Business Support & Funding Resources

Do you own or represent a business in, or are you thinking of relocating to the Mattawa-Bonfield region? There are a number of Federal, Provincial and Regional programs that could help you or your organization to reach your goals. The Director of Economic Development can help connect you with representatives from various supportive organizations to assist you with learning more about the many programs that may be available to help you or your organization. Connect with the Mattawa Bonfield Economic Development Corporation today to set up a consultation.

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The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound

FedNor (Industry Canada)


Innovative Initiatives Ontario North

National Research Council Canada

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Social Entrepreneurship Evolution

Blue Sky Net

Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity Program (SNAPP)

Build in Canada Innovation Program

Hire a Young Person

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Business Centre mission is to provide support to start-up and small enterprises during their first through fifth years of operation in Nipissing and Parry Sound by offering easy access to business consulting services and information concerning market research, business planning, management, marketing, technology and financing.

The office assists in the start-up of new and the expansion of existing businesses. Services include:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Review of business plans
  • Assistance with market research
  • Provision of relevant and timely business information
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Internet and computer access for business research & planning
  • Professional advisor referrals
  • Import and export information
  • Youth programming

Visit the Business Centre online at:

The Business Centre Nipissing East Parry sound now provides itinerant services to the region by utilizing the resource room at MBEDC.

FedNor is the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs and services, and through its financial support of projects that lead to job creation and economic growth, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.

Visit FEDNOR online at:

Small Business Loans: FedNor supports a network of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Northern Ontario. These local, not-for-profit organizations provide business financing, as well as business planning and other services.  For the Parry Sound District, the organizations are:


Youth Internship Program: Targets businesses that are interested in hiring a recent graduate (persons under 30 years of age) for eligible roles under the Northern Ontario Development Program or Economic Development Initiative guidelines.  Funding of up to $31 500 is available to a maximum of a 50% contribution (for businesses) and 90% contribution for not for profit organizations.

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

Visit Futurepreur Online at:

Business Financing and Mentoring: Targets young entrepreneurs between 18 and 39 years of age.  This program offers support from the business planning phase through start up and ongoing operations.  Financing of up to $15 000 (for ages 18-34) and up to $45 000 (for ages 35-39) is available with better conditions than many major financial institutions.

Futurepreneur Resources:  Along with financing assistance, Futurepreneur offers a wide variety of practical and informational resources.  These resources include:  business plan templates and an online business plan writer, marketing information, operational and financial planning resources, one on one mentoring and much more.

IION, one of 18 Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) in Ontario, is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and a member of the Northern Technology Alliance (NTA).  IION provides:

  • Business advisory and mentoring services
  • Direction and guidance on public and private funding including connections to angel investor networks
  • Connections to sector, financial, or legal experts
  • Access to market intelligence
  • Promotes strategic business partnerships
  • In-house funding opportunities
  • Educational workshops, conferences and events
  • Near North Resource Alliance: client/ecosystem support group

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Step Forward Entrepreneurs Program (Worth a Cheque):  Target innovation and commercialization projects for small and medium enterprises.  Funding of up to $5000 for eligible costs.  Applicants must provide a cash contribution of 18% of the funds being requested.

Innovative Manufacturing and Facilitation Program:  Targets companies that are looking to accelerate innovation and commercialization in the advanced manufacturing sector.  Funding of up to $5000 available for eligible costs.  Applicants must provide a cash contribution of 20% of the funds being requested.

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NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP): IRAP provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises (fewer than 500 full time equivalent employees) in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation.  To be eligible, the applicant must demonstrate their objective to grow and generate profits through development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Canada.

Visit the NRCC online at:

The NOHFC Offers assistance to businesses through several support streams.  Make sure to review the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario for a list of priority sectors for investment to see if your project could qualify.

