Government Support Programs

Governments at all levels are committed to encouraging and attracting investment by streamlining business processes, offering programs to assist investors in their expansion and relocation decisions, and ensuring a competitive, friendly and receptive business environment.

The following are samples of the programs available from federal and provincial governments to help meet the needs of companies looking to invest in Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area.

Key Government Resources



  1. Business Development Bank of Canada Services Overview
  2. Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBF)
  3. Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation Start-Up Financing Program)
  4. Export Market Access-A Global Expansion Program
  5. Investment Accelerator Fund


Human Resources

  1. Achieving Innovation and Excellence – Yves Landry Foundation
  2. Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  3. Colleges offer certificate programs, diplomas, apprenticeships and degrees
  4. Co-Operative Education Tax Credit (CETC)
  5. Employer Signing Bonus
  6. Ontario Employer Health Tax Exemption
  7. Strategic Aerospace and Defense Initiative


Research and Development

  1. Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy Program
  2. Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) (Industry Canada)
  3. Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) – National Research Council Canada
  4. Innovation Tax Credit (OITC)
  5. Industrial R&D Fellowships-Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  6. Ontario Business Research Institute Tax Credit
  7. Ontario Research Employee Stock Option Credit
  8. Precarn Incorporated
  9. Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program
  10. SD Tech Fund – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)


Energy & Environment

  1. Electricity Incentive Program (ERIP)
  2. NextGen Biofuels Funds-Sustainable Technology Canada
  3. Ontario Biogass Systems Financial Assistance Program


Arts, Culture and Digital Media

  1. Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit (OBPTC)
  2. Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects (OCASE) Tax Credit
  3. Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC)
  4. Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OMDC)
  5. Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC)
  6. Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit


Construction Industry

  1. High Performance New Construction
  2. Brownfield Financial Tax Incentive Program-Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing