Western Canada Funding Directory

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

Western Canada 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.

Funding is widely available for businesses in Western Canadian provinces, such as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Many of these programs are offered by Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) and Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) agencies.

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

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Accelerating Innovations Into Care Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports the commercialization of health tech via collaborations of Alberta SMEs and public health providers
  • Up to 50% project expenses to a maximum $150,000 contribution
Yes
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, non profit,
African Swine Flu: Welfare Slaughter and Disposal Stream Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • The Welfare Slaughter and Disposal Stream funds regional preparation for welfare slaughter and disposal.
  • 85% of total eligible costs, up to $1M over 3 years for eligible applicants (60% of costs for government applicants).
Yes agri, food
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
Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program (ABIP) Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports the R&D of tech that provides solutions to the agri-food and bio-industrial sectors
  • Up to 75% of total eligible costs to a maximum of $500,000.
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,
Agricultural Clean Technology Program (ACT) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports research, development and adoption of clean technologies through investments and promotion of agri-based bioproducts
  • Access up to 50-75% of costs to a maximum $5M project
Yes food, manufacturing, agri,
Agriculture Labour Task Force Grant Program (ALTF) Alberta Hiring & Training
  • Supports recruiting, hiring, and retaining workers in the agriculture and agri-food industry
  • Access up to 80% of costs to a maximum $40K per eligible project
Yes agri, hiring
AgriDiversity Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Designed to help organizations with projects that build agricultural leadership and entrepreneurial capacity among under-represented groups.
  • Access up to 70% of eligible project expenses which may amount to a maximum $200k
Yes agri, hiring
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, agri,
Agtech Growth Fund (AGF) Saskatchewan Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Funds research and development to accelerate the commercialization of innovations in the agricultural sector.
  • Access up to $450,000 in non-repayable grants
Yes food, agri,
Alberta Aviation Skills Grant (ASG) Alberta Hiring & Training
  • Employers in the aviation industry can offset training costs to help fill jobs, address skills gaps, and support the expansion of Alberta’s aviation and aerospace workforce.
  • Access up to a maximum of $3 million per application.
Yes training, aviation, aerospace
Alberta Innovates: Industry Commercialization Associates Program Alberta Research & Development
  • Offsets a portion of costs related to hiring an associate to perform technical commercialization activities.
  • Receive up to 75% to max. of $120,000 of the associate’s salary.
Yes research,
Product Demonstration Program Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports businesses located in Alberta that have commercialization-ready, innovative technology in a variety of fields.
  • Receive up to 50% to maximum of $150,000.
Yes research, cleantech
Alberta Innovates: Voucher Program Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports Alberta businesses by offseting a portion of costs related to technology development and building a working prototype
  • Access vouchers to offset $10,000 to $100,000 in products or services received to accelerate technology development projects
Yes
Alberta Media Fund Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports organizations and individuals developing screen-based media, scripts, books, magazines, and sound recordings
  • Up to 18%-50% of eligible costs covered to a maximum $20k-$200k, depending on funding stream
Yes software,
British Columbia’s Project Feasibility Studies Program British Columbia Research & Development
  • Supports the completion of feasibility studies related to emission-reducing projects for B.C. Reporting Operations.
  • Total funding is less than or equal to 75% of the proposal’s budget of eligible expenses.
Yes research, feasibility
Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals Program Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or heritage performers.
  • Access up to 100% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $200,000.
Yes municipality, non profit,
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 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 municipality,
Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Designed to support small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that need to make digital adoptions in their businesses to be able to remain competitive in this new digital age.
  • Up to 90% of eligilbe costs up to $15,000 grant
Yes software, tech, media
Canada Growth Fund Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Will help Canada secure the significant private capital it needs to accelerate the deployment of technologies needed to reduce carbon emissions and grow its economy.
  • Funding amounts soon to be released.
Yes software, tech, media, cleantech, manufacturing,
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 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 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, 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 Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) – Smart Farms Program Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Provides help for convergence of agriculture, equipment manufacturing and technology into real-world application.
  • Up to 40% of the total eligible supported expenses.
Yes food, agri,
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, agri,
Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • The Canadian Food Innovation Network’s (CFIN) program is designed to support smart product and process development, food ecosystem sustainability, and agile and safe supply chains.
  • Up to 50% of eligible expenses or up to $2M in cost matching funds per application.
Yes agri, 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 non profit,
CanExport SMEs 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,
CFIN FoodTech Next Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports early-stage Canadian technology firms who seek to be part of or sell to the wider food industry.
