Other Funding Programs

Southwest Ontario Development Fund

Gives money (15% project costs up to %1.5M) to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario. The fund supports projects that:

  • create jobs
  • encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development
  • attract private sector investment

No Deadline. You can apply year-round! Learn More »

Co-operative Education and Career Services at University of Guelph

Funding opportunities are available for employers who are expaning their operations as well as for employers hiring:

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Rise Asset Development Fund

We offer low interest business loans based on your stage of business development, viability of the business concept and capacity to re-pay. Eligible entrepreneurs can access loans up to $10,000 throughout Ontario, with an average initial loan size in the $3,000 to $4,000 range.

Eligible individuals must:

  • Be motivated entrepreneurs
  • Self-identify as an individual who has experienced mental health and or addiction challenges
  • Be unable to access traditional bank financing for their small business
  • Not be in active bankruptcybehind on child support payments or government taxes.
  • Reside in Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant

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The Youth Job Link

This program is available to people between the ages of 15-29 at more than 320 locations across Ontario! Young people are able to access the following services, available year-round:

  • Information on career options to support career decision-making
  • Advice on how to build the life skills they need to successfully plan and manage a career
  • Opportunities to learn about teamwork, customer service, health and safety and labour rules
  • Help with resumé writing, searching and applying for jobs, and preparing for interviews
  • Assistance to match their skills and interests with employers that have job opportunities.

Contact Employment Ontario for more info on this program.

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Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development

If you are Aboriginal or have a majority-owned Aboriginal business, you can apply for up to $99,999 to help you:

  • Start or buy a business
  • Develop a business plan
  • Grow your existing business
  • Market your product or service
  • Develop new products or processes
  • Get business advice

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Investment Accelerator Fund

“We invest in passionate entrepreneurs with ground-breaking technologies.”

  • The IAF invests $250K – $500K in early-stage companies that have the potential to be global leaders in their field and provide sustainable economic benefits to Ontario.

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Youth Employment Program

Through IRAP, this program provides small and medium-sized (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. IRAP provides funding under two programs: Youth Employment Program (YEP) and Youth Employment – Green (Youth-Green) program. Some of the eligibility requirements include:

  • the SME be incorporated and for-profit
  • business have 500 or less FTEs
  • intern must be 15-30 years old
  • the SME be ready to enhance their innovation capacity and willing to create a trusting relationship with IRAP

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Can Export by Global Affairs Canada

This new program was introduced in January 2016 to increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies. If you are registered in Canada and are seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets you could be eligible. You must:

  • be a for-profit company
  • be an incorporated legal entity or a limited liability partnership
  • declare between $200,000 and $50 million in annual revenue
  • have a min. of one FTE and a max. of 250 FTEs

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Canada - Ontario Training Job Grant

This fund is available for small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees. If you’re an employer with a specific skills demand, the Canadian – Ontario Job Grant might be right for you.

With this grant:

  • you will receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs
  • employers to contribute 1/3 of total costs
  • training to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer

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Areas Served: Aberfoyle, Alma, Arkell, Ariss, Ayr, Baden, Belwood, Bloomingdale, Brisbane, Breslau, Conestogo, Drayton, Eden Mills, Elmira, Elora, Ennotville, Erin, Everton, Fergus, Floradale, Glen Allen, Hawkesville, Heidelberg, Hillsburgh, Inverhaugh, Linwood, Mannheim, Marden, Maryhill, Moorefield, Morriston, New Hamburg, North Dumfries, Orton, Ospringe, Petersburg, Philipsburg, Ponsonby, Rockwood, Rothsay, Salem, St. Agatha, St. Clements, St. Jacobs, Teviotdale, Wallenstein, Wellesley, West Montrose, Wilmot and Winterbourne, Ontario Canada