Business Support Programs

Business Support Programs

Whether you’ve got that entrepreneurial spirit or you're an established business looking to expand, we’re here to support you with a variety of business support programs.

Whether you’ve got that entrepreneurial spirit or you're an established business looking to expand, we’re here to support you with a variety of business support programs.

General Business Supports

Canada-Alberta Jobs Grant (CAJG) - https://www.alberta.ca/canada-alberta-job-grant.aspx
CAJG is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees.

Innovation Canada Business Supports - https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/innovation/list-liste/a38d3341e44c4327
The Government of Canada’s directory of business support programs.

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) - https://www.alberta.ca/step.aspx
Eligible organizations can apply for a wage subsidy to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs.

CanExport - http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/funding-financement/canexport/index.aspx?lang=eng
CanExport provides financial support to SMEs for development of new export opportunities.

Innovation Support

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/scientific-research-experimental-development-tax-incentive-program.html
SR&ED is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.

Alberta Innovates Funding Programs - https://albertainnovates.ca/what-we-offer/funding-grants/
Funding programs for Alberta businesses doing research and development in a variety of sectors.

Alberta Innovates Voucher - https://albertainnovates.ca/programs/micro-voucher/
The Voucher funds Alberta small and medium enterprises to work in collaboration with up to three Service or Product Providers to advance the technology closer to commercialization. ($10,001 to $100,000)

Strategic Innovation Fund - http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/125.nsf/eng/home
The Strategic Innovation fund provides repayable and non-repayable funding to Canadian firms for encouraging R&D, expansion activities, and attracting large scale investments.

Research Capacity Program - https://www.alberta.ca/research-capacity-program.aspx
The RCP funding program supports post-secondary institutions in acquiring small equipment and large research infrastructure.

Product Demonstration Programs (PDP) - https://albertainnovates.ca/programs/product-demonstration-program/
PDP funds small and medium enterprises to work in collaboration with up to three project partners to showcase a prototype or completed technology. ($100,001 to $300,000)

Canadian Technology Accelerators - http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/cta-atc/index.aspx?lang=eng
This Government of Canada initiative helps Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service explore opportunities in foreign markets.

Industry-specific support

Tourism Entrepreneurship Program - https://www.alberta.ca/tourism-entrepreneurship.aspx
This program provides tools and services to help entrepreneurs start new tourism businesses and help existing tourism entrepreneurs innovate, expand or refresh their operations.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership - https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/
CAP is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector set to begin in April 2018, and is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 partnership.

Emerging Resources Program - https://www.alberta.ca/emerging-resources-program.aspx
Under this program, eligible wells will receive a program specific cost allowance.

Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program - https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-hydrocarbon-recovery-program.aspx
EHRP provides appropriate royalty treatment for incremental hydrocarbon production to account for the higher costs associated with enhanced recovery methods.

Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA) Funding Programs - https://www.eralberta.ca/apply-for-funding/
Funding is available for research and development relating to oil sands innovation, industrial efficiency, and biotechnology, electricity and sustainable transportation.

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