Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP)

A partnership between the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) and the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) created the Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) program to fuel productivity enhancements among automotive suppliers in Ontario. This pilot program provides grant funding towards equipment and software to make the applicant more productive, innovative, or competitive.

  • Amount: Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $100,000 in grant funding towards productivity projects. A total of $5M has been assigned to this program.
  • Projects: Software, hardware, and process adoption leading to an immediate and direct impact on productivity, such as improvements to machine runtime, rework, scrap, energy usage, or manufacturing yields.
  • Timeline: Application intake open until November 28, 2018. Projects are to be completed in 12-24 months and can only start after the applicant is formally approved for funding.
  • Eligibility: Ontario automotive suppliers with <500 employees or <$1B in global revenues. At least 50% of revenue must come from the automotive supply sector. Project budgets cannot include >25% for consulting fees, in addition to >25% to offset employee salaries.

Top Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program Resources

  • ASCIP Program Overview: Learn more about the Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) including eligibility factors, application intake dates, and how to get started with your application.
  • ASCIP Eligibility Criteria: Discover if your business is eligible for Ontario manufacturing grants through the Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) program.
  • 2018 ASCIP Application Update: The Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program will hold two rounds of funding in 2018. This blog will help businesses prepare for these upcoming deadlines.

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Posted: September 21, 2016 by Jeff Shepherd. Updated: July 11, 2018 by Jeff Shepherd.