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 Energy, Northern Development and 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 Energy, Northern Development and 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 Energy, Northern Development and 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 Energy, Northern Development and 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 Energy, Northern Development and 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 Energy, Northern Development and 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 Energy, Northern Development and 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

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster

Status: Open

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

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 Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program supports costs related to hosting:

  • major one-time events in Ontario
  • events that do not recur annually or biennially 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 blockbuster event. This includes national and/or international event management experience and tourism business expertise

Events supported by the blockbuster program must have cash operating expenses totaling $1 million or more.

Program guidelines

Blockbuster application guide

Contacts

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

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 2021-2022 budget submissions for this program will be managed within Transfer Payment Ontario through the MOH CYMH Budget Form 2021-22. 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 2021-2022 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.

Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Long-Term Care

Deadline

Applications open November 1, 2021 and must be submitted no later than January 31, 2022 5 pm EST.

Description

Community paramedicine is a model of community-based health care where paramedics use their education and expertise in community based, non-emergency care roles, outside their emergency response and ambulance transport roles. Existing community paramedicine programs:

  • reduce the number of costly 911 calls and avoidable emergency room hospital visits
  • provide additional supports and connections for high risk or vulnerable individuals

The Ministry of Long-Term Care (the ministry) is funding a community paramedicine program to provide services to individuals who are:

  • waiting for placement in a long-term care (LTC) home
  • soon to be eligible for long-term care

The Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care Program is a part of the province’s plan to better serve our seniors who need additional support before admission into long-term care. This initiative falls under the improving staffing and care pillar of the province’s strategy to fix long-term care.

Eligibility

The Ministry of Long-Term Care is currently working with paramedic services across the province to implement Community-Paramedicine for Long-Term Care.

At this time, the ministry is working directly with eligible recipients and inviting those to submit businesses cases for the ministry’s review.

Program guidelines

Program guideline materials will be shared directly with eligible participants.

Contacts

Kimberly Alvarado
Senior Policy Advisor, Programs Unit
Long-Term Care Policy Division, Long-Term Care Policy & Modernization Branch
Ministry of Long-Term Care
Kimberly.alvarado@ontario.ca
437-779-5316

Melissa Pasquali
Team Lead, Programs Unit
Long-Term Care Policy Division, Long-Term Care Policy & Modernization Branch
Ministry of Long-Term Care
Melissa.pasquali@ontario.ca
437-226-3713

Drinking Water Source Protection Program Funding 2022-2024

Status: Open

Note: this funding opportunity is invitation-only. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully.

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Deadline

You must submit your application by December 31, 2021.

Description

The Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP Program) provides funding to conservation authorities to continue to fulfill their legislated obligations to support municipalities in protecting their drinking water sources through proactive source protection planning efforts.

As source protection authorities under the Clean Water Act, 2006, the objective is to reduce or eliminate risks to sources of drinking water that draw from Ontario's lakes, rivers and underground aquifers.

Eligibility

Eligible authorities are the:

Program guidelines

Eligible organizations will receive invitations by email from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to apply for funding.

Contacts

If you have questions, you can contact sourceprotectionfunding@ontario.ca.

Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Deadline

Funding will follow an open, competitive rounds-based application process.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Stage I: December 20, 2019 Stage I: March 20, 2020 Stage I: June 19, 2020

Stage I: September 18, 2020

Stage II: January 29, 2020 Stage II: April 28, 2020 Stage II: July 27, 2020

Stage II: October 26, 2020

Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8
Stage I: December 18, 2020 Stage I: March 19, 2021 Stage I: June 18, 2021

Stage I: September 17, 2021

Stage II: January 27, 2021 Stage II: April 27, 2021 Stage II: July 26, 2021

Stage II: October 25, 2021

Description

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

  • improve productivity and innovation
  • 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 Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry’s Business Development Branch by:

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

Great Lakes Program

Status: Open

Note: this is an invitational funding opportunity. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully.

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The Great Lakes Program is a grant initiative offered by the province to legal entities who are able to deliver projects that support the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health, Ontario Great Lakes Strategy, and/or the Great Lakes Protection Act.

Eligibility

The Great Lakes Program works with eligible organizations with the expertise and skills to address significant environmental challenges facing the Great Lakes. To be considered for this invitational funding opportunity please email glo@ontario.ca.

