Funding & Resources

Below you will find details and links to some programs that are available for manufacturers. Please note there are other programs and resources that may be available to you as this list is not exhaustive. If you have specific funding or resource needs, please contact us and we will assist you where possible to connect you with appropriate program contacts.

Although we make every effort to keep the listing up to date, we encourage you to contact the NMA team if you become aware of a program or initiative that may be of benefit to manufacturers.


Yves Landry Foundation’s AIME initiative is active again. This is a great opportunity for NMA members taking on small projects outside the scope of the larger FedDev BSUP/CEDD project streams.

YLF is making available up to $100,000 per company in the form of a grant to foster training that will lead to advancements in innovation within the manufacturing sector in Southern Ontario. Specific funding will be provided for two major objectives:

  • Objective 1 –Training that will support the adaptation of new technology, new processes or procedures or a change within the company to support innovation.
  • Objective 2 –Training that will support and develop Highly Skilled Personnel in any area that leads to innovation. This can include the development of new engineering skills, training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools necessary to support innovation, retraining to embrace new technologies, new manufacturing methods, or any other business area that will make a Southern Ontario manufacturing company more competitive in the global marketplace.

We encourage you to visit the following link for more information:

Collaborative Economic Development Projects (CEDP)

The program offers $100,000 in funding to approved applicants for projects that invest in innovation
capital and which will lead to business growth, job creation and economic diversification in Eastern
Ontario—with benefits to multiple communities.

The program is delivered on behalf of FedDev by the Northumberland CFDC

Jobs & Prosperity Fund

Provincial program to assist with enhancing productivity and to help businesses to compete in the global marketplace.
Funding Streams include:

  • New Economy Stream
  • Food and Beverage Growth Fund
  • Strategic Partnerships Stream
  • Forestry Growth Fund

New Economy Stream

The New Economy Stream provides funding for private sector organizations to:

  • build innovation capacity
  • improve productivity, performance and competitiveness
  • increase access to global markets

This stream is available for projects with at least $10 million in eligible project costs. It is aimed at projects in Ontario’s key sectors, including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and information and communications technologies.

Food and Beverage Growth Fund

The Food and Beverage Growth Fund provides funding for strategic investments that:

  • help create sustainable jobs
  • enhance innovation, productivity and market access
  • strengthen supply chains in the food, beverage and bioproduct processing sectors

This fund is available for food, beverage and bioproduct processing projects across the province with more than $5 million in eligible costs.

For more information visit:

CanExport Program

$50-million export program; initiative designed to help businesses with fewer than 250 workers

The federal government has unveiled a $50-million program aimed at helping small-and-medium-sized businesses develop export markets for their goods and services. The CanExport program will provide matching grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to help companies develop export markets.

To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 250 employees and annual revenue in Canada of between $200,000 and $50 million. Existing exporters also are eligible if they have new products, or if they are developing new markets.

In all, CanExport will provide $50 million over the next five years.

Click here for details.


The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) delivers this program on behalf of FedDev Ontario. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced their continued commitment on November 17, 2014 to fund the SMART program in the amount of $20 million through to 2017.

To be eligible for SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth funding, applicants must be a small – mid size manufacturer in Southern Ontario with between 15 – 1000 employees in southern Ontario and are looking to invest in advanced technology assessments and projects. Projects will be eligible for funding of up to 35% of eligible costs to a maximum of $100,000.

For application and program details click here.

Achieving Innovation in Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) - Yves Landry Foundation

AIME Global covers up to 50% of the direct and indirect training costs associated with your qualified training proposal to a maximum of $50,000 per business.

First time applicants whom have never received AIME funding from us in the past, may be eligible for up to a maximum of $50,000 with 50% shared costs. Manufacturers who have received this funding 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 $50,000 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 $50,000.

The AIME Global initiative will support two types of eligible training activities:

  • Training that supports the adaptation of new technology, new processes or procedures or a change within the company to support innovation. This training must clearly be linked to innovations leading to global competitiveness including expanding into new domestic or international markets; and
  • Training that supports and develops highly skilled personnel in any area that leads to innovation. This can include the development of new engineering skills; training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools necessary to support innovation; and adopting and adapting new technologies, new manufacturing methods or any other business area that will make a southern Ontario manufacturing company more competitive in the global market place. Being able to clearly link your project to global competitiveness is essential.
  • For application and program details click here.

Export Market Access

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce delivers this program with support and funding from Federal and Provincial Governments.

Companies with 5 or more employees and annual sales of $500,00 or more qualify for a contribution covering up to 50% of eligible costs incurred to develop export sales. Eligible activities include market research, marketing tools, establishing/developing direct contacts and assistance with foreign bidding projects.

