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Funding opportunities for southern Ontario organizations

FedDev Ontario works to create opportunities for economic growth in southern Ontario by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive. Our Agency also works with southern Ontario communities to develop and diversify local economies. Find out how we can help you below.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The Government of Canada recognizes the significant impact of COVID-19 on businesses, workers and communities. The national $1.5-billion Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) supports businesses across Canada that have been unable to obtain funding through other federal COVID-19 response measures.

FedDev Ontario is delivering $436.4 million to help relieve the economic impact of COVID-19 for small businesses, including $69.4 million to support rural businesses through the Community Futures Development Corporations. Visit the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund page for more information and to apply.

For information on the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and for additional support, please visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Apply now

If you are a FedDev Ontario client and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact your project officer as you may be eligible for flexible arrangements.

For example, we are:

  • Deferring repayments;
  • Considering alternative project activities and costs;
  • Accelerating the reimbursement of claims and advances;
  • Adjusting cashflows across fiscal years, adjusting project milestones and exploring other repayment strategies to meet your unique needs;
  • Extending 2019-2020 performance reporting deadlines.

For more information, please see the questions and answers.

Core funding

Whether you need to improve your productivity, expand your business or innovate to get ahead, we have programs that can give your organization the support it needs.

FedDev Ontario is making investments that drive innovation and growth across all of southern Ontario. Our three core funding streams are designed to meet the needs of southern Ontario innovators, job creators and communities.


Explore our funding streams by clicking below.

Support for tourism-dependent communities

FedDev Ontario is committed to supporting tourism-dependent communities and local businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. If you are a not-for-profit tourism organization or tourism-dependent small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME), you are encouraged to contact FedDev Ontario toll-free at 1-866-593-5505 to review available funding options.

Additional programming

FedDev Ontario also delivers the following nationally coordinated programs tailored to fit regional needs and opportunities for growth:

For information about additional third-party support and funding opportunities, please visit our business services page.

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