Software Development Funding Programs

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

Find Canadian government funding programs for software development businesses with the program directory list from 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,
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,
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 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
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,
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,
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, cleantech,
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,
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,
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,
Product Demonstration Program Alberta Research & Development
  • Supporting commercialisation-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
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,
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,
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, cleantech,
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,
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, 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,
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