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Loan guarantees

  • Fonds afro-entrepreneurs 

    ​Filaction
    Are you a member of one of Quebec's black communities? You could receive a loan or loan guarantee for your business' needs.

  • Project Financing 

    Investissement Québec
    Loans, loan guarantees or capital investments of $50,000 and up for projects involving expansion, exporting, modernization, innovation, buildings and equipment, marketing and more.

Equity investments

  • 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.

  • BDC Capital — Venture Capital 

    Business Development Bank of Canada
    Get financing and advice from venture capital investors to help you build and grow your business in Canada and internationally.

  • Compétivert — Investment Matching Solution 

    ​Investissement Québec
    Your Quebec business with strong growth potential could secure the capital needed to carry out projects that have a significant impact on the environment and a strong market potential.

  • 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.

  • 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

Tax refunds and credits

  • Indigenous business at EDC 

    Export Development Canada
    Get support for building a global brand and removing barriers to access for your Indigenous business, whether you’re exporting products, services or experiences.

Grants, contributions and financial assistance

  • AI for Supply Chains 

    ​CEIM
    Get coaching and the opportunity to access up to $35,000 in financial assistance to accelerate the planning, implementation or commercialization of your innovative artificial intelligence project. 

  • Aboriginal Initiatives Fund III (in French only)

    Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
    Your for-profit or non-profit Indigenous organization could be eligible for a grant for its economic development project.

  • Accompagnement en technologies de la santé (in French only)

    ​PME  MTL et MEDTEQ+
    Get coaching and start-up financing to develop your business in the health technology field.

  • 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.

  • Biofood market development program — Stream 1 

    ​Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation
    Get up to $750,000 to cover 80% of expenses (for-profit businesses) or 50% of expenses (not-for-profits, business combinations) related to marketing your foods in Quebec, including event logistics and contractual fees.

  • Biofood market development program — Stream 2 

    ​Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation
    Get up to $750,000 to cover 70% of expenses (not-for-profit businesses) or 50% of expenses (business combinations) related to prospecting missions and trade shows to promote your biofoods outside of Quebec.

  • 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

  • Canada Book Fund Support for Organizations (For-Profit) 

    Canadian Heritage
    Contributions of up to $1.5 million for marketing, technology and professional development projects in the book publishing, distribution, marketing, wholesale or retail sectors representing Canadian authors.

  • Canada Book Fund Support for Organizations — Not-for-Profit 

    Canadian Heritage
    Get a contribution of up to $1.2 million for a book industry project related to marketing, digital technology, professional-development and more.

  • Canada Periodical Fund – Business Innovation 

    Canadian Heritage
    Financial assistance of up to $75,000 for business innovation projects with existing Canadian periodicals or up to $5,000 for digital periodical start-ups.

  • Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund 

    ​Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Get help to cover the costs of addressing the challenges facing the fish and seafood sector, in the form of branding and promotional strategies, access to new markets, ensuring product integrity throughout the supply chain, and increased collaboration.

  • Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) 

    Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks
    Is your next-generation communication solutions project ready for commercialization? You could qualify for commercialization support.

  • Créavenir 

    ​Desjardins
    If you are under 35 years of age and starting a business or developing a business that is less than 3 years old, obtain financial assistance in the form of a line of credit of up to $15,000 at a preferential rate of 0.5% and a grant of up to $5000.

  • Engage grants 

    ​Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
    ​If your business operates in Canada, you could receive up to $25,000 when you partner with a college or university to develop valuable technology.

  • Farm Credit Canada — Loans and lending options 

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

  • Fast-Track to Financing Program 

    Natural Products Canada
    If you're a Canadian incorporated SME, start-up company, or academic research institute, you can get a contribution of up to $25,000 for the cost of an external consultant or other service provider that will help develop a business or commercialization plan.

  • Fonds Entrepreneuriat commercial 

    PME MTL
    Receive up to $25,000 in financial assistance to develop your business in the retail sector.

