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Incentives and support services for businesses expanding to Ontario

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From manufacturing plants to corporate headquarters and service firms, we make it easy to locate and expand a business in Ontario. In addition to Ontario’s Investment Ready: Certified Site Program, we offer an array of government incentive programs and services that help businesses save on business expansion costs, R&D expenses and labour.

For additional information, please contact our Business Concierge Services at 1-800-819-8701 (416-313-3469) or at info@InvestInOntario.com

Incentives for business expansion in Ontario

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AgriInsurance (Production Insurance)

The AgriInsurance (production insurance) program is an actuarially sound insurance program that protects producers from yield reductions and crop production losses caused by adverse weather events and other insured perils.  Commodity-specific production insurance plans are available to producers of forage, fresh vegetables, fruit, honey and bees, grains and oilseeds, processing vegetables, specialty crops, and tobacco.  Producers enrolled in the production insurance program are guaranteed a level of production based on their yield history and level of coverage they choose.  An insurance claim may be made by the producer if an insured peril such as adverse weather conditions causes the producer’s yield to fall below their guaranteed production.

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AgriInvest

The AgriInvest program is a producer savings account held at a financial institution in which deposits by producers are matched by the government, in an effort to encourage producer savings as proactive risk management.  Producers can then withdraw funds to support their operation as they deem necessary, helping them manage small declines in income, or providing support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.

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AgriStability

AgriStability protects producers from large declines in whole farm income caused by production loss, increased costs, or market conditions.  Producers are protected under the AgriStability program when net farming income falls below 70%  of the historical average over the past 5 years.  The objective of this program is to provide stability in annual income for producers and prevent large fluctuations in farm income year-to-year.

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Eastern Ontario Development Fund - Business Stream

The Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) - Business Stream provides funding to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario. Successful applicants may qualify for a grant of up to $1.5 million or a loan of up to $5 million.

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Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program

The Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program (FCLGP) supports beef cattle farmers by facilitating access to competitive, short-term, low-interest borrowing through Feeder Cattle Co-operatives. These Feeder Cattle Co-operatives are located throughout the province; where qualifying members can borrow up to $500,000 for the purpose of obtaining feeder cattle at below prime interest rate.

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Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation - Northern Business Opportunity Program - New Investment Projects

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation’s (NOHFC) - Northern Business Opportunity Program – New Investment Projects supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by encouraging business productivity and expansion, and global investment in northern communities. The New Investment Projects stream supports competitive businesses that currently do not have a presence in Ontario that will expand operations to Northern Ontario and create jobs. NOHFC will provide assistance in the form of a conditional grant or a combination of a conditional grant and term loan/incentive term loan on a case-by-case basis. 

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Ontario Scale-up Voucher Program

The purpose of the Ontario Scale-up Voucher Program is to increase the growth of resource-constrained scale-up firms by providing them with access to funding and specialized services that help them overcome challenges such as accessing talent, generating sales outside Canada and protecting intellectual property. Successful companies are eligible to receive funding, in the form of a voucher (grant) of up to $250,000, to assist in generating sales and increasing revenue.  

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Southwestern Ontario Development Fund - Business Stream

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) - Business Stream provides funding to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario. Successful applicants may qualify for a grant of up to $1.5 million or a loan of up to $5 million.

Government grants and tax credits for hiring and training

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Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the Job Grant) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.

Incentives and support for exporters

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Trade Missions and Exhibitions

The Export Services Branch introduces Ontario exporters to potential customers, distributors and decision-makers by organizing outbound trade missions and Ontario showcases at key international trade exhibitions. Through their participation in these programs, Ontario companies explore new market opportunities and gain international exposure and access to key contacts in priority markets worldwide.

Incentives and support for specific sectors

Financial

AgriInvest

The AgriInvest program is a producer savings account held at a financial institution in which deposits by producers are matched by the government, in an effort to encourage producer savings as proactive risk management.  Producers can then withdraw funds to support their operation as they deem necessary, helping them manage small declines in income, or providing support for investments to mitigate risks or improve market income.

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AgriStability

AgriStability protects producers from large declines in whole farm income caused by production loss, increased costs, or market conditions.  Producers are protected under the AgriStability program when net farming income falls below 70%  of the historical average over the past 5 years.  The objective of this program is to provide stability in annual income for producers and prevent large fluctuations in farm income year-to-year.

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Beef Cattle Financial Protection Program

The Beef Cattle Financial Protection Program (BCFPP) protects the financial interests of Ontario cattle producers against default in payments when cattle are sold to licensed dealers.  It also protects owners who store grains and oilseeds with licensed elevator operators.  It has a licensing and financial protection component.

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Commodity Loan Guarantee Program

The Commodity Loan Guarantee Program (CLGP) supports farmers by providing access to short-term operating loans for the purchase of crop input supplies, such as seed, fertilizer and pesticides. It is administered on behalf of the Ministry by the Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC); a private sector, not-for-profit financial institution comprised of various producer associations and marketing boards. Under the CLGP, qualifying farmers can borrow up to $750,000 at prime interest rate.

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Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program

The Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program (FCLGP) supports beef cattle farmers by facilitating access to competitive, short-term, low-interest borrowing through Feeder Cattle Co-operatives. These Feeder Cattle Co-operatives are located throughout the province; where qualifying members can borrow up to $500,000 for the purpose of obtaining feeder cattle at below prime interest rate.

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Grains Financial Protection Program

The Grain Financial Protection Program (GFPP) protects the financial interests of Ontario producers of grains and oilseeds who sell their crop to licensed dealers.  It also protects owners who store grains and oilseeds with licensed elevator operators.  It has a licensing/inspection and financial protection component.

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Growing Forward 2 – Organizations and Collaborations Stream

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) will help agri-food and agri-based bioproducts producers, processors, organizations and /or collaborations expand markets, manage shared risks and grow their profits through cost-share programs for projects in key areas. This program may grant successful applicants up to 50% to 75% of total eligible costs.

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Ontario’s Risk Management Program (RMP)

The Ontario Risk Management Program (RMP) consists of commodity-specific plans for cattle, hog, sheep, veal, and grains and oilseeds producers designed to help manage risks beyond their control, such as fluctuating costs and market prices.  The RMP plans act like insurance to help producers offset losses caused by volatile commodity prices and production costs.  Participants pay insurance premiums based on their insured production and their chosen coverage level.  Producers receive compensation payments if the market price falls below the producer’s support level, which is based on the industry average cost of production and the level of coverage chosen.    

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Ontario’s Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) Program

Ontario’s Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) program is available to producers of edible horticulture and helps manage small income declines and provides support for investments to mitigate risks and improve market income.   The SDRM program allows producers of eligible commodities to establish a savings account with Agricorp to help mitigate risk associated with their farm business.  Producer deposits into a SDRM account are matched by the Ontario government, up to a maximum indicated on the deposit notice.  Funds may be withdrawn at the discretion of the producer and used to assist with smaller income declines and make investments on the farm.

Contact Ontario Investments Office's Business Concierge Services

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