Overview

You can apply for funding from the Government of Ontario through Transfer Payment Ontario.

Read about the funding opportunities that are currently available and what you'll need to know to apply.

Learn how to register for Transfer Payment Ontario and start applying.

Aboriginal Participation Fund

The Aboriginal Participation Fund was developed to help support Indigenous communities and organizations participate in:

  • regulatory processes under the Mining Act
  • economic development activities associated with mineral exploration and development

There are five streams available:

Contact

For questions about the Aboriginal Participation Fund, please contact:

Transfer Payment Coordinator
Mines and Minerals Division
Ministry of Mines
Tel: 705-670-5826
Toll-free: 1-888-415-9845 ext. 5826
Email: aboriginalparticipationfund@ontario.ca

Advanced exploration and development support

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The advanced exploration and development support sub-stream assists communities in areas of high mineral development activity to respond to advanced exploration and mine development projects.

Funding through this stream is:

  • project-based
  • limited to the costs associated with coordinating the review of advanced exploration and development projects
  • not intended to replace support received from project proponents

Eligibility

Funding is available to Indigenous communities in Ontario in areas of high mineral development activity.

While priority will be given to communities that do not have an existing Mineral Development Advisor (MDA), communities with MDAs are encouraged to apply if their workload requires additional support to respond to advanced exploration and development project requests.

Indigenous communities should discuss this sub-stream with one of the ministry’s Mineral Exploration and Development Consultants (MEDC) before applying.

Program Guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund – advanced exploration and development support sub-stream

Early exploration support

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The early exploration support sub-stream assists communities in areas of high mineral development activities to respond to early exploration projects.

Funding through this stream is:

  • project-based
  • limited to the costs associated with coordinating the review of early exploration projects

Eligibility

Funding is available to Indigenous communities or organizations in Ontario that:

  • are experiencing high mineral exploration or development activity
  • have received two to 10 exploration permit applications in the previous fiscal year (April 1 to March 31)

Eligible applicants may be:

  • single applicants – Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity
  • joint applicants – two or more Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or Indigenous organizations (for example, Tribal Councils, economic development organizations) representing communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity

Joint applicants must provide a Band Council Resolution in support of the application from each community represented on the application.

Applicants are encouraged, wherever possible, to work together to maximize the benefits of available funding.

Program Guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund – early exploration support sub-stream

Education and relationship-building

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The education and relationship building sub-stream helps Indigenous communities and organizations:

  • enhance their understanding of mineral exploration and development processes
  • develop relationships between Indigenous communities, industry and government

Eligibility

Project funding is open to Indigenous communities or organizations in Ontario.

Eligible applicants may be:

  • single applicants – Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity
  • joint applicants – two or more Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or Indigenous organizations (for example, Tribal Councils, economic development organizations) representing communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity

Joint applicants must provide a Band Council Resolution in support of the application from each community represented on the application.

Program Guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund - overview of the education and relationship-building stream

Mineral development advisor stream

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The mineral development advisor (MDA) stream provides funding for a MDA for eligible Aboriginal communities and organizations to participate effectively in the regulatory consultation processes, including the review of:

  • exploration plan and permit applications
  • closure plans and closure plan amendments
  • environmental assessments

This funding helps to increase a community’s knowledge and understanding of the mineral development sequence, mineral exploration, mineral development and mining activities, and the range of economic benefits.

Funding amount

Funding up to a maximum of $130,000 per year, for up to a three-year term.

Applicants are encouraged, wherever possible, to work together to maximize the benefits of available funding.

The ministry may consider funding additional positions, in part or in full, based on the mineral development activity and the community’s or tribal council’s need.

Eligibility

Funding is available to Ontario Aboriginal communities or organizations experiencing high mineral exploration or development activity, having received 10 or more exploration plans or permit applications in the previous fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Communities that receive fewer than 10 exploration plans or permit applications may be eligible for this stream if they are engaged in reviewing two or more closure plans, closure plan amendments, or mineral development-related environmental assessments.

Eligible applicants may be either:

  • single applicants – Aboriginal communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or
  • joint applicants – Aboriginal communities and organizations (for example, tribal councils) in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity. Joint applicants must have the support of the communities they represent and a substantiated record of representing member communities on local lands and resources issues. Eligible joint applicants include either:
    • Two or more eligible communities, applying jointly with combined exploration activities, or
    • In specific circumstances, and at the discretion of the ministry, other Aboriginal organizations, such as a Provincial-Territorial Organization (PTO), if they have the support of the communities they represent.

