Agriculture | Arts and Culture | Community Development and Tourism | Employment and Training | Exporting | Indigenous Programs | Manufacturing | Mental Health | Not-for-profit | Social Enterprise | Start-up and Expansion | Technology and Innovation | Youth

Carrot Cache

Grants and Loans between $500 to $5000 for organizations tackling food production/local organic agriculture.

Government of Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program

Loans of up to $500,000 for farming and agriculture.

Greenbelt Funding/Grants

Grants for Non-profit organizations looking to make sustainable rural and agricultural greenbelt economic development.


Funding for Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers for $5,000 (Cost-share).

Canada Council for the Arts

Grants for Canadian artists to help with art creation.

Ontario Arts Council Granting Programs and Awards

Ongoing project and operating grants for Ontario artists.

NOHFC Northern Business Opportunity: Film and Television

Grants of up to 50% of costs up to $500,000 for film and television in Northern Ontario.

Downtown Community Improvement Plan

Professional Study Grant program – Up to $3,750 to assist with professional fees required in the preparatory phases of a redevelopment project in downtown North Bay.

DCIP – Building Improvement Grant Program

Up to $30,000 for building improvements in downtown North Bay.

DCIP – Municipal Fee Rebate (MFR)

100% of municipal licensing fees incurred during a downtown project can be covered.

DCIP – Exemption from Minimum Parking Requirements

Zoning work around for building in North Bay without the minimum number of parking spaces.

NECO Community Development Initiatives

First Nation, municipalities or other non-profits in the North looking to undergo a project to develop their community could have some costs covered.

OMAFRA Rural Economic Development Program

Funding up to $100,000 for rural development in Ontario.

Ontario Trillium Foundation – SEED, GROW, CAPITAL, and TRANSFORM.

4 grant streams aiming to stimulate and better Ontario communities.

Tourism Development Fund

Ministry grant for increasing tourism investment and projects in Ontario.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.

FedNor Youth Internship Program

Contribute up to $31,500 of a youth internship of someone who has graduated within the last 3 years from a post-secondary institution.

Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs

Funding for summer jobs for students returning to school in the next school year.

Government of Canada’s Career Focus

Funding for skill development of youth employees.

Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Programs

Funding programs for hiring youth.

Iion – YEPP

$7100 in funding to hire qualified youth to innovative firms and projects.

National Resource Council’s Youth Employment Strategy Program

cost-share for a portion of salary to a post-secondary graduate for an innovative small to medium enterprise.

NOHFC Northern Ontario Internship Program

$31,500 towards employment of a recent graduate in Northern Ontario.

North Claybelt Youth Internship

Up to $33,500 for francophone businesses to hire interns.

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development

Funding of up to $99,999 for individuals and up to $250,000 for incorporated businesses for people of indigenous decent.

Funding for Indigenous Economic Development!%2F

3 funding streams for individuals and organizations with indigenous background. Have invested over $95 million over 10 years in different projects and businesses.

Métis Voyageur Development Fund

funding for those of Métis background with potential financing of up to $1,000,000.

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF)

Aboriginal Business Financing Program (Loan/Grant) – Loans and Grants for people of Canadian Aboriginal heritage, individuals can get up to $99,999 in funding assistance and community-owned businesses can get assistance of up to $249,999.


Aboriginal-owned and controlled organization that provides financing and economic development services for Aboriginal entrepreneurs in North-Eastern Ontario.

CME-FedNor Assessments: Northern Ontario Manufacturing Grants

$15,000 for professional consulting for a manufacturing firm to increase efficiency and productivity and reduce waste.

FedNor Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario – Productivity Improvements

Funding and Cost Share from FedNor for established manufacturers in Northern Ontario.

Iion Innovative Manufacturing and Facilitation Program

Up to $5000 for innovative manufacturers undertaking a new project.

Iion Triple-P Program

Up to $10,000 in funding innovative production processes in manufacturing.

