Temporary or Transitional? – Migrant Workers’ Experiences with Permanent Residence in Canada

Although more and more temporary migrant workers are becoming permanent residents in Canada, their experience with immigration opportunities remains under-studied. This study aims to fill that gap by examining the lived experience of migrant workers — in skilled and low-skilled occupations — who transition to permanent residence   Click here to read the report

Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy

Starting 2013, the Ontario government is investing $295 million over two years through the strategy to create employment opportunities for about 30,000 youth, while promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of Ontario’s plan for jobs and growth, the government is  working to get more young people working — either through employment or by starting their … Read more

Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (Youth Business Accelerator Program)

Youth Business Acceleration Program Launched in October 2013 as part of the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy, this program will enable Regional Innovation Centres to further expand their program offerings by tailoring BAP programs and services to youth aged 18 to 29, equipping young entrepreneurs with the tools and skills required to start and grow successful … Read more

Youth Entrepreneurship Fund (Youth Investment Accelerator Fund)

Youth IAF Part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy Apply for investment capital ($100,000- $250,000) to help your business expand Your business must not be beyond the seed capital stage, with revenues under $500,000 Strong potential to attract follow-on financing The Province of Ontario is launching a new fund designed to invest in technology-based startups founded … Read more

Youth Skills Connections Program (community stream)

Part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy The program funds not-for-profits and public sector organizations to deliver collaborative projects that: provide training and skills development to help vulnerable youth overcome barriers to employment (e.g., a criminal record, poverty) address a demonstrated skills and labour shortage faced by industry result in long-term employment opportunities for youth enrolled … Read more

Youth Skills Connections Program (industry stream)

Youth Skills Connections Program (industry stream) Part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy The industry stream brings together industry, educational institutions and not-for-profits to better connect skills-training with industry needs. The program will fund collaborative projects that: identify a skills-gap or labour shortage faced by industry provide training that addresses skills-gaps and improves the employability of … Read more

Ontario Business Program Guide

The Ontario Business Program Guide is a free, online directory of tax incentives, tax credits and government support programs for business. The Ontario Business Program Guide is updated regularly, so revisit it periodically to see what’s new. Typically, users should be prepared to spend 10 to 20 minutes navigating the guide and reading its entries … Read more

Green Focus on Innovation and Technology (GreenFIT)

Green innovation and technological leadership will be the engines of Ontario’s New Green Economy and the focus of a new and exciting Government of Ontario strategy called the Green Focus on Innovation and Technology (GreenFIT). For more information please visit: http://www.doingbusiness.mgs.gov.on.ca/mbs/psb/psb.nsf/index/greenfit?openDocument

International Strategic Opportunities Program

The International Strategic Opportunities Program (ISOP) provides funding for strategic international collaborations between Ontario research institutions and the global research community. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s long-term economic potential by attracting and retaining the best and brightest research talent. For more information visit http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/isop/program.asp

Health Technology Exchange Program

The Health Technology Exchange was established in 2004, with the support of the Government of Ontario, to accelerate innovation, commercialization and the growth of Ontario’s medical and assistive technologies sector. The organization helps Ontario’s scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas into innovative medical and assistive technology products. It does this through three main program … Read more

Emerging Technologies Fund

The Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund will co-invest — with qualified venture capital funds and other private investors — directly into companies working within the focus areas defined by Ontario’s Innovation Agenda: Clean technologies Life sciences and advanced health technologies Digital media and information and communications technologies. A discretionary, non-entitlement investment program, the OETF is a … Read more

Premier’s Discovery Awards

The Premier’s Discovery Awards (PDA) program celebrates the research excellence of Ontario’s finest senior researchers. By showcasing individual achievements, it aims to enhance Ontario’s attractiveness as a global research centre. The PDA program consists of four annual awards for excellence in research for either a single discovery or a body of work. The awards include … Read more

Premier’s Catalyst Awards

The Premier’s Catalyst Awards (PCA) is a new program that recognizes both individuals and companies that have demonstrated excellence in innovation. The goal of the PCA is to help build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ontario. The PCA provides five annual awards of $200,000 each to individuals and companies that have championed a … Read more

Innovation Demonstration Fund

The Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF) is a discretionary, non-entitlement funding program administered by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment & Ministry of Research and Innovation that focuses on the commercialization and initial demonstration of globally competitive, innovative technologies, processes and/or products. The objective of the IDF is to help companies in their efforts to … Read more

Ontario Centres Of Excellence

The Government of Ontario established the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) program to strengthen research linkages between academia and industry. OCE’s networks help to bridge the gap between research and the marketplace – bringing universities, industry and government together to help in the application of new science and technology to successful business endeavors. The Ontario … Read more