  • Covers up to 50% costs to a max of $250,000 costs.
Yes food
Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports project proposals that contribute to a variety or clean energy projects for rural and remote Canadian communities.
  • This program has no maximum funding amount.
Yes municipality, energy, cleantech
Clean Fuels Awareness (CFA) Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Funds innovative projects that address knowledge gaps among Canadians on clean fuel technologies.
  • Receive up to $300,000 in Grant Funding.
Yes municipality, energy, cleantech
CleanBC Custom Incentives – Capital Incentive Stream British Columbia
  • Supports the implementation of energy conservation measures.
  • Covers up to $250,000 max. Incentives will be capped at the lesser of 50% of a project’s incremental cost.
Yes cleantech, energy
CleanBC Customs Program – Energy Study Incentive Stream British Columbia Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Reduces GHG emissions from fuel-switching and other electrification measures to result in fossil fuel reductions.
  • Covers up to 50% of an energy study’s cost, up to a maximum of $20,000.
Yes cleantech, energy
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
Commercial Vehicle Pilots Program (CVP) British Columbia Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports both deploying early market ZEVs and installing charging/fueling infrastructure, as well as collecting and sharing data on their projects.
  • Receive up to 33% of total project costs for eligible vehicle and infrastructure costs.
Yes auto, commercial
Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Helps Canadian communities confront discrimination by funding new opportunities, discussions, and research to bring together Canada’s diverse cultures and religions.
  • Up to $1 million in government funding.
Yes municipality
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 tech, arts
Creative Export Canada – Export Development Stream Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • Offers funding for new and early-stage exporters to build capacity and expand into international markets.
  • Up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $90,000 per fiscal year.
Yes tech, arts
Creative Export Canada – Export Ready Stream Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • Offers funding for projects that generate export revenues and help Canadian Creative Industries reach more people around the world.
  • Access up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $2.5M in government contribution.
Yes tech, arts
DELIA – NCFDC Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption Business Expansion Hiring & Training Research & Development
  • Is a microloan fund for all Canadian Women entrepreneurs in need of funding support for start up, stabilizations and expansion.
  • Up to $15,000 in low-interest loan support
Yes food, forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software, agri
DIGITAL – Horizon AI’s Technology Commercialization Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • The Horizon AI’s Technology Commercialization will co-invest in the early stages of commercialization and adoption of 10-15 projects
  • Up to 50% of costs to a maximum of $5M in Canadian government funding
Yes agi, software, auto, cleantech,
DIGITAL – Technology Leadership Program (Cycle 6) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • DIGITAL has a Call for Proposals open for Technology Leadership (Cycle 6) to co-invest in 10-15 projects
  • Up to $7M in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Funding.
Yes agi, software, auto, cleantech,
Digital Supercluster Capacity Building Program Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Supports Canadian businesses by co-investing in projects that help Canadians develop the skills, leadership and opportunities needed to grow innovative digital enterprises.
  • Funding amounts vary from project to project.
Yes tech, software
Digital Supercluster Technology Leadership Funding Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports Canadian companies that will create new technology products, platforms and services, and scale-up through customer adoption and new commercial opportunities.
  • Funding amounts vary from project.
Yes tech, software
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,
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Alberta Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports innovative technology projects, as well as infrastructure upgrades for Alberta businesses through funding programs and support services
  • Up to 50% of costs to a maximum $2.85 million in funding
Yes forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software, municipality, non profit, agri
Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports new construction, renovation, and/or retrofit activities for facilities or programs that help those with disabilities
  • Receive up to $3M in Canadian government grant funding towards eligible projects
ESB – Expanded Technologies Pilot Program (ETP) Alberta Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports small and medium-sized industrial and commercial businesses in reducing emissions and operating costs, growing their operations, and becoming more competitive.
  • Receive up to 50% of costs up to $250,000 in funding.
Yes energy
Export Development Program (EDP) Manitoba Business Expansion
  • Businesses can increase participation in trade missions and trade fairs held outside of the province in order to find export opportunities.
  • Up to 50% of eligible expenses or up to $30,000 in cost-matching funds per year.
Yes manufacturing, research, media
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,
Food Processing Growth Fund (FPG) British Columbia Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Aims to increase food production and economic growth in B.C. by helping established B.C. food-processing businesses expand and evolve.
  • Up to $1 million in Cost-Share Funding.
Yes food, manufacturing
GIFMP’s Energy Efficiency Solutions (EES) Stream Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Helps businesses implement energy efficiency and energy management strategies that optimize energy efficiency, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, and competitiveness.
