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Entrepreneurial Spirit Grows in Vaughan: Summer Company 2020

Each year, the City of Vaughan offers the Summer Company program in association with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) to prepare young entrepreneurs with a pipeline of tools, skills, connections and resources required to succeed. Through the Summer Company program, Economic and Cultural Development has supported more than 220 students since the beginning of the program in 2002.

This year, four successful applicants were chosen to participate in this annual program, which provides students aged 15 to 29 years old with access to business advisory services and workshops to help them develop important skills, and mentorship from Vaughan’s business community. Participants will also receive up to $3,000 in provincial grant funding to invest in their businesses.

Due to COVID-19, Summer Company training will be available online through a web portal, which contains instructional videos, worksheets and resources developed by the City’s Economic and Cultural Development department in partnership with the City of Richmond Hill and Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs. Throughout the summer, students will also participate in Digital Boost workshops, meetings with mentors through the Vaughan Business Café and one-on-one business consultations with City staff.

2020 Summer Company Students

The selected student ventures for this year’s Summer Company program represent a number of industries including professional services, information and communications technology, and recreation.

Eric Pimentel | HIIT Excellence

HIIT Excellence is an Online Personal Training company focused on providing & developing increased body confidence for Women in their early – mid twenties through exercise, from the comfort of their own home.

Alan Nemirovski | Slingshot Media Solutions

Slingshot Media Solutions offers comprehensive, personalized social media consultation and management, as well as custom digital content creation, for small, local business and nonprofit organizations.

Anthony Tovbis | Best Press Printing

Best Press Printing manufactures custom designed t-shirts and other apparel for sale to local businesses to help them establish brand recognition and to support their promotional efforts.

Ananya Vishwanath | VQueues

VQueues is a virtual queueing platform that aims to eliminate the inconvenience of lineups by enabling businesses to create a virtual queue for customers to join remotely.


For more information on this year’s Summer Company students, browse the program directory here.

Canada’s Manufacturing Supercluster invests in Vaughan companies

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, has announced a collaborative funding effort worth $28.8 million to support nine cutting-edge projects across Canada, two of which involve Vaughan-based companies.

“The advanced manufacturing projects we support combine some of the best in knowledge, technologies and production capability that Canada has to offer,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen. “Collaboration allows Canadian companies to create leading edge solutions for Canada that can then be leveraged to capture new market opportunities around the world.”

The projects, which combine Canada’s manufacturing strengths with new and emerging technologies, were selected for NGen funding by a panel of independent experts.

Funded projects that involve Vaughan companies:

  • Concord-based Macrodyne Technologies is partnering with Conrex Steel and Source Industrial Services on a collaborative project that will create the world’s most sophisticated steel forming press. The project will bring new capacity and data to manipulate large thick panels for domestic shipbuilding needs on Canada’s East and West coasts, international sphere storage vessel forming and finally thick steel heads for pressure vessels throughout North America. The consortium aims to challenge conventional capabilities and push new possibilities within the industrial use of Canadian steel, strengthen Canadian supplier networks, and showcase unique Canadian IP and manufacturing capabilities in press and crane technologies.
  • Woodbridge-based Niigon Machines, in partnership with MPC, is developing a new manufacturing process that will transform the way automotive components are made, allowing cycle times to be cut in half, increasing productivity, and decreasing costs.

These projects are part of a portfolio of advanced manufacturing initiatives that NGen will fund from the Canadian Government’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative. NGen’s goal is to generate at least $13.5 billion in GDP growth and create 13,500 new jobs while addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems in health care, resource management, and environmental.

COVID-19 Resources

Supporting Vaughan business resilience

Updated: September 18, 2020

The Economic and Cultural Development (ECD) team is monitoring the impact of COVID-19. We are ready to help you access support provided by the Government of Canada & stakeholder organizations.

Our department continues to offer advisory consultations for your business via tele- or video-conference support for general inquiries via email. We are also hosting webinars.