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Northern Business Opportunity Programs:

Business Expansion Projects: Targets expanding businesses within the priority sectors identified in the Growth Plan.  Funding of up to 50% of eligible costs up to $1 million.  Up to 30% may be in the form of a conditional grant with the remainder in the form of a repayable loan.

Film and Television Industry Projects: Targets production companies and their projects as outlined in the eligibility requirements.  Funding of up to 50% of eligible costs up to $500 000 in the form of a conditional grant.  Application intake dates for 2015: July 1st, November 2nd.

New Investment Projects: Targets competitive businesses that currently do not have a presence in Ontario that will expand operations to Northern Ontario and create jobs.  Funding is on a case by case basis and can be in the form of a conditional grant or a combination of conditional grant and repayable loan.

Small Business Start-up Projects: Targets start-up businesses within the priority sectors identified in the Growth Plan. Funding of up to 50% of eligible costs up to     $200 000 in the form of a conditional grant.

Northern Ontario Internship Program: Targets private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations located in Northern Ontario that are interested in providing training and work experience to recent graduates.  Funding of up to 50% of employee salary (private sector) or 90% of employee salary (public sector) up to a maximum of $31 500 for one year.

SEE is an emergent pan-northern collaborative whose focus is to support the infrastructure for Youth Social Entrepreneurship with an emphasis on collaboration, shared measurement and collective impact.

SEE is a three year project, lead by NORDIK Institute and its various regional partners that focuses on building a sustainable network by providing supports, setting up connections, sharing resources, building capacities, engaging youth, using community-based research methods, and promoting social entrepreneurship and the benefits it can bring to Northern Ontario.  SEE offers access to many resources including business planning information, networking information and funding and finance programs and information.

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SENO Co-starter for Change Program: Targets social enterprises or social entrepreneurs wishing to ignite social change through the creation of a for-profit or not-for-profit business. By developing a business idea rooted in addressing issues that matter to people and the planet, entrepreneurs develop these ideas into viable initiatives that sustain economic development and pioneer social innovation. Funding is available up to $5000 for eligible expenses.  Applicants must reside in Northern Ontario and must contribute 25% of the amount being requested.

Blue Sky Net facilitates the development of information communications technologies (ICT) projects throughout Northern Ontario.  Their belief is that access to technology is crucial to the economic and cultural success of Northern Ontario.  Blue Sky Net has a three part approach to improving access to technology for business and residential consumers.  The three parts are:

  • Expanding infrastructure
  • Developing applications
  • Improving ICT knowledge

Visit Blue Sky Net online at:

BEAM PROGRAM:  The BEAM program targets small businesses and assists them by alleviating some of the associated costs of establishing their business online or implementing and upgrading E-business applications.  The program provides:

  • Assistance and consultation throughout the application process
  • Access to training to prepare for E-business applications
  • A list of Northern Ontario vendors ro select from
  • A rebate for up to 75% of eligible costs to a max. of $5000 upon project completion

E-Business Toolkit: The E-business toolkit provides access to information, e-books and other resources relating to e-commerce, social media, online marketing and more.  Visit the Blue Sky Network website to access this information and/or download the available e-books.

Building relationships, improving capacity and undertaking research for northern producers and businesses

SNAPP Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity Program

The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program supports Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaborations, communities and First Nations to create new products, enhance abilities for season extension, scale up production or enhance productivity.

In-take 1 – Applications accepted November 15th, 2016 to February 28, 2017

Programme de productivité et des produits agroalimentaires Innovateur du Nord – En français

Who is Eligible?

  • Eligible applicants must be a legal person with the authority to enter into a legal agreement. Examples of a legal person could include corporations or not-for-profit organizations, primary producers, processors, distributors, First Nations, Metis and Inuit.
  • Collaborations will be accepted with up to three partners. Each applicant in the collaboration must be a legal person.
  • Applicants must have at least one component of their business located in Northern Ontario, and the project activity must occur in Northern Ontario. For collaborations, at least two collaborators (legal entities) must be businesses, organizations or persons located in Northern Ontario.
  • Both start-up and existing businesses are eligible. Start-up (in first three years of operation) businesses are expected to provide a business plan with their application.