  • Up to 100% of total eligible implementation costs to a max. of $20M for provincial-territorial and other governments.
Yes cleantech, municipality, energy
GIFMP’s Industrial Facility track (IFT) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Assists industrial facilities implement energy efficiency and energy management solutions.
  • Access up to 50% to a maximum of $10 million; the minimum funding contribution is $40,000.
Yes cleantech, municipality, energy
Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings, and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings.
  • Receive up to $50% of costs for $10 million or more projects
Yes municipality,
Green Freight Program (GFP): Stream 1 – Assess and Retrofit Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports Third-Party Fleet Energy Assessments and Truck/Trailer Equipment Retrofits.
  • Receive up to $50% of costs to $250,000 in grants
Yes automotive
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,
Healthy Hire Manitoba Program Manitoba Hiring & Training
  • Supports employers to hire employees that have received their vaccination
  • Up to $5,000 per employee to a maximum $50,000 for 10 employees
Yes
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,
Industry Commercialization Associate Program (ICAP) Alberta Business Expansion
  • Supports hiring an associate to perform technical commercialization activities
  • Up to $120,000 per eligible applicant
Yes
Industry R&D Associates Program Alberta Hiring & Training Research & Development
  • Supports hiring an associate to perform technical research and development activities
  • Level 1 – Up to $52,500 annual stipend. Level 2 – Up to $67,500 annual stipend. Additional Expense Allowance of $7,000 annually
Yes
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, cleantech,
International Technology Partnership Program (ITP) Alberta Business Expansion
  • Supports Canadian SMEs in commercializing new product
  • Eligible applicants can receive up to $250,000 per application
Yes
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, cleantech,
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
Matching Investment Fund (MIF) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports Canadian dairy companies with funding to assist in the development of product initiatives that help grow the business for milk and dairy ingredients.
  • Up to $150K in fund matching.
Yes food, agri,
Mitacs Canada-wide Hiring & Training Research & Development
  • Support businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and hospitals by providing funding and connecting them with highly trained researchers.
  • Funding varies by program.
Yes research, university, collaborative
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 cleantech,
Mitacs Elevate Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports industry and academic parterships to solve current issues through innovative means
  • Receive up to $30,000 from Mitacs
Yes university, college, collaboarative, cleantech, agri,
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
NGen Advanced Manufacturing Projects Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Designed to accelerate commercialization and scale-up in the Canadian manufacturing sector.
  • Funding will vary by applicant.
Yes manufacturing, manufacturers, tech, software
NGen AI For Manufacturing Challenge Canada-wide Research & Development Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports projects that build advanced manufacturing capacity in Canada and enhance the commercialization of AI and machine learning innovations.
  • Receive up to 35% of $8M in funding support.
Yes manufacturing, manufacturers, tech, software
NGen Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Value Chain Program Canada-wide Research & Development Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Focuses on manufacturing scale-up along the ZEV value-chain, specifically on BEVs, FCEVs, and their components.
  • Receive up to $2.96M, you can receive non-repayable funding for 37% of your eligible project expenses.
Yes manufacturing, manufacturers, tech, software
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, municipality, non profit,
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,
Palette Skills – Upskill Canada Program Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Will support and fund partners in developing short-cycle programs (4 to 16 weeks) that combine specialized technical training, general business training, and interpersonal skills development across key economic sectors.
  • Up to 70% of the total eligible costs.
Yes hiring, training
Plant-Based Protein AI Project Funding Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Aims to meet the need for new tools and technologies that utilize AI to help grow Canada’s plant based food, feed and ingredients ecosystem.
  • Funding Support for Plant-Based Protein AI Projects.
Yes agri, tech, cleantech food, food
Plant-Based Protein Innovation Capacity Building Funding Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports Canadian plant-based forward-thinking companies and organizations to develop projects that will transform our industry and help realize Canada’s agri-food potential.
  • Access up to $50% of project costs in funding support.
Yes agri, tech, cleantech food, food
Plant-Based Protein Innovation Technology Funding Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports Canadian businesses in the plant-based protein industry improve their technological systems, data, artificial intelligence, and more to improve efficiencies in the industry.
  • Access up to $50% of project costs in funding support.