Book a consultation      Email us      Join a webinar

Our dedicated staff will connect with you as soon as they can. To keep our staff healthy, our regular front desk phone line will not be available.

  • York Region has a number of resources available to support business and workplace as they reopen and resume service. For a complete list, download the Re-opening and Resuming Business During COVID-19 Toolkit.

  • Effective Friday, July 17, 2020 as of 12:01 a.m., business owners and operators in York Region must have a policy in place to prohibit people from entering if they are not wearing a face mask or covering and must place approved York Region signage on the premise. Customers, employees and visitors who enter enclosed public spaces must wear a face mask or covering. 

    This policy is scheduled to remain in place until Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  

    To help support and educate the community about what this decision means to them, York Region has created a number of resources available at 

  • The Economic and Cultural Development (ECD) is working with partners to host webinars on the latest trends and topics.

    These webinars–and other events relevant to Vaughan businesses–are listed on our Events page.

  • The new Digital Boost: Vaughan Small Business Resiliency Program supports local small business owners in finding new opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. 

  • During this challenging time, the City is committed to supporting businesses, consumers and all citizens, and has developed an online list of local businesses that are open during the current state of emergency. This voluntary listing includes both essential services and businesses that have modified operations and provide goods and services by phone, online, take-out or delivery.

  • Residents looking to do their part to support the local economy can do so by shopping remotely with local businesses and restaurants with #ShopVaughanLocal. Citizens are encouraged to do any of the following to show their support for small businesses in Vaughan:

    • Order take-out or delivery from a local restaurant
    • Buy gift cards for use at a later date
    • Order from local businesses online
    • Share your local love #ShopVaughanLocal
    • Access government supports for businesses on this page
  • In March 2020, the City launched the Vaughan Business Action Plan, which includes a series of measures to safeguard the local economy and protect businesses, consumers and all citizens. These measures include:

    • Support the restocking of store shelves
    • Enhance the movement of goods
    • Improve business ground transportation
    • Suspend the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT)
    • Maintain small business services

    In addition, the City also implemented:

    • A grace period of 90 days for business license renewals; and
    • A waiving of late penalty charges for interim and final tax bills until July 1.

    For more information, please visit the Vaughan Business Action Plan page.

  • The Vaughan Business Resilience Plan, launched in June 2020, is an immediate and long-term plan to help Vaughan’s business community build capacity to adapt to the post-COVID world. The Economic and Cultural Development department will:

    • help businesses and the economy build resilience;
    • build resilience into key economic opportunities and strategic sectors
      like healthcare, supply-chain and manufacturing, and tourism;
    • share Vaughan’s reimagined public spaces within social distancing and invite the community to experience Vaughan’s culture and arts.

    For more information, read the Vaughan Business Resilience Plan Council Report and Project Matrix.

  • The Vaughan Rising Blog is a resource that aims to help Vaughan Businesses adapt to a post-COVID economy. The series will highlight bold and innovative ways that the Vaughan business community is demonstrating resilience and practical resources contributed by subject matter experts.

    New blogs will be posted most Tuesdays through to January 2021.

  • The Government of Canada’s PPE Supply Hub has resources and information to help organizations sell and buy personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. .

  • This risk mitigation tool will assist workplaces/businesses in considering risks to employees, customers and clients during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and provide examples of measures that may be implemented at the workplace/business to mitigate potential risks.

  • Over 90 sector-specific guidelines and posters have been developed to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.

  • Use the Workplace Safety Plan template to create a plan to help protect your works and others from COVID-19.

  • The PPE Exchange is a marketplace for personal protective equipment (PPE) connecting customers in need of PPE with suppliers.

  • As Canada’s industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process.

  • To assist retailers in their reopening planning, Retail Council of Canada, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group and retailers from across Canada, has prepared the Road to Retail Recovery Playbook to help Canadian retailers, large and small, plan for the reopening of retail sector across the country.

  • The UN World Tourism Organization’s COVID-19 webpage is a central source for data, webinars and other resources, including the COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Technical Assistance Package.

