At NorthBridge, we keep up to date on all the most recent government funding updates, intake announcements and upcoming grant deadlines in Canada 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: Companies looking to solve issues in Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry

Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) supports the growth of the agriculture industry in Saskatchewan through research and development of solutions to problems within production and value-added processing. The program provides $15 million annually to cover costs related to consultancy, equipment and materials, travel, and publication costs for projects benefiting Saskatchewan’s agriculture and food industry.

Intake for ADF opened on March 1, and will close on April 17, 2024.

For: Atlantic companies looking to strengthen and implement IP strategies

Springboard’s Atlantic IP Advantage Program supports companies in gaining access to IP education and developing and implementing IP strategies. As part of the federal ElevateIP program, the program will have several intakes throughout 2024. Successful applicants can receive up to 90% of costs covered for technology purchases, market and IP assessment, and IP roadmap development, paid to an IP service provider.

Applications to the next intake of the Atlantic IP Advantage will be accepted until May 17, 2024.

For: Canadian organizations looking to collaborate with international partners on R&D projects

CanExport Innovation offers funding to Canadian SMEs, academic institutions, and non-government research centres to sign collaborative R&D agreements with international partners to develop, adapt, or validate a technology at a TRL of 4 or higher. Up to 75% of project costs can be covered through the program, with eligible expenses including travel costs, virtual meetings and events, IP protection, promotional material creation, consultancy fees, shipping, and more.

Applications to CanExport Innovation are due by May 31, 2024.  

For: Canadian SMEs looking to develop new international export opportunities

CanExport SMEs provides support to develop new export opportunities and markets, by offering funding to assist Canadian companies in establishing a presence in international markets where they currently have little to no sales. Up to 50% of costs can be covered through the program, with eligible expenses including travel, trade events, marketing, translation, IP protection, market research, and more.

Applications to the CanExport SMEs are due by May 31, 2024.  

For: Canadian companies looking to develop solutions for mine detection

Through the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS), Canadians have the opportunity to respond to specific challenges faced by the Canadian Armed Forces. Intake to a new challenge, Safer passage during minefield breaching operations in Ukraine, has opened. In partnership with the Department of National Defence, funding will be provided to early-stage solutions for mine detection. Up to $1 million is available for projects up to 12 months in duration.  

The next IDEaS challenge, Safer passage during minefield breaching operations in Ukraine, is open, with applications due by May 28, 2024.

For: Companies looking to partner with Quebec research institutions to commercialize genomics solutions

Genome Quebec promotes the development of genomics research in Quebec. The Genomics Integration Program facilitates collaboration between research institutions and non-academic partners capable of commercializing genomics solutions. Up to 50% of costs to establish a proof of concept can be covered through the program.

Applications to the Genomics Integration Program – Human Health are due by May 15, 2024.

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

Through the Government of Ontario, loans are available for 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 up to 15% of eligible project costs covered.

A new intake period for SWODF and EODF opens on April 11, 2024, and closes on May 30, 2024.   

If you’re interested in any of these program offerings, or have questions about deadlines, eligibility, or other government funding programs in Canada, contact NorthBridge for a free assessment with one of our experts.