key topics that are prime candidates for government funding support, including:

  • Reaching new export markets;
  • Export marketing activities, translation, and adaptation of marketing collateral;
  • Market research;
  • Online marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) targeting international markets;
  • Travel and accommodations; and
  • Scale-up investments

Register for an upcoming Canadian government funding event to learn more about how funding works, how to navigate the government funding process, and support services to help develop a successful application.

Mentor Works hosts frequent webinars and live events to help business owners and executives further learn about their funding potential. Register for a session to continue exploring business and export expansion funding.

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You can utilize our grant writing services if your Canadian business is:

  • Incorporated For 3+ Years
  • 15+ Payroll Employees
  • Positive Net Income