Early Researcher Award (ERA)

The Early Researcher Award program (ERA) is a $51 million, 5 year program that aims to help promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates. The ultimate goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent in … Read more

Ontario Research Fund (ORF)

The Ontario Research Fund (ORF) is a key part of the government’s plan to support scientific excellence by supporting research that can be developed into innovative goods and services that will boost Ontario’s economy. Through a commitment of $527 million over five years, Ontario is providing talented researchers with the support they need to undertake … Read more

E-Business Resources

E-Business assists small and medium business owners with skills in the use of digital technology to facilitate business. They will: •Learn about e-business, •Assess whether it is right for your operation, and •Get information on implementing an e-business solution. For more information, visit: http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/smallbiz/en/sb_ebiz_en.jsp

Students & Young Entrepreneurs- Youth Entrepreneurship Partnerships program

The Youth Entrepreneurship Partnerships program provides funding to non-profit organizations in Ontario that facilitate the development of an enterprising culture amongst Ontario’s youth (typically between the ages of 12 – 29) by providing them with educational, experiential and entrepreneurial opportunities. For more information please visit: http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/smallbiz/en/sb_ye_partnerships_en.jsp GOVERNMENT CONTACT: Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment … Read more

Small Business Enterprise Centres

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) provide entrepreneurs with all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses. Each centre is staffed with dedicated business professionals who help you determine what you need to do before, during and after launching your business. SBECS are located across the province and they provide: free consultations with … Read more

Business Advisory Services

The Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s 12 business advisory service offices provide assistance to existing innovative, growth-oriented firms, associations and municipalities. For more information, please visit: http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/smallbiz/en/sb_bizadvise_en.jsp Government Contact: Toronto (Downsview) Regional Office Central Building, 1201 Wilson Avenue, 3rd Floor Downsview, ON M3M 1J8 Tel: (416) 235-4278 Fax: (416) 235-4338

Export Market Access Program

Export Market Access – A Global Expansion Program The Export Market Access (EMA): A Global Expansion Program is specifically intended to:  Assist SME’s access and expand their growth in new international markets that are beyond the US; Encourage SME exporters to the US to seek other global markets (based on the application, there may be … Read more

New Exporters to Border States (NEBS) and ITEXus Programs

Ontario’s New Exporters to Border States and ITEXus programs are designed to provide practical support to firms exporting to the United States. Read the program profiles to find out which program would be most suitable for your firm. For details, please visit: http://www.sse.gov.on.ca/medt/ontarioexports/en/Pages/TradeEvent.aspx?EventId=3 GOVERNMENT CONTACT: (BERBS) Elaine Marks 416-325-6665 GOVERNMENT CONTACT: (ITEXus) Mauricio Ospina … Read more

Business Immigration Programs

The Business Immigration Section of the Ministry of International Trade and Investment provides a wide variety of services and support to business immigrants during the planning stages of immigration and after arriving in Ontario. Their consultants can provide advice and information concerning the procedure for applying to immigrate to Canada. They  also help immigrants prepare for … Read more

Open for Business

Open for Business is the Ontario Government’s ambitious three-year initiative to create faster, smarter and streamlined government-to-business services that make Ontario more attractive for business development while protecting the public interest. It also seeks to transform the Ontario government-to-business relationship. For more information please visit: http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/en/ofb_main_en.jsp

Communities in Transition Initiative

This program is responsive to the needs of communities and regions and allows them to apply at any time during the year for help developing a strategy for their economic growth.  Staff in the Communities in Transition Office are available to work one-on-one with community representatives to review specific challenges and opportunities and advise on … Read more

Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence

In partnership with the Ontario Government, the Yves Landry Foundation is providing funding to help manufacturers invest in employee training.  The Government of Ontario provided $25 million to fund this program as part of the 2008 budget. Website: Yves Landry – Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence.

Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund

The SJIF is a discretionary, non-entitlement grant and loan program designed to support leading-edge investments in Ontario that create at least 50 high value jobs or will have at least $10 million in eligible costs. This program focuses on four priority sectors: Clean/Green Technologies, Financial Services, Information and Communication Technology and Life Sciences. Program Website: … Read more

Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)

The Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) is an early stage seed fund designed to help Ontario-based, start up and early stage technology companies bring their products and services to market.  Through investment of up to $500K, the IAF helps launch high potential technology ventures.   Applications may be submitted on a continous basis.   For more … Read more

OCE First Job Program

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) First Job program is a follow-on opportunity for Ontario companies who have previously partnered with OCE and an Ontario academic institution on a research project. First Job connects talented master’s or Ph.D. graduates with growing companies across Ontario that need highly skilled talent for research and development roles in … Read more

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