Funding Opportunities

Grants Ontario provides you with one-window access to information about grants that are available to you, how to apply for grants and how to check the status of your application.

Economic Development Initiative (EDI)
Economic Development Initiative supports businesses and economic development activities that encourage sustainable growth in Northern Ontario's Francophone communities (the official language minority community).

Northern Ontario Development Program
Through its flagship Northern Ontario Development Program, FedNor invests in projects that support community economic development, business growth and competitiveness, and innovation.

Youth Internship
Not-for-profit organizations: FedNor will contribute up to 90 percent ($31,500) for the eligible costs of salary and employee benefit expenses for a period of 12 months in a full-time position. On an exceptional basis where conditions warrant and activities being undertaken build economic development capacity, the internship period for small municipalities and First Nation communities may be up to 24 months to match project work plans.

Northern Community Capacity Building Program

The Community Capacity-Building Program helps northern communities to develop the capacity to promote, attract, and support economic growth in the existing and emerging priority economic sectors identified in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

Northern Ontario Internship Program
The intent of the Northern Ontario Internship Program is to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantage and build economic development capacity by attracting and retaining graduates in the North. The program provides recent graduates who are interested in launching and building their careers in Northern Ontario access to internships.

 

Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program
This program supports infrastructure projects that best align with the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario to help create jobs and build capacity in our northern communities.

 

Northern Event Partnership Program

The NOHFC will consider partnering with organizations that are staging events that promote economic development in Northern Ontario. Applications must demonstrate that the event will facilitate job creation and retention, investment attraction, tourism and/or research and development/innovation conducive to productivity improvement within an existing and emerging priority economic sector.

 

Northern Innovation Program - Opportunity Assessment Projects

NOHFC assists Northern Ontario businesses with identifying opportunities for new technology development projects. Eligible projects must involve research and development or commercialization activities for new technologies in existing and emerging priority economic sectors. 

Northern Innovation Program - Applied Research & Technology Development Projects

NOHFC assists Northern Ontario businesses in the undertaking of applied research or pre-commercialization activities required to further develop their new technologies and move them to market.

 

Northern Innovation Program - Pilot Demonstration & Commercialization Projects

NOHFC assists Northern Ontario businesses with reducing the technical and financial risks associated with scaling up and demonstrating their new and innovative technologies and to support them as they ramp up for commercial production.

Northern Innovation Program - Industrial Research Chairs
NOHFC assists in the establishment of research capacity at Northern Ontario universities, colleges and research institutes that will lead to greater research opportunities.Eligible projects must involve research and development or commercialization activities for new technologies in existing and emerging priority economic sectors. 

 

Northern Business Opportunity Program - New Investment Projects

For competitive businesses that currently do not have a presence in Ontario that will expand operations to Northern Ontario and create jobs.

 

Northern Business Opportunity Program - Small Business Start-up Projects

NOHFC assists new businesses in Northern Ontario that intend to commence operations in existing and emerging priority economic sectors.

 

Northern Business Opportunity Program - Business Expansion Projects

NOHFC assists existing businesses in Ontario that intend to expand and or retain their operations within Northern Ontario to improve competitiveness, increase productivity, export, grow revenues and create jobs.

Northern Business Opportunity Program - Film and Television Industry Projects

The objective of the Film and Television Industry Projects stream is to increase film and television industry jobs and investment in Northern Ontario, increase the number of high quality, original film and television productions produced in Northern Ontario and to effect the establishment of infrastructure to grow and support the industry.

The NOHFC will be conducting three application intake rounds during the course of the year for the Northern Business Opportunity Program - Film and Television Industry Projects stream.

This Ministry works to improve quality of life and promoting economic growth by supporting and delivering tourism and cultural experiences, supporting the arts and cultural industries and championing participation in sport and recreation activities across Ontario.

Visit their 'Grants and Awards' section for more information. 

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees

 

Hire an Apprentice 

Apprenticeship Completion Employer Bonus - You can apply for this $1,000 taxable cash grant when your apprentice has:

  • completed all required classroom and on-the-job training

  • received final certification (a Certificate of Apprenticeship or a Certificate of Qualification, depending on the trade)

 

Youth Job Connection

You could get financial incentives to help with costs of hiring and training a youth (15 to 29 years old)

Youth Job Connection Summer

Through Youth Job Connection Summer, you get at least 20 hours of paid training to prepare you for the workplace and a summer jobs that last for up to 8 weeks

Indigenous Economic Development Fund

The Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF) provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve opportunities for Indigenous people.

Aboriginal Business Financing Program (ABFP)

The Aboriginal Business Financing Program (ABFP) promotes the growth of a prosperous and vibrant Aboriginal business community in Northern Ontario by offering Aboriginal entrepreneurs a range of services and supports.   These contributions are generally non-repayable. 

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women

The Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant 

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a one-time taxable cash grant lifetime amount of $2,000 per person for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification.

For over 30 years, our core business has been to invest in community-based initiatives that help build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario.

The provincial government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs work together to provide a set of funding programs that support good jobs, attract investment, and help the agri-food industry make and even greater contribution to Ontario's economic success.