The costs of these activities are shared (50/50) between the applicant and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Non-repayable contributions generally range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $30,000 (Market Research: $5,000 EMA maximum). Applicants are allowed three events per application, and two applications in a 12 month period.

For application and program details click here.

Eastern Ontario Development Fund

The fund may provide up to 15% of eligible project costs to a maximum grant of $1.5 million. For project investments of $10+ million that create 50+ jobs, funding may be available in the form of a secured repayable loan, to a maximum of $5 million in provincial support. Applicants can receive EODF funding for one project per year.

In order to be eligible for the business stream, businesses must:

  • Employ at least 10 people and meet minimum job creation thresholds (see online guide)
  • Be able to provide 3 years of financial statements
  • Be part of an eligible sector (see online guide)
  • Be located in, or plan to locate in Eastern Ontario
  • Have a multi year project that involves a minimum investment of $500,000 in eligible project costs.

Businesses with 5-10 employees with a $200,000+ project may be eligible under the Small Community Pilot.

To access the Business Stream Application Package and Guide click here.

Growing Forward (GF2)

A federal-provincial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri products sector.

GF2 cost-share funding assistance is available to processors who are actively processing, modifying or transforming agricultural commodities, food, beverages or agricultural-based bio-products in Ontario. The maximum cost-share funding that a single processor business can receive over the five-year time frame is $350,000.

For application and program details click here.

Work-Sharing – Employment and Social Development Canada


Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.

Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time.

Employment Insurance (EI) and Work Force Reduction program - Service Canada – Downsizing


For companies who may have to restructure and reduce the overall number of employees, this program may help in allowing your employees who agree to leave their jobs to preserve the jobs of co-workers, to qualify for benefits.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant


The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will:

  • Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  • Require employers to contribute one-third of the total costs. There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.
  • Require training to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.
    If you’re an employer with a particular skills demand, the Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you.

Applications are now open for the grant program.

FedDev Programs

Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Promotes continued growth and increased productivity of Ontario’s advanced manufacturing sector by supporting large-scale transformative manufacturing activities, advancing adoption of cutting-edge technologies, establishing clusters or global supply chains and fostering collaboration between the private sector and higher education and research institutions.

Canada Business Ontario (CBO)

Provides federal and provincial business information (free) on starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation, how to hire employees

Eastern Ontario Development Program

Promotes business development, job creation and strengthened economies in rural eastern Ontario communities. Delivered through the 15 eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc. Connect locally to the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation.

Economic Development Initiative

Supports business and economic development activities that encourage sustainable growth in southern Ontario’s Francophone communities with community strategic planning, as well as business and economic development activities.

Investing in Business Growth and Productivity

Assists existing southern Ontario businesses to adopt new technologies that have the potential to improve productivity and expand their operations.

Investing in Business Innovation

Fosters a more competitive southern Ontario economy by encouraging the development of partnerships between entrepreneurs and investors to support early-stage, globally-oriented businesses with the ability to become world-leading innovators.

Investing in Commercialization Partnerships

Addresses innovation and commercialization, and encourages collaboration to improve Ontario’s productivity performance so that the region can compete on an international platform.

Investing in Regional Diversification

Designed to build stronger, more diverse economies in southern Ontario communities in the long term by leveraging unique assets and local expertise, and by creating opportunities for economic growth and development in communities across southern Ontario.

Other Services & Programs

RDP Associates

Don’t know where to start? Or need help in finding the best funding opportunities for your company? Contact NMA Associate Member - RDP Associates for your free assessment.

Brian Cookson,

Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada (EDC) provides Canadian exporters with financing, insurance and bonding services, as well as foreign market expertise.

Manufacturing Resource Centre

An active agent working on behalf of manufacturers in Hastings County, Lennox & Addington County, Northumberland County and Prince Edward County and the separated municipalities of Belleville and Quinte West.

Northumberland Business Advisory Centre

Delivers service programs focused on improving business growth and retention in Northumberland County.

Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC)

Federally funded not-for-profit corporation that provides access to capital and business counseling. It is also the administrator, in Northumberland County, of the Eastern Ontario Development Fund.

Spark Centre

Regional innovation centre serving Durham and Northumberland to assist technology companies.

Ontario Government Funding, Programs and Services


Canadian Government Business & Industry Grants & Financing


Disclaimer: While we endeavour to keep this website and documents as current as possible, any references herein may be subject to change and we encourage you to confirm the applicability of any information by contacting the NMA management team.

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