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  • Ambition ME 

    ​Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
    Obtain financing in the form of investment, support from specialists and access to an international network to propel the development and growth of your medium-sized Quebec company.

  • ArcTern Ventures' Fund 

    ArcTern Ventures
    ​If your business is a cleantech start-up that aim to create a positive environmental impact, you could get investments from this early-stage venture capital.

  • Fonds économie circulaire (in French only)

    ​Fondaction
    Obtain up to $2,000,000 for the realization of innovative projects demonstrating a strong potential for optimizing the use of resources or their valorization.

  • Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology (ICE) Venture Fund 

    ​Business Development Bank of Canada
    ​Benefit from this funding if your business is in industrial, clean and energy technology sector and has a strong potential for productivity growth.

  • National Bank SME Growth Fund 

    ​National Bank
    ​Receive up to $15 million for the growth, transfer or purchase of your company.

  • Real estate fund 

    ​Fonds de solidarité FTQ
    Get an investment for your start-up business with an environmentally responsible construction, renovation or building revitalization project.

  • Réseau des SADC et CAE (Network of CFDCs and CBDCs) 

    ​Réseau des SADC et CAE
    ​If you live in a rural region of Quebec, you could access business counseling, financing and training to start or grow your business.

  • Scotiabank Women Initiative 

    ​Scotiabank
    Access capital, training, consulting and mentoring to develop your women-owned business.

Loans and cash advances

  • AgriInnovate Program 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Get up to $10 million in repayable contributions to cover 50% of the cost of projects that aim to accelerate demonstration, commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.

  • BDC - Business loans 

    Business Development Bank of Canada
    ​You could get money to help you start or grow your business.

  • BDC — Equipment Purchase Financing 

    Business Development Bank of Canada
    Get a loan to cover up to 100% of the purchase cost of new or used equipment for your business.

  • Biomass Energy Fund (in French only)

    ​Fondaction
    ​You could benefit from support and funding for a heating project that uses residual forest biomass.

  • CED Jobs and Growth Fund — For profit 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If your business is working on a project to transition to a green economy, foster an inclusive recovery, become more competitive and create jobs for Canadians, you could get an interest-free, repayable contribution for up to 50% of the project’s costs.

  • Emissions Reduction Fund 

    ​Natural Resources Canada
    You could get a loan for your conventional or offshore oil or gas firm to help keep your workers in the field during COVID-19, and to support your investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to comply with provincial requirements or federal methane regulations.

  • Environmental Solutions 

    Farm Credit Canada
    Get a pre-approved line of credit to make environmental upgrades to your farm.

  • Farm Credit Canada — Loans and lending options 

    Farm Credit Canada
    You could access flexible financing options for your farming, agri-food or agribusiness operation.

  • Financing for sustainable agri-food businesses (in French only)

    ​Fondaction
    If you are planning to grow your agri-food business, you could benefit from coaching and customized financing.

  • Fonds de microcrédit agricole (in French only)

    ​MRC de la Vallée-du-Richelieu
    Get an interest-free loan to help you develop your farm business.

  • National Housing Co-Investment Fund – revitalization 

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
    Get a long-term, low-interest loan for the revitalization of an environmentally responsible, accessible and socially inclusive facility.

  • Réseau des SADC et CAE (Network of CFDCs and CBDCs) 

    ​Réseau des SADC et CAE
    ​If you live in a rural region of Quebec, you could access business counseling, financing and training to start or grow your business.

  • Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program 

    ​Natural Resources Canada
    Get a repayable contribution of up to $50 million for a project that involves renewable energy, an emerging technology, or grid modernization, and covers up to 10%, 30% and 50% of the project costs for each of these 3 streams, respectively.

  • Efficient Farming Products 

    Hydro-Québec
    Get a rebate on the purchase and installation of lighting products and more efficient farm equipment, such as piglet warmers, fans and milk and milking conservation equipment.

Wage subsidies

  • BioTalent Canada – Science Horizons Youth Internship 

    BioTalent Canada
    Hire an intern for 6 to 12 months for an environmental science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) job and receive a subsidy of up to 50% of their salary (maximum $15,000).

  • Canada Green Corps 

    United Nations Association in Canada
    ​You can apply for a wage subsidy to hire a youth for a project that reduces your organization’s environmental footprint or increases sustainability.

  • Clean Leadership — Professional Internships 

    ​Clean Foundation
    Get a wage subsidy to cover up to 50% of the costs of hiring a professional intern for a minimum of 6 months, in a position with an environmental focus.

  • Science and Technology (S&T) Internship Program - Green Jobs 

    ​Natural Resources Canada
    ​If your business is in the geomatics, geology, mining, forestry or energy industry, you could get money to hire a recent graduate of natural sciences.

  • Transportez vert — Ecodriving Training 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Get up to $30,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses involved in training fleet drivers of light or heavy-duty road vehicles in reducing energy consumption and driving more efficiently. Assistance covers up to $1,000 per training session.

Grants, contributions and financial assistance

  • Agri-Food Action/Prevention — Stream 3 

    Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation
    Get up to $50,000 to cover up to 75% of the costs of complying with the standards and the adoption of best practices for the management and control of health and food risks.

  • AgriCompetitiveness Program 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    National associations and Indigenous groups can apply for up to $5 million over 5 years to cover 50% of the costs of activities that help the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity; enhance safety; adapt to changing commercial and regulatory environments; seize new opportunities; share best practices; and provide mentorship opportunities.

  • AgriScience Program — Projects — Not-for-profit 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Your not-for-profit organization can get up to $5 million over 5 years to fund 70% of the cost of pre-commercial scientific research in priority areas.

  • AgriScience Program — Projects — for-profit organizations 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Your for-profit business can get up to $5 million over 5 years to fund 50% of the cost of pre-commercial scientific research in priority areas.

  • Agricultural Clean Technology Program — Adoption 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Get a financial contribution to support the purchase and installation of a commercially available clean technology or process, in 1 of 3 areas: energy efficiency improvements, precision agriculture, and bioeconomy solutions. Funding will be specifically allocated towards projects involving the purchase of more efficient grain dryers and fuel switching initiatives.

  • Agricultural Clean Technology Program — Research and Innovation 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Get a financial contribution to develop a transformative clean technology or to expand a current technology, in 1 of 3 priority areas: green energy and energy efficiency, precision agriculture, and bioeconomy. Use this support for pre-market innovation, including research, development, demonstration and commercialization activities.

  • Agrifood Innov’Action — Technology Adaptation 

    Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation
    Get 70% of your costs covered when you undertake a technological adaptation project linked to agricultural production or food processing activities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Get up to $35,000 for a 1-year project, and up to $70,000 for a 2-year project.

  • Atlantic salmon habitat enhancement, development and restoration program (in French only)

    ​Fondation de la faune du Québec
    ​You could obtain financial assistance to fund your initiatives to conserve, improve or restore Atlantic salmon habitat.

  • BioEnergy — Analysis 

    Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
    Get up to $50,000 to cover up to 50% of the project costs to determine potential measures for converting fossil fuels to bioenergy, and to determine the cost of implementing them.

  • BioEnergy — Implementation 

    Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
    Get financing of up to $5 million for a project that helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using bioenergy for thermal energy production applications (heating or process) with a view to replacing fossil fuels.

  • CED Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If your SME or non-profit is working on a project to become more environmentally friendly, improve productivity, strengthen commercialization or integrate with regional and global supply chains, you could get a contribution to help with some of the costs.

  • CED Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative — Indigenous stream 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If your SME or non-profit is working on a project to become more environmentally friendly, improve productivity, strengthen commercialization or integrate with regional and global supply chains, you could get a contribution to help with some of the costs

  • CED Jobs and Growth Fund — Not-for-profit Stream 

    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If your business is working on a project to transition to a green economy, foster an inclusive recovery, become more competitive and create jobs for Canadians, you could get a non-repayable contribution for up to 90% of the project’s cost.

  • Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    If you’re a not-for-profit or Indigenous organization working towards sustainability and competitiveness by adopting new technology or building capacity, get up to $1 million per project in cost-shared funding to cover up to 50% of eligible project costs in most cases, and up to 75% for high-priority projects for the sector.

  • Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation 

    Natural resources Canada
    Get a contribution of up to $40,000 to cover 50% of the costs of an energy management project, or a process integration and computational fluid dynamics study.

  • EcoAction Community Funding Program 

    Environment and natural resources
    Are you working on projects that contribute to water quality or climate change? If you have a business, consider partnering with an eligible applicant who can apply for funding.

  • Efficient Solutions Program 

    Hydro-Québec
    Financial assistance to implement energy efficiency measures involving lighting, variable-frequency drives, compressed air, water chilling and industrial refrigeration.

  • Electricity Management Systems 

    Hydro-Québec
    Up to $75,000 to purchase and install continuous measuring equipment and up to $75,000 for development and implementation of an electricity management system.

  • Environmental Damages Fund 

    Environment and natural resources Canada
    If your business partners with an eligible group, you could receive funding to address environment damage.

  • Farm Credit Canada — Loans and lending options 

    Farm Credit Canada
    You could access flexible financing options for your farming, agri-food or agribusiness operation.

  • Financial support for owners of industrial lots in eastern Montréal 

    ​Ville de Montréal
    Get a grant covering up to 75% of eligible expenses for the rehabilitation of your industrial land in the east end of Montreal.

  • Fonds Développement industriel et durable 

    ​PME MTL
    Obtain financial assistance of up to $50,000 for the realization of a business project in the implementation, expansion and transfer or succession phases of your company.

  • Fonds Moins c'est plus (in French only)

    ​La Ruche
    ​Do you have an innovative project that supports waste management? You could receive a contribution of up to $25,000 and the possibility of having a participatory financing campaign.

  • Fonds d'aide aux initiatives régionales (FAIR) (in French only)

    Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
    Obtain financial assistance for projects aimed at improving competitiveness and increasing the production of value-added goods.

  • Fonds d'initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole (in French only)

    ​Affaires municipales et Habitation
    Receive financial support of up to $500,000 to implement a project that aims to improve the development, promotion and influence of Montreal and the metropolitan region in terms of economic, cultural, environmental and social development.

  • Fonds Écoleader – business 

    ​Fonds Écoleader

    Get up to $40,000 to adopt eco-friendly practices and up to $60,000 to adopt clean technologies, covering up to 75% of eligible project costs.

  • Fonds Écoleader – business collaboration 

    ​Fonds Écoleader
    Get up to $300,000 to adopt eco-friendly practices and up to $500,000 to adapt clean technologies, covering up to 50% of eligible project costs. Projects must promote greater cost-per-enterprise efficiency.

  • Fonds Écopropulsion (in French only)

    ​Corporation de développement durable
    Obtain up to $10,000 for the realization of your sustainable development project on the territories of the Arthabaska and Érable MRCs.

  • Green infrastructure programs 

    Natural Resources Canada
    If your business is undertaking clean energy infrastructure projects, you may be eligible for funding to help with deployment and market entry.

  • INNOV-R — CRIAQ 

    Consortium de recherche et d'innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec
    Get a grant of up to $500,000 per year for a three-year project to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses when you collaborate with at least one academic institution or public research centre on an R&D project aimed at reducing GHG emissions project in the field of aerospace.

  • INNOV-R — CRITM 

    Consortium de recherche et d'innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec
    Get a grant of up to $500,000 per year for a three-year project to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses when you collaborate with at least one academic institution or public research centre on an R&D project aimed at reducing GHG emissions project in the field of metal transformation.

