Is Computer Code Canada’s Next Official Language?

Is Computer Code Canada’s Next Official Language?

Last week, British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark announced that the province’s public schools will begin to teach computer coding classes to students in kindergarten to Grade 12. Starting in September 2016, they’ll join New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as the first provinces in Canada to embrace technical education for young students. The goal of this…

Qualify for Automotive Innovation Fund: Fuel-Efficiency Tech Research

Qualify for Automotive Innovation Fund: Fuel-Efficiency Tech Research

Since its inception in 2008, the Canadian government funding program Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF) has awarded over $468 million in support. This funding fuels automotive R&D projects aimed at improving fuel-efficiency and lowering the environmental impact of automobiles. Canadian businesses awarded with funding include Toyota, Ford, Linamar, and Magna International. The program was renewed in 2016…

Greater Sudbury Businesses Share $847k in Ontario Government Grants

Greater Sudbury Businesses Share $847k in Ontario Government Grants

The Greater Sudbury area had four large northern Ontario government funding announcements in December 2015, totaling over $847,000 awarded in grants and loans. Provided through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), small business funding is available to encourage business innovation across northern Ontario. The four investments made will aid the Northern Centre for Advanced…

Qualify for Jobs and Prosperity Fund Ontario Government Funding

Qualify for Jobs and Prosperity Fund Ontario Government Funding

Ontario’s future as a key economic player in Canada’s economy is heavily dependent on the health and success of businesses that operate in the province. In a technologically advancing global market, Ontario must be willing to invest in innovation to enable the province and country as a whole to become leaders in priority industries. To…

The Economic Recovery is Fueling Ontario’s Auto Sector Growth

The Economic Recovery is Fueling Ontario’s Auto Sector Growth

Home to five auto assemblers, 700 parts suppliers, and more than 500 tool, die, and mould makers, Ontario is regarded as a source of high-quality automotive manufacturing. Over the last five years, Ontario assembly plants produced nearly 16 per cent of North American-made vehicles; more than any other North American state or provincial jurisdiction. The…

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Grants Ontario for Agricultural Processors

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Grants Ontario for Agricultural Processors

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Ontario government funding program was created to support food processors, producers, and organizations/collaborations across the province. These Ontario government grants seek to encourage innovation, tackle key industry issues, increase market access, and grow the profits of Ontario food…

OCE Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption (VEBTA) Funding

OCE Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption (VEBTA) Funding

Small businesses often face technological hurdles which impede their ability to grow. Two of the most common growth challenges include developing and maintaining a profitable e-commerce presence and developing and testing innovative products or technologies. Small businesses often lack the technical expertise or access to facilities which make projects like these possible. As a result,…

Understanding the Internet of Things and what it could mean for your Business

Understanding the Internet of Things and what it could mean for your Business

The “Internet of Things”, or “IOT”, is a phrase that’s being used a lot these days. Many bloggers, commentators, and analysts are trying to pin-point what the Internet of Things will mean for specific industries, business in general, and even how it will change our personal lives. The goal of this post is to explain…

FAQs: Investing in Business Innovation Small Business Loans Ontario

FAQs: Investing in Business Innovation Small Business Loans Ontario

Administered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) offers small business loans to assist high growth, innovative startups and early-stage businesses in commercializing new products, processes, and technologies. Southern Ontario businesses with private funding that require additional cash flow can use IBI to help accelerate late-stage…

Early Stage Businesses: Qualify for Investing in Business Innovation

Early Stage Businesses: Qualify for Investing in Business Innovation

FedDev Ontario’s 2014 launch of the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPI) provided $530 million for small businesses to finance a variety of innovative and productivity-building projects. Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) is one of the four business-oriented programs created through the SOPI’s and aims to assist early-stage businesses to commercialize new, innovative products and processes….