Program guidelines

2020-2021 Mineral Development Advisor Program Guide

Contacts

For questions about program guidelines, contact:

Transfer Payment Coordinator
Strategic Services Branch
Mines and Minerals Division
Ministry of Mines
Level 2B2, 933 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON, P3E 6B5
Tel: 705-670-5826
Toll-free: 1-888-415-9845 ext. 5826
Email: aboriginalparticipationfund@ontario.ca

Values mapping and related projects

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The values mapping and related projects sub-stream supports projects that focus on values identification or related projects between Indigenous communities, which will support communities’ capacity to effectively participate in and respond to information requests in regulatory processes under the Mining Act.

Eligibility

Project funding is open to Aboriginal Indigenous communities or organizations in Ontario.

Eligible applicants may be:

  • single applicants – Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity
  • joint applicants – two or more Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or Indigenous organizations (for example, Tribal Councils, economic development organizations) representing communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity

Joint applicants must provide a Band Council Resolution in support of the application from each community represented on the application.

Program guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund - overview of the values mapping and related projects stream

Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) program

Status: Open

Ministry of Health

Deadline

Deadline dates can vary.

Description

The Ministry of Health (MOH) - Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) program works with discrete service providers to deliver mental health support to children, youth and their families. The budget submissions for this program will be managed within Transfer Payment Ontario through the MOH CYMH Budget Form. This includes all subsequent activities related to the transfer payment contracting cycle along with all reporting.

Eligibility

This program is restricted and only available to existing approved/discrete service providers. Access to the MOH CYMH Budget Form is available through Transfer Payment Ontario to these eligible service providers.

Program guidelines

MOH CYMH Service Description Schedules

Resources

Video: How to submit your budget and interim report for 2021-2022

Contacts

For program specific inquiries, please contact your Program Supervisor.

Connecting Links Program 2023-24

Status: Restricted

Ministry of Transportation

Deadline

Applications are due by Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Note: Only municipalities with connecting links are eligible for this grant.

Description

The Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links Program provides dedicated provincial funding for road and bridge projects on designated connecting link highways.

Connecting links are municipal roads that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to an international or interprovincial border crossing. These are critical roadways that serve provincial and municipal interests, as they carry long-distance provincial highway traffic moving through communities, as well as local traffic within the community.

The Connecting Links Program provides funding for eligible capital improvement costs – not maintenance. The responsibility for maintenance of connecting links lies with the municipality.

Eligibility

There are 352 kilometres of Connecting Links, with 70 bridges in 77 Ontario municipalities.

All 77 Ontario municipalities with designated Connecting Links are eligible for funding, a municipality with one designated Connecting Link can submit one project per year, a municipality that has more than one designated Connecting Link may submit a maximum of two projects per year.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will provide funding for up to 90% of total eligible project costs. The maximum amount of funding for eligible costs is $3 million per road project and $5 million per bridge project.

Contacts

Robert Hazra
Manager
905-704-2161

Jason Kline
Team Lead
905-704-2161

Rafeef Ali
Team Member
705-648-1574

Critical Minerals Innovation Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications for the Critical Minerals Innovation Fund are now being accepted.

Description

The Critical Minerals Innovation Fund (CMIF) is an initiative to strengthen the critical minerals sector by supporting projects that will stimulate investments in Ontario’s critical minerals supply chain and protect the province’s economic interests.

The CMIF aims to support projects involving research, development and/or commercialization of innovative technologies, techniques, processes and solutions helping increase exploration, mining, development, production and processing of critical minerals within Ontario. It will also enhance collaboration between industry, academia, start-ups, and research and development firms to encourage innovation in the critical minerals sector.

Eligible recipients can receive up to $500,000 per project to cover 50% of eligible costs.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The Applicant is a private-sector business, or a private sector business collaborating with a public sector academic or research institution / non-profit organization or association.
  • For projects involving collaboration between two or more entities, one entity must be the lead Applicant and the funding recipient.
  • The project will take place in Ontario.
  • The project involves research, development and/or commercialization of innovative technologies, techniques, processes or solutions that relates to one or more of the Key Priorities:
    • battery supply chain
    • deep exploration and mining
    • recovery of minerals
    • other innovative projects that support the critical minerals sector
  • The project is not receiving funding from any other program of the provincial government of Ontario.

