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GST/HST Housing

FedDev

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

The Northern Ontario
Development Program

SMART Program

Ontario Trillium Fund

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Funding Programs

GST/HST Housing Rebates

The GST/HST new housing rebate allows individuals to recover GST, provincial portion of GST/ HST, and/or Federal portion of HST for new or substantially renovated houses. Eligible projects include:

  • New Home builds
  • Major renovations
  • Large additions of homes

Criteria to quality?

  • Property must be primary residence of the owner
  • Application submitted within 2 years of the application
  • Contractor did not apply for credits on the owner’s behalf

Services & Fees:

  • We will perform all accounting services including compilation of the receipts and submission of the form
  • 20% fee on credits approved by the Provincial and Federal Governments

To get started, please contact us by Phone or Email!

IRAP

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) is federal R&D assistance program (60 years old), that helps accelerate the growth of technology companies. It is a nation-wide technology network serving SMEs by assisting innovation and technology development in almost every industrial sector of importance to Canada’s current and future economic development. IRAP provides a nation-wide network of people with diverse technical and business resources, which provides technical and financial assistance.

For more information, please visit National Research Council Canada Website.

FedDev Programs

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) delivers programming to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities. This will support a strong southern Ontario economy and position the region to compete globally. Funding programs include:

  • Investing in Business Growth and Productivity: The Investing in Business Growth and Productivity program is offered through FedDev Ontario and aims to help southern Ontario businesses scale-up to expand markets and facilities, increase adoption of new technologies & processes, and increase business capacity to participate in global markets. The program offers two streams, one for For-Profit organizations, and one for Not-for-Profit organizations.
  • Investing in Business Innovation (IBI): The Investing in Business Innovation program is offered through FedDev Ontario to provide financial support and mentorship to high-growth businesses and new entrepreneurs to help them grow and succeed. There exist three separate streams of funding through IBI: for Not-for-Profit network organizations representing angel investors in southern Ontario, a stream for early stage businesses, and a stream for Not-for-Profit organizations.
  • Investing in Commercialization Partnerships: Investing in Commercialization Partnerships (ICP) is a program offered through FedDev Ontario that supports business-led partnerships that have a focus on helping to develop globally competitive products and services.
  • Investing in Regional Diversification: The Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative (IRD) was developed by FedDev Ontario in order to support the long-term development of strong and diverse economies.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF): The Advanced Manufacturing Fund is a $200 million funding program offered through FedDev Ontario. This Ontario business grants and loans program focuses on business innovation by helping For-profit and Not-for-profit organizations enhance productivity and develop cutting-edge technology while encouraging collaboration between industry and post-secondary and research institutions.

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) offers funding through the “Business Stream” for business development and the expansion of SMEs located in the Southwestern Ontario region, with a focus on creating jobs, attracting new investments and facilitating new business initiatives. Funding can be used to support projects that involve investing in new capital equipment, developing skills, enhancing productivity, and developing new infrastructure. These sectors are eligible for funding through SWODF: Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Processing (primary and secondary), Tourism, Information and Communication Technology and Cultural Industries.

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The Northern Ontario Development Program

The Northern Ontario Development Program is aimed to encourage economic growth, diversification, job creation and self-reliant communities in Northern Ontario. To achieve these objectives, FedNor invests in projects that support community economic development, business growth and competitiveness, and innovation. FedNor provides financial support to viable projects led by businesses, municipalities, First Nations, and other organizations and institutions. We also support youth internships, providing project partners with bright young minds while giving post-secondary graduates valuable work experience in Northern Ontario.

SMART Program

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) SMART Program is targeted to assist companies to facilitate improved productivity and represent an investment in their community’s future. The program is to accelerate the identification and adoption of investments in advanced technologies, including ICT, robotics, additive manufacturing (ie. 3D printing), sensor-based tech, instrumentation, automated packaging and material handling, nanotechnologies, clean technologies, and innovative advanced communications solutions.