  • INNOV-R — InnovÉÉ 

    Consortium de recherche et d'innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec
    Get a grant of up to $500,000 per year for a three-year project to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses when you collaborate with at least one academic institution or public research centre on an R&D project aimed at reducing GHG emissions project relating to the electricity industry, smart grids, transportation electrification or intelligent vehicles.

  • INNOV-R — PRIMA 

    Consortium de recherche et d'innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec
    Get a grant of up to $500,000 per year for a three-year project to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses when you collaborate with at least one academic institution or public research centre on an R&D project aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the field of advanced materials.

  • INNOV-R — PROMPT 

    Consortium de recherche et d'innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec
    Get a grant of up to $500,000 per year for a three-year project to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses when you collaborate with at least one academic institution or public research centre on an R&D project aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

  • Indigenous Forestry Initiative 

    Natural Resources Canada
    Funding of up to $1 million per year for clean technology, forest bioeconomy, environmental stewardship and forest resource management projects in the forestry industry that create economic development opportunities for Indigenous peoples.

  • Investments in Forest Industry Transformation — Studies projects 

    ​Natural Resources Canada
    Get funding between $100,000 and $500,000 to complete a study linked to the advancement of innovation in the forest sector, including (but not limited to) engineering studies, market evaluations, prototype fabrication and products trials.

  • Local Food Infrastructure Fund 

    ​Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
    Your not-for-profit organization could get funding to improve access to safe, healthy and culturally-diverse food and to promote environmentally sustainable food systems while supporting local communities.

  • Open Innovation Subsidy Program 

    ​Ville de Montréal
    Receive a grant of up to $50,000 when your emerging company collaborates with a partner organization to drive the commercialization of innovations.

  • Organic farming transition conversion support — Stream 1 

    Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
    This program offers up to $20,000 to convert your livestock, crop, honey or maple farming operation to organic standards, including $10,000 for pre-certification and $10,000 for certification.

  • PSO TRL 1-3 Program 

    Metal Transformation Research and Innovation Consortium​
    Get a grant of up to $500,000 to cover up to 40% of eligible costs if your SME partners with a research centre on a project involving metal processing.

  • PSO TRL 4-6 Program 

    Metal Transformation Research and Innovation Consortium
    Get a grant of up to $500,000 to cover up to 20% of eligible costs if your SME partners with a research centre on a project involving primary to tertiary metal processing.

  • Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program — Stream 1 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Get a non-repayable contribution to cover up to 70% of the costs of on-farm investments in modernizing operations, increasing efficiency, biosecurity, environmental sustainability, and meeting changing consumer demands, retroactive to March 19, 2019.

  • Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program — Stream 2 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    If you were 35 years old or younger on January 1, 2021, get a non-repayable contribution to cover up to 85% of the costs of on-farm investments in modernizing operations, increasing efficiency, biosecurity, environmental sustainability, and meeting changing consumer demands, retroactive to March 19, 2019.

  • Programme de soutien à la modernisation et au développement des centres de tri (in French only)

    ​Recyc-Québec
    Receive a grant of up to $1.5 million to cover 70% of eligible expenses for projects to improve the sorting of recyclable materials from curbside recycling and/or construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) waste in Quebec.

  • Quebec Economic Development Program 

    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    ​Find out about financial and other resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.

  • Recyc-Québec — Beverage Container Recycling — Stream 1 

    Recyc-Québec
    Receive up to $1 million funding to cover up to 70% of expenses to support beverage container packaging projects in Quebec, including optimization, expansion or implementation of structured reuse.

  • Recyc-Québec — Beverage Container Recycling — Stream 2 

    Recyc-Québec
    Receive up to $2 million funding to cover up to 70% of expenses to support projects involving packaging and recycling or recycling only of beverage containers in Quebec, including the optimization, expansion or implementation of structured reuse networks.

