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Technical Management Consultants Inc. has been greatly prosperous in assisting companies prepare and submit applications for Government funding.

Over the years we have been fundamental to helping our clients be rewarded as low as $10,000 to over $5M in Government funding toward their projects. Our services include but are not limited to assisting in business plan/case writing, application preparation and submission, budget forecasting and cash flow projections.

Government Funding Programs

Jobs and Growth Fund

By Government Funding Programs

The Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth.

The Fund, delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over three years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria.

In Atlantic Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is investing $70 million to help job creators and the organizations that support them to future-proof their businesses, build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, enhancing competitiveness, and creating jobs in every corner of the country.

Eligible Applicants

  • Businesses, including co-operatives.
  • Not-for-profit organizations and community economic development partners.

Indigenous Applicants

  • Indigenous-led organizations and/or businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Under the initiative, RDAs may contribute up to 100 percent of eligible project costs for projects with Indigenous clients.

Eligible Activities

Activities that support the transition to a green economy, including those that:

  • Support the development and adoption of clean technology.
  • Help communities and businesses plan and drive clean, sustainable economic growth.
  • Partner with organizations to catalyze the development of green regional clusters.
  • Work with organizations supporting businesses to transition to a green economy.

 Activities that foster an inclusive recovery, including those that:

  • Support businesses owned or majority-led by under-represented groups, such as Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, women, youth, LGBTQ2, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, and members of official language minority communities.
  • Increase the participation of under-represented groups in the economy by supporting not-for-profit organizations that provide funding, business services, training and access to resources to build a more inclusive and equitable workforce.

Activities that preserve Canada’s competitiveness and future-proof SMEs through digital adoption, including those that:

  • Support the development or adoption of digital and technological solutions (i.e., Industry 4.0 solutions) to increase and promote business productivity.
  • Invest in technologies that help scale businesses, enhance their capabilities and increase resilience.

Activities that strengthen capacity in sectors critical to Canada’s recovery and growth, including those that:

  • Support scale-up and market expansion activities that bolster traditional areas of strength.
  • Develop emerging areas of global competitive advantage.
  • Support supply chain adaptation and diversification opportunities to build Canadian capacity in critical sectors such as food production, medical supplies and biomanufacturing.

Assistance Available

  • Eligible businesses could receive interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50 percent of eligible costs.
  • Eligible not-for-profit organizations could receive non-repayable contributions for up to 90 percent of eligible costs.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous intake basis until such time as the funding is fully allocated.

Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness Stream

By Government Funding Programs

Learn how eligible companies can get support to make investments in technology, equipment or skills to improve your competitiveness.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness (AMIC) Stream will provide financial support to advanced manufacturing companies with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises across Ontario. It will provide investments in:

  • funding support
  • complementary services and support

The types of support available include:

  • be a for-profit business (with a business number)
  • less than 500 employees globally
  • less than $1 billion in global revenues
  • have at least two years of financial statements
  • at least 50% of the company’s total sales revenue comes from the auto supply sector

The fund supports projects that:

  • create jobs and build talent
  • attract and encourage private sector investment
  • help companies to adopt technologies that improve their competitiveness
  • lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts
  • encourage innovation, collaboration, and cluster development

Who is Eligible

The fund supports business and organizations in advanced manufacturing sectors, including:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • chemical
  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • life sciences
  • steel

To be eligible, businesses need to:

  • have at least three years of operations/financial statements
  • employ at least 10 people
  • commit to creating at least five new jobs and/or upskilled current jobs
  • invest at least $500,000 in their project
  • be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in Ontario

Restrictions: You are not allowed to combine (or stack) AMIC funding with funding from other provincial programs.

Types of Support Available

Funding

Up to 15% of eligible project costs.

Loans

Up to 15% of funding to a maximum of $5 million, interest free during the project period (up to four years).

If you achieve your investment and job or upskilling targets, up to 30% of the loan (to a maximum of $500,000) may be forgiven.