Program guidelines

Critical Minerals Innovation Fund Program Guidelines

Contacts

For more information, contact CMIF@ontario.ca.

EnAbling Change Program

Status: Open

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Deadline

Applications close December 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Description

This program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, industry organizations and professional associations to:

  • educate their stakeholders about the value and benefits of accessibility
  • help support compliance with accessibility laws
  • promote a culture of inclusion

Typical projects may involve:

  • customized educational tools and resources that directly communicate about accessibility and inclusion with their sector
  • promoting accessibility in daily living and encouraging regulatory compliance
  • public outreach programs and initiatives

Eligibility

Organizations are eligible to apply to the EnAbling Change Program if they meet the following criteria:

  • are a not-for-profit organization that is able to reach across an industry or sector in Ontario
  • are compliant with Ontario’s accessibility laws
  • are a not-for-profit organization that has been incorporated in Ontario for at least one-year
  • has accountability processes to administer, manage and oversee any funding received from the Province
  • provides proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance coverage in the amount of not less than $2 million

Program guidelines

EnAbling Change program guidelines

Contacts

If you have questions about the EnAbling Change Program, please contact the Regional Development Advisor (RDA) assigned to your area.

Fire Protection Services Reimbursement: Unincorporated Ontario

Status: Open

Ministry of Solicitor General

Deadline

You must submit your application by March 20th, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Description

This program is designed to provide municipalities with reimbursement opportunities related to the provision of emergency services in unincorporated areas of Ontario that occurred between April 1st, 2022 - March 13th, 2023. Reimbursement rates will be based on service rates utilized by the Ministry of Transportation for fire departments responses on provincial highways.

Eligibility

The following call types may be eligible for payment:

  • motor vehicle collisions occurring on roads that are not considered provincial highways by Ministry of Transportation
  • carbon monoxide
  • hazmat calls occurring on roads that are not considered provincial highways by Ministry of Transportation
  • structure fires
  • vehicle fires occurring on roads that are not considered provincial highways by the Ministry of Transportation
  • false alarms
  • rescue (defined as an emergency incident primarily involving activities directed at locating and rescuing endangered persons and removing those persons to a safe location. This could also include but is not limited to the provisions of emergency medical care)
  • provision of any emergency services listed above, within a provincial park in Unincorporated Ontario

Contacts

For all municipalities submitting applications for reimbursement please contact your local fire protection adviser to obtain the associated operational guideline with the eligible reimbursement rates and required Transfer Payment Agreement.

For any program queries:

Josh Colling at: 807-632-0097
 

Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Funding will follow an open, competitive rounds-based application process. Learn more about current and upcoming rounds of evaluations.

Description

The Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program provides funding for strategic investments in the forest sector that:

  • enhance competitiveness
  • support new market access
  • provide benefits to Ontario’s broader forest sector
  • strengthen regional economies

Support is available under two project categories:

  • business projects
  • collaboration projects

Learn more about the funding amounts and selection process.

Eligibility

Business projects

Support is available for Ontario-based projects with at least $3 million in eligible costs undertaken by for-profit manufacturers and processors of wood and forest biomass across Ontario, including:

  • saw mills
  • pulp and paper mills
  • secondary wood manufacturers
  • bio-economy projects

Harvesting and resource extraction projects are not eligible for funding.

Collaboration projects

Support is available for Ontario-based projects with at least $3 million in eligible costs undertaken through a collaboration of:

  • forest sector for-profit businesses
  • not-for-profit research organizations
  • forest industry associations
  • academia

Eligible collaborations should develop, diversify and transform Ontario’s forest sector through innovation in technology, process or products.

A minimum of three partners are required (including at least one Ontario-based for-profit forestry/wood products company).

Program guidelines

Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program (FSIIP) – program guidelines

Contacts

For information please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Business Development Branch by:

Tel: 1-844-573-9017
Email: FSIIP@ontario.ca

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Public Transit Stream

Status: Open

Ministry of Transportation

Deadline

All ICIP funding provided to municipalities must be allocated to projects by November 30th, 2022.