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Ontario Trillium Fund

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Culture. The foundation helps to build healthy and vibrant communities through volunteerism as well as investments in community-based initiatives through Ontario government grants. The Ontario government grants offered through OTF’s “Community Grants Program” is the most heavily funded program available. The OTF also funds the Province-Wide Program (which is a Community Grant on a broader scale), and the Youth Opportunities Fund, which is dispersed to organizations within the GTA only.

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Business Expansion

The Canadian federal and provincial governments provide funding and resources to help small to medium sized businesses to expand, modernize or improve their operations. Various financial programs provide assistance to organizations in improving their production, researching or developing new innovations, implementing new technologies or processes, or even expanding into other markets.

We offer our clients assistance in the following expansion programs:

  • AgriMarketing Program: Agricultural companies in Canada who want to expand their export activities into overseas sales markets are capable of receiving up to $50,000 towards their related marketing efforts. The AgriMarketing Program, funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, allowing Canadian agricultural businesses to subsidize their overseas marketing activities in order to maximize their exposure and create new business contacts and leads.
  • Building in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP): Build in Canada Innovation Program is a permanent, competitive first purchase program offered by the Canadian government. Canadian companies can submit a proposal for their innovative, pre-commercial products or services that have the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government.
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  • Canada Media Fund: Experimental Stream: The Canada Media Fund is a not-for-profit organization that distributes funding for innovative digital media content and software. The Experimental Stream supports the development, production and promotion of innovative, interactive content intended for use in Canadian media industry or for public use by Canadians.Link
  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – SMART Prosperity Now:The primary focus of this Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) grant program is to accelerate the identification and adoption of investments in advanced technologies, including ICT, robotics, additive manufacturing (ie. 3D printing), sensor-based tech, instrumentation, automated packaging and material handling, nanotechnologies, clean technologies, and innovative advanced communications solutions.Link
  • Community Futures Program: The Community Futures Program provides existing small businesses and start-ups financing for business activities aimed at growth, regional economic diversification, and job creation. Businesses can apply for up to $150,000 in funding for the purchase of fixed assets, leasehold improvements, capital equipment, and operating capital. The program is administered by the 61 CFDCs across Ontario.Link
  • Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF): The primary focus of EODF Business Stream is to provide financial support to Canadian SMEs looking to expand their operations and create jobs for communities in Eastern Ontario. Funding is suited to accommodate projects that will involve investing in new capital equipment, improving existing operations and processes, and pursuing new market opportunities.Link
  • Export Market Access: Through FedDev Ontario and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, SME’s are able to improve their position in accessing new markets to global markets such as China and Hong Kong, India and the US marketplace. Eligible activities include: international trade shows, fairs and exhibits, marketing tools for foreign audiences to market products, market research to target precise international markets, and bidding on foreign projects against foreign competition. Funding supports expenses towards marketing brochures, trade shows, display panels, banners, flights and meal/lodging per dime allowance.Link
  • Growing Forward 2 Ontario: Grant funding through a cost-sharing arrangement is available for Processors in the agri-industry through the Growing Forward 2 – Ontario program. There are two streams of funding open to established Processors and new Processors.Link
  • IRAP Accelerated Review Process (ARP): Funding suited as technical or research oriented to solve an innovation challenge. Funding supports software implementation, productivity improvements, and production design or marketing projects. Not suited for training projects.Link
  • Local Food Fund: The Local Food Fund is focused on improving the access to and awareness of local food in Ontario. This government funding program will support Innovative projects that improve the access to, demand for and awareness of local food in Ontario. Open to for-profit, non-profit and public organizations.Link
  • MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) – Regional Innovation Centres (RIC): MaRS helps entrepreneurs bring innovative ideas to the marketplace. The range of sectors served include: materials and engineering, clean technology, information technology and health sciences. This funding will be aimed at technological development, human resource recruitment and training, business development and commercialization of the product/service.Link
  • NextGen Biofuels Fund: Designed to assist project assessment, definition, building construction, design, engineering, environmental assessment, production equipment, and all labor costs related to the above.Link
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Foundation Corporation (NOHFC) Programs: The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is a crown corporation and development agency. NOHFC supports the development of Northern Ontario businesses and municipalities by offering small business grants, forgivable performance loans, incentive term loans and loan guarantees.Link
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence Voucher Programs: The OCE Voucher Program is a collaborative funding program offered through the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The four funding opportunities provide Ontario businesses with financial support to work with academic partners to solve industry problems, develop new products & services, and to create online tools that support market expansion and exporting opportunities. In addition, OCE’s Voucher for Industry Association Challenge program provides sector driven, competitive funding opportunities for innovative projects that impact the industry positively.Link
  • Ontario Power Authority: The Conservation Fund: The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) created the Conservation Fund to provide support for significant advances in new conservation and demand management programs, practices and technologies that impact Ontario’s initiative to reduce electricity consumption by 2030. Funding under this program is provided to projects that impact residences, businesses and/or institutions in Ontario.Link
  • Ontario Exporters Fund: Supports the hiring of an Export Manager in order to help develop your company’s international revenue streams. The program is established by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to help encourage international export activities.Link
  • Rural Economic Development Fund (RED): The Rural Economic Development Fund (RED) supports regional economic development activities in rural southern Ontario through two funding streams: Planning and Implementation.Link
  • TECTERRA Trade Show Attendance Program: The TECTERRA Trade show Attendance Program provides grant funding for new or small geomatics companies in Canada to attend up to 2 trade shows per year.