Yes agri, tech, cleantech food, food
Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Helps supply-managed poultry and egg producers adapt to market changes
  • Covers 70-85% of eligible costs in grant funding
Yes agri, tech, cleantech food
Product Demonstration Program Alberta Research & Development
  • Supporting commercialization-ready tech in the industries of energy, nanotechnology, health, and more
  • Grants covering up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $300,000
Yes forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software
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, agri,
Quantum Leap Funding Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Helps SMEs and Canadian universities with funding to work on innovative pharmaceutical research projects.
  • Receive up to 50-66% of costs to a maximum $1.2 million per eligible project.
Yes university, college, collaboarative, health, research,
Regional Quantum Initiative (RQI) in British Columbia British Columbia Research & Development
  • Helps companies develop and market quantum products and solutions for domestic and international markets.
  • Access up to 90% of total project costs with no official maximum allotment announced.
Yes non profit, collaboarative, research, food, agri, quantum
Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supporting rural economic development projects for capacity building, economic diversification, and more.
  • Funding varies by stream up to 80% of costs to a maximum of $1 million in funding contributions.
Yes collaboarative, health, research, food, agri, automotive, manufacturing
SCAP – AgriMarketing Canada-wide Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Program will support national agricultural sectors to increase and diversify exports.
  • Up to 50% of eligible costs to a max. of $10M over 5 yrs (max. $2M/yr) in non-repayable funding.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – AgriScience Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Helps agri-food sector accelerate innovation through pre-commercial science activities and research.
  • Up to $5 million can be awarded to this program for a non-repayable portion of the project’s eligible costs.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Capital Infrastructure and Investments program (CII) Manitoba Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports modernization and capacity building activities that will assist in enhancing efficiency, productivity, and environmental sustainability.
  • From $50,000 up to $2.5M depending on project size and stream.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Efficient Grain Handling Program Alberta Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports grain handling components and equipment that offer significant improvements over standard practices.
  • Access up to 50% of eligible costs up to maximum $100,000.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Emerging Opportunities Grant Program Alberta Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Contributes to the Government of Alberta’s strategic objectives to grow and develop Alberta’s value-added agriculture sector.
  • Access up to 50% of costs to a maximum $2 million per application.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Farm Technology Program Alberta Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Encourages farmers to adopt innovative technologies that minimize agricultural waste, maximize farm efficiency, and ensure farm security.
  • Access 50% up to maximum of $48,000 for eligible farm technology expenses, and up to 50% up to max, of $2,000 for eligible farm security expenses.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Marketing Development Program Manitoba Business Expansion
  • Program provides financial assistance to businesses to enhance their export capacity and improve their domestic and international access.
  • Up to 50% up to a max. of $30,000.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Product Development Program (PDP) Saskatchewan Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Saskatchewan businesses can receive funding towards under the development of prototypes and services.
  • Access up to 50% of project costs to a max of $50,000 in funding support.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program Manitoba Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Program provides financial assistance to increase carbon sequestration from practices related to agroforestry and grassland management.
  • Up to 75% of total eligible expenses up to a maximum of $15,000 per project.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Sustainable Agriculture Manitoba Program (SAM) Manitoba Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Program funds the adoption of beneficial management practices (BMPs) that increase the sector’s environmental and economic sustainability.
  • Up to 30-75% of costs to a maximum $10,000 – $855,000 depending on stream.
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP – Value-Added Program Alberta Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Invests in projects that expand market opportunities, increase company sales, and create jobs in Alberta’s value-added food and bioindustry processors.
  • Access up to $250,000 in funding support.
Yes agri, tech, food
Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • One of the largest tax incentive programs available to a wide range of Canadian businesses
  • Access up to 69% of labour and overhead costs, 36% of contractor costs, and 45% of material costs
Yes research, university, manufacturing, media, agri, collaborative, northern ontario, cleantech, software, cleantech, municipality, non profit, tech, auto
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, cleantech,
Skills Development Fund - Capital Stream Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Grant funding for the building and updating of skilled trades centres to address the challenges of the labour market shortage in Ontario.
  • There is no maximum funding amount for this program.
Yes Ontario,
Social Enterprises – Investment Readiness Program Canada-wide Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Is designed to assist social purpose organizations in their efforts to sell goods or services for revenue while achieving positive social, cultural, or environmental results.
  • Up to $75,000 in Loan Funding Support.
Yes non profit
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, cleantech, municipality, non profit,
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 software, municipality, non profit,
Supply Management Processing Investment Fund (SMPIF) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Supports the impacts of international trade agreements on processors in the agri-food sector
  • Receive up to 50% of costs to a max. of $5 million
Yes agri, tech, food
SCAP - Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership Canada-wide Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development Hiring & Training
  • Designed to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resilience of the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products industriesin Canada.
