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. Canadian Youth Business Foundation Start-Up Financing Program
  4. Export Market Access-A Global Expansion Program
  5. Investment Accelerator Fund
  6. SMART Program-Canadian Manufactures $ Exports


Human Resources

  1. Achieving Innovation and Excellence – Yves Landry Foundation
  2. Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  3. CONNECT (Colleges of Ontario Network for Education and Training)
  4. Co-Operative Education Tax Credit (CETC)
  5. Educational Technology Tax Incentive
  6. Employer Signing Bonus
  7. Graduate Transitions Tax Credit
  8. Ontario Employer Health Tax Exemption
  9. Targeted Wage Subsidies Program
  10. 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 Demonstration Fund (IDF)
  5. Innovation Tax Credit (OITC)
  6. Industrial R&D Fellowships-Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  7. Ontario Business Research Institute Tax Credit (OBRITC)
  8. Ontario Centres of Excellence
  9. Ontario Research Employee Stock Option Credit
  10. Precarn Incorporated
  11. Retail Sales Tax Exemption on Manufacturing Equipment
  12. Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program
  13. SD Tech Fund -Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)


Energy & Environment

  1. ecoEnergy for Renewable Heat (Natural Resource Canada)
  2. ecoEnergy Retrofit (industry)
  3. Electricity Incentive Program (ERIP)
  4. NextGen Biofuels Funds-Sustainable Technology Canada
  5. Ontario Biogass Systems Financial Assistance Program
  6. Ontario Current Cost Adjustment (OCCA): Pollution Control Equipment
  7. Ontario Fuel Cell Innovation Program
  8. Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Incentives (OSTHI)


Arts, Culture and Digital Media

  1. Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit Program (PSTC)
  2. Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit (OBPTC)
  3. Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects (OCASE) Tax Credit
  4. Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC)
  5. Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OMDC)
  6. Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC)
  7. 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