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.

Community Museum Operating and Pay Equity Grants Program

Status: Restricted

Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport

Deadline

You must submit your application by July 2, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Description

The Community Museum Operating and Pay Equity Grants Program provides annual operating grants to eligible community museums across Ontario.

Funding will help community museums:

  • contribute to economic well-being as employers and tourist attractions
  • acquire, conserve, interpret and exhibit artifacts of public interest
  • provide unique opportunities for education and enjoyment
  • contribute to the rich cultural fabric of their communities

Eligibility

This is a restricted program. Eligible museums must:

Contacts

Program contact: Shannon Khan
Culture Programs Advisor
CMOG-SFMC@ontario.ca

Museum standards contact: Elka Weinstein
Museum and Heritage Programs Advisor
Elka.Weinstein@ontario.ca
416-564-9398

Community Service Order (CSO) 2024-27

Status: Open

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Deadline

You must submit your application by 5 p.m. EDT on August 2, 2024.

Description

The Community Service Order (CSO) Program funds organizations in Ontario to deliver and provide community-based service opportunities allowing clients to complete court mandated community service work in accordance with a client’s court order.

The program is divided in 13 catchment areas (see program guidelines) that delineate the boundaries where the community service placement will take place and is linked to the clients’ place of residence.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this program you must:

  • be a community-based, non-profit organization or First Nations, Inuit, and Metis organization with experience providing services and programs to justice involved individuals or groups
  • be an Ontario-based entity (for example, main operations occur and services are provided in Ontario) for at least two years prior to date of submission
  • demonstrate financial stability for the duration of the funding period as shown through financial statements, established financial policies and procedures
  • 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

Program guidelines

Community Service Order (CSO) 2024-27 - Guidelines and Instructions

Contacts

Ministry staff will offer additional support to assist CSO applicants. This includes answering program-specific questions, ministry-identified performance measures, data collection and reporting.

Please reach out to the ministry staff assigned to the applicants “Catchment Area” found in the program guidelines.

Connecting Links Program 2024-25

Status: Restricted

Ministry of Transportation

Deadline

Applications are due by Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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.

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

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 percent 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.

Program guidelines

The program guidelines will be hosted in TPON.

Contacts

Manager
Robert Hazra
905-327-1434

Team lead
Jason Kline
289-241-8354

Team member
Rafeef Ali
705-648-1574

Critical Minerals Innovation Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications must be submitted no later than July 17, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Description

The Critical Minerals Innovation Fund (CMIF) provides funding to projects that help strengthen Ontario’s critical minerals sector.

The CMIF supports projects that involve research, development and commercialization of innovative technologies, techniques, processes and solutions for critical minerals and relate to Ontario’s key priority areas. Objectives of the CMIF include:

  • increasing critical minerals exploration, mining, development, production and processing
  • stimulating investment in Ontario’s critical minerals supply chain
  • enhancing 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, or a 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 for critical minerals that relates to one or more of the following key priority areas:
    • battery supply chain
    • innovative techniques for deep exploration and mining
    • recovery of minerals
    • other innovative projects that support the critical minerals sector
  • the project is not receiving funding from any Government of Ontario program

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 June 27, 2024 at 5:00 pm EST.

Description

The EnAbling Change Program provides grants of between $5,000 and $150,000 to not-for-profit organizations (as defined in the Program Guidelines Glossary), including industry organizations and professional associations to:

  • educate their stakeholders about accessibility
  • help support regulatory compliance
  • promote cultural awareness about the value and benefits of accessibility

Typical projects may involve:

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

Eligibility

Your organization is eligible to apply for the EnAbling Change Program if it:

  • is either a not-for-profit organization (as defined in the Program Guidelines Glossary) that is able to reach across an industry or sector in Ontario and have been incorporated in Ontario or Canada for at least 1 year, or a municipality governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 or any other Act of the Legislature
  • is compliant with Ontario’s accessibility laws
  • has accountability processes to administer, manage and oversee any funding received from the Province
  • provides proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance coverage of at least $2 million
  • provides prior-year financial statements (if applicant has been operating for 2 years or more and is not a municipality or a First Nation applicant)

Your project must:

  • take place in Ontario
  • involve people with disabilities in its planning and implementation, and meet at least one of the ministry’s key program priorities outlined in the program guidelines

Approved projects are anticipated to start by October 2024 and must be completed by September 30, 2025.

