NorthBridge Consultants’ Canadian Business Blog is dedicated to bringing businesses news and information to help companies identify and access the most appropriate government funding programs.

We offer opinions and insider information that can provide a pulse on government initiatives, the health of the Canadian economy, and firsthand thoughts from Canadian business owners.

New COVID-19 Funding to Mobilize Canadian Businesses 

On April 17, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced an additional $250M in funding support through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to assist innovative, early-stage companies that are unable to access existing COVID-19… Read more »

Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) yesterday. Trudeau said firms will now have to show their year-on-year revenues had dropped by 15% in March, half the previous level of 30%, to claim… Read more »

Federal COVID Assistance for Businesses

During these unprecedented times, the federal government has announced a variety of incentives to assist Canadian businesses.  This bulletin summarizes pertinent federally-announced COVID incentives for businesses.  We expect additional announcements will be made to further address support for Canadian businesses… Read more »

USMCA Trade Deal – What’s New?

Recently, it was announced that the US, Mexico and Canada have finalized the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This new North American trade deal is intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 1994 pact that governs free trade… Read more »

2019 Economic Review & 2020 Forecast

Canadian stocks are soaring, while the economy is expected to reach slowest pace in a decade. The National Bank of Canada reports investor optimism for a pro-growth agenda on the horizon at the end of 2019, despite the effects of… Read more »

SWODF New Application Intake Dates Announced

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) provides support for business growth projects and funding to cover up to 15% of project costs. SWODF is maintained by The Regional Development Fund which supports eligible small- and medium-sized businesses investing in new… Read more »