  • Recyc-Québec — Ecocentre network optimization — Stream 2 

    ​Recyc-Québec
    ​Receive up to $75,000 in funding to cover up to 70% of expenses to improve accessibility or implementation of good material management practices in an existing ecocentre or ecocentre network.

  • Recyc-Québec — Ecodesign strategies 

    ​Recyc-Québec
    ​Receive a grant of up to $400,000 to cover 70% of eligible cost for projects that design products with reduced environmental impacts or incorporate increased recycled content.

  • Recyc-Québec — Opportunities in targeted material 

    ​Recyc-Québec
    ​Get a grant of up to $100K to cover up to 70% of eligible costs for projects to reduce at the source materials that are difficult to manage.

  • Recyc-Québec — Single-use products 

    ​Recyc-Québec
    Get a grant of up to $400,000 to cover up to 70% of eligible costs for projects to prevent and reduce the use of single-use products.

  • Roulez Vert — Multi-unit building charging station rebate 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    If you own a multi-unit residential building, you can get up to $25,000 to buy, lease and install one or more 240 VAC charging stations that enable your tenants to recharge their electric vehicles.

  • Roulez Vert — New vehicle rebate 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Does your organization operate a road fleet? Get a rebate of up to $8,000 on the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle, depending on its type and condition.

  • Roulez Vert — Used vehicle rebate 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Get up to $4,000 to purchase an all-electric, used vehicle for your business, from a list of eligible vehicles.

  • Soutien aux initiatives de développement économique dans l'arrondissement d'Ahuntsic-Cartierville (in French only)

    ​Ville de Montréal
    Get financial assistance to propel your collective economic development initiatives.

  • Sustainable Development Technology Fund 

    Sustainable Development Technology Canada
    Get a non-repayable contribution of up to $5 million for your pre-commercial technology that helps fight climate change, or deals with clean air, water and soil.

  • Sustainable industrial buildings subsidy 

    ​Ville de Montréal
    Get a grant equivalent to the increase in property tax if your company carries out construction or renovation work in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

  • TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good 

    ​Telus
    Get funding for your innovative projects in health, education, agriculture and the environment.

  • Technoclimat Program 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Contribution for projects related to energy efficiency, renewable energies, bioenergy or reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  • Technology and Business Demonstration 

    Hydro-Québec
    Get financial assistance of up to $500,000 to cover 75% of the costs of testing the technical and commercial viability of innovative energy-saving or power-demand optimization measures.

  • The Sky’s the Limit Challenge 

    Natural Resources Canada
    The aviation industry needs a fuel that will cut pollution and fight climate change. Can you supply it?

  • Transportez vert — Coaching 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Get financial assistance of up to $100,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses involved in having a coach work with your road vehicle fleet managers on energy management, including identifying ways to reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions, putting these measures into place, and tracking the results.

  • Transportez vert — Ecodriving Training 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Get up to $30,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses involved in training fleet drivers of light or heavy-duty road vehicles in reducing energy consumption and driving more efficiently. Assistance covers up to $1,000 per training session.

  • Transportez vert — Technology Acquisition 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Get financial assistance of up to $100,000 to acquire technologies or vehicles that reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions in the transportation of goods and passengers. The assistance is offered mainly for light trucks, low-speed vehicles, and buses that aren't being used for public transportation.

  • Valorization of thermal waste 

    Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
    Get financing to cover up to 100% of the costs of a thermal waste recovery project, including industrial discharges from incinerators, data centers or wastewater, to be used for the heat needs of all types of users.

  • ÉcoPerformance Program — Analysis stream 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Up to $300,000 to cover 75% of the costs of conducting a complete analysis of opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • ÉcoPerformance Program — Energy management stream 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Up to $310,000 to cover 50% of the costs of implementing an energy management system in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • ÉcoPerformance Program — Implementation stream 

    Transition énergétique Québec
    Up to $5 million per project and maximum of $10 million per year per site for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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