Program guidelines

2024–2025 EnAbling Change Program Guidelines.

Contacts

If you have questions about the EnAbling Change Program, please email enablingchange@ontario.ca.

Fire Protection Services Reimbursement: Unincorporated Ontario

Status: Open

Ministry of Solicitor General

Deadline

You must submit your application by March 24th, 2024, 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 March 14th, 2023 - March 17th, 2024. 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
  • 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)
  • public hazard assistance calls (Incidents such as carbon monoxide, public utility, electrical and natural gas or propane gas utility incidents)
  • 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

Great Lakes Local Action Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

Deadline

You must submit your application by September 26, 2024 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Description

The Great Lakes Local Action Fund provides funding to projects that help communities take action to increase climate change resiliency and protect or improve water quality in the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Funding is available for projects occurring between January 1, 2025, and December 31, 2025.

Objectives

Improve climate change resiliency through ecosystem protection and restoration

Implement local scale and nature-based solutions to achieve the following:

  • protect, enhance or restore riparian and culturally significant areas
  • reduce impacts on Great Lakes ecosystem health
  • increase awareness on the importance of these areas/actions to the health of the Great Lakes

Activities may include:

  • planting nattive species
  • preventing/reducing erosion of shorelines and sedimentation in natural creeks, streams or rivers (for example, shoreline protection using natural solutions, re-vegetating buffer strips, mulching/seeding)
  • management of invasive species

Protect and improve water quality

Implement local scale actions that address road salt, nonpoint source pollution, and plastic pollution through prevention, mitigation and public awareness.

Activities may include:

  • mitigating the impacts of road salt use on waterbodies
  • removing and preventing plastic pollution from entering waterbodies (for example, interception, collection, education)
  • reducing nonpoint source water pollution (for example, nutrients from non-agricultural gardens and lawns, oil and other vehicle and household chemicals, pet waste and sewage)

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, the applicant must be a legal incorporated entity, such as:

  • community-based incorporated organizations
  • conservation organizations (such as, non-governmental, not-for-profit, charitable corporations whose work focuses on environmental protection, conservation, and/or restoration)
  • Indigenous communities
  • conservation authorities and their foundations
  • municipal governments
  • academic institutions including schools as represented by their school boards, universities and community colleges
  • industry and non-profit associations or organizations

Program guidelines

Great Lakes Local Action Fund Program Guidelines

Contacts

Email: greatlakesfund@ontario.ca.

Heritage Organization Development Grant

Status: Open

Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism

Deadline

You must submit your application by July 2, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Description

The Heritage Organization Development Grant (HODG) is an annual, statutory-based operating grant designed to promote public awareness of Ontario's rich and diverse heritage. The program provides historical societies, museums and other heritage associations located throughout the province with a portion of their annual operating support.

The Heritage Organization Development Grant is distributed to recipients operating a year-round or seasonal facility in accordance with Regulation 879, Grants to Incorporated Historical Societies and Associations under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Eligibility

Eligible recipients are non-profit corporations, with their head office in the Province of Ontario, that are actively involved in local outreach activities such as the production of displays and promotional materials, public programs, lecture series, walking tours and special activities designed to inform and educate the general public about their community heritage.

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • be a registered non-profit corporation or an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society
  • have been in operation and incorporated for at least a year
  • have as its primary objective the support, encouragement and facilitation of the conservation, protection and promotion of your community's heritage
  • be governed by a Board of Directors
  • have spent in the preceding fiscal year at least $250 on outreach activities (education or extension programmes that support activities designed to increase knowledge, awareness and promotion of your community's heritage)

New applicants: If you are a first-time applicant and your organization meets the above requirements, you must submit with your application a copy of your organization Constitution and By-laws.

Funding is not guaranteed and is dependent upon funds available.

Note: The HODG program does not provide funding for project grants or capital projects.

Program guidelines

Heritage Organization Development Grant (HODG) Program Guidelines.

Grant Payments

If your application is successful, and you have direct deposit payments set up, we will use the banking information previously provided to make the payments. If you do not have direct deposit set up, please complete and submit the EFT form. Direct deposit is a convenient and safe way to receive payments. For more information, click here.