Eligible organizations must:

  • be a legal entity in existence for one year or longer as of the application date
  • have a bank account at a Canadian financial institution that conducts business in Ontario
  • demonstrate proven expertise, skills and technical capacity to carry out projects that lead to positive outcomes for the Great Lakes
  • demonstrate that project work is aligned with meeting commitments that support the , and/or the
  • have appropriate governance and control structures in place
  • demonstrate reliable financial reporting
  • be compliant with relevant laws and regulations

Program guidelines

Program guideline materials will be shared directly with eligible applicants.

Contacts

For technical support, please contact TPON Client Care at TPONCC@ontario.ca

If you have questions about the Great Lakes Program, please contact glo@ontario.ca

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Public Transit Stream

Status: Open

Ministry of Transportation

Deadline

You must submit your application for Intake 3 by March 28, 2024 at 5 p.m.

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

  1. Contact the Investment Ready team for your pre-application consultation.
  2. Submit your application package through Transfer Payment Ontario.
  3. We will notify you if your site has been approved and email you with your notification of acceptance.
  4. Complete the additional requirements within 2 years (the list is available in the Certification Instructions and Requirements Guide).
  5. 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 - Budget Form 2021-2022

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Deadline dates can vary. 

Description

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) budget submissions for 2021-2022 will be managed within Transfer Payment Ontario  through the MCCSS Budget Form 2021-2022 category. This also includes all subsequent activities related to the transfer payment contracting cycle along with all reporting.

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

For information on the following MCCSS programs or divisions that are already on Transfer Payment Ontario, please contact your ministry contact:

  • Dedicated Supportive Housing (DSH)
  • Partner Facility Renewal (PFR)
  • Office of Women’s Issues

Eligibility

All transfer payment recipients eligible to access the MCCSS Budget Form 2021-2022 category were notified by the ministry on their 2021-2022 funding allocation 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 ministry contact for program-specific inquiries.

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Child Protection Services 2021-2022

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

You must submit your Balanced Budget Plan for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year by October 14, 2021.

Description

Child protection services are mandated by the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA). Under the CYFSA, children’s aid societies (referred to as societies) have the exclusive mandate to deliver child protection services.

This includes:

  • determining the need for protection services
  • investigation of allegations of child abuse and neglect
  • protection, care or supervision for children and youth receiving residential or non-residential services from a society
  • placement of children and youth for adoption or other permanent living arrangements for children who are children and youth in extended society care

Societies also provide guidance, counseling, and other services to families where children and youth have suffered from abuse or neglect or who are at risk.

In accordance with Regulation 156, funding for societies is determined by a funding model and this funding can only be used by societies to deliver child protection services.

Eligibility

You must be a transfer payment recipient designated by the minister to be eligible to provide child protection services. Only eligible recipients can access the MCCSS Child Protection Services 2021-2022 category and will be notified by the ministry as when to access the budget plan submission through TPON.

Resources

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

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

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services –Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy 2021-2022

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Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Budget Submissions are due by October 4, 2021, 11:59 pm EST. Please contact your IHWS Program Supervisor if you have any questions.

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 2021-2022 funding allocation letter.

Resources

Program information

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

You can contact ihws@ontario.ca 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.

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Partner Facility Renewal Program 2021-2022

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

You must submit your application and all supporting documents by July 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Description

The MCCSS Partner Facility Renewal Program makes timely capital investments to help maintain buildings and properties (real estate) of transfer payment recipients that deliver ministry programs and services. The program ensures transfer payment recipients can provide accessible, safe, quality programs and services to clients across the province by supporting the repair or renovation of their building infrastructure.

Eligibility

Capital funding is only provided to transfer payment recipients that have a direct funding relationship with the ministry to deliver programs and/or services. This includes recipients that operate in:

  • owned real estate
  • rental or leased real estate
  • government owned real estate
  • real estate owned or managed by a non-arm’s length entity

Where real estate is used jointly for non-ministry programs and services, the ministry generally only considers funding the space used for ministry-funded programs and services.

Program guidelines

Partner Facility Renewal 2021-22 – Program and Application Guide

Contacts

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

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Temporary Wage Enhancement for Direct Support Workers

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

All claims for the period of October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022 must be submitted by March 20, 2022.