  • 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 de relance des commerces du centre-ville 

    ​PME MTL
    Obtain financial assistance of up to $25,000 for the implementation of a new business or the improvement of the current offer of your business in order to increase customer traffic.

  • 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.

  • Growth Investment program — Agri-Environmental Enhancement of Cultivated Land 

    ​La Financière agricole du Québec
    Get a grant of up to $20,000 when you secure a loan guarantee of up to $200,000 from La Financière agricole for on-farm agri-environmental projects, or ones that will enhance the value of your cultivated land.

  • Innovation Program (in French only)

    ​Investissement Québec
    ​Your eligible SME, cooperative or non-profit organization could receive funding to support technological, organizational and social innovation projects.

  • Innovative Solutions Canada — Testing stream 

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    Get your product or service innovation tested and gain valuable feedback before taking it to market. You may also be eligible for funding where available, and where there is a significant level of interest in testing your innovation.

  • LaSalle Commercial Vitality Fund 

    ​PME MTL
    Obtain a grant of up to $20,000 for the modernization and implementation of your business in the borough of LaSalle.

  • Lab2Market Program 

    ​Lab2Market
    Get a grant of up to $15,000 in this 16-week program, with access to mentors and advisors, with opportunities for networking and partnerships as you look to develop, test and commercialize or license your science and technology-enabled innovation.

  • Metropolitan Initiative and Outreach Fund – Stream 1 

    ​Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation
    Receive financial support to carry out operations aimed at improving the development, promotion and outreach of Montreal and the metropolitan region.

  • Metropolitan Initiative and Outreach Fund – Stream 2 

    Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation
    Access funding to address theme-based calls for projects in the economic, cultural, environmental and social fields to improve the quality of life in the metropolis and the metropolitan region of Montreal.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Program of assistance to the digital adaptation of the companies of the written information press (in French only)

    Ministère de la Culture et des Communications
    ​Do you operate a print media enterprise? If so, you may be eligible for financial assistance to initiate or continue with digitalization.

  • Programme de soutien à la commercialisation et à l'exportation (PSCE) (in French only)

    ​Investissement Québec
    Obtain financing to strengthen your SME's ability to commercialize its products and services on the Quebec market and to export them to national and international markets.

  • Programme de soutien à la diversité commerciale du Sud-Ouest (in French only)

    ​PME MTL
    Get a grant of up to $20,000 for the establishment of your business in the South West Island of Montreal.

  • Proximité Program — Stream 2 

    Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
    If you are an agricultural producer or an artisanal processor, you could get a financial contribution to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $25,000, for the implementation of a marketing plan that allows you to better meet the needs of consumers, particularly when it comes to local markets.

  • 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.

  • Quebec Fisheries Fund — Innovation 

    ​Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Get a contribution of up to $1 million/year for projects (including partnerships) involving the development, testing and marketing of sustainable technology for the Quebec fish and seafood industry.

  • Recyc-Québec — Support for R&D in recycling 

    ​Recyc-Québec
    ​Get funding of up to $75,000 to cover up to 75% of costs related to R&D and commercial activities to diversify outcomes for unused tires or increase value for existing products.

  • Renewable Natural Gas Production Support Program — Stream 2 

    Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
    Get up to $15 million to cover up to 50% of eligible expenses for a project to produce and inject natural gas into the distribution grid, or to connect to distribution grid of RNG production sites.

  • Retail Business Consolidation Fund 

    ​PME MTL
    ​Do you own a commercial enterprise and need help to recover economically from the crisis? You could receive a grant of up to $10,000.

  • 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.

  • Strategic Innovation Fund — Stream 5 

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    Get a financial contribution to cover project expenses when you collaborate across various organizations (SMEs, incubators/accelerators, academic and research institutions, and large corporations) with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of your technology on a national level.

  • TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good 

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

Other resources

You can also consult our other directories of financing programs.

You could also avail yourself of non-financial resources to succeed in your business venture.

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