Description

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) is a cost-shared infrastructure funding program between:

  • the federal government
  • provinces and territories
  • municipalities
  • First Nations and Indigenous Communities
  • other eligible recipients depending on program stream

This program will see up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial and other partner funding.

The public transit stream will allocate $8.3 billion in federal funding and $7.3 billion in provincial funding for the construction, expansion and improvement of public transit systems and networks across Ontario.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:

  • be an Ontario municipality or Metrolinx
  • receive Provincial Gas Tax funding
  • have reported ridership data to the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) for 2015
  • have received an allocation for ICIP under the Public Transit Stream

Program guidelines

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Public Transit Stream - program guide

Contacts

If you have questions, please email ICIPTransit@ontario.ca.

Investment Ready: Certified Site designation

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications can be received at any time.

Description

An Investment Ready: Certified Site designation is issued to properties that have successfully completed a set of program requirements to demonstrate that the property is primed for development and ready for investment.

Learn more about the Investment Ready: Certified Site Program.

Eligibility

The eligibility requirements can be found in the Certification Instructions and Requirements Guide.

You can also request the Certification Instructions and Requirements Guide:

How to apply

  • Contact the Investment Ready team for your pre-application consultation.
  • Submit your application package through Transfer Payment Ontario.
  • We will notify you if your site has been approved and email you with your notification of acceptance.
  • Complete the additional requirements within 2 years (the list is available in the Certification Instructions and Requirements Guide).
  • Receive a certification designation after all your assessments and documents have been completed, submitted and approved.

Contacts

For program questions and advice on developing your application, please contact our office:

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy 2022-2023

Apply for funding

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Applications are accepted when funding permits.

Description

The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy (IHWS) was established in 1994 between Ontario and Indigenous partners. It supports a continuum of Indigenous designed and delivered programs to:

  • reduce family violence
  • reduce violence against Indigenous women and children
  • improve Indigenous healing, health and wellness

Eligibility

You must have an existing transfer payment agreement with MCCSS to deliver Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy programs and services.

All eligible MCCSS transfer payment recipients were notified by the ministry in their Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy 2022-2023 funding allocation letter.

Resources

Program information

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

You can contact your ministry program lead for program-specific inquiries.

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Ontario Works Programs 2021 or 2021-2022

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Deadline dates can vary. Please contact your Ontario Works program supervisor for more information.   

Description

Transfer Payment Ontario will be used to manage the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) Ontario Works budget submissions for 2021 or 2021-2022..

This is only for:

  • Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs)/District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs)
  • First Nations full delivery
  • First Nations financial assistance

Recipients must use the applicable Ontario Works Budget Form 2021 or 2021-2022  to complete their submission. Transfer Payment Ontario will also be used to support all subsequent activities related to the contracting cycle along with all reporting.

Eligibility

The Ontario Works Budget Form 2021 or 2021-2022 category is open to all eligible transfer payment recipients.

You would have been notified by the ministry about your 2021 or 2021-2022 funding allocations as well as when to access the budget submission through Transfer Payment Ontario.

Resources

Program information

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

You can contact your Ontario Works program supervisor for program-specific inquiries.

Municipal Energy Plan Program  

Status: Open

Ministry of Energy

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis

Description

Through the Municipal Energy Plan Program, you can get funding to develop a plan that will help your community:

  • improve energy efficiency
  • reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
  • study the impact of future growth on energy needs
  • foster renewable energy production and economic development

Learn more about the Municipal Energy Plan Program

Eligibility

All Ontario municipalities (including regional municipalities) can apply.

Contacts

For any program-related questions, you can email MEP@ontario.ca

Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP): Intake Round 4

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

Description

The Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) is a partnership with small- and medium- sized automotive parts suppliers in Ontario. The goal is to help modernize Ontario’s automotive supply chain to make it more competitive and responsive to the changing needs of its customers.

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

  • Process technology adoption
  • Tools and technologies to support new product development
  • Lean manufacturing

Your business could get up to $150,000 to help cover up to 50% of eligible project costs. As a successful applicant, you are required to contribute at least 50% of remaining project costs through internal business resources and/or private or bank financing.

For further information, please also visit the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program page.

Eligibility

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)
  • have less than 500 employees in Ontario
  • have less than $1 billion in global revenues
  • have a minimum of two (2) consecutive years of financial statements (auditor or accountant reviewed).
  • have at least 50% of the company’s total sales revenue from the auto supply sector
  • must have a manufacturing location in Ontario by the time your project starts

Program guidelines

For more information, please see the:

Contact

For general inquiries and questions, please contact the O-AMP team at o-amp@ontario.ca.