  • York Region’s COVID 19: Resources for the York Region Business Community page is a central source for:

    • Business reopening guidance and advice,
    • York Region Public Health resources and guidance,
    • Workplace PPE supplier directories, and
    • Other resources.
  • The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is a no cost, immersive series of highly practical online programs that are designed to help you identify areas to modernize your business so that you can confidently take on all the challenges that are thrown at you in the wake of COVID-19, such as managing your workforce virtually, finding new customers without going to a tradeshow, and managing disrupted supply chains – just to name a few.

  • The AIME@Home program offers grants of up to $100,000 per company to foster training that will lead to advancements in innovation within the manufacturing sector in Southern Ontario.

  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)’s Agri-Food Open for e-Business Program is a grant of up to $5,000 to help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations establish an online e-business and marketing presence.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Small Business Loan offers up to $100,000 and can be obtained online in as little as 48 hours, from time of approval.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Purchase Order Financing helps businesses increase cash flow to fulfill domestic or international orders with very flexible times.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Working Capital Loan​ offers extra funds to bridge cash flow gaps and support everyday operations.

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)’s Capital Bridge Financing Program is for Canadian companies backed by a qualified venture capital firm, who have raised at least $500,000 in external capital before applying for the program, and  specifically impacted by COVID-19.

  • The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits.

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

    • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
    • meet operating expenses on commercial properties

    Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April-September 2020.

  • Digital Main Street (DMS) is a program focused on assisting main street small businesses (MSB) with their adoption of technologies. Through a partnership with FedDev Ontario and the Province of Ontario, grant opportunities are available to enable this digital transformation process.  

    The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and contributions to main street small businesses looking increase their capacity through digital transformation. Digital Transformation grants can be used to make investments in the following areas:

    • Hira consultant/agency/person to execute Digital Marketing initiatives 
    • Develop a new website or redesign an existing website 
    • Purchase graphic design, social media, productivity or other software 
    • Enroll in ongoing Digital Training courses  
    • Purchase hardware to help with executing digital marketing strategies 

    Vaughan-based businesses must be located in the Kleinburg Business Improvement Area, Maple Heritage District, Thornhill Heritage District or Woodbridge Avenue, among other eligibility criteria, in order to apply. The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) reserves the right to determine which businesses are eligible or ineligible on a case-by-case basis. 

  • Export Development Canada (EDC)’s Funding for Exporters supports all Canadian exporters by offering their banks a guarantee on loans of up to $5 million.

  • If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium-sized business or organization and have received RDA funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you are encouraged to contact FedDev Ontario.​

  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) will be open to large Canadian employers who

    1. have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by (i) having significant operations in Canada or (ii) supporting a significant workforce in Canada;
    2. can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues; and
    3. require a minimum loan size of about $60 million.
  • Mitacs is expanding its effort to support Canadian businesses in the fight against COVID-19 by boosting funding, fast-tracking proposals and adding flexibility to project requirements.

  • The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)’s Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program offers grants of 70% up to $7,500 for Ontario agriculture and agri-food businesses to implement safety measures that protect employees against COVID-19.

  • The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides interest-free loans to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are unable to access other federal COVID-19 relief measures.

    If there is significant demand for the funding available, priority may be given to SMEs that are significant employers in communities and critical industries, such as manufacturing, technology and tourism.

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides $500 per week for eligible workers, including self-employed individuals, who have lost their income due to COVID-19. It also applies to those still employed, but not receiving income (allowing employers to keep employees).

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is a subsidy covering 75 per cent of salaries for qualifying businesses, including all sizes and sectors, non-profits and charities.

    Extended until August 29, 2020.

  • The Government of Canada Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) and TECHNATION Career Ready Program covers up to 70% of gross wages for Canadian companies and scale-ups that leverage student talent during the COVID 19 pandemic

  • Mitacs is expanding its effort to support Canadian businesses in the fight against COVID-19 by expanding internship offerings and bolstering industrial post-doc fellowships.

