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

Ontario government funding programs can support a wide range of strategic projects, including business expansion, research and development, hiring and training, and capital investment. By being proactive and applying for funding prior to the start of projects, companies can access government grants and loans that provide a boost to company investments and greatly improve project outcomes.

The 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.

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Accessible Technology Program (ATP) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports the development and testing of assistive technologies
  • Up to $4M per project/year in non-repayable grants
Yes software,
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,
Agricultural Clean Technology Program (ACT) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports research, development and adoption of clean technologies through investments and promotion of gri-based bioproducts
  • Access up to 50-75% of costs to a maximum $5M project
Yes food, manufacturing,
AgriInnovate Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports businesses to commercialize and/or adopt innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services
  • Access up to 50% of project expenses to a maximum of $10 million per application
Yes food,
Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports commercialization of technology and/or productivity improvements of businesses
  • Access up to 50% of costs to a maximum $500,000 per collaboration
Yes automotive,
Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) Program Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports projects related to the development, validation, testing, demonstration, and prototyping of mobility technologies and services
  • Up to one-third of the eligible project costs up to a maximum of $500,000
Yes automotive,
AV R&D Partnership Fund: Technology Demonstrations Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports the development and demonstration of pre-market technologies the automotive sector
  • Up to 33% of eligible costs to a maximum of $1,000,000 in grant funding
Yes automotive,
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,
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Support for projects that improve the physical condition of arts and heritage collaboration, creation, presentation, and exhibition spaces
  • Up to 50% to $500k-$15M depending on the project type. Up to 75% for rural and underserved communities
Yes
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,
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,
Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports business growth through business loans with competitive interest rates
  • Up to $1M for business expansion activities
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto,
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,
Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) 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,
Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports projects that help the agricultural industry mitigate emerging issues and capitalize on opportunities
  • Up to 50% to a maximum of $1M in grants
Yes food,
Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • 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
CanExport Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • 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,
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,
Celebrate Ontario Ontario Business Expansion
  • Supports festivals and events to enhance their programs, activities, and services
  • Up to $250,000 in grants per event
Yes
CME Technology Assessment Program (TAP) Ontario Business Expansion
  • Supports manufacturers in Southern Ontario looking to complete a technology assessment to improve their systems, processes, and equipment
  • Up to 100% of assessment costs up to a $25,000 in grants
Yes manufacturing, auto,
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,
Customer Demonstration Program Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports technology demonstrations between two or more Ontario-based businesses
  • Up to 50% coverage of eligible expenses to a maximum $50k
Yes
Dairy Processing Investment Fund (DPIF) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports dairy processors who invest in areas that improve productivity and competitiveness
  • Up to 50% of costs to a max of $10M for expenditure projects and $250,000 for access to expertise
Yes food,
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
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration (EVID) Program Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports demonstrations of next-generation and innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure
  • Up to 50% of eligible project expenses and offers $250k – $3M in funding
Yes automotive,
ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program (5G SDP) Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports collaborative 5G technology development projects to develop, integrate, test, or validate pre-commercial 5G technologies.
  • Access up to $50k to $500k in Government Funding per application
Yes software,
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,
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,
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) – National Research Council (NRC) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Designed to accelerate the research and development projects of Canadian innovators
  • Access up to 60-80% of costs to a maximum $10M per application
Yes software,
Innovation for Defence and Security Program (IDEaS) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports pre-commercial military and defence technologies that have the potential to address current challenges faced by Canada’s Armed Forces
  • Access up to $1.2M for initial R&D. Fully-developed solutions may access up to $20M through a procurement program
Yes
Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Helps startups and small businesses overcome technology development hurdles so that they can produce globally-demanded products and services
  • Up to $150k for proof of concept projects, and up to $1M for prototype development, and may also be awarded a government contract
Yes media, software,
Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports Canadian media projects during their concept and production development stages
  • Eligible applicants can receive up to 50% of eligible costs to a maxium of $50,000 for concept and $250,000 for production
Yes media, software,
Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting clean technologies in the forest industry during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Applicants can receive 50% of eligible costs up to $20M for the general stream of the program, $1M for the small business stream, and $500K for the studies project stream
Yes covid, forest,
Market Readiness Program (OCE) 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
Mitacs Accelerate Canada-wide Hiring & Training Research & Development
  • Pairs businesses with Masters, PhD and PDF interns to overcome innovation challenges
  • Matching funds from Mitacs up to $7,500 per 4-6 month internship unit
Yes
MITACS Elevate Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports industry and academic parterships to solve current issues through innovative means
  • Receive up to $25,000 from Mitacs
Yes university, college, collaboarative
NGen Manufacturing Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting technology development that will help Canadian manufacturers compete globally
  • Grants up to 44.4% of eligible expenses with no limit on project size
Yes manufacturing, manufacturers
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,
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,
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,
NSERC Alliance Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting collaborative R&D projects between Canadian businesses and universities
  • Up to $1,000,000 in grant funding per year
Yes university, college, collaboarative,
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 Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF) Ontario Research & Development
  • Funding research towards ideas and approaches on developing Canadas workforce
  • Covers 100% of eligible expenses to a max of $250,000
Yes
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,
Protein Industries Canada Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting collaborative product or process research, technology development, and export market development projects related to expanding Canada’s plant-based protein sector
  • Offsets up to 50% of eligible project expenses with no defined maximum contribution. Remaining project funds must be supported by at least two project partners.
Yes university, college, collaboarative, health, research, food,
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,
SD Tech Fund Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports cleantech projects that aim to improve water, soil and air quality to reduce the effects of climate change
  • Access up to 40% of project costs for an average funding contribution of $3,000,000
Yes agi, software,
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,
SONAMI Ontario Research & Development
  • Helps manufacturers and innovation-based businesses overcome innovation challenges
  • Access up to 50% of project costs
Yes manufacturing, auto,
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
Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports projects that drive sustained productivity and economic benefits
  • Submit a project budget of at least $20M and access up to 50% of eligible costs
Yes software,
Supply Chains and Logistics Excellence AI (SCALE.AI) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Enhances Canada’s existing supply chain practices by boosting economic development through faster adoption and integration of artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Access up to 40% of eligible project costs, with no minimum or maximum investment allocated per project
Yes
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
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,
Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports projects that address knowledge gaps among Canadians on ZEV technologies to move forward to ZEV adoption
  • Up to 50% of total project costs, with a maximum contribution amount $50,000 per project
Yes agi, software, auto,
Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVI) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Designed to increase a network of zero-emission vehicle charging and refuelling stations in more localized areas where Canadians live, work, and play
  • Up to 50% of costs to a maximum of $5M in Canadian government funding
Yes agi, software, auto,

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