Northern Ontario Business Grants and Loans

Northern Ontario Government Grant, Loan, and Funding Programs Mentor Works Can Write for Your Business.

You can find northern Ontario government funding programs that can support a wide range of strategic projects, including business expansion, research and development, hiring and training, and capital investment.

The northern Ontario business grants and loans listed on this page may offer support for your organization’s upcoming projects. To discuss your eligibility for them and receive assistance with the application process, please contact Mentor Works.

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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Funding Programs Region Funding Activity Description Learn More Show on Site? Tags
Canada Job Grant (CJG) Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Designed to reduce the costs of providing third-party skills training to new and existing employees
  • Up to 50-100% of eligible costs covered in most provinces
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto, northern ontario, cleantech
Canada Summer Jobs Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Support for employers providing supervised career-related work experience for youth employees
  • Up to 50% of employee minimum hourly rate; Non-profits can receive grants up to 100% of minimum wage plus Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs); Amount is capped at a max $300K per employer/province or territory. Maximum 40 hours/week/employee can be included.
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto, northern ontario, cleantech
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
  • This program is currently paused until fall 2021. Supports global expansion projects including participation in trade shows and government-led trade missions
  • Up to 75% to a max $75,000 in grants
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto, northern ontario, cleantech,
Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program (FSIIP) Ontario Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports forest industry businesses to invest in new equipment, facility expansion, process, and product innovation
  • Business Stream: Up to 30% in loans & Collaborations Stream: Up to 75% in grants
Yes agri, northern ontario,
Green Municipal Fund Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports municipalities demonstrating an innovative solution or approach to environmental issues
  • Up to $175,000 to cover up to 80% of eligible costs for all three study streams
Yes agri, northern ontario, municipality, non profit,
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,
NOHFC People & Talent Program Ontario Hiring & Training
  • Designed to attract, retain, and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce by creating and sustaining new and existing jobs
  • Receive up to 90% of an Indigenous person's salary of up to $52.5k a year, and up to 90% of other eligible applicants for up to $35k a year
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,
Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) Ontario Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports automotive businesses improve operational efficiency and competitiveness through the adoption of lean manufacturing processes and Industry 4.0-related technologies
  • Up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $100,000 in grants
Yes auto, northern ontario,
Ontario Manufacturing Training Program (OMTP) Ontario Hiring & Training
  • Supports two types of eligible training activities for southern Ontario manufacturers impacted by COVID-19
  • Provides non-repayable contributions to a maximum $100,000 towards eligible expenses
Yes covid-19, northern ontario, training,
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Ontario Business Expansion
  • Supporting businesses in all sectors through the COVID-19 pandemic by providing interest-free loans towards fixed operating costs, with a portion of the loan being
  • Southern Ontario: Up to $40K loan with $25 being forgivable, or $1M interest free loan. Northern Ontario: Up to $40K loan with $25 being forgivable, or $250K interest free loan
Yes covid, auto, manufacturing, food, forest, media, software, food, northern ontario,
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,
Skills Catalyst Fund Ontario Hiring & Training
  • Supports Ontario consortiums in the development and implementation of innovative workforce development projects that test new and emerging ideas and approaches to labour market challenges
  • Up to 80% of eligible training expenses to a maximum $500,000
No northern ontario,
Youth Employment Program (IRAP) Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Designed to assist funding of hiring young Canadian post-secondary graduates
  • Provides up to $30,000 per graduate (up to two) for a period of 6 to 12 months
Yes university, college, collaboarative, northern ontario,

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Build a Strategy for Northern Ontario Government Funding

Northern Ontario businesses can access grants and loans through federal government funding, federal funds targeted at businesses in northern Ontario (FedNor) and Ontario provincial government funding. You can find funding programs for many projects, including business expansion, research and development, hiring and training, and capital investment.

Companies should build a government funding strategy that uses funding programs to reduce the cost of strategic projects. One of the best government funding tactics to use is stacking together different types and sources of  funding. This can significantly improve the scope and success of projects. Please note that multiple federal or provincial programs cannot be stacked; only one federal and one provincial funding program may be used per project.

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Canadian government funding programs can support small businesses, large corporations, non-profits and post-secondary research institutions. However, the key to accessing these programs are knowing which ones provide the best fit for your organization and upcoming projects.

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  • Hiring and Training
  • Business Expansion & Exporting
  • Capital and Technology Adoption
  • Research & Innovation
  • Active COVID-19 Funding Programs

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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