As an applicant, you are required to talk with a provincial government advisor when applying to AMIC.
The application form can be accessed through the Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) website. You can preview the questions for these documents on the Central Forms Repository.
Applications can be submitted during the intake period. The application should be complete and include all required attachments before the deadline to be considered.
Information on the intake period and application deadline are posted on the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness (AMIC) program page.
You are encouraged to submit your application in advance of the application deadline to ensure we have enough time to review applications for completeness and obtain any necessary follow-up information.
How to submit
- Speak with a Regional Advisor about your project.
- Register for TPON and follow the prompts to find the program under the “Submit for Funding” section. Detailed instructions for accessing TPON and steps to submit an application can be found there.
- Download the application form and complete each section, as required. The application form includes Part 1 – Eligibility Checklist and Part 2 – Application Form. Part 1 assesses an applicant’s eligibility for the program. An applicant should not complete Part 2 unless they are eligible. If an application that is not eligible is submitted, it will not be considered for assessment.
- If you are eligible according to Part 1, complete the application form and upload the completed form and all your supporting documents on TPON. This includes:
- a cash flow that provides sufficient detail on receipts and payments during the project period and for the loan repayment period (four years post-project completion date). Information should include enough detail to assess the company’s capacity to repay the loan to Ontario (that is, to calculate the debt service coverage ratio)
- copy of articles of incorporation and/or letters patent
- corporate family tree that sets out the corporate structure showing the parent, affiliates and related entities of the applicant and their relationships with one another
- financial statements from the last three fiscal years—audited (preferred) or Review Engagement. If you are applying for a grant or have revenues under $5 million, you may submit notice to reader statements.letters of support from project partners and financial institutions, including financial commitments (optional)
Make sure that the application form is authorized by an individual with authority to legally bind the company.
Note: being advised to apply or applying to the program does not guarantee funding. This is a discretionary, non-entitlement program. Even if an application meets all program objectives and eligibility criteria, the Government of Ontario is under no obligation to approve funding or services.
Key items to note
Working with an external firm
Working with an external firm for the purposes of preparing an application has no bearing on the success rate of an applicant.
Applications may only be submitted by the prospective recipients, and any applications submitted by a third party on behalf of an applicant will not be considered. The primary contact on the application form must be an employee of the applicant company.
Any costs associated with the use of a consultant for a funding application are not eligible project costs.
Tax Compliance Verification
If your organization is approved for funding, you’ll need to show us your TCV certificate. We require it to ensure that you are federally and provincially compliant with your taxes.
If approved, applicants will be required to enter into funding agreements on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Government of Ontario.
Before funding is disbursed, companies are required to meet disbursement conditions including evidence of project financing and insurance.
Applicants will need to meet all annual reporting requirements including providing financial statements.
The agreements will contain provisions for full or partial repayment of funds if performance measures are not met, including job, investment or payroll commitments, and other terms and conditions of the funding agreement.
All funding agreements require written assurance that the contracting organization complies with all Ontario laws, including accessibility legislation.
See Appendix C: Key Terms of Funding Agreements for a list of funding agreement key terms.
How applications are assessed
Assessments will be based on the information provided in the application, so make sure the application is as detailed as possible.
Projects will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- alignment with program objectives related to technology adoption, productivity, innovation, improved competitiveness, growth and reshoring
- extent to which government support improves project outcomes and/or impacts the project’s scope or timelines
- return on investment to Ontario
- broad economic benefits (for example, sector or cluster impacts, strengthen value/supply chain, partnering with research institutions, regional impact, etc.)
- job creation and/or upskilling outcomes
- project risks (for example, management, financial and market risks)
If your application is deemed incomplete or there is material change to the project after the application period, the Government of Ontario may defer review of your application to the next application intake period, subject to eligibility requirements.
If, after the assessment phase, an application/project is not successful, a company may not resubmit the same application or project.
In exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis, the minister may consider projects outside program criteria that have supporting evidence demonstrating their exceptional benefit to a community.
Confidentiality and public reporting
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the “Act”). The Act provides every person with a right to access to information in the custody or under the control of the province, subject to a limited set of exemptions. Section 17 of the Act provides a limited exemption for third party information that reveals a trade secret, or scientific, commercial, technical, financial or labour relations information supplied in confidence where disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to result in certain harms. Any trade secret or any scientific, technical, commercial, financial or labour relations information submitted to the province in confidence should be clearly marked.
The ministry will notify the applicant before granting access to a record that might contain information referred to in section 17 of the Act so that the applicant may make representations to the ministry concerning disclosure. Additionally, all information, statements and documents attached to this form or provided to the ministry in relation to this form may otherwise be disclosed pursuant to the Act as well as any other applicable laws.
Approved projects will be the subject of public announcements. The applicant agrees that any information provided to the province in this application and in any subsequent project-related agreement may be shared with:
- other ministries of government, experts and/or authorized agents for the purposes of assessing this application and administering the program and satisfying government accountability and reporting obligations
- Statistics Canada for the purposes of program evaluation
Ministries must publicly report annually on the status of business support programs and strategic investments, including project description and project investment commitment; amount of government support; and results achieved to date.
The province is required to make agreements available for inspection by the public. However, commercially sensitive information contained in the agreement may be redacted.
Following submission of a signed application, applicants are subject to compliance checks including:
- Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development—Health and Safety and Employment Standards
- Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Accessibility Compliance (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
- Ministry of Finance—Tax Compliance
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Conflicts of Interest
includes, but is not limited to, any situation or circumstance where:
- in relation to the application process, the applicant has an unfair advantage or engages in conduct, directly or indirectly, that may give it an unfair advantage, including:
- having, or having access to, information in the preparation of its application that is confidential to the Government of Ontario and not available to other applicants
- communicating with any person with a view to influencing preferred treatment in the application process, including the giving of a benefit of any kind, by or on behalf of the Applicant to anyone employed by, or otherwise connected with the Government of Ontario
- engaging in conduct that compromises, or could be seen to compromise, the integrity of the funding application process and render that process unfair
- in relation to the performance of its contractual obligations in a contract with the Government of Ontario, the applicant or any person who has the capacity to influence the applicant’s decisions has outside commitments, relationships or financial interests that could, or could be seen by a reasonable person to, interfere with the applicant’s objective, unbiased and impartial judgement relating to the project, the use of the proceeds of the funding, or both