  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)’s Work-Sharing program is designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity, beyond the control of the employer.

  • BioEnterprise Smartgrowth Program provides funding to small and medium businesses in Southern Ontario’s agri-technology sector to support scale-up and expansion projects.

  • The Government of Canada is seeking manufacturers, businesses and skilled workers that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies.

  • Innovative Solutions Canada has two streams with a combined funding of over $140 million dedicated to help Canadian innovators fight COVID-19 and solve challenges.

  • NGen COVID-19 Response Program provides funding for companies that can help build a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products and therapeutics.

  • COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program provides funding for near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19-related need.

  • Ontario Together: Help fight Coronavirus is seeking businesses, researchers and organizations that can supply emergency products and innovative solutions.

    Only have part of a solution? Look for partners with OCE’s COVID-19 Collaboration Platform.

  • Public Works and Government Services Canada is seeking businesses able to supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • Alectra Utilities will work with customers to provide flexible payment terms and will not disconnect customers during this time of uncertainty. Late payment charges are waived for all residential and small commercial customers, effective April 15, 2020 for a 60-day period.

  • Enbridge Gas’s Energy Assistance Program – Eligible customers having trouble paying their bill may qualify for emergency relief to avoid having their service disconnected.

  • The Actors’ Fund of Canada (The AFC) ​ is providing short-term emergency financial assistance to Canadian entertainment professionals.

  • The artsUNITE project is a sector-led wayfinding and support platform for the creative community.

    Its purpose is to:

    • Guide artists and creative organizations through the available resources for immediate relief;
    • Secure remuneration through paid work opportunities; and
    • Equip artists with adaptive supports for long-term sector recovery and regeneration from the pandemic.
  • The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) provides financial support for the ongoing operations of Canadian arts organizations that specialize in training artists for professional national or international artistic careers, at the highest levels.

    Application deadline: June 30, 2020

  • The Canadian Artist + Musician Relief Fund provides support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic. Whether it’s from cancelled gigs, lost jobs or a lack of business due to coronavirus.

  • Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund is for Canadian writers and visual artists and writers facing lost income due to the pandemic. $1500 grants available for successful applicants. See site for eligibility criteria.

  • Netflix’s Emergency Support for Workers in the Creative Community Fund ​is a $100 million fund to help with hardship in the creative community; mainly to go towards support for the hardest hit workers on NETFLIX productions around the world, as well as the broader film and television industry. $15 million of the fund will go to third-parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where NETFLIX has a large production base.

  • Glad Day Lit’s Emergency Survival Fund supports paid work for LGBTQ2S artists and performers; grants to LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers for food and housing; no-interest loans to artists, performers and tip-based workers; and Glad Day Lit admin costs and toward keeping Glad Day open.

  • The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is maintaining a list of emergency funding and temporary/remote work opportunities for Canadian artists and freelancers.

Funding for Tech Entrepreneurs

These public and private investors invest in high-tech startups and may also offer mentorship and technology advice.

York Angel Investors
  • Accredited investors supporting early and mid-stage capital requirements

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BDC Business Development Bank of Canada – Vaughan
  • Provides small business loans (online application), financing for larger projects and business consultation services

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Keiretsu Forum Vaughan Chapter
  • Provides businesses with an audience of active angel investors through events

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Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
  • Co-invests with the private sector to commercialize innovation from Ontario colleges, universities and research hospitals
  • Offers student entrepreneurship fellowships and programs

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National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)
  • Helps small and medium-sized businesses develop new technologies with technical and business expertise, linking suppliers, customers and investors
  • Financially supports research and production development with commercial potential

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York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) VC Fund
  • Collaborates with private investors, angel investor groups and VCs to help client ventures obtain investment

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Corporate Visits

Are you short on time but eager to learn more about Vaughan’s economy or how the Vaughan Economic and Cultural Development team can help your business? We’ll come to you!