Grants

Grants are available only for specific circumstances, up to 15% to a maximum:

  • of $500,000 for small companies located in rural communities
  • of $1.5 million for strategic projects that are foreign direct investments or from companies competing against other jurisdictions or companies with significant reshoring projects

Complementary Supports and Services

Complementary supports and services are available when you submit a completed application. This could include:

  • advisory services to help you navigate other government programs, such as guidance on compliance approvals
  • help with skills and talent
  • health and safety
  • environmental

These services are available for the duration of your project regardless of the funding outcome. Services will be coordinated by working with partner ministries until they are delivered, closed-out or finalized.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

By Government Funding Programs

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector and increase its competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability.

OSCIA is delivering Partnership cost-share funding programs to producers and associated other agri-business operations.

The next intake period opens on Dec. 9, 2020.

Programs available but not limited to:

Technologies and Processes to Reduce Plant Pest Contamination and Risk

For projects focused on reducing biosecurity risks into, out of, and within high-risk areas of the operation, in a measurable or proven way.

Eligible activities and expenditures

Costs for the sole purpose of decreasing pest risk to plant health:

  • Management tools and equipment including:
  • Using new technologies or practices to reduce pest development and spread
  • Innovative pest mitigation technologies that reduce worker exposure and environmental risk
  • Monitoring and diagnostic tools including:
  • Monitoring equipment (e.g., optical sorters)
  • Pest modeling software
  • Modifications or additions to existing structures to establish an anteroom or header house into high-risk areas
  • Proposed modifications or additions must clearly demonstrate separation of clean and dirty traffic flow through a CAP
  • Modifications to existing structures to facilitate more efficient movement of plants and people to reduce plant health biosecurity risks
  • Improving traffic flow efficiency to reduce contamination through establishing new or existing walkways, laneways, access routes, etc.
  • Construction of hard surface pad or wash bay facility for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and equipment outside a CAP or CAZ
  • Installation of specialized cleaning and disinfection equipment
  • Plant hygiene or treatment equipment
  • Installing a treatment system to remove pathogens, particulates, crop residue or contaminants from water
  • Construction or modification of a structure used only as a quarantine or isolation facility

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $100,000

Develop New Products or Processes

For projects focused on developing products or processes to retain an existing market, grow an existing market or access a new market, and to significantly increase sales.

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Third-party advisory costs for agri-based bio-product, food or beverage product and process development activities, which may include:
  • Regulatory review
  • Ingredient, material or packaging sourcing
  • Formulation development
  • Process development
  • Scale-up trials
  • Shelf life determination
  • Testing or analysis to verify and complement development process including:
  • Nutritional, microbial, chemical, an allergen
  • Sensory/consumer
  • Product physical testing
  • Packaging related activities
  • Package testing to ensure compatibility with product
  • Labelling development and design for marketing purposes
  • Labelling development to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Costs of automated, advanced manufacturing and/or robotic processing equipment and technology and/or software systems directly related to developing a new product or process through:
  • Acquiring new processing equipment and technology (including installation and configuration)
  • Retrofitting or modifying existing processing equipment and technology (including installation and configuration)
  • First-time training of key personnel on new, project- related equipment, technology and processes (e.g., train the trainer) related to value-added agri-food/agricultural products
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $75,000

Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management Systems

For projects to put in place software systems that will streamline and integrate business applications and contribute to improved business results.

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Resource management plan implementation that involves evaluation, procurement, development and customization of new Enterprise Resource Planning or supply chain optimization systems including directly related advisory services, software and hardware involved with installation and customization
  • First-time development of reports or dashboards that integrate meaningful metrics and benchmarks related to resource management, supply chain and productivity performance, which can include but are not limited to:
  • Product shipping, distribution or routing across different transportation modes (e.g., trucking, intermodal, rail, marine)
  • Border requirement integration
  • Supply and demand forecasting, management performance reports
  • Inventory and input management
  • Order fulfillment benchmarking
  • Product quality management
  • First-time costs to implement a supply chain optimization that improves compatibility and interface with trading partners, such as:
  • Electronic Data Interface (EDI) systems, including Advanced Shipping Notices (ASN) for improved customer or supplier interface
  • Integrating products into national standardized product registry for synchronized data exchange (e.g., national product registry [GS1 Canada ECCnet], automating product attribute communication)
  • One-time costs associated with training personnel on new project-related systems (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third-party advisory costs
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Available cost-share

35 per cent, up to a maximum of $100,000

Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity

For projects to implement advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment to enhance labour productivity.

