Funding for food processing companies
The provincial and federal governments provide more than $3 billion in funding and support to Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector through a variety of grant and loan programs offered through Growing Forward 2 (GF2). In addition to free workshops and resources, GF2 funds activities that encourage innovation, competitiveness and market development.
Funding for Ontario’s interactive digital media sector
The Ontario Media Development Corporation offers a range of tax credits and funding programs applicable to businesses in book and magazine publishing, film and video, interactive media, and music.
Funding for clean technology and energy conservation
Provincial and federal funding programs support the development of clean technology and the implementation of energy conservation initiatives. Programs include:
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) offers a number of funding and support programs aimed at helping Ontario-based businesses conserve energy, including the Conservation Fund.
Funding for Ontario’s life sciences sector
In addition to an ecosystem made up of industry-leading research centres and hospitals, Ontario’s life sciences sector benefits from a variety of lucrative funding and support programs:
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)’s Explore program supports unconventional, highly innovative research with the potential to affect the drug discovery process, with grant funding up to $300,000 available over a two-year period.
Ontario businesses focused on big data and predictive analytics in healthcare can take advantage of programs and services offered by IBM and the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Centre (SOSCIP) to access advanced computing platforms, technical expertise and funding for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. And the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)’s modern, ultra high-speed network helps businesses transmit massive amounts of data to collaborate with other innovators without experiencing bottlenecks.