Capital Investment

The Canadian federal and provincial governments provide funding and resources to help small to medium sized businesses to invest in equipment, property and other capital expenditures on their path to expand and improve operations. Financial programs provide assistance to organizations in areas such as building design and construction, technology investments and commercialization strategies.

We offer our clients assistance in the following expansion programs:

  • Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF): The primary focus of EODF Business Stream is to provide financial support to Canadian SMEs looking to expand their operations and create jobs for communities in Eastern Ontario. Funding is suited to accommodate projects that will involve investing in new capital equipment, improving existing operations and processes, and pursuing new market opportunities.Link
  • Growing Forward 2 Ontario: Grant funding through a cost-sharing arrangement is available for Processors in the agri-industry through the Growing Forward 2 – Ontario program. There are two streams of funding open to established Processors and new Processors.Link
  • Local Food Fund: The Local Food Fund is focused on improving the access to and awareness of local food in Ontario. This government funding program will support Innovative projects that improve the access to, demand for and awareness of local food in Ontario. Open to for-profit, non-profit and public organizations.Link
  • NextGen Biofuels Fund: Designed to assist project assessment, definition, building construction, design, engineering, environmental assessment, production equipment, and all labor costs related to the above.Link
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Foundation Corporation Programs: The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is a crown corporation and development agency. NOHFC supports the development of Northern Ontario businesses and municipalities by offering small business grants, forgivable performance loans, incentive term loans and loan guarantees.Link
  • OMRI – Innovation Demonstration Fund: Used for technology demonstration projects at the pilot stage of development. The focus is on bio-products, clean-tech technologies and commercialization strategies. The project must have been tested and proven viable to encourage pilot-scale plant. IDF Ontario is to help in efforts to commercialize innovative technologies by mitigating the risk of projects with significant pilot-scale technical challenges. No routine engineering, upgrading, or improvements to existing processes, designs or products encouraged. Supports start-up costs associated with the development and design of pilot-scale prototypes such as:
    • Equipment purchase, installation and retrofitting costs;
    • Direct labour costs for personnel involved in the project;
    • Maintenance costs;
    • Costs associated with training of skilled resources;
    • Analysis and monitoring costs.
    • Good place to start is to the take the self-assessment test to determine if you are a good candidate for this funding.
  • SD Tech Fund: Subsidizes expenses related to late stage development of pre-commercialization strategies of clean technologies. Covers cost of capital items, goods and services, and personnel labour costs, depreciation expenses. Prepares business for downstream financing.Link
  • Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF): The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) offers funding through the “Business Stream” for business development and the expansion of SMEs located in the Southwestern Ontario region, with a focus on creating jobs, attracting new investments and facilitating new business initiatives. Funding can be used to support projects that involve investing in new capital equipment, developing skills, enhancing productivity, and developing new infrastructure. These sectors are eligible for funding through SWODF: Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Processing (primary and secondary), Tourism, Information and Communication Technology and Cultural Industries.Link

HR & Training

The Canadian federal and provincial governments provide funding and resources to help small to medium sized businesses to ensure they have qualified workers and the requisite skills and capabilities to support ongoing and future business plans. Funding programs facilitate organizations to hire or retrain staff, improve their marketing effectiveness and train their staff in areas such as new technology or operational processes.

  • Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit: Program offers a 10 percent tax credit to cover salaries and wages paid to training new apprentices in all trade professions in Canada.Link
  • Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit: The apprenticeship training tax credit is a refundable tax credit. It is available to employers who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 48 months of an apprenticeship program.Link
  • Canada Summer Jobs: Supports funding for supervised career-related work experience for young workers in order to develop their skills and knowledge.Link
  • Career Focus Programs: As part of the Youth Employment Strategy, Career Focus offers employers the opportunity to hire recent Canadian post-secondary graduates into new roles within their company for gainful work experience. Career Focus offerings are available to a variety of industries and position types.Link
  • Connect Canada Internship: Supports the hiring of an intern in any research field, including natural sciences, engineering, economy, social science, health, environment and ethics. The company will tap into the intern’s skill set in order to solve an R&D problem over a 4-6 month project.Link
  • MITACS Accelerate: Pairs high-quality expertise from universities with business to provide innovative research, methods and development of tools, models, technology or solutions to support challenges over a period of four months, (this program is for Master’s and PhD Students only).Link
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Engage R&D: A short-term research or development project aimed at addressing a company specific problem that can be extended up to 6 months. Connects businesses to university researchers for new R&D partnerships. Requires an 183A Letter of Support from Company.Link
  • Northern Ontario Internship Program: Supports recent graduates obtain an internship in their field of study in Northern Ontario.Link
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) TalentEdge Programs: The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) TalentEdge Programs offer industry partners an opportunity to host a post-secondary or post-graduate researcher. The purpose of the fund is to offer industry partners highly skilled researchers to apply their knowledge and tools. The program has two streams – a four month internship valued at $20,000 and a 12 month fellowship valued at $85,000 (both with a 50% contribution from OCE and 50% from industry). Industry partner contribution is broken down as 50% as cash and 50% in-kind.Link
  • Ontario Exporters Fund: Supports the hiring of an Export Manager in order to help develop your company’s international revenue streams. The program is established by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to help encourage international export activities.Link
  • TECTERRA Geo-Placement Program: The GEO-Placement Funding Program is designed to create economic value for small companies in Alberta by facilitating the engagement and employment of highly-qualified technical and business geomatics personnel. The new hire will be a key technical resource to contribute to the success of the development/commercialization of a new geomatics technology.Link
  • Youth Employment Fund: The Youth Employment fund provides up to $6800 to organizations that hire recent graduates with barriers to employment an entry point into long term employment.Link
  • Youth Employment Program (IRAP): Designed to assist funding of hiring young Canadian post-secondary graduates. Graduate can be applied to most areas from business development to technical to customer service/administration.Link

Digital Media

In addition to our R&D tax services, we can also provide expertise in securing various provincial tax credits. Specifically:

  • The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a refundable tax credit based on eligible labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses incurred for a digital media product. The OIDMTC is calculated between 35% to 40% of eligible Ontario labour expenditures and eligible marketing and distribution expenses.
  • In addition, the BC Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (IDMTC) program provides a refundable 17.5% tax credit on eligible salary and wages incurred by eligible corporations to develop interactive digital media products in British Columbia.
  • Finally, the Manitoba Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (MIDMTC) is a new refundable corporation income tax credit introduced for companies that develop and produce interactive digital media projects in Manitoba. The tax credit will be equal to 40% of the remuneration paid to Manitobans on eligible projects approved by Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines. The maximum tax credit on an eligible project is $500,000.

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