Note: If your address or banking information has changed since your last application, please complete a new Electronic Funds Transfer form and notify the ministry. Completing this form is essential to ensure funds are deposited correctly.

Contacts

Shannon Khan, Culture Programs Advisor
Email: HODG-SSAHC@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 – Generic Budget 2023-2024

Apply for funding

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Budget Submissions are due by June 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Description

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) Generic Budget submissions for 2023 - 2024 will be managed within Transfer Payment Ontario through the MCCSS Generic Budget 2023 - 2024 category. This also includes all subsequent activities related to the transfer payment contracting cycle along with all reporting.

The MCCSS Generic Budget 2023 - 2024 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 Generic Budget 2023 - 2024 category were notified by the ministry on their 2023 - 2024 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 program lead for program-specific inquiries.

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services - Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy 2023-2024

Apply for funding

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Budget Submissions are due by June 30, 2023 by 4:00 p.m. EST.

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 2023 - 2024 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 2023 or 2023-2024

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 2023 or 2023-2024.

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 2023 or 2023-2024 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 2023 or 2023-2024 category is open to all eligible transfer payment recipients.

You would have been notified by the ministry about your 2023 or 2023-2024 funding allocations as well as when to access the budget submission through Transfer Payment Ontario.

Resources

Program information

  • Service objectives document can be downloaded from TPON

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

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

Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) Enhancement Grant

Status: Open

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Deadline

You must submit your application by June 19, 2024 at 4:00 pm EST.

Description

The Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) Enhancement Grant will operate on a three-year cycle (2024–2025 to 2026–2027) and offers funding to police services to support or increase the full-time equivalent count of crisis workers on their teams.

The grant intends to enhance existing MCRTs as part of the government’s plan to build a more comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system. This funding will support the ongoing need for additional mental health assistance on calls involving individuals experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, as well as to better leverage local mental health expertise.

Eligibility

The MCRT Enhancement Grant is available to municipal and First Nation police services as well as municipalities policed by the OPP, with an existing mobile crisis response team.

Contacts

Please direct all inquiries regarding the MCRT Enhancement Grant or application process to Shamitha Devakandan at Shamitha.Devakandan@ontario.ca and Steffie Anastasopoulos at Steffie.Anastasopoulos@ontario.ca.

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 FireSmart Communities Grant

Status: Open

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Deadline

Applications are due September 30, 2024, at 4:00 p.m, EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

Description

The FireSmart Communities grant is offering limited funding to support municipalities with FireSmart Community initiatives through a one-time transfer payment grant.

Funding will help municipalities:

  • complete hazard forest mapping for wildland fire hazards
  • develop a Community Wildland Fire Protection Plan (CWPP), including:
    • Wildland Fire Hazard Risk Assessment
    • Wildland Fire Mitigation Strategies

Eligibility

Your municipality must be located within the Fire Region of Ontario.

Municipalities are selected based on the following:

  • amount of area estimated to have a high to extreme wildland fire risk from the MNRF Hazard Forest Maps
  • average number of annual wildland fire occurrences
  • a project plan that is submitted through the application process that includes:
  • demonstrated need for financial assistance to complete the project
  • level of financial commitment indicated by community to wildland urban interface program initiatives
  • community support of wildland urban interface and FireSmart Community Programs
  • commitment to the implementation of mitigation strategies once identified

Municipalities that have been chosen to receive the grant will receive support documentation by email from ministry staff.

Contacts

Sarah Allen
Provincial Coordinator, Communications and Mitigation Unit
Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch
Email: Sarah.Allen@ontario.ca
Tel: 705-690-0756

Chelsea Osesky
Mitigation and Partnerships Team Lead
Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch
Email: Chelsea.Osesky@ontario.ca
Tel: 705-255-0896

Ontario Sport Hosting Program 2024-2025

Status: Open

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Deadline

You must submit your application by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday July 8, 2024.

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, Metis or Inuit communities
Stream 3: emerging sports
  • non-profit organizations (including universities and colleges)
  • Ontario municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations, First Nation, Metis 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
  • includes 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

2024–2025 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 
Tel: 647-299-8584
Email: Aimee.Maggiacomo@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.

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

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

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

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.

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

Regional Innovation Centres Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is July 9, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Interested organizations are welcome to attend a 60-minute virtual Q&A engagement session on June 21 via MicroSoft Teams. To receive an invitation, please email sheila.hamm2@ontario.ca.

Description

Ontario’s Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) program includes a network of 16 non-profit organizations. Since the launch of the RICs program in 2010, these non-profit organizations have been dedicated to supporting regional development by helping innovative businesses start and grow. They are key players in the Ontario innovation ecosystem and provide programs and services to early-stage and/or growing technology companies with the potential to expand and succeed at a global scale.

The network shares the following foundational principles:

  • responding to regional needs
  • providing services to create and develop start-ups
  • “no wrong door” network collaboration
  • delivering on government priorities
  • ensuring financial accountability and transparency

Eligibility

To be eligible your organization must meet the following criteria:

  • have a primary physical location in Barrie, ON with at least one year of operation in Barrie
  • be a non-profit organization not currently receiving government of Ontario funds (such as receiving regular long-term funding from a publicly funded institution)

Your organization is not eligible if it is of the following:

  • municipal or regional economic development agencies and/or corporations
  • Small Business Enterprise Centres
  • angel investor organizations
  • post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, hospitals)
  • government-funded enterprises
  • professional services

Program guidelines

Regional Innovation Centres Program Guidelines

Contacts

Regional Innovation Centres Unit, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Sheila Hamm 
Senior Policy Advisor
Email: sheila.hamm2@ontario.ca
Tel: 437-224-9643

Road Safety Community Partnership Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Transportation

Deadline

Applications close June 27, 2024 at 4:59 p.m. EDT.

Description

The Road Safety Community Partnership Program demonstrates government commitment to road safety by providing funding to a network of provincial non-profit organizations with road safety mandates.

The program supports public awareness initiatives, campaigns or events that address priority issues such as aggressive driving, pedestrian safety, distracted driving, impaired driving and cycling safety.

The program reinforces measures aimed at positively influencing transportation user behaviour and raising awareness of MTO policies and legislation to keep Ontario’s roads safe at a grassroots level. This funding can be used to promote road safety awareness by:

  • increasing knowledge of road safety issues
  • influencing transportation user behaviour
  • supporting legislative and regulatory compliance

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a non-profit, organization or individual with a road safety mandate that is legally capable of contracting
  • be operating or residing in Ontario
  • demonstrate matched community support for the project through signed letters of financial and/or in-kind contributions from local organizations, agencies, municipalities or businesses

Program guidelines

Road Safety Community Partnership Program Guide.

Resources

We are offering virtual information sessions via Zoom. Please feel free to register to one of the sessions:

Session 1
May 28, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Session 2
May 30, 2024 | 10:00 p.m. EDT

Session 3
June 4, 2024 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Session 4
June 5, 2024 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact:

Public Outreach and Education Office
Ministry of Transportation
Email:POEO@ontario.ca

Winter Roads Program: Bridges and Culverts Stream

Status: Open

Winter Roads Program: Bridges and Culverts Stream

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applications will be evaluated during assessment periods outlined in the program guidelines.

Description

The Winter Roads Program – Bridges and Culverts Stream provides funding to Northern Ontario remote communities for new water crossing infrastructure (pre-engineered bridges and culverts) and repairs to existing water crossing structures.

Projects are located on the Ontario winter roads network, which provides vital seasonal connections between the Far North and the provincial highway network.

Eligibility

Project funding is open to remote communities in Northern Ontario that are not connected to a provincial highway network by an all-season road. Eligible applicants include Indigenous communities, Indigenous organizations such as Tribal Councils, corporations or partnerships formed by eligible applicants to build or maintain winter roads, and the Town of Moosonee.

Applications may be submitted by:

Single applicants – one eligible applicant.

Joint applicants – two or more eligible applicants.

Applicants are encouraged, wherever possible, to submit applications with multiple projects that cover the same road network. Applicants are also encouraged to work together to maximize the benefits of available funding through joint applications.

Joint applications must be accompanied by a resolution in support of the application from each applicant represented on the application. The applicant responsible for maintaining the corridor where the project is located should be identified as the project lead and submit the application.

Program guidelines

Read the Winter Roads Program – Bridges and Culverts Program Guidelines for full details on the program stream.

Contacts

For questions about the Winter Roads Program – Bridges and Culverts Stream, please email winter.roads@ontario.ca.

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 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

For 24/7 assistance: