Funding Programs and Support
Where to Get Funding and Support:
Food and beverage manufacturing companies with operations in Canada are eligible for financial support through federal, provincial and municipal government programs. A variety of programs provide financial assistance for infrastructure, human capital and the development and commercialization of advanced technologies.
Funding Programs and Services fall under the following categories:
- Productivity and Competitiveness
- Northern Ontario
- Business Development and Growth
- Sector Specific Funding:
- Market Access
- Sustainability: Greening the Industry
- Research and Development
Productivity and Competitiveness
The Partnership offers cost-share funding opportunities for processors and other agri-businesses to help modernize practices, equipment and operations.
The Eastern Ontario Development Fund provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario. The fund supports projects that: create jobs and build talent, attract and encourage private sector investment, lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts, and encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development.
The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario. The fund supports projects that: create jobs and build talent, attract, and encourage private sector investment, lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts, and encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development.
This program encourages business productivity, expansion, and global investment in northern communities.
A federal program that helps Northern Ontario's businesses invest in projects that improve productivity, reach new markets, facilitate access to capital, foster investment, encourage entrepreneurship and cultivate industry collaboration.
Business Development and Growth
OMAFRA has developed resources and e-learning courses that support the adoption of practices that help the food and beverage sector respond to heightened consumer awareness of food safety.
Sector Specific Funding
The Canadian Dairy Commission operates with provincial authorities and industry stakeholders to provide ongoing support to the dairy industry.
Enterprise Component (SME) – U.S. Addition
Administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, this program is for SMEs in agriculture, agri-food, and fish and seafood sectors with fewer than 250 employees and annual sales not exceeding $50M.
Sustainability: Greening the Industry
The IESO offers a range of funding programs to support communities, municipalities, public sector entities and co-operatives in the design and delivery of renewable energy and conservation initiatives.
Incentives to complete energy audits assessing the potential for energy savings to be achieved through equipment replacement, operational practices, or participation in Demand Response initiatives and other building systems and envelopes projects.
Research and Development
Financial support and consulting services to Canadian companies in all industry sectors to encourage innovative products, processes and technology.
This research program includes seven themes. The Principal Investigator must be a faculty staff member from the University of Guelph and are encouraged to partner with industry.
Eligible corporations can claim a 20% refundable tax credit for qualified expenditures on scientific research and experimental development work performed in Ontario.
Funding up to $20,000 to help solve small research hurdles or product standards testing.
Learn about the SR&ED incentives in Ontario. Attend a joint seminar offered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Ontario Ministry of Finance to learn about the program, eligibility criteria, and eligible expenses.
A tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes.
Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant. Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario.
Career Edge is a self-sustaining social enterprise that connects leading Canadian employers with diverse, qualified talent through paid internships.
Young people or students can access programs and services to help them find a job.
Solve business challenges with research expertise, matching funds, and one-to-one support from Mitacs.
This program allows employers to apply for the approval of permanent, full-time positions to be filled by foreign nationals and recruit foreign nationals to fill those positions.
A refundable tax-credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university of college.
A program designed to help industry sectors and organizations to develop training programs, materials and standards for their workforces.
The National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. In addition to meeting the needs of innovative SMEs, this Program facilitates the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market.
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