Request a visit by reaching out via our general contact email with the subject line “Corporate Visit Request,” or check out our Contact page to reach out to a specific team member.

Vaughan Economic Monitor

COVID-19 Update: The Vaughan Economic Monitor is temporarily on hiatus while we focus on sharing breaking news and helpful resources.

The Vaughan Economic Monitor eNewsletter is a resource from the Vaughan Economic and Cultural Development department that shares hard-hitting facts, figures and news related to economic, market and business activities here in Vaughan. New issues are delivered bi-monthly.


Starter Company Plus

The Vaughan Starter Company Plus program is designed for you and your business. Receive tailored training, mentorship and the opportunity to apply for a provincial grant of up to $5,000 to help your business grow.

The Starter Company Plus program is offered at the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre through the support of the Government of Ontario and the City of Vaughan. Qualified applicants will receive:

  • Mentoring from successful local entrepreneurs
  • Training tailored to your specific sector
  • Advice services for business
  • Access to business workshops and valuable networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 in provincial funding

To receive further information about the program, please complete the Starter Company Plus eligibility survey. All eligible participants will be invited to attend training sessions on an ongoing basis.

Applications for the Starter Company Plus program Winter 2020 cohort are closed. Please check back for updates on future programming intakes.

Bonus offer: All program participants will receive 50% off two weeks of co-working space at the HUB Vaughan.

Successful grant applicants will receive a $200 credit voucher to the HUB Vaughan services.

Starter Company Success Story

Summer Company

Summer Company is a great opportunity for students between the ages of 15 and 29 who want to run their own summer business. It provides them with access to up to $3,000 in provincial funding, as well as business training, advice and mentorship to get up and running. The Summer Company Program is offered at the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre through the support of the Government of Ontario and the City of Vaughan.

View all eligibility criteria and program requirements

The 2020 Summer Company program is now in progress. Applications for the 2021 Summer Company program will reopen early in the new year.

For more information, please visit the Ontario Summer Company webpage or fill in an information request form to begin working with a small business advisor on your business idea and application.

2020 Summer Company Students

View the 2020 Summer Company Directory

Program Alumni

View the 2019 Summer Company Directory

Funding Programs

As a business, you may be eligible for government funding to help you expand or modernize. Some of the newest and most popular programs are listed here.

Contact us to learn about others.

Water Saving And Protection Incentives For Businesses

York Region offers a variety of financial incentives for businesses participating in water protection and efficiency programs. The programs are offered to owners and managers of businesses, institutional facilities, farms and multi-unit residences in York Region.

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive (SR&ED)

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is a federal tax incentive program that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, to do research and development (R&D) in Canada. It can reduce your after-tax cost between $37 and $61 for every $100 in R&D spending.

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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP): Max $10-million Grant
Solving Internal Technical Challenges and Collaborative R&D with Post-Secondary/Research Institutions

The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides a grant (typically 80 per cent direct labour, 50 per cent subcontractor costs) for either internal or third-party collaboration on technical feasibility studies, technology adoption, product development or process development projects, or production design projects.

Eligibility: 1 to 500 people on payroll, incorporated for two or more years, committed to internal R&D activities.

Timelines: Projects require approval prior to spending and funding runs from April 1 to March 31 each year.

Project Themes: Development of innovative products, processes and services. Projects must focus on solving an internal technical challenge by adopting/developing technology and processing enhancements.

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Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF): Minimum $10 Million In Grants/Repayable Funding
Innovative R&D, National Ecosystem and Collaboration

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) supports industrial research and technology demonstration that accelerates the commercialization and scale up of Canadian businesses and innovation through collaborative industrial research, development and demonstration projects. Projects must lead to significant job creation, advance the ecosystem/industry and provide benefits to Canada.

Eligibility: Incorporated Canadian businesses with high growth potential and the ability to drive innovation. Must leverage significant private-sector co-investments.

Timeline: Streams 1 to 3 and 5 offer continuous intake and stream 4 has annual intake dates. Projects can go beyond five years.

