Funding Programs

The list below contains just a few of the available funding programs available for producers to consider. Many have deadlines and it is important to keep this in mind when beginning the application process. For more information on these programs, follow the links in the individual descriptions, or contact David Thompson (RAIN) directly at 705-942-7927 ext. 3027.

The application intake is now closed. The next application intake opens November 16 to December 3rd, 2015.

Goal: GF2 programs focus on innovation, competitiveness and market development to ensure Canadian producers and processors have the tools and resources they need to continue to innovate and capitalize on emerging market opportunities.

Eligible Project Categories:

1) Capacity Building Stream – (a) Education, Skills Development and Training (b) Assessments and Audits (c) Planning

*Producers are strongly encouraged to take advantage of educational workshops supported through GF2: Environmental Farm Plan and Growing Your Farm Profits Workshops

2) Implementation Stream – Six areas of focus: (a) Environment and Climate Change (b) Assurance Systems (c) Market Development (d) Animal and Plant Health (e) Labour Productivity Enhancement (f) Business and Leadership Development

* Innovation is a key component of this stream

Cost-Share: 50% for Capacity Building Stream; 35% for Implementation Stream (50% if the project is deemed innovative)

Goal: To strengthen the North’s competitive advantage.

Eligible Project Categories:

1) Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program – Strategic infrastructure projects that have a direct and demonstrable net economic impact in Northern Ontario (focus on job creation); existing and emerging priority economic sectors aligned in the Growth Plan.

2) Northern Community Capacity Building Program (a) Community Capacity Building Projects (b) Event Partnership – Programs to help northern communities develop capacity to promote, attract and support economic growth in existing and emerging priority economic sectors in the Growth Plan.

3) Northern Business Opportunity Program (a) Business Expansion (b) Small Business Start-Up (c) New Investment – Supports the Growth Plan by encouraging business productivity and expansion, and global investment in northern communities.

Cost-Share: Funding generally does not exceed 50% of eligible project costs; up to 30% funding may be in the form of a conditional grant with the remainder in the form of a repayable loan.

Next Intake: Open until March 31, 2017

Businesses can claim this refundable tax credit if they are a corporation that provided a qualifying apprenticeship at a permanent establishment in Ontario for a student enrolled in a qualifying skilled trade. The credit is equal to a specified percentage (35% to 45%) of the eligible expenditures incurred by the corporation for a qualifying apprenticeship. The maximum credit for each apprentice is $10,000 per year to a maximum of $40,000 over the first 48 months of the qualifying apprenticeship.