  • Funding varies by program.
Yes agri, tech, food
Western Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) Program Canada-wide 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,
Women Ecosystem Fund (WEF) Canada-wide Business Expansion
  • Supports projects that will provide business supports for women entrepreneurs and strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Canada.
  • Up to $3M in funding for Canadian not-for-profit organizations or associations.
Yes for profit
Women Entrepreneurship Strategy – Ecosystem Fund Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Aims to increase women-owned businesses’ access to the financing, talent, networks and expertise they need to start up, scale up and access new markets.
  • Receive a non-repayable contribution up to $3 million, defined based on scope and impact of project.
Yes for profit
Women in Skilled Trades Initiative Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • Supports projects that recruit, retain, and help women apprentices succeed in 1 or the 39 eligible Red Seal Trades.
  • Up to $3M in funding for Canadian not-for-profits, for-profits, unions, and more.
Yes non profit, municipality
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 forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software, covid,
Zero Emission Transit Fund Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Delivers on the government’s commitment to produce 5,000 zero emission buses over the next five years.
  • Receive up to $350M in zero emission project funding.
Yes tech, software, cleantech, auto
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 $300,000 per project.
Yes agi, software, auto, cleantech,
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, cleantech,
NGen Workforce Transformation Program Canada-wide Hiring & Training
  • The Workforce Transformation program provides leadership teams with an affordable and high-value opportunity to participate together in learning and assessment workshops to develop strategic plans.
  • Up to 80% reimbursement for upskilling and training costs.
Yes training, hiring,
Green Freight Program (GFP) - Stream 2 Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • This program provides funding towards fuels switching, engine repowers, and purchase of low-carbon alternative fuel.
  • Up to $5M for fleet retrofits.
Yes auto, cleantech,
Low Carbon Economy Fund Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • Projects in this program aim to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, generate clean growth, build resilient communities, and create good jobs for Canadians.
  • Up to $1M to $25M in funding.
Yes cleantech,
Critical Minerals Infrastructure Fund Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • The Critical Minerals Infrastructure Fund (CMIF) will support projects that will enable the acceleration of Canada’s critical minerals production and reinforce associated supply chains.
  • Up to $50M in Critical Minerals funding.
Yes cleantech, minerals,
Critical Minerals Sustainability and Circularity Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • This program offers funding in partnership with Canada and the United Kingdom to aid R&D projects for critical minerals technologies.
  • Up to 50% reimbursement for eligible Canadian SMEs to a maximum of $500,000 over 12-24 months.
Yes minerals, research,
Invest Nova Scotia – Innovation Rebate Program (IRP) Manitoba Capital & Tech Adoption
  • The objective of this program is to increase the competitiveness of Nova Scotia's advanced manufacturing companies as they expand.
  • Up to $3,750,000 in Tax Rebates.
Yes cleantech, supply chain, export
SCAP – Agri-Tech Innovation Initiative Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • This initiative aims to support farmers and food processors invest in innovative technologies and capital to increase production levels.
  • Up to 50% to a maximum of $100,000 for innovation technology and equipment projects.
Yes agri, tech,
Tourism Growth Program Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption
  • This program supports local tourism projects that will position Canada as a destination of choice for domestic and international travelers.
  • Up to 50% to a maximum of $250,000 in funding support.
Yes tourism, indigenous,
Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen Program Alberta Research & Development
  • This program prioritizes solutions along the CCUS value chain to enable broad deployment, low carbon hydrogen technologies across the entire value chain, and next-generation materials and products from natural gas.
  • Up to 25% – 50% of total eligible costs to a maximum of $2M per project.
Yes cleantech, research, natural gas
SCAP - Research and Innovation Program Manitoba Research & Development
  • The Research and Innovation Program supports the development of science-based solutions and tools that address known challenges, prepare for potential disruptions and climate threats, in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
  • Access $100K+ for agricultural research.
Yes research, agriculture
CFIN - Unpuzzling: Greening Your Food Manufacturing Operation Canada-wide Research & Development
  • This program provides rapid support to food or beverage manufacturers who want to engage third-party support to analyze the sustainability of their operations.
  • Access 70% non-repayable funding up to a max of $25K.
Yes food, manufacturing, sustainability
Grow Housing Production Capacity in B.C. British Columbia Capital & Tech Adoption
  • This program harnesses data-driven digital innovation to help grow housing production capacity by focusing on three different types of opportunities
  • Access up to $800K in funding.
Yes housing, capital, tech

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