At NorthBridge, we keep up to date on all the most recent government funding updates, intake announcements and upcoming deadlines so you don’t have to. Each month, we will be providing a summary of the most important news in government funding. Get in touch today to learn more about each program and assess your eligibility.

For: High-growth Southwestern or Eastern Ontario-based companies looking to grow, improve productivity, invest in innovation and skills development and expand into new markets

Loans are available for Southwestern- and Eastern Ontario-based projects that aim to improve a company’s competitiveness, productivity, pursue new markets or expand the business through the introduction of new products or services. This program is aimed towards high-growth companies with at least three years of substantial operating experience, with loans available to cover up to 15% of project costs.

Applications to the next intake for Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) / Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) are due by October 5, 2023.

For: Collaborative manufacturers looking to enhance the electric vehicle value chain

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for Advanced Manufacturing, has launched a $35-million call for proposals in electric vehicle manufacturing. The program targets the development, commercialization, and scale-up of transformative manufacturing technologies and capabilities across electric vehicle value chain. Eligible collaborations between Canadian industry partners may receive reimbursements of up to 37% of project costs.

Expressions of Interest for NGen Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Value Chain Program (EVMP) are due by October 11, 2023.

For: Quebec-based companies looking to lead innovative AI projects

The Quebec Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Energy aims to support business growth, science and innovation, and export and investments. Through their call for projects in AI, they aim to improve the competitiveness of companies through AI adoption, encourage collaboration, position Quebec as a leader in AI, and support projects which lead to economic benefits. The program consists of three streams with varying levels of financial support.

Applications to Collaborative Industrial Research and Support to Innovative Entrepreneurship are due by October 15, 2023.

For: Saskatchewan-based agricultural organizations looking to commercialize agriculture technologies

The Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund, delivered by Innovation Saskatchewan, is an R&D funding program which aims to accelerate commercialization of technological innovations in target sectors including mining, energy, manufacturing and processing, and healthcare. Grants covering up to 30% of project costs may be available to eligible Saskatchewan-based organizations.

Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund (SAIF) will be accepting Expressions of Interest until September 30, 2023. 

For: Canadian SMEs looking to develop a centralized digital asset repository

Innovative Solutions Canada offers funding to innovators capable of solving specific challenges, with the aim of supporting technologies to market. The RCMP and Shared Services Canada are seeking a digital asset solution to facilitate the seizure and storage of cryptocurrency and NFTs from public blockchains. SMEs can receive up to $150,000 to develop a proof of concept, with the potential to receive further funding for prototyping upon successful project completion.  

Applications to Digital Asset Repository are due by September 31, 2023.

For: BC-based high-growth businesses looking to scale up their operations

Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) supports innovation and business growth throughout BC through programs including the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program, which offers loans to high-growth business interested in scaling up their operations. High growth businesses operating out of BC may be eligible for interest-free loans of up to 50% of project costs.

EOIs to PacifiCan BSP will be accepted until September 22, 2023.

For: BC-based farmers and ranchers looking to improve climate change resiliency

The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAF) aims to provide assistance to BC’s agricultural sector. IAF’s Beneficial Management Practices Program encourages technology adoption and mitigate environmental risks, and has several projects with upcoming deadlines, including Biodiversity Projects, Soil Carbon Projects, and Nutrient and waste Management Projects. Farmers and ranchers based in BC with existing Environmental Farm Plans are eligible to receive up to 50% of project costs covered.

The programs will accept applications from August 24, until September 7, 2023.