Government Funding Terminology for Programs, Applicants, and Projects

Government Funding Terminology for Programs, Applicants, and Projects

Canadian government funding programs often use terminology that is difficult for applicants to understand. These terms may be uncommon, but they are significant and important to comprehend when it comes to developing competitive government funding applications. Applicants should have a basis to understand government funding programs, including the terminology used to talk about types of…

Do You Qualify for the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit?

Do You Qualify for the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit?

The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a government funding program that provides financial support to software and digital application developers within the province. It entitles eligible interactive digital media developers to recover a portion of labour and marketing/distribution expenses attributable to both specified and non-specified products. These Ontario Creates tax credits will…

Canadian Government Funding: Federal Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)

Canadian Government Funding: Federal Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)

Hiring and training apprentices is a fundamental strategy for employers of skilled tradespeople. Yet for many employers, time and cash become obstacles to expand their team. Fortunately, the Government of Canada offers employers funding to offset the early-stage hiring and training costs of new apprentices. The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is one of…

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

Ontario-based interactive digital media companies have many options when it comes to accessing government funding for software production projects. In addition to federal grants and incentives, the Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) also offers provincial funding programs to extend support for innovative software development and commercialization projects. These include digital media grants and tax credits designed…

Gain a Manufacturing Edge w/ Grants and Tax Incentives: June 22 in Gormley, Ontario

Gain a Manufacturing Edge w/ Grants and Tax Incentives: June 22 in Gormley, Ontario

The Canadian manufacturing industry has reasons to be cautious, yet optimistic in the short-term future. In February 2016, the industry’s contribution to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.5%, yet as a whole, industry sales dropped by 1.6%. As the Canadian business landscape changes, manufacturing executives must understand how to respond to new opportunities…

Grant Thornton & Mentor Works Manufacturing Funding Event: May 18 in Hamilton, Ontario

Grant Thornton & Mentor Works Manufacturing Funding Event: May 18 in Hamilton, Ontario

There are a vast selection of government grants, loans, and tax incentives that manufacturers can use to reduce project expenses. Whether Ontario manufacturers invest in hiring and training projects, research and development, business/market expansion, or are improving their productivity through technology adoption, Ontario government grants are available to reduce the cost (and risk) of project…

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit: 2015 Budget Changes

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit: 2015 Budget Changes

Ontario’s digital media production industry provides the province with substantial economic benefits. Digital media contributes over $1.5 billion to the Ontario economy on an annual basis and provides full-time employment to more than 16,000 Ontarians. To enhance the competitiveness of Ontario corporations producing digital media, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) created and administers the…

Nearly 50% of Businesses Don’t Leverage Canadian Government Funding

Nearly 50% of Businesses Don’t Leverage Canadian Government Funding

According to a recent report from PwC, nearly 50% of all small businesses do not leverage any government funding sources.  At the same time, their research shows that access to funding is a key barrier to business growth. For many SMEs obtaining funding is out of reach for a variety of reasons – companies may…

Experience Ontario Government Grants for Hiring and Training Youth

Experience Ontario Government Grants for Hiring and Training Youth

In Ontario many youth face pressure when deciding which industry or specific role they would like to begin their careers in. For high school students within Ontario, this decision can be extraordinarily difficult because their previous work experience does little to prepare them for what lies ahead after high school or after post-secondary education. As…

Shifting Trends in Canadian Government Funding

Shifting Trends in Canadian Government Funding

The Globe and Mail recently reported on a shifting trend in Canadian government funding: changing rules to the popular Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program have resulted in declining claims. According to the Globe and Mail, SR&ED payouts have reduced by over $1 billion since 2008. At the same time we’re seeing…