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs directly related to improving labour productivity with new automated, advanced manufacturing, robotic equipment and technology and/or software systems*
  • Development of new or translation of manufacturing policies, feedback systems, preventative maintenance procedures and standard operational procedures, such as processing standards (time, temperature, speed etc.); proactive, preventative maintenance routines; and employee scheduling systems
  • One-time costs associated with training key personnel on project-related new equipment, technology and software systems (e.g., train the trainer)
  • One-time labour costs specifically required for the project, such as third party advisory fees
  • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Available cost-share

25 per cent, up to a maximum of $200,000

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

By Government Funding Programs

The fund supports projects that:

  • create jobs and build talent
  • attract and encourage private sector investment
  • lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts
  • encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development

Business Projects

To be eligible, businesses need to:

  • invest at least $500,000 in their project (or $200,000 if you are in rural Ontario)
  • employ at least 10 people (or 5 if you are in rural Ontario)
  • commit to creating at least 5 new jobs (or 30% increase for companies with fewer than 15 employees)
  • be able to provide 3 years of operations/financial statements
  • be located in, or plan to locate in, a community in southwestern Ontario
Funding Amount

Up to 15% of eligible project costs.

Loans

Up to 15% funding to a maximum of $5M, interest free during the project period (up to 4 years). If you achieve your investment and job targets, up to 30% of the loan (to a maximum of $500,000) may be forgiven.

Grants

Grants are available only for specific circumstances, up to 15% to a maximum:

  • Of $500,000 if your company has fewer than 100 employees and is based in rural Ontario (population of your community is less than 100,000 or population density is less than 100 people per square kilometre)
  • Of $1,500,000 for strategic projects that are foreign direct investments or from companies competing against other jurisdictions

Community Economic Development Projects

To be eligible, projects need to:

  • be led by municipalities, economic development organizations (including sector groups) or consortia
  • focus on economic and business development and job creation in the community or region by investing in infrastructure or implementing strategies to advance regional economic development priorities
  • lead to measurable outcomes including private sector investment, growth and job creation
  • invest more than $100,000
  • have private sector support
  • be used for activities that are new to the organization
Funding Amount

Up to 50% of eligible project costs for a maximum grant of up to $1.5 million.

Restrictions

You are not allowed to combine (or “stack”) Southwestern Ontario Development funding with other provincial programs.

Application Period 5 2021

Application opening:
January 20, 2021 – March 4, 2021

Application deadline:
March 4, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

March 5, 2021 – June 2, 2021

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

June 2, 2021

Application Period 6 2021

Application opening:
April 22, 2021 – June 4, 2021

Application deadline:
June 4, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

June 7, 2021 – September 1, 2021

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

September 1, 2021

Application Period 7 2021

Application opening:
July 28, 2021 – September 10, 2021

Application deadline:
September 10, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

September 13, 2021 – December 8, 2021

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

December 8, 2021

Application Period 8 2021-22

Application opening:
October 27, 2021 – December 14, 2021

Application deadline:
December 14, 2021

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

December 16, 2021 – March 16, 2022

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

March 16, 2022

Eligibility checklists (recommend submission for this intake period before):
December 1, 2021

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their eligibility checklist a minimum of 10 business days in advance of the application deadline so that they have enough time to register and complete their full applications, if deemed eligible.

Application Period 9 2022

Application opening:
February 9 – March 23, 2022

Application deadline:
March 23, 2022

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

March 28, 2022 – June 23, 2022

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

June 23, 2022

Eligibility checklists (recommend submission for this intake period before):
March 9, 2022

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their eligibility checklist a minimum of 10 business days in advance of the application deadline so that they have enough time to register and complete their full applications, if deemed eligible.

Application Period 10 2022

Application opening:
June 9 – July 26, 2022

Application deadline:
July 26, 2022

Application assessment period
(60 business days):

July 29, 2022 – October 26  2022

Notification date
(last day to notify applicants):

October 27, 2022

Eligibility checklists (recommend submission for this intake period before):
July 12, 2022

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their eligibility checklist a minimum of 10 business days in advance of the application deadline so that they have enough time to register and complete their full applications, if deemed eligible.

Ontario Automotive Modernization Program

By Government Funding Programs

The Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) is a partnership with small- and medium-sized automotive parts suppliers in Ontario.