Ontario Sport Hosting Program 2023-2024

Status: Open

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Deadline

You must submit your application by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Description

The Sport Hosting Program provides project-based funding to help applicants deliver major national and international amateur sport events in Ontario.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • create legacies that support sport at the provincial, regional and local level
  • provide economic benefits through increased levels of tourism, expenditures and improved public infrastructure
  • foster a culture of sport and physical activity in communities by creating role models and enhancing community spirit and involvement in sports
  • increase opportunities for Ontario athletes to compete and participate in events in Ontario
  • seek new avenues to further build and develop the sport capacity of the province by providing additional ways to develop and train coaches, officials and volunteers
  • create a culture of sport that engages all Ontarians

Eligibility

Eligible applicants

To apply for this program, you must:

  • be a legal entity and have been in existence for one year or longer as of the application date
  • not in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario (for example, Ontario Trillium Foundation)
  • not self-endorse your own application for the program
  • be an eligible applicant under one of the three application streams for the program
Stream 1: Provincial or National Sport Organizations
  • Provincial Sport/Multi-Sport Organizations recognized under Ontario’s Provincial Sport Recognition Policy
  • National Sport Organizations funded by Sport Canada
Stream 2: Event host organizations
  • non-profit organizations (including universities and colleges)
  • Ontario municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations, First Nation, Métis or Inuit communities
Stream 3: Emerging sports
  • non-profit organizations (including universities and colleges)
  • Ontario municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations, First Nation, Métis or Inuit communities

Eligible events

National events must be:

  • sanctioned by the National Sport Organization (or the International Federation in Appendix 2 from the guidelines)
  • include representation from no less than six provinces/territories including Ontario (a country may replace a province) or the National Championship for a specific sport, in a specific age group as confirmed by the National Sport Organization (or the International Federation in Appendix 2 from the guidelines). Ontario must be represented in these Championships.

International events must be:

  • sanctioned by the International Federation, as per the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and/or Panamerican Sport Association
  • include representation from no less than two countries, including Canada and one country from outside of North America. We will provide an exemption to events for Canadian National Teams as confirmed by the National Sport Organization funded by Sport Canada.

Program guidelines

2023–2024 Sport Hosting Program Guidelines and Reference Documents

Contacts

For questions about Sport Hosting Program guidelines, please contact:

Aimee Maggiacomo
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
647-299-8584
Email: Aimee.Maggiacomo@ontario.ca

Reconnect Ontario Marquee Event Fund 2022

Status: Open

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Deadline

We will accept applications on an ongoing basis, however you must submit your application at least four months before your event start date.

Description

The Reconnect Ontario Marquee Event Fund supports costs related to hosting:

  • major one-time events in Ontario
  • events that do not recur annually or biannually in Ontario
  • national or international events in Ontario

Eligibility

Eligible organizations must:

  • be legal entities
  • have been in existence for one year or longer, as of the date of submission of the application
  • have a bank account at a Canadian financial institution that conducts business in Ontario
  • not be in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario (for example, Ontario Trillium Foundation)
  • demonstrate proven organizational ability, technical capacity and fiscal prudence to successfully host a marquee event. This includes national and/or international event management experience and tourism business expertise

Events supported by the Reconnect Ontario Marquee Event Fund must have cash operating expenses totaling $1 million or more.

Program guidelines

Reconnect Ontario Marquee Event Fund application guide

Contacts

For any program-related questions, you can consult with your regional tourism advisor or email reconnectontario@ontario.ca.

Regional Development Program: Eastern Ontario Development Fund and Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

The Regional Development Program provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in Ontario, by region.

The types of support available include:

  • funding support
  • complementary services and support

The program 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

Funding opportunities are currently available for:

Eastern Ontario Development Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications are ongoing.

There are four application intake periods each year. Applicants will be notified of decisions within 60 business days of the application deadline.

Learn more about the intake period timelines.

Description

The Eastern Ontario Development Fund provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario.

Eligibility

The fund supports business and community economic development projects.

Learn about the eligibility requirements for different businesses and projects.