Project Activity Streams

Eligible projects may fall under the following streams:

  1. Season Extension – Projects that will enable producers to extend their production season, or to extend the seasonal availability of their perishable products through storage. Examples of potentially eligible projects include the purchase or construction of high-tunnel or other greenhouses, or the construction of cold storage facilities.
  2. New Products – Projects that enable agriculture or food producers to create primary or processed products that are new to the business. Examples of potentially eligible projects include the creation of a new ready-to-eat processed product, or the ability to produce a new farm product. Project equipment may include food or fibre processing equipment or food production equipment.
  3. Productivity Enhancement – Projects that utilize innovative technologies or processes to increase efficiencies in their operations. Project equipment may include production equipment (monitoring, variable rate technology), animal tracking (tag reading technology) meat processing equipment, food packaging equipment or food labelling equipment.

What is Eligible?

All costs shall be limited to purchase that directly allow eligible project activities to occur. Used equipment is eligible. Examples of eligible costs include but are not limited to:

Food / Fibre Processing Equipment Building materials
High-tunnels or greenhouse structures Farm production equipment
Food packaging or labeling equipment Equipment delivery costs
Cold storage equipment Technology upgrades

What is not Eligible?

Equipment installation or servicing Purchase or lease of lands or buildings
Rolling stock (such as vehicles including tractors, vans or trucks) Gifts or incentives
Inventory or consumables Computer software
Labour costs Costs incurred prior to August 1, 2016


SNAPP assistance will be  in the form of a conditional contribution at $5,000 at 75% cost-share towards the purchase of equipment for eligible activities. Collaborations of three or more entities can be eligible for up to $15,000 at 75% cost-share towards equipment purchases.


  1. Applicant(s) will be required to attach a copy of their Articles of Incorporation, Farm Business Registration No., Master Business License, or Business Name Registration, whichever is applicable (required with application)
  2. Business start-ups (in first 3 years of operation) must submit a business plan with application form (a business plan template can be made available)
  3. A completed Client Intake Form (required once an approval is received by the applicant(s))
  4. All projects approved under this program must be completed and invoice(s) submitted to SSMIC: Intake 1 by December 31, 2017 and Intake 2 by October 31, 2018.
  5. Clients are to refer to the reporting requirements stated in the application terms and conditions info sheet before applying.

How To Apply

Send Completed Application forms to:

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre c/o Rural Agri-Innovation Network
1520 Queen St. E. Suite CC200 Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A2G4
Fax: (705) 942-6169

For more information contact:
Melissa Watson, Program Coordinator or call (705) 942-7927 ext. 3135


SNAPP Program Guide – Compatible PDF Document

In-take Guidelines (2016-17) – Compatible PDF Document

Application (English) – Compatible Word Document .docx (Word 2007 & later)

Application (English) – Compatible Word Document .doc (Word 97-2003)

Are you ready to submit an application? (Checklist) – Compatible PDF Document

Collaborative Agreement Guidelines – Compatible PDF Document

Rolling Stock Definition – Compatible PDF Document

Applications can be submitted electronically by: 1) Download SNAP Program Application Form 2) Fill out application 3) Save As Word or Adobe PDF. Alternately, applications can be filled out as hard copies and scanned, faxed, or mailed to RAIN

En français

Le calendrier pour les groupes de clients 1 et 2 – AdmissionFR.pdf

Formulaire de demandeFormulaireDemandeFR.doc  FormulaireDemandeFR.docx

Guide des programmes – GuiderFR.pdf

Program Support

*Applicants are encouraged to contact a regional SNAPP Program Coordinator prior to submitting an application to ensure project fits within the program requirements.

The SNAPP Program is administrated by the Rural Agri-Innovation Network in collaboration with FedNor, Cloverbelt Local Food Co-Operative, Eat Local Sudbury Co-operative and the Northeast Community Network.