The ministry also provides advice, research, and programs to advance the sector. Together, these programs are designed to assist the industry in meeting the Premier's Agri-Food Growth Challenge to double its annual growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs by 2020.

Summer Company

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Applicants must be between 15 and 29 and must be returning to school in the fall in order to benefit from funding up to $3,000. 

 

Starter Company

Allows successful applicants to receive: one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor, mentoring with a local successful entrepreneur, access to business workshops on topics from writing a business plan and budgeting, to executing a marketing campaign, funding of up to $5,000, and experience running a business that will better position them to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan. Applicants must be between 18 and 29, and must not be attending school full-time.

 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) allows foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario.

 

Global Skills Strategy

Whether recruiting professionals from around the world to train Canadian workers, or working with employers planning job-creating investments in Canada, the Global Skills Strategy provides businesses in Canada with a faster way to bring in global talent in order to scale-up and grow—creating better jobs for more Canadians.

Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program
The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCC) is a four-year program to invest in municipal infrastructure for commuter cycling. OMCC is part of a suite of new initiatives developed in response to the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), intended to make it more attractive for Ontarians to cycle to work, school and other common destinations instead of using motor vehicles.

 

OMCC will achieve this objective by supporting the provision of safe bikeways between places people want to go and secure bike parking for when they arrive.

Celebrate Canada
Take advantage of Celebrate Canada activities to get together in your communities, to discover and appreciate the wealth and diversity of Canadian society, and show your love of Canada and your pride in being Canadian!

 

Museums Assistance Program (MAP)
Helps fund projects in the categories of Access to Heritage, Exhibition Circulation Fund, Aboriginal Heritage, Organizational Development, and the Canada France Agreement.

 

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
The Fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment as well as conducting feasibility studies.

Other Funding Sources

Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program

Supports Aboriginal participation in new renewable green energy infrastructure such as wind, solar and hydroelectric. By participating in renewable energy projects, First Nation and Métis communities can benefit from jobs and training as projects are developed and from dividends once projects come into service. The program includes both energy generation and electricity transmission projects. The Ontario Financing Authority (OFA) administers the program on behalf of the Province.

 

Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF)

Assists with initial project development costs associated with First Nation and Métis community renewable energy projects, and is available to communities considering developing renewable projects over 10 kilowatts. Funding is available for communities applying to the FIT Program and to assist with development costs for projects with a FIT Contract. These costs include resource assessments, legal services, engineering designs and regulatory approvals. Aboriginal Communities can receive up to a maximum of $100,000 per small project.

Canada Council for the Arts

A national arm's-length agency that fosters the development of the arts in Canada through grants, services, and awards to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations, as well as administering scholarly awards. The council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, media arts, music, theatre, writing and publishing, interdisciplinary work and performance art, and the visual arts.

 

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council currently offers more than fifty granting programs to individual artists, collectives, ad hoc groups and organizations in twelve sectors.

                Indigenous Culture Fund

                Indigenous Artists

 

Ontario Arts Foundation
Combining extensive knowledge of the arts in Ontario with efficient administration and a flexible approach, we work with arts patrons to help them develop strategies that reflect their philanthropic goals while providing continuing support over the long term.

New Horizons for Seniors

Supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors

 

Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grant and Contribution program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. From installing automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the Enabling Accessibility Fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy.

 

The program includes the following streams:

Workplace Accessibility

Community Accessibility

 

Canada Summer Job

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students.

 

Public Health Agency of Canada - Stop Family Violence

This page lists federal funding opportunities related to family violence prevention and response. It includes opportunities that are accepting proposals as well as those that are currently closed.

 

Skills Link

Under the Youth Employment Strategy program, the Skills Link program helps youth facing barriers to employment - such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and high school dropouts - obtain the knowledge and develop the broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.

 

Community Investment Program

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, through this grant program, will make strategic investments in Internet related community projects consistent with CIRA’s Strategic Plan. In addition, the projects selected will need to demonstrate their ability to support one of the fundamental tenets of the organization, which is to develop, carry out and/or support any other Internet-related activities in Canada.

 

Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation

The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation will lead the way to enhance First Nations communities and people through contributions that will be of benefit socially, culturally, healthfully, and economically in a wholistic manner. The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation is independent and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Foundation will contribute to eligible applicants in the areas of: SPORTS AND RECREATION, EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT, HEALTH and ARTS AND CULTURE

Aviva Community Fund
The Aviva Community Fund distributes a total of $1,000,000 in funding annually to a range of small, medium and large projects that have been proposed and selected by communities, through an on-line competition format.

Ontario Music Fund
The Ontario Music Fund (OMF), administered by the Ontario Music Office (OMO), is aimed at strengthening and stimulating growth in Ontario’s music companies and supporting this growing sector. The Fund is designed to drive activity and investment and to support Ontario’s music companies and organizations in expanding their economic and cultural footprints within Canada and around the world.

The OMF is structured to complement other public funding programs and aims to address investment gaps at key phases of company and industry development cycles.   It provides support through four (4) program streams to music companies (record labels, music publishers, music managers, artist entrepreneurs, music promoters, music presenters, and booking agents), and music industry trade, service, event and training organizations.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the raising of funds through the collection of small contributions from the general public (known as the crowd) using the Internet and social media.

 

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