How to apply

Contacts

For questions and advice on developing and strengthening your application, contact our regional offices at:

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications are ongoing.

There are four application intake periods per year for full applications. Applicants will be notified of decisions within 60 business days of the application deadline.

Learn more about the intake period timelines here.

Description

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario.

Eligibility

The fund supports business and community economic development projects.

Learn about the eligibility requirements for different businesses and projects.

How to apply

Contacts

For questions or advice on developing and strengthening your application, contact our regional offices at:

Business Advisory Services - Western Region Main Office

Business Advisory Services - Central Region Main Office

(Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Niagara Region and Simcoe County)

Regional Development Program: Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness (AMIC) Stream

This Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness (AMIC) Stream of the Regional Development Program will provide financial support to advanced manufacturing companies with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Ontario by way of investments in capital equipment, technology adoption and skills development that will accelerate recovery in Ontario and place our companies in competitive global positions. 

The types of support available include:

  • funding support
  • complementary services and support

The fund supports projects that:

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

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

There are two application intake periods each year.

Learn more about the intake period timelines

Description

Provides support for projects and investments to advanced manufacturing businesses.

Eligibility

Learn about the eligibility requirements for AMIC.

 Review the key documents including, program guidelines, sample eligibility checklist and a sample application form.

  • contact a provincial government advisor for help with your check list and application. 
  • register for Transfer Payment Ontario.
  • submit an eligibility checklist. We will confirm whether your project is eligible.
  • once you know you are eligible, work with your advisor to complete and submit the application forms, along with the required information.

Contacts

For advice on developing and strengthening your application, you are encouraged to contact your provincial government advisor or our Business Advisory Services at:

Central Region

(Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Niagara Region and Simcoe County)

Email: centralregionbas@ontario.ca

Toll-free: 1-800-267-6592

 Eastern Region

Email: easternregionbas@ontario.ca

Toll-free: 1-800-267-6592

 Western Region

Email: westernregionbas@ontario.ca

Toll-free: 1-800-267-6592

Northern Region

Contact a northern development advisor

Tel: 1-866-711-8304

Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Grant

Status: Open

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Deadline

You must submit your application by 4 p.m. EST on October 17, 2022.

Description

The Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Grant provides funding to police services to enhance local enforcement capabilities and to ensure a year-round provincial program to conduct RIDE spot check activities.

The 2022-2023 to 2023-2024 RIDE Grant assists police services/boards in offsetting their staff costs for implementing RIDE programs of sobriety checks in their jurisdictions.

Eligible police services/boards must formally request funding through Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON).

Eligibility

The RIDE Grant will be available to municipal and First Nations police services, as well as Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) municipal contract locations.

Grant funding must be used exclusively for sworn officers' overtime or paid duty assignments for street-level enforcement activities in relation to the RIDE Grant (for example RIDE check stops).

Overtime, paid duty assignments and other RIDE activities by civilian or auxiliary officers is not eligible for funding.

Funding periods

Funding under the RIDE Grant will be available for a two-year period (2022-2023 to 2023-2024). Approved applicants will be provided with a funding allocation (maximum funds) for each fiscal year (2022-2023 and 2023-2024) over the two fiscal years, ending March 31, 2024.

There will not be a call for applications in 2023-2024 and the next call for applications will be issued in 2024-2025.

Funding allocation for each fiscal year must be spent within that fiscal year (for example funding allocation for 2022-2023 must be spent on activities taking place between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023). Unspent allocations may not be carried into the next fiscal year.

Financial reimbursement only occurs after the end of the program year, following the submission of the RIDE Grant final reports. All reporting requirements must be submitted to the ministry within the established timeframes in order to be reimbursed.

Program guidelines

Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere program guidelines

Contacts

For questions about the application process, please contact our Public Safety Division by email at SafetyPlanning@ontario.ca.

Skills Development Fund Round 3

Status: Open

Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development

Deadline

Applications will be accepted for ministry review on a continuous basis until January 31, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EST or until the funding has been fully committed.

Overview

The Skills Development Fund (SDF) offers funding to organizations for innovative projects that address challenges to hiring, training or retaining workers, including apprentices to drive Ontario's economic growth.