Project Themes: Innovative technology research, development and commercialization, business expansion, capital investment and collaborative R&D with post-secondary or research institutions.

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Business Scale-up And Productivity (BSP) Program: 0 Per Cent Interest Loan/Up To 25 Per Cent Eligible Expenses
Large-Scale Business Expansion Projects

The Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program helps businesses adopt/adapt innovative technologies that support productivity, grow Southern Ontario operations and increase exports to global markets. It is targeted towards large-scale expansion projects where new innovative technologies will be used to develop globally competitive products, services or processes.

Eligibility: Must maintain profitable operations in Southern Ontario for two or more years, have five or more employees, and be an incorporated business or Indigenous organization. Minimum spend of $4 million for manufacturers, $1.5 million for software.

Timelines: Continuous application intake. Projects must be completed within three years. Minimum five-year term loan.

Project Themes: Early adoption or adaptation of innovative technologies and processes, expanding management capacity, commercializing/producing new products or processes, and researching/developing export markets.

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NGen Manufacturing Program: Up To 44.4 Per Cent Grant For R&D
Collaborative Technology Research and Development

As administered by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the program taps into Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) funding to support groups of businesses that develop high potential technologies, create groundbreaking process transformation and de-risk the adoption of technology to help manufacturers compete globally.

Eligibility: Projects must be transformational in scale or impact, and be of wider benefit to Canada’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Must have a minimum of three private-sector project partners; all NGen members.

Timeline: Open two-stage application process including an Expression of Interest (EOI) and, if called forward, a full application. Expected project length is 18 to 36 months; all projects must be complete by March 31, 2023.

Project Themes: Collaborative technology development and application. Should have wide-reaching impacts that expand the potential of Canadian manufacturers, even those not directly involved in the project.

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Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (OAMPNgen Manufacturing Program: Up To 44.4 Per Cent Grant For R&D): Up To $100,000/50 Per Cent Grant
Technology Adoption for Manufacturing Productivity Enhancement

OAMP helps automotive businesses improve productivity through technology adoption projects. It builds off the success of the former Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) and focuses on integrating innovative equipment that reduces costs and expands manufacturing capabilities.

Eligibility: Ontario automotive-related manufacturing businesses with less than 500 employees and less than $1 billion annual revenue globally. At least 50 per cent of revenue must come from the automotive supply sector. Two or more years of financial statements.

Timelines: The program is not open for applications at this time. Information about future application rounds will be announced in spring 2020.

Project Themes: Adopting new manufacturing technologies to spur productivity and innovation.

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CanExport: Up To 75 Per Cent To A Maximum $75,000 Per Application Grant
International Trade Shows, Marketing and Translation Costs

CanExport supports marketing activities in high-potential markets where less than $100,000 or 10 per cent of international sales have been generated in the past 24 months. Projects should focus on improving sales and brand exposure in international markets, including exhibiting at trade shows.

Eligibility: 1 or more years incorporated with taxes filed, 1 to 500 FTE employees, and $100,000 to $100 million in annual revenue. Budget must be greater than $20,000 for one market where less than $20,000 or 10 per cent of international sales have been generated in the past 24 months.

Timeline: Continuous intake of applications. Apply at least six weeks ahead of incurring eligible project expenses. Up to two applications can be submitted per government fiscal year, but only one project can be open at a time.

Project Themes: Marketing activities including trade shows, marketing material translation and market research.

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Canada-Ontario Job Grant (Cojg): Up To $10,000 Per Trainee
Workforce Training for Skills Development

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Eligibility: Canadian-based SME with $2-million liability insurance. Trainee must be a permanent Canadian citizen or granted refugee status. Trainer must be a separate entity from applicant company.

Timeline: Training must be completed within 12 months of application approval.

Training Themes: Post-secondary, technical skills, leadership, marketing, business systems, etc.

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Sources: Mentorworks, Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, Regional Municipality of York
Last updated: October 30, 2019