Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation (OMRI)

Used for technology demonstration projects at the pilot stage of development. The focus is on bio-products, clean-tech technologies and commercialization strategies. The project must have been tested and proven viable to encourage pilot-scale plant. IDF Ontario is to help in efforts to commercialize innovative technologies by mitigating the risk of projects with significant pilot-scale technical challenges. No routine engineering, upgrading, or improvements to existing processes, designs or products encouraged. Supports start-up costs associated with the development and design of pilot-scale prototypes such as:

  1. Equipment purchase, installation and retrofitting costs;
  2. Direct labour costs for personnel involved in the project;
  3. Maintenance costs;
  4. Costs associated with training of skilled resources; and
  5. Analysis and monitoring costs.

Good place to start is to the take the self-assessment test to determine if you are a good candidate for this funding. Here is the link Self-Assessment for IDF.

  • Amount: Up to 50% but not to exceed $4M as forgivable loans, repayable loans or royalty agreements.
  • Timeline: Open. Need business plan and 3 years of forecasted financials to apply and project costs itemized. Must result in full scale commercialization in Ontario.
  • Eligibility: Ontario based operations but technology could lead into US/global.

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