Overview of funding opportunities available in Northern Ontario, Canada

This Northern Ontario funding booklet (pdf) with an overview of funding programs is relevant as of April 2018.

Funding topics covered:

Accessibility
The Rise Individual Lending Program………………………………………………………………………………4
Event Lending……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4

Agriculture
Carrot Cache ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
Government of Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program ………………………………….5
Greenbelt Funding/Grants……………………………………………………………………………………………..6
RAIN – SNAPP ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6

Arts and Culture
Canada Council for the Arts……………………………………………………………………………………………9
Ontario Arts Council Granting Programs and Awards………………………………………………………10
NOHFC Northern Business Opportunity Program: Film and Television ………………………………11

Community Development and Tourism
Downtown Community Improvement Plan – Professional Study Grant Program (PSG) ………..11
DCIP – Building Improvement Grant Program (BIG)………………………………………………………….11
DCIP – Municipal Fee Rebate (MFR)……………………………………………………………………………….12
DCIP – Exemption from Minimum Parking Requirements…………………………………………………12
NECO Community Development Initiatives…………………………………………………………………….13
OMAFRA Rural Economic Development Program – Supporting our Rural Communities………13
Ontario Trillium Foundation – SEED, GROW, CAPITAL, and TRANSFORM …………………….14
Tourism Development Fund …………………………………………………………………………………………14

Employment and Training
Canada-Ontario Job Grant ……………………………………………………………………………………………15
FedNor Youth Internship Program…………………………………………………………………………………16
Government of Canada – Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)…………………………………………………….16
Government of Canada’s Career Focus ………………………………………………………………………….17
Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Programs…………………………………………………..20
Iion – YEPP ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….22
National Resource Council’s Youth Employment Strategy Program …………………………………..23

NOHFC Northern Ontario Internship Program
North Claybelt Youth Internship……………………………………………………………………………………24

Exporting
CanExport (Government of Canada)………………………………………………………………………………24
Ontario Chamber of Commerce – The Ontario Exporters Fund………………………………………….25

Indigenous Programs
Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development…………………………………………………26
Funding for Indigenous Economic Development……………………………………………………………..27
Métis Voyageur Development Fund………………………………………………………………………………29
Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF)……………………………………………………………………29
Aboriginal Business Financing Program (Loan/Grant)………………………………………………………29
Summer Experience Program (Ontario Government) ………………………………………………………31
Waubetek Business Development Corporation……………………………………………………………….32
Term Loans – Enhanced Access to Capital (Waubetek)…………………………………………………….32
Bridge Financing (Waubetek)………………………………………………………………………………………..33

Manufacturing
CME-FedNor Assessments: Northern Ontario Manufacturing Grants………………………………..33
FedNor Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario – Productivity Improvements 34
Iion Innovative Manufacturing and Facilitation Program………………………………………………….35
Iion Triple-P Program…………………………………………………………………………………………………..35
Jobs and Prosperity Fund: Food and Beverage Growth Fund…………………………………………….37

Not-for-Profit
FedNor Business Growth and Competitiveness……………………………………………………………….37
FedNor Community Economic Development ………………………………………………………………….38
Summer Experience Program (Ontario Government) ………………………………………………………39

Social Enterprise
Centre for Social Innovation – Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund……………………………………….40
Social Enterprise for Northern Ontario (SENO) ……………………………………………………………….40
Start-up and Expansion

BDC – Small Business Program ………………………………………………………………………………………41
Crowd Funding……………………………………………………………………………………………………………41
Iion – Step Forward Entrepreneur Program – Worth A Cheque …………………………………………41
Industry Canada – Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBF)…………………………………42
Lending Loop Peer to Peer Lending ……………………………………………………………………………….43
Learning Initiative Self-Employment Program…………………………………………………………………43
NECO – Business Financing Program………………………………………………………………………………44
NOHFC – Northern Business Opportunity Program: Small Business Start-Up Projects………….45
NOHFC – Northern Business Opportunity Program: Business Expansion Projects………………..45
NOHFC – Northern Business Opportunity Program: New Investment Projects…………………….46
North Claybelt Community Futures – Entrepreneurs Francophones PLUS…………………………..46
Northern Ontario Angels’ Loans……………………………………………………………………………………47
PARO Circles……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….47
The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc. – Starter Company Plus Program ……………….47

Technology and Innovation
Blue Sky Net – BEAM Program ………………………………………………………………………………………48
FedNor Innovation………………………………………………………………………………………………………49
National Resource Council’s IRAP Funding: Technology Innovation Projects………………………50
National Resource Council’s Research and Technology Development Activities………………….51

Youth
Futurpreneur Canada Financing + Mentoring …………………………………………………………………51
Ontario Trillium Foundation – Youth Opportunities Fund …………………………………………………52
The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc. – Summer Company …………………………………53

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