Please contact a SNAPP Coordinator or Outreach Assistant corresponding to your region, as described below:

Thunder Bay/ Rainy River/Kenora
Cloverbelt Local Food Co-Op
Jen Springett,

Cochrane/ Timiskaming/ Nipissing
Northeast Community Network
Antoine Vezina,, 705-360-2600 x7081

Sudbury Regional/ Parry Sound/ Nicklebelt/ Muskoka
Eat Local Sudbury Co-Operative
Allison Muckle, SNAPP Outreach Assistant, 705-694-0165

Algoma/ Manitoulin
Rural Agri-Innovation Network, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Melissa Watson, Program Coordinator,, 705-942-7927 Ext. 3135.


Application Intake Period and Review

The following Intake Periods have been scheduled. Application forms must be submitted within the intake timelines.

In-take 1
Applications Accepted: November 15, 2016 to February 28, 2017
Approvals Sent Out: 3-4 Weeks after each Committee meeting
Deadline to complete project: December 31, 2017
In-take 2
Applications Accepted: July 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Approvals Sent Out: 3-4 Weeks after each Committee meeting
Deadline to complete project: October 31, 2018


QUESTIONS? See these Frequently Asked Questions

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The Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian companies of all sizes move their state-of-the-art goods and services from the laboratory to the marketplace. BCIP is a Government of Canada Research and Development (R&D) procurement program aimed at procuring, testing and evaluating R&D pre-commercialized goods and services in the late stage development (Technology Readiness Level 7 to 9).


The program helps innovators:

  • land a first major reference sale
  • sell their innovation, but keep the intellectual property
  • get their innovation tested in a real-life setting
  • gain feedback to help get products to market faster


The program pays up to $500,000 for non-military innovations and up to $1,000,000 for military innovations.

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Hire a young person!

Hire a young person through Employment Service, Youth Job Connection or Youth Job Connection Summer – see how these programs can benefit you as an employer and learn more about new financial incentives for small businesses.

How it works
As an employer, you benefit from hiring a young person.

You can get:
$1,000-$2,000 through the Employing Young Talent Incentive, for hiring and retaining a young person (15 to 29 years old), if you are:
-a small business with fewer than 100 employees, through Employment Service (new)
-an employer of any size, through Youth Job Connection
financial incentives for hiring a high school student (15 to 18 years old) through the Youth Job Connection Summer program
additional financial help to offset training costs
-an employee who is ready to work following a series of job-preparation workshops
-job coaches who provide ongoing support to you and your employee

You have to work with Employment Ontario to set the amount of money needed to hire and train someone through Youth Job Connection or Youth Job Connection Summer. It's based on the specific skill level of the person you want to hire and the amount of the on-the-job training you're offering.

Who qualifies

To hire a young person, you must:
prove you are licensed to operate in Ontario
comply with workplace, human rights and labour legislation
have workplace safety and liability insurance
offer job opportunities taking place in Ontario

Who does not qualify

While municipal governments may qualify for supports, federal and provincial governments can't apply for Youth Job Connection or the summer component, Youth Job Connection Summer.

If you're already getting other government financial support for a particular position, you don't qualify.

How to hire

To hire a young person through Employment Service or Youth Job Connection and to start your application, request an appointment with an Employment Ontario job coach.

For information on booking an appointment or just getting general contact information. Visit the link below:

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OMAFRA has launched their first intake period for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program and up to $75,000 in funding may be available for companies.

Click here to see if you qualify! The intake period closes May 8th so don't delay!

To support you with getting your product commercial-ready, partner with the Product and Process Development team at NSF for eligible funding activities including:

  • New Formulation Development
  • New Process Development
  • Scale-Up Trials
  • Shelf Life Determination
  • Regulatory Review
  • Packaging Related Activities
  • Labelling Compliance
  • And others

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