FedDev Ontario was launched in 2009 as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to work with the region’s communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to actively promote the region and build a strong foundation of partnerships and relationships to secure Canada's long-term prosperity.
Through Economic Action Plan 2013, FedDev Ontario was renewed, providing new opportunities to create and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities across southern Ontario. Today, the Agency continues to deliver programs that strengthen the economy and position the region to compete globally.
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.
Canada Business Ontario: As a member of the Canada Business Network, Canada Business Ontario (CBO) provides both federal and provincial business information free of charge. CBO assists with finding information on starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation or how to hire employees.
Eastern Ontario Development Program Extension: Provides funding and support through eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations to promote business development, job creation and strengthened economies in rural eastern Ontario communities.
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.
The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives are designed to invest in: inspired and determined entrepreneurs; innovative and globally-oriented businesses and organizations; and strong and prosperous partnerships and communities, creating an advantage to compete both at home and abroad.
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.
Funding for the programs below has been fully committed and the programs are now closed to applicants:
Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative: Aimed at addressing the gap between research and commercialization in southern Ontario and encouraging collaboration between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and post-secondary institutions.
Building Canada Fund-Communities Component: Delivered jointly with the Government of Ontario to provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Ontario in communities with populations of less than 100,000.
Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program: Delivered jointly with the Government of Ontario to invest in urban and rural municipal infrastructure in Ontario, with a focus on "green" municipal infrastructure, such as solid waste management and energy efficient building.
Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund: Delivered by the governments of Canada and Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and Ontario municipalities to improve and renew small urban and rural public infrastructure across the province.
Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund: Supports large-scale projects of major federal and regional significance in areas that are vital to sustaining economic growth and enhancing the quality of life of Canadians.
Community Adjustment Fund: Aimed at quickly minimizing the impacts of the global economic downturn by creating employment opportunities, and assisting communities with populations of less than 250,000 to adjust and restructure their economies.
Community Futures Program: A national program supporting Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) across Canada, with FedDev Ontario serving 37 CFDCs in rural eastern and southern Ontario. CFDCs offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth.
Graduate Enterprise Internship: Supports not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions to arrange internships for graduate students and recent graduates of programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with small- and medium-sized companies in southern Ontario.
Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund Top-Up: One-time investment to help support community water-related projects.
Ontario Potable Water Program: One-time investment for municipalities that experienced increased costs for their Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program water projects to comply with changes to Ontario drinking water regulations.
Prosperity Initiative: Supports businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in undertaking projects to enhance productivity, diversify the regional economy, and build a competitive advantage for southern Ontario.
Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario: Delivered jointly with the Government of Ontario to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities across Ontario.
Scientists and Engineers in Business: Helps recent graduates and graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by improving access to financing and/or providing business support services to successfully launch and manage start-up businesses in southern Ontario.
Southern Ontario Development Program: Aimed at stimulating local economies and enhancing the growth and competitiveness of local businesses and communities.
Technology Development Program: Supports research and innovation organizations, the private sector, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations to work together to accelerate the development of large-scale, advanced technologies that will result in new market opportunities for southern Ontario businesses.
Youth STEM: Supports not-for-profit organizations to expand, enhance and coordinate the reach and impact of educational outreach programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for children and youth in kindergarten through grade 12.
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