Jobs and Prosperity Fund: Food and Beverage Growth Fund

Up to $5 million for food and beverage processing and bioproduct projects in Ontario.

Rise Individual Lending Program

Loans up to 10,000 for people who self-identify as an individual who has experienced mental health/addiction challenges.

Rise Event Lending

Loans up to $2,500 to pay for costs incurred for events for people who self-identify as an individual who has experienced mental health/addiction challenges.

FedNor Business Growth and Competitiveness

Coverage of up to 33 percent of eligible capital and 50 percent of eligible non-capital costs for Northern Ontario businesses and not-for-profits in key industries.

FedNor Community Economic Development

Coverage of up to 33 percent of eligible capital and 50 percent of eligible non-capital costs for Northern Ontario not-for-profits who focus on community economic development.

Summer Experience Program (Ontario Government)

Summer job subsidies for not-for-profits and indigenous organizations.

BDC – Small Business Program

Loans of up to $100,000 for small businesses.

Crowd Funding

projects funded by potential customers who believe in the project and want to make sure that they have the capital to get started, with a payoff eventually coming back to the funder.

FedNor Business Growth and Competitiveness

Coverage of up to 33 percent of eligible capital and 50 percent of eligible non-capital costs for Northern Ontario businesses and not-for-profits in key industries.

Iion – Step Forward Entrepreneur Program

Worth a Cheque – Up to $5000 for SMEs who focus on innovation.

Industry Canada – Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBF)

Up to $1 million in loans for small businesses in key industries.

Lending Loop Peer to Peer Lending

Loans up to $500,000 for small businesses in Canada (Business must have been in business 2 years and have revenues of over $200,000).

Learning Initiative Self-Employment Program

Funding up to $10,000 for people wanting to start their own business to sustain themselves.

NECO – Business Financing Program

Loans of up to $150,000 for people in NECO’s area of operation who are ineligible for conventional banking financing.

NOHFC – Northern Business Opportunity Program: Small Business Start-up Projects

grants for up to $200,000 for new businesses located in Northern Ontario operating in key sectors.

NOHFC – Northern Business Opportunity Program: Business Expansion Projects

Funding up to $1 million for existing Northern Ontario businesses looking to expand and increase business productivity.

NOHFC – Northern Business Opportunity Program: New Investment Projects

Case by case funding for competitive businesses not currently in Ontario that create new jobs, stimulate new investments, and support regional development.

North Claybelt Community Futures

Up to $5000 for francophone businesses looking to develop new markets, products, or services.

Northern Ontario Angels Loans

Loans for Northern Ontario entrepreneurs looking for angel investors for funding.

PARO Circles

Half Loans/Half Grants between $500 to $5000 for women entrepreneurs in Ontario looking for microloans.

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc.


Starter Company Plus Program – Up to $5000 for new businesses looking to go full time and willing to work through 5 weeks of workshops in order to craft their business plan and pitch for their grant at the end of the program.

Blue Sky Net – BEAM Program

Funding for up to $5,000 for technological projects for small businesses such as Website design and e-commerce setup

FedNor Innovation

Loans for small/medium businesses looking to undertake innovative projects in Northern Ontario.

National Resource Council’s IRAP Funding: Technology Innovation Projects

Funding for technological innovation projects in Canada.

National Resource Council’s Research and Technology Development Activities

Funding for research and technology development activities for businesses looking to grow.

Futurpreneur Canada Financing + Mentoring

Funding for up to $45,000 for entrepreneurs under the age of 39 years old. This program also sets entrepreneurs up with a business mentor for two years to help them plan and manage their business.

Ontario Trillium Foundation – Youth Opportunities Fund

Funding for the support youth between 12 and 25 in specific marginalized areas.

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc. – Summer Company

Grant of $3000 for entrepreneurs under 29 years old looking to start a business for the summer, they must be returning to school the following school year.