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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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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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