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.

Funding Opportunities

Northern Community Capacity Building Program - Event Partnership

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 Community Capacity Building Program - Community Capacity Building Initiatives

“The Community Capacity-Building Program helps northern communities 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 Innovation Program - Applied Research & Technology Development Projects
The Northern Innovation Program supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies that will contribute to future prosperity in Northern Ontario, and by fostering collaboration and partnerships among the private sector, academic institutions and research institutes.


Northern Innovation Program - Pilot Demonstration & Commercialization Projects
The Northern Innovation Program supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies that will contribute to future prosperity in Northern Ontario, and by fostering collaboration and partnerships among the private sector, academic institutions and research institutes.


Northern Innovation Program - Opportunity Assessment Projects
The Northern Innovation Program supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies that will contribute to future prosperity in Northern Ontario, and by fostering collaboration and partnerships among the private sector, academic institutions and research institutes.


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

For new businesses in Northern Ontario that intend to commence operations in the sectors identified in the Growth Plan: advanced manufacturing; agriculture, aquaculture and food processing; arts, culture and creative industries; digital economy; forestry and value-added forestry-related industries; health sciences; minerals sector and mining supply and services; renewable energy and services; tourism; transportation, aviation and aerospace; water technologies and services.


Northern Business Opportunity Program - Business Expansion Projects

Supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by encouraging business productivity and expansion, and global investment in northern communities.   For existing businesses in Ontario that intend to expand and/or retain their operations within Northern Ontario to improve competitiveness, grow revenues and create jobs in the sectors identified in the Growth Plan.

Northern Innovation Program - Industrial Research Chairs 

Northern Ontario universities, colleges, and research institutes

Supports the development and commercialization of new technologies that will contribute to future prosperity in Northern Ontario, and by fostering collaboration and partnerships among the private sector, academic institutions and research institutes.  Eligible projects must involve research and development or commercialization activities for new technologies in the targeted sectors identified and further described in the Growth Plan.

Northern Communities Investment Readiness Initiative


The Northern Communities Investment Readiness (NCIR) initiative promotes and supports a strong investment attraction climate in Northern Ontario. It assists northern communities to develop the tools and capability to attract, receive, and successfully explore investment opportunities.

Ontario Sport & Recreation Community Fund        

The OSRCF supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity.

Tourism Development Fund
The Tourism Development Fund supports projects that encourage three key streams: tourism investment, tourism product development and industry capacity building.

Heritage Organization Development Grant Program 
To encourage and assist incorporated heritage organizations to expand the audience for heritage activities within their communities.

Celebrate Ontario

An annual program that helps new and existing Ontario festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services to grow Ontario’s tourism market. The program also supports bid and event hosting costs of major one-time events, and organizations that deliver major sport events.

Summer Experience Program (SEP)

The summer employment positions must focus on critical activities supporting key sectors within the ministries.


Municipal Immigration Program

The Ministry works with Ontario municipal governments to meet the local needs of the province’s newcomers and to maximize the benefits of immigration for all parts of Ontario. These programs support the implementation of Ontario’s Immigration Strategy, which sets the direction for how the Ministry selects, welcomes and assists immigrants to Ontario.


Partnership Grant Program

The 2014 Partnership Grant Program will continue to support building capacity of the not-for-profit sector focusing on three priority areas:

  1. Program Evaluation

  2. Inclusive Leadership

  3. Volunteer Management

The approach will be sector wide with the objective to support two and three year projects. Projects must make a substantive impact on improving the ability of not-for-profit organizations to advance their mandates and operate effectively in communities across Ontario.

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


Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection Summer

These programs all offer supports for employers to ensure they get the help they need to hire and train young people and grow their businesses. Both components offer financial incentives to encourage employers to provide placements and to offset their expenses during the placement.


Youth Job Link

In some cases, individual supports and employer incentives are also available to offset the costs of on-the-job-training, new employee orientation and other hiring-related costs, for those youth that need more assistance finding work.


Other Employment Programs and Services

Aboriginal Economic Development Fund

“The Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF) provides grants and financing to Aboriginal businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Also listed: Economic Diversification Grant Program and Regional Partnership Grant Program

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

Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E)

A community-based economic development program with a focus on supporting existing businesses. It provides a systematic approach to help communities in developing strategies that supports businesses retain and create new jobs and opportunities.


First Impression Community Exchange

It is a good place to start your first economic development planning endeavour. This exchange is available in four versions:

  • Full Picture (designed as a comprehensive guide to help the visiting team evaluate the overall community aspects),

  • Tourism (focused on tourism attractions, services, amenities, environment and welcoming to tourists)

  • Downtown (focused on downtown revitalization, downtown appearance, downtown businesses and infrastructure, entertainment and recreation)

  • Agricultural Societies (identifies a fair/exhibition's appealing features and opportunities for areas of improvement)

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.


Communities in Transition program
Through the Communities in Transition program, the government helps communities and industries facing economic challenges such as plant closures, job losses and industry-wide restructuring. Our staffs work one-on-one with community representatives to develop proposals that address specific challenges and opportunities.


Certified Site Designation Program

Certified Site program, you can benefit from financial and international marketing support, as well as an "Investment Ready: Certified Site" designation once you complete a set of requirements for an eligible property.

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 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.


Grants Ontario


Charity Village


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