The program is not open for applications at this time. Information about future application rounds will be announced in spring 2021.  

Your business could get up to $150,000 to help cover up to 50% of eligible project costs.

The application period for fall 2021/winter 2022 is now closed. Information about future application rounds will be announced in summer 2022.

As a successful applicant, you are required to contribute at least 50% of remaining project costs through:

  • your own business resources
  • private or bank financing

To be eligible for O-AMP, you must be a small- or medium-sized Ontario-based business in the automotive supply chain.

Specifically, you must meet these requirements:

  • be a for-profit business (with a business number)
  • less than 500 employees globally
  • less than $1 billion in global revenues
  • have at least two years of financial statements
  • at least 50% of the company’s total sales revenue comes from the auto supply sector

Larger companies (i.e. those with more than 500 employees) must partner with at least one Ontario-based small- or medium-sized business to be eligible.

O-AMP provides support to projects that fall under one or both of the following categories:

  • technology adoption – for example, using advanced manufacturing hardware, software and/or training to improve processes and competitiveness. This might include using logistical systems and investing in production hardware or software that digitize production tracking
  • lean manufacturing – for example, improving operational efficiency and competitiveness by using lean manufacturing techniques or hiring the services of a mentor/consultant to help with lean implementation

Projects must also:

  • be achievable – for example, applicants need to have the necessary financing, project management structure and experience to implement the project
  • align with O-AMP’s goals – for example, job creation, revenue increases, cost savings, contributions to regional or automotive sector development

Strategic Innovation Fund

By Government Funding Programs

The Strategic Innovation Fund’s objective is to spur innovation for a better Canada. In July 2018, the Government of Canada made available up to $250 million in new support through SIF. The objective of the Program is to enable steel and aluminum producers to enhance their production capabilities to better meet the product demand from end-users within Canada.

The program has five Streams, each with its own precise objective:

  • Stream 1: Encourage R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services;
  • Stream 2: Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada;
  • Stream 3: Attract and retain large scale investments to Canada; and
  • Stream 4: Advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations.
  • Stream 5: Support large-scale, national innovation ecosystems through high impact collaborations across Canada.

What are the contribution amounts?

SIF will now focus its support on projects requesting at least $10 million in contributions. Experience shows that the government’s share of funding for a given project usually varies from 10% of project costs up to 50% in exceptional cases. For projects submitted under Streams 1 to 3, contributions are repayable with the possibility of non-repayable only in exceptional cases. All Stream 4 contributions are non-repayable.

The combined level of assistance from all governments (federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal), shall not normally exceed 75% of eligible costs.

AIME Initiative

By Government Funding Programs

The AIME Global program supports southern Ontario manufacturers to undertake training or skills-upgrading activities which will support innovation at the manufacturing facilities.

Supportable projects may include developing new engineering skills, training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools necessary to support innovation; and training to adopt and adapt new technologies, new manufacturing methods or any other area of business that will make a southern Ontario manufacturing company more competitive in the global market place.

All initiatives must support innovation which will lead to new global export opportunities or create new global markets. First time applicants whom have never received AIME funding from us in the past, may be eligible for up to a maximum of $100,000 with 50% shared costs. New, this year, manufacturers who have received funding from us in the past, but more than 24 months ago, may be eligible for a second tier of funding; these second generation applications may be eligible for up to $100,000 with a shared contribution up to 25%. In other words, the company must demonstrate 75% of the costs, with a 25% contribution from YLF up to $100,000.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

By Government Funding Programs

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation.

The basic eligibility criteria for IRAP funding are:

  • Be a small and medium-sized enterprise in Canada, incorporated and profit-oriented;
  • Have 500 or less full-time equivalent employees; and
  • Have the objective to grow and generate profits through development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

Business Scale-up and Productivity

By Government Funding Programs

Funding under this stream helps to accelerate the growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to help companies become globally competitive.

Applications can be submitted for:

  • No-interest, repayable contributions up to 35% from $500,000 up to $10 million per project.

Funding is available to:

  • Assist high-growth firms to scale up and expand.
  • Support technology demonstration and the commercialization of new technologies.
  • Encourage the early adoption or adaptation of leading-edge technologies and processes to improve productivity.
  • Increase businesses’ capacity to grow through market diversification and entry into global markets.