Advanced Manufacturing Fund - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF)?
  2. Why do we need this initiative?
  3. What is the definition of "advanced manufacturing"?
  4. Will there be another intake for applications?
  5. How much funding is available?
  6. Have all funds for the AMF been fully committed?
  7. How are projects selected for funding?
  8. If my project is funded, what are the next steps?
  9. When do projects need to be completed?
  10. What types of activities are funded under the Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario?
  11. What costs are eligible for funding under the Advanced Manufacturing Fund?
  12. When will I find out if my project has been approved?
  13. How do I get more information about the Advanced Manufacturing Fund?
  14. Will participation in this initiative have any tax implications for businesses?
  15. How will intellectual property be managed?
  16. Do I need an environmental assessment completed for my project?
  17. How will the Government of Canada flow funding to recipients?
  18. How will the Government of Canada ensure appropriate accountability for the use of public funds?
  19. Will any more economic development funding be available in southern Ontario?
  20. Would it benefit me to use a consultant to complete my program funding application?
  21. Can I use a past employee of FedDev Ontario as my consultant?

1) What is the Advanced Manufacturing Fund?

The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) in Ontario supports manufacturers across Ontario as they work to increase competitiveness, invest in innovation and boost productivity.

AMF promotes continued long-term growth, productivity, and competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector by:

  • Supporting large-scale, transformative advanced manufacturing activities which will increase productivity;
  • Advancing development and/or adoption of cutting-edge technologies, leading to product, process, and technological innovations;
  • Encouraging projects that create spillover benefits for manufacturing clusters and/or supply chains; and
  • Fostering collaborations between the private sector, research institutions, and post-secondary institutions.

2) Why do we need this initiative?

Canada's diverse manufacturing sector provides important economic benefits to communities across the country and is a source of high-quality, well-paying jobs. It accounts for half of the business research and development (R&D) in Canada, despite being 11 percent of total GDP.

Manufacturing is evolving and Canada faces heightened competition from advanced and emerging economies, increasingly in high-value added segments. AMF is helping to ensure that Ontario can sustain an innovative manufacturing base.

3) What is the definition of "advanced manufacturing"?

Advanced manufacturing includes the development and/or adoption of cutting-edge technologies that demonstrate a commitment to product, process, and technological innovation. Advanced manufacturers can be found across all manufacturing industries and sectors.

4) Will there be another intake for applications?

No, there will be no further intakes for applications to allow sufficient time for project completion by the scheduled program end date of December 31, 2018.

5) How much funding is available?

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is administering $200 million over five years through this Fund in Ontario.

6) Have all funds for the AMF been fully committed?

Applications that have been received are currently being processed. Applicants will be notified of their application's status in writing over the coming months.

7) How are projects selected for funding?

Proposals are selected using a set of predetermined criteria. Industry Canada supported FedDev Ontario in the assessment of applications on the basis of three criteria: level of innovation; market relevance and spillover potential.

8) If my project is funded, what are the next steps?

Agency staff will develop a contribution agreement with approved recipients to outline an implementation framework; project details; repayment terms and environmental mitigation measures, if applicable; and requirements for communications and signage for funded projects.

Approved recipients must meet the terms and conditions outlined in the contribution agreement before being reimbursed for incurred eligible costs.

9) When do projects need to be completed?

All project activities must be completed by December 31, 2018.

10) What types of activities are funded under the Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario?

AMF supports investments that create new and innovative products or production methods, with market entry or commercialization within five years. Technologies developed and/or adopted under AMF must be new, or applied in a unique and innovative manner.

Eligible activities in all projects include:

  • Activities related to prototyping, demonstration projects, advanced product testing, and applied research leading to a practical application;
  • Work undertaken to achieve technological advancement through the creation/improvement of existing materials, devices, products or processes; and
  • The adoption or adaptation of highly innovative products, technologies, and processes that support product or process innovation.

Eligible activities in projects led by not-for-profit organizations, in addition to the above, include industry-relevant, scientifically-advanced research in cutting-edge technologies with the potential to support commercial applications and a long-term competitive advantage for manufacturing in Ontario.

11) What costs are eligible for funding under the Advanced Manufacturing Fund?

Eligible project costs may include:

  • Labour
  • Expertise
  • Capital
  • Non-capital

All costs must be reasonable, necessary, and directly related to eligible activities.

12) When will I find out if my project has been approved?

Applications are assessed against the guidelines and will be approved on an ongoing basis. Announcements will be made following project approval and the completion of a contribution agreement.

13) How do I get more information about the Advanced Manufacturing Fund?

For more information, please see the AMF Guidelines, send us an email or call us at 1-866-593-5505.

14) Will participation in this initiative have any tax implications for businesses?

Financial assistance from government programs may have tax implications for businesses. It is recommended that advice be obtained from a qualified tax professional.

15) How will intellectual property be managed?

When submitting the application for AMF, applicants will be asked to describe measures that would be taken to ensure that any intellectual property developed as a result of the project will provide continuing benefits for Ontario. Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate they have sufficient rights to any intellectual property prior to the beginning of the project so as to allow it to be further developed or commercialized.

16) Do I need an environmental assessment completed for my project?

Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 (CEAA 2012), a project will require a federal environmental assessment only if it is a "designated project" under the Act. Designated projects are normally large scale, complex projects and those regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the National Energy Board. For more information about what constitutes a designated project, contact the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Applicants should also note that projects on federal land will require a determination of the potential for significant adverse environmental effects before they can be approved.

17) How will the Government of Canada flow funding to recipients?

Funding will be disbursed based on the percentage of funding approved for eligible costs incurred. To receive funding, approved recipients must submit claims forms that summarize eligible costs incurred and paid in a period. Generally, these periods will be no more than once a month and no less than quarterly.

18) How will the Government of Canada ensure appropriate accountability for the use of public funds?

Approved projects are monitored by FedDev Ontario and recipients are required to report quarterly on activities and outcomes as projects are being implemented.

19) Is more economic development funding available in southern Ontario?

FedDev Ontario delivers programming to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities.

Please visit our Programs page to learn about other programming that may be of interest.

20) Would it benefit me to use a consultant to complete my program funding application?

FedDev Ontario works directly with the organization applying for funding, also known as the “named applicant” (e.g., the SME or NFP). Some organizations hire a consultant to support the preparation of a program funding application. It is not a requirement to use a consultant to apply for funding.

21) Can I use a past employee of FedDev Ontario as my consultant?

Former Government of Canada employees who work as consultants must comply with the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment. After the post-employment limitation has passed, any statements made by a past employee about their ability to secure funding belongs solely to that individual.

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