SDF supports:

  • projects that address the labour shortage and stimulate growth in key sectors of Ontario’s economy
  • projects that will increase Ontario's long-term economic competitive advantage by creating a sustainable and resilient workforce
  • projects helping people with prior involvement in the criminal justice system, at-risk youth, those with disabilities, Ukrainian newcomers, and others facing barriers to employment

Eligibility

Eligible organizations

The following organizations are eligible to apply to the Skills Development Fund as primary applicants:

  • employers with a presence in Ontario
  • apprenticeship training delivery agents (other than those listed below as being eligible to apply as co-applicants)
  • non-profit organizations in Ontario, including Indigenous Band offices and Indigenous Skills and Employment Training agreement holders
  • professional, industry, or employer associations
  • trade unions or union-affiliated organizations
  • municipalities, District Social Services Administration Boards, Consolidated Municipal Service Managers, hospitals

The following organizations are eligible to apply to the Skills Development Fund as a co-applicant with one or more of the organizations above:

  • publicly assisted colleges, universities or Indigenous Institutes in Ontario
  • private career colleges registered under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Organizations that are eligible to apply for the Skills Development Fund Round 3 are further outlined in section 3.1 (Eligible Applicants) of the application guideline.

Program guidelines

Skills Development Fund (SDF) Round 3

Apply for project funding

Beginning September 29, 2022, organizations can begin to apply for funding through Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON). Applications will be accepted for ministry review on a continuous basis until January 31, 2023 5:00 p.m. EST, or until the funding has been fully committed. Projects will be prioritized based on the strength of their application. Please be aware that funds are limited and therefore applicants are encouraged to apply and submit their completed applications early.

To apply, submit your proposal to Transfer Payment Ontario.

Contacts

Should you have any questions regarding the Skills Development Fund Round 3, please email SkillsDevelopmentFund@ontario.ca

Species at Risk Stewardship Program

Status: Open

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Deadline

You must submit your application by October 20, 2022, at 3:00pm Eastern Time (ET).

Description

The Species at Risk Stewardship Program (SARSP) was established as part of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ESA) to support and enable people to get involved in protecting and recovering species at risk through stewardship activities.

Annually, through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program, Ontario invests in stewardship and research projects that help support the protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitat.

Eligibility

The Fund is open to individuals and groups across Ontario, including:

  • academic institutions
  • businesses
  • consulting companies
  • Indigenous communities/organizations
  • individuals
  • industry organizations
  • landowners and farmers
  • municipal and local governments
  • non-government organizations

Stewardship or research projects that benefit species that are listed as extirpated, endangered, threatened or special concern on the Species at Risk in Ontario list are eligible for consideration, however targeted funding priorities are set annually.

Please see the 2023-24 SARSP Guidelines for further details, including funding priorities and eligibility requirements.

Program guidelines

2023-24 SARSP Guidelines

Contacts

Kim Jaxa-Debicki
Species at Risk Stewardship Advisor
Phone: 705-313-2585
SAR.Stewardship@ontario.ca

Support for Community Negotiations Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Deadline

Applications due by: October 31, 2022.

Description

The Support for Community Negotiations Fund (SCNF) is an Ontario government program that provides annual funding to support Indigenous communities participating in land claim and land-related negotiations with Ontario.

Eligibility

The Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in the Negotiations and Reconciliation Division identifies potential funding recipients based on their involvement in claims and land-related matters accepted for negotiation.

The fund is administered by the ministry and allocations are approved and monitored through transfer payment agreements between the ministry and the funding recipient.

Funding can only be used for specific costs related to specific negotiations and cannot be used to:

  • support base operating costs of an Indigenous community
  • cover costs incurred before or after the time period identified in the transfer payment agreement

Funds are payable to an Indigenous community or organization and not to specific individuals.

Program guidelines

Support for Community Negotiations Fund - 2022-2023 Transfer Payment Funding Guidelines

Contacts

Senior Finance Business Officer
NRD_Finance@ontario.ca

Closed funding opportunities

Learn about past funding opportunities from the Government of Ontario.

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Notice: Service Interruption

Please be advised that due to infrastructure upgrades, service will be unavailable from 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 27. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note that this service interruption does not impact the COVID-19 business support initiatives.

For questions about applying to specific funding opportunities, please contact the funding program directly. 

For all other questions, please contact Transfer Payment Ontario Client Care from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for government and statutory holidays, at:

Please include the following details for quicker service via email:

  • the name of the program you are interested in
  • your case or file number
  • the name of your organization

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