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Funding Supports and Opportunities Currently Available

  • The Place to Grow: Agri-Food Initiative is now accepting applications until 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 26, 2020 through the Funding for Sectors stream. This stream will support agriculture and food value-chain partners in addressing emerging sector challenges and opportunities to create sector wide benefits.
  • Funding is now available to help producer businesses address immediate health and safety issues directly related to COVID-19 impacts through the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program. In addition to helping producer businesses, the enhanced program makes funding available to businesses that provide off-farm primary packing services and businesses that provide corn detasseling services.
  • You can find the program details for the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program here. Eligible submissions are being assessed on a continuous basis while funding is available.
  • If you have already submitted an application under the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program for Producers and you would like to discuss how this change affects your submission, you can expect to hear from us about that soon. If you prefer to speak to someone immediately, please contact us at: 1-877-424-1300.
  • Funding is available now for Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program for provincially licensed meat processors. Eligible applications are received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available. The project completion date for this program has been extended; provincially licensed meat processors now have until January 29, 2021 to submit expenses for completed projects.
  • OMAFRA has entered into a Transfer Payment Agreement with the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) to provide agri-food businesses, organizations and associations with educational resources, tools and consulting services to help them implement COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Additional details about businesses that may qualify can be found online on the WSPS website or by calling: 1-877-494-WSPS (9777).
  • The Agri-Food Open for E-Business Targeted Intakehas been well-received and is now closed. Applications submitted before the intake pause have either received notification or are being reviewed and applicants will continue to be notified via email as decisions are made.
  • The Addressing Labour Supply and Training Challenges. supports projects that focus on helping to build a strong labour force for agri-food and agri-product sectors by implementing new, enhanced or expanded activities for attracting, training and retaining labour. Thank you for your interest, due to high demand, the intake has been fully subscribed and is now closed.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) provides cost-share funding for provincially licensed abattoirs to enhance food safety, animal welfare and biosecurity. Intake three supported the purchase of equipment and structural upgrades. The last application intake closed on June 30, 2020.
  • The Market Access Initiative (MAI) intake has been paused. The MAI has provided cost-share funding to support market access impacted by trade restrictions.
  • A targeted intake to support Managed Bee Health continues to be offered. Eligible applications are received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) provides cost-share funding for provincially inspected dairy plants or dairy plants inspected by Public Health who attended the OMAFRA Pasteurization training on January 23 and/or 24, 2020. The last application intake closed on June 30, 2020.

Climate Action Incentive Fund: Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals (MUSH) Retrofit stream

The Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) MUSH Retrofit stream provides funding to municipalities, universities/colleges, schools, and hospitals to help them make energy efficiency improvements and retrofits to reduce energy use, costs, and carbon pollution.

This CAIF program is available in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick.

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Upcoming CRA Seminars:

Toronto West-Thunder-Bay Tax Services Office in-person information seminars

This information seminar provides a summary of the financial aspects of the SR&ED Program. It is intended for financial or accounting staff already familiar with the basics of the SR&ED Program. Attendees will be taken through the completion of Form T661 and the calculation of investment tax credits. There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is required, as seating is limited.

March 24, 2020

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FCA extends Windsor minivan plant’s third shift by 3 weeks for fleet order

WINDSOR, Ont. — Fiat Chrysler plans to eliminate the third shift at its Windsor, Ont., minivan plant on Oct. 21, three weeks later than originally planned, due to a fleet order. FCA pushed the elimination date back from Sept. 30 “to accommodate a large order,” spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin said in a statement. “After that date, the plant will return to a traditional two-shift operation.” 

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Budget 2019 – Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program

The Department of Finance announced in the March 19, 2019, Federal Budget that for tax years ending after March 18, 2019, the use of the previous year taxable income is removed as a factor in determining a canadian-controlled private corporation’s $3 million annual expenditure limit for the purpose of the refundable enhanced SR&ED investment tax credit (35%).

Additional information on the change is available on Federal SR&ED legislative proposals status.

In determining the amount of the 35% refundable investment tax credit, canadian-controlled private corporations must file Schedule T2SCH31, Investment Tax Credit – Corporations (2017 and later tax years). For tax years ending after March 18, 2019, do not include an amount on line 390 of this schedule.

For corporations that must allocate the expenditure limit, when filing Schedule T2SCH49, Agreement Among Associated Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations to Allocate the Expenditure Limit (2012 and later tax years), include $500,000 for Amount A (line 425) of this schedule.

An update to the SR&ED Investment Tax Credit Policy is being prepared.

Over $5 million for two Windsor companies to support automotive innovation and create nearly 160 jobs

Canada’s automotive sector is strong and uniquely positioned to design and build the cars of today and tomorrow, and our highly skilled workforce is the driving force behind it. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a combined FedDev Ontario contribution of more than $5 million to APAG Elektronik Corp. and Service Mold + Aerospace Inc. to develop and adopt innovative technologies, scale up and create good middle-class jobs. This announcement was made as he prepares to attend the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

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Company among 11 recipients of $41M federal fund

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains is at the Tecumseh manufacturer to announce the funds.

“To get to the cars of the future, we have to start today!” Bains stated in a media release. “Our government is supporting Canada’s strong and vibrant automotive sector and the middle-class Canadians who employ it.”

11 recipients in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia to benefit from the $41 million Strategic Innovation Fund aimed at supporting the development of safer vehicles that are more environmentally friendly.

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