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.
Financial support is currently available through the following programs and initiatives. Some are delivered directly by FedDev Ontario, while others are delivered by organizations that have received funding through FedDev Ontario. Please read the details on each page for eligibility and how to apply.
FedDev Ontario is committed to delivering effective, efficient and client-focused service to applicants. To learn more about our commitment to you, please see our Service Commitment.
Advanced Manufacturing Fund: Promotes continued growth and increased productivity of Ontario's advanced manufacturing sector by supporting large-scale transformative manufacturing activities, advancing adoption of cutting-edge technologies, establishing clusters or global supply chains and fostering collaboration between the private sector and higher education and research institutions.
Economic Development Initiative: Supports business and economic development activities that encourage sustainable growth in southern Ontario's Francophone communities with community strategic planning, as well as business and economic development activities.
Investing in Business Growth and Productivity: Assists existing southern Ontario businesses to adopt new technologies that have the potential to improve productivity and expand their operations.
Investing in Business Innovation: Fosters a more competitive southern Ontario economy by encouraging the development of partnerships between entrepreneurs and investors to support early-stage, globally-oriented businesses with the ability to become world-leading innovators.
Investing in Commercialization Partnerships: Addresses innovation and commercialization, and encourages collaboration to improve Ontario's productivity performance so that the region can compete on an international platform.
Investing in Regional Diversification: Designed to build stronger, more diverse economies in southern Ontario communities in the long term by leveraging unique assets and local expertise, and by creating opportunities for economic growth and development in communities across southern Ontario.
Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global Initiative: A $9-million initiative, delivered by the Yves Landry Foundation, which provides funding for export-oriented manufacturers in southern Ontario to undertake training activities related to new technology, new processes or procedures.
AC JumpStart: An $8-million program, delivered by the Accelerator Centre, that provides seed funding and skills training to help Waterloo Region companies become more market, customer and investment-ready.
Community Futures Program: Provides operational funding to 37 Community Futures Development Corporations in southern Ontario to deliver a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth.
Eastern Ontario Development Program: Promotes business development, job creation and strengthened economies in rural eastern Ontario communities. Delivered through the 15 eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc.
SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth: A $20-million program, delivered by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, which provides funding for export-oriented manufacturers in southern Ontario looking to invest in advanced technologies.
SmartStart Seed Fund: Delivered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the program provides both seed financing and financing for entrepreneurship skills training to help recipients grow their companies and make them investment and customer ready.
Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation: Provides interest-bearing business loans to support innovation and growth in small- and medium-sized enterprises across the region. Delivered by the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc.
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