Government Funding Programs Available to Support Innovation

  • By Oumaima Sioury
    • Dec 07, 2023
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There are various government funding programs available to foster innovation and drive technological advancements in Canada. These programs aim to support businesses, startups, and organizations engaged in research and development (R&D) activities. By leveraging these government funding programs, entrepreneurs and innovators can propel their ventures forward, bringing groundbreaking ideas to life. 

In this article, we will explore the Canadian government’s funding landscape for innovation. We will delve into the available government funding programs, discuss key funding sources such as research and development grants, tax credits, and subsidies, and provide insights on maximizing the chances of securing government funding. 

Government Funding Programs

1. Research and Development Grants 

Research and development grants are a vital source of funding for innovators in Canada. These grants are designed to support projects aimed at advancing scientific knowledge, developing new technologies, and fostering innovation. The Canadian government offers several grant programs to facilitate R&D activities across various sectors. Some prominent programs include: 

  • a. Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP): IRAP provides financial assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in technology-driven innovation. It offers grants for R&D projects and supports businesses in developing and commercializing innovative products and services. 
  • b. AgriScience: The AgriScience Program, under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), aims to accelerate innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians. 

2. Tax Credits and Deductions 

In addition to grants, the Canadian government offers various tax incentives to encourage innovation and R&D. These incentives are primarily in the form of tax credits and deductions, reducing the financial burden on businesses and organizations. Some key tax programs include: 

  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program: SR&ED is one of the most significant tax incentives for R&D in Canada. It provides tax credits and deductions to businesses undertaking eligible scientific research and experimental development activities. These activities can encompass a wide range of innovative projects, including product development, process improvement, and software advancements. 
  • Crédit d’impôt pour Investissement et Innovation: C3i is a program in Québec that uses tax incentives to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to invest more in their innovation projects through the purchase of specified assets. 

3. Subsidies and Programs 

Apart from grants and tax incentives, the Canadian government provides subsidies and specialized programs to foster innovation in specific industries or sectors. These programs offer targeted financial assistance and resources to encourage growth and competitiveness. Some notable examples are: 

  • Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF): SIF is a program focused on supporting large-scale innovation projects in Canada. It provides financial contributions to businesses undertaking projects related to research, development, and commercialization. The program prioritizes projects that enhance productivity, increase competitiveness, and foster sustainable economic growth. 
  • Business Scale-up and Productivity: Funding under this stream helps to accelerate the growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to help companies become globally competitive. 
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How to Maximize the Chances of Securing Government Funding?

Securing government funding for innovation can be a competitive process. However, our consultants at Leyton help increase your chances of success. Our expertise allows us to understand the eligibility criteria, funding priorities, and application process for each program, therefore tailoring your proposals to align with the program’s objectives and demonstrate a strong fit.

We clearly articulate the innovative aspects of your project, its potential impact, and its alignment with the government’s priorities, while also highlighting the economic benefits, job creation potential, and long-term sustainability of your innovation. We focus on navigating the application process effectively, to provide you with guidance in developing strong proposals, ensuring compliance, and maximizing your chances of success. 

Unlocking government funding through grants, tax credits, and subsidies is a valuable resource for Canadian innovators. Through these initiatives, Canada continues to nurture its vibrant innovation ecosystem, paving the way for groundbreaking advancements and a prosperous future. By exploring and leveraging the various funding programs available, businesses and organizations can accelerate their R&D activities, drive innovation, and fuel economic growth. At Leyton, we thoroughly research each program and create compelling proposals to maximize your chances of securing government funding.  


Oumaima Sioury
Oumaima Sioury

Senior Grants Consultant

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