Resources

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Our team that manages GetGranted has secured over $15 million for more than 750 companies.

GetGranted focuses on matching grants to businesses, and here are a list of other funding resources to look at to supplementing financing needs:

Available to businesses with up to $10 MM in revenues, this program provides loans to purchase assets including land, buildings or equipment, as well as invest in leasehold improvements. Loans range from $350,000 to $1 million depending on the asset.

Loans for youth entrepreneurs (Between the ages of 15-39) of up to $60,000, business mentoring, and other resources to plan, manage, and grow your business.
Note: Must have started businesses within 2 years of applying for funding.

A resources for women-owned businesses to access business loans of up to $150K, with access to an additional $100K through a new partnership with BDC. In addition, they provide business skills training, personalized business advice, mentoring, practical business resources and a supportive community to help women business owners gain the skills, mindset, financing and networks they need to realize their business potential.
Note: Women-Owned businesses requires 51% of ownership of business to be women-owned.

BDC

Loans, advisory services, and venture capital and financing solutions to support working capital, business purchase, capital assets, technology, and expansion.
Note: Requires minimum of 1 year of financials, not available for startups.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada. The benefits for businesses include:

1) Eligible tax deduction on eligible expenditures, and
2) Income Tax Credits (ITCs) that can be applied towards income tax payable.

The Interactive digital media tax credit (IDMTC) allows corporations to develop interactive digital media products. IDM products examples are video games, educational software, edutainment products, simulators.

For Alberta, please refer to Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (Alberta)

Creative BC aims to grow BC’s creative industries by providing them with professional expertise and business support. They collaborate with many provincial ministries, initiatives, and associations.
Note: Areas include motion picture, interactive & digital media, book & magazine publishing, and music & sound recordings.

Innovation Canada helps businesses innovate and create jobs by providing them with funds, give expert advice, and help make connections. Programs include Accelerated Growth Service, Clean Growth Hub, Innovative Solutions Canada, and Innovative Superclusters Initiative.

Export Development Canada helps business grow globally by protecting your business, providing financing & bonding solutions, and share their market knowledge to help navigate new markets and customers. Solutions provided include: credit/risk insurance, direct lending, project financing as well as working capital related to export activities.

The Trade Commisioner Service (TCS) helps companies navigate international market. Services include funding, support programs, trade missions/events, reaching qualified contacts.

The Government of Canada helps Indigenous entrepreneurs start, manage and grow their businesses. Resources includes financing, training, business planning, supporting organizations for Indigenous entrepreneurs, etc.
Note: Multiple resources available for Alberta, BC, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.

The British Columbia Arts Council provides grant funding for the arts and culture in BC. They have supported community arts in rural and urban centres, individual arts, art galleries, local museums, and many others.
Note: The Council supports non-professional arts practice through the network of community arts councils but not individual non-professional artists who want to pursue personal, creative endeavours.

The Canada Council of the Arts (AB/SK/MB)

The Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency that supports 4 pillars of health research: clinical, biomedical, heath system services, and population health.
Note: Mainly for medical research in collaboration with post-secondary institutions

Vantage Point empowers non-profit organizations by providing training in leadership, governance, planning, and human resources.

NRC is the government of Canada's largest research organization that supports industrial innovation and the advancement of knowledge and technology development. Some of the services include funding, research collaboration opportunities, research facilities, and international opportunities.

Sploda helps to connect investors and investment opportunities. Companies complete one diligence survey that takes approximately 30 minutes to be matched with investors. There is a pricing plan for companies.

Angelist is a platform where startups can recruit talent by posting jobs and connect with investors.