Canada's regional development agencies ( RDAs ) are one of the ways that the government delivers on its Innovation and Skills Plan in the regions. RDAs across Canada deliver two common streams of programming to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses and create the conditions for the development of strong, dynamic and inclusive regional innovation ecosystems across the country.
The program currently has limited budget availability due to a high demand. Please contact a FedNor officer to discuss your project prior to submitting an application under the program.
Business scale-up and productivity — for ambitious companies in need of growth funding
Funding offered under this program stream helps businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, to accelerate growth and adopt innovative technologies that support scale-up, commercialization, productivity and market expansion to become more competitive globally.
Regional innovation ecosystems — for not-for-profit organizations looking to grow the region's innovation capacity
Funding under this program stream helps create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation. This will foster the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies and increase the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises ( SME ). In part, this stream will seek to further enhance business support networks for under-represented groups—including women, Indigenous (First Nation/Métis/Inuit) peoples and young entrepreneurs—promoting their entrepreneurial talent.
Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario
Northern Ontario manufacturers looking to boost their productivity, increase sales and exports and create jobs can find the support they need through FedNor’s Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario ( TMINO ).
Find out how companies can access financing for productivity improvements, including equipment upgrades. Consult the TMINO guidelines or Frequently Asked Questions.
Applicants can apply directly to FedNor for funding to support operational assessments. For more information, call 1-877-333-6673 or contact a FedNor Officer.