Description

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is offering temporary wage enhancements support to families who employ or purchase services from eligible full or part-time workers.

Learn more and apply for funding.

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

Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Deadline

Call for submissions open December 7th and will be accepted until January 27th, 2022 4:59pm

Description

The Northern Ontario Resource Development Support (NORDS) Fund will make new funding available to municipalities in Northern Ontario to:

  • share in the benefits from resource development
  • help offset some of the impacts of resource development on municipal infrastructure

Starting in 2021-22, $15 million per year over five years will be allocated amongst the 144 municipalities in Northern Ontario. Each municipality will have an identified allocation funding amount they would be eligible for, which would take into consideration factors such as municipal size and capacity. 

Eligibility

  • All 144 municipalities in Northern Ontario are eligible.
  • For the purposes of the Program, Ontario considers Northern Ontario to be comprised of the territorial districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Timiskaming. This is consistent with the delineation of Northern Ontario as designated in the Places to Grow Act, O. Reg. 416/05.

Program guidelines

You can find program details and guidelines when you log in to the TPON system and fill out an application.

Contact

If you have questions about the NORDS Fund  please email:  nords@ontario.ca

Ontario Junior Exploration Program

Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Deadline

Applications for Year 1 are now closed.
Applications for Year 2 will open January 10, 2022 at 9 am EST and close February 15, 2022.

Description

The Ontario Junior Exploration Program is providing $5 million over two years to eligible junior mining companies conducting grassroots early exploration in Ontario.

Companies can apply for funding to cover eligible costs of up to $200,000 per mineral exploration project.

For Year 1, projects can start no earlier than July 26, 2021 and are expected to end by February 15, 2022.
For Year 2, projects can start on April 1, 2022 and are expected to end by February 15, 2023.

Applications are assessed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

  • be a non-producing, junior mining company registered to conduct business in Ontario
  • have a market capitalization of up to $100 million (or private companies with an equivalent value) on July 26, 2021 for Year 1 applications and January 10, 2022 for Year 2 applications 
  • provide proof that they have the funds to cover 100 percent of project costs at the time of application
  • ability to provide a copy of a valid Certificate of Insurance for this project with general commercial liability coverage at a limit of not less than $2 million per occurrence. 
  • be enrolled in the Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) and eligible to hold mining claims in Ontario 
  • have an exploration plan and/or permit valid at the time of application and for the duration of the project (where required)
  • have the approval of the tenure holder to conduct the proposed project in the event of an option agreement or co-tenure holder relationship
  • submit an application that meets the definition of grassroots exploration in the Program Guide

Program guidelines

Ontario Junior Exploration Program Guide

Contacts

OJEP@ontario.ca

Ontario Together Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

You can submit an application until the program ends on March 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST.

Description

The Ontario Together Fund (OTF) provides funding to firms and organizations for projects that support either (or both):

  • Ontario’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Ontario’s preparedness for future public health emergencies

The OTF focuses on supporting manufacturing and innovation that helps combat COVID-19 and provides goods and services critical to health, safety and security.

Types of funding available may include:

  • a conditional grant up to 75% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $2.5M
    • maximum funding will only be provided for projects that demonstrate exceptional benefits or innovation
  • complementary supports and services

Eligibility

Funding is available to firms and organizations in Ontario with a minimum of two years of operations. Scale-ups may be eligible.

In order to be eligible, a project must:

  • be based in Ontario
  • support Ontario’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or preparedness for future public health emergencies
  • serve business and/or consumer markets
  • be completed by March 31, 2022

We will assess applications based on the following criteria:

  • alignment with provincial priorities, with preference given to projects that:
    • strengthen Ontario’s domestic manufacturing capacity
    • support homegrown technologies and innovative solutions
    • strengthen Ontario’s Medical Technology (“MedTech”) sector
  • technical and financial assessments that:
    • identify risks and mitigation approaches related to the applicant’s ability to execute the project and deliver services, inputs, or finished products that meet appropriate specifications
    • confirm that the applicant is in a financial position to carry out the project
  • identification of an ongoing business and/or consumer market for the product or solution
  • job creation, retention and regional impacts
  • compliance with relevant legislation and regulations

This is a discretionary, non-entitlement program. Even if an application meets all program objectives and eligibility criteria, we are under no obligation to approve funding or services.

How to apply

  • Submit a completed OTF eligibility checklist
  • If your project is eligible and aligned with provincial priorities, we will connect you with a ministry advisor who can assist you in completing a full application.
  • If your project is not eligible and/or not aligned with provincial priorities, we will notify you that we are unable to proceed.

Contacts

For additional information regarding the Ontario Together Fund, please contact otf@ontario.ca.

Reconnect Ontario 2022

Status: Open

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Deadline

You must submit your application by Wednesday, February 2, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Description

Reconnect Ontario supports festivals and events that have a tourism economic impact and motivate visitors to rediscover Ontario, reconnect people with local experiences and increase tourism spending. 

The program aims to support innovative events in Ontario that will:

  • offer safe experiences that encourage people to travel locally, participate and rediscover the beauty and diversity of all that Ontario communities have to offer 
  • draw tourists and local visitors, whether in-person or virtually, through innovative programming, and generate positive economic impact for the local community, the region and the province
  • provide job opportunities for Ontarians, particularly in the tourism, culture and entertainment sectors
  • increase Ontario’s profile through media and/or social media exposure to generate interest in future travel to the province.

Eligibility

Eligible organizations must:

  • be Ontario-based entities in existence since January 1, 2021 or before, including those that are established by or under legislation; are federally or provincially incorporated; or are band councils as defined under the Indian Act (Canada)
  • 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.

In addition, your event must meet all the following requirements:

  • take place between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023
  • occur in the province of Ontario, if an in-person event, or be produced in Ontario, if a broadcast or virtual event
  • be open to the public at large without membership in a club or group
  • follow all municipal and provincial guidelines, including health and safety guidelines

Organizations approved for funding must enter into a Transfer Payment Agreement with the province.

Program guidelines

Reconnect Ontario 2022 – Application guide 

Additional Information

For additional resources to help with the application process, please visit the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries’ Grants and Awards page.

Contacts 

For any program-related questions, you can consult with your regional 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:

The program supports projects that:

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

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

Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) Grant

Status: Open

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Deadline

You must submit your application by March 4, 2022 by 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Description

The Safer and Vital Communities Grant provides time-limited funding to community-based, not-for-profit organizations, and First Nations communities and organizations to address local risks to safety and well-being in the community.

The theme of the 2022–2024 grant is “Preventing Cybercrime through Community Collaboration.” The program aims to create safer communities in Ontario that will support community and public safety organizations to work collaboratively to create awareness about and reduce the risk of crimes that are committed online, with a focus on:

  • hate crimes
  • human trafficking
  • fraud

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include:

  • community-based, not-for-profit organizations
  • First Nations Chiefs Councils
  • First Nations Band Councils
  • First Nations communities
  • Indigenous organization

Applicants are required to partner with the local police service and are encouraged to partner with at least one other organization in a sector different from their own to ensure a broad range of community engagement.

Organizations not eligible to apply, but can be project partners, include:

  • police services and their boards
  • municipalities
  • governmental agencies
  • hospitals
  • educational institutions, such as universities, colleges and schools

Eligible applicants must verify:

  • total amount of funding requested from the ministry for year one does not exceed $55,000
  • total amount of funding requested from the ministry for year two does not exceed $55,000
  • if applicant is incorporated, include proof of incorporation (not applicable to First Nation Band Councils)
  • if applicant is not incorporated, include sponsor's confirmation letter and sponsor's proof of incorporation
  • include a signed letter of support from your local police service and other organizations as appropriate

Program guidelines

Safer and Vital Communities Grant Program Guidelines

Contacts

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

Site Readiness Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications are due March 1, 2022 at 5pm EST.

Description

The Site Readiness Program provides financial support to industrial landowners to complete a range of due diligence studies so site information is readily available for interested investors looking to invest or expand in Ontario.

 Learn more about the Site Readiness Program.

Eligibility

The eligibility requirements can be found in the Site Readiness Program Guide.

You can also request the Program Guide:

How to apply

  1. Contact the program staff for your pre-application consultation. 
  2. Submit your application package through Transfer Payment Ontario.
  3. We will notify you if your site has been approved and email you with your notification of acceptance.
  4. Complete the site due diligence within one year (the list of eligible expenses is available in the Site Readiness Program Guide).
  5. Submit invoices and receive reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $25,000.

Contacts

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

Skills Development Fund Round 2

Status: Open

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Deadline

The Skills Development Fund Round 2 is a non-competitive continuous intake program. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m EST

Description

The Skills Development Fund Round 2 will enable market-driven solutions and unlock the economic potential of skilled trades and broader workforce development initiatives to facilitate economic recovery.

Priority projects include those aimed to:

Eligibility

Organizations that are eligible to apply for the Skills Development Fund Round 2 are outlined in the application guideline section 3.1 Eligible Applicants. 

Program guidelines

Skills Development Fund (SDF) Round 2

Contacts

Should you have any questions regarding the Skills Development Fund Round 2, please email SkillsDevelopmentFund@ontario.ca

Summer Experience Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Deadline

You must submit your application by February 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Description

The Summer Experience Program (SEP) provides funding to eligible organizations, municipalities and communities to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students.

Employment positions must:

  • offer training, work experience and skills transferable to the general workforce and to future careers

Eligibility

Eligible organizations include:

  • not-for-profit organizations
  • municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations
  • First Nations communities

Organizations must be legally incorporated or be band councils established under the Indian Act, Canada

Due to the limited number of positions, we may give priority to applicant organizations that have not previously received SEP funding.

Students hired by eligible organizations must:

  • be currently enrolled in a secondary, or post-secondary institution or within six months of graduation
  • be over 15 and under 25 years old by the start of the employment period (up to 29 years for persons with a disability as described in section 10 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19)
  • be given a minimum full time employment contract length of 232 hours or 32 days at 7.25 hours per day
  • provide proof of student enrolment to the employer
  • be residents of Ontario during the period of employment
  • be eligible to work in Canada and have a social insurance number (SIN)
  • live in Ontario when they start work

Program guidelines

2022 Summer Experience Program Guidelines

Learn more about the Summer Experience Program Guidelines

Contacts

For a list of local regional development advisors in your area, please visit:

EN:http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/about/contactus.shtml

FR: http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/fr/about/contactus.shtml

For information about the Summer Experience Program, email: CommunitySEP@ontario.ca.

Support for Community Negotiations Fund

Status: Open

Note: this is an invitational funding opportunity. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully.

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Deadline

You must submit your application by December 17, 2021.

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

Eligible applicants must be:

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:

Program guidelines

Support for Community Negotiations 2020-2021 Transfer Payment Funding Guidelines

Contacts

If you have any questions, you can email the Senior Business Finance Officer at NRD_Finance@ontario.ca.

Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Deadline

We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis.

Description

The Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund (TEDRF) is an application-based, cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects that either:

  • Encourage the development of innovative new tourism products
  • Support tourism investment
  • Build the capacity of Ontario’s tourism industry

The program also supports innovative tourism recovery projects aimed at increasing tourism within Ontario to address the reduction in global travel as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include:

  • Municipalities and Destination Marketing Organizations (Regional Tourism Organizations are not eligible)
  • Indigenous Organizations
  • Ontario Tourism Industry Associations
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations (with a clearly defined tourism focus)
  • For-Profit Tourism Organizations

In addition, to be eligible for the TEDRF program, your project must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

  • Take place in the Province of Ontario
  • Have an applicant organization which is a legal entity, incorporated in Canada and in existence for a minimum of one year, as of the date of submission
  • Applicant is not in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario (e.g., Ontario Trillium Foundation)
  • Applications must be submitted a minimum of 4 months prior to project start
  • Information provided in the application is true, correct and complete (as verified by an authorized official).

If you are successful, your organization will enter into a Transfer Payment Agreement with the province.

Program guidelines

Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund – Application guide

Contacts

If you are a tourism industry association, please email ido.ont@ontario.ca.

All other interested parties can contact either:

ido.ont@ontario.ca or their tourist advisor

Closed funding opportunities

Learn about past funding opportunities from the Government of Ontario.

Contact us

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 pm, 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

For 24/7 assistance: