Business Grants

Summary of Grants Available to Businesses


  • NEW - Government of Canada launches historic job-creating superclusters initiative - Through the Innovation Superclusters Initiative, the Federal Government will invest up to $950 million over five years, starting in 2017–2018, to support business-led innovation superclusters with the greatest potential to build world-leading innovation ecosystems, secure Canada's future as an innovation leader, and accelerate economic growth.  For more information on the new program check out the News release


  • Alberta Culture grant to attract more film/television, digital media, games and amination production workers to Alberta: New pilot grants are now available to help companies in Alberta’s cultural sector to attract more film/television, digital media, games and animation production workers to Alberta.  For more information check out


  • Alberta Culture:   Alberta Culture Days (September 29 – October 1, 2017) grant was released May 3, 150 days away from the Culture Days weekend and providing us with an opportunity to acknowledge Canada 150.  Grant funding is available to help you showcase Alberta's amazing culture.  For more information check out


  • Aboriginal Economic Partnerships Program (AEPP) - AEPP provides up to $100,000 grant funding for soft costs, such as feasibility studies, opportunity assessments, business plans and governance planning incurred in developing community economic development projects. The current intake closes May 29. Information and application forms are available at


  • Aboriginal Business Investment Fund (ABIF) - ABIF provides up to $750,000 capital grant funding for Indigenous community-owned companies to start or expand operations. Application information is available at Applications will be accepted from May 15 – August 31. Please contact us at if you have questions or would like a presentation.


  • Alberta Indigenous Solar Program - The Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP) is a pilot program that provides grants to Alberta Indigenous communities or organization to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on facilities owned by the community or organization. We anticipate a continuation of the pilot program and are accepting applications.


  • Are you a young entrepreneur in the agriculture retail, manufacturing and food processing sectors?   The Farm Credit Corporation announced a new loan for you!  The Young Entrepreneur Loan offers financing of up to $1 million per qualified applicant, under age 40, and can be used for the purchase or improvement of agriculture-related assets or the purchase of shares in an agriculture-related business, including those in the agri-food sector. This access to capital allows these businesses to take advantage of new opportunities, grow the economy and create more middle class jobs.


  • Funding for community-based events that promote intercultural understanding - The Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage offers the Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program that delivers up to $25,000 for organizations to create community-based events that encourage interaction among cultural, faith or ethnic communities. Eligible organizations include non-for-profit organizations, aboriginal organizations or municipalities with populations less than 10,000. There is no application deadline. For further information go to Inter-Action


  • Looking to get your product to new markets?  Alberta companies interested in exporting to new international markets will get more support through the Alberta Export Expansion Package.  The package consists of three new programs with a total of up to $9 million in funding over three years.  For the complete release please click HERE


  • Looking for Economic Development Funding?  The Minister of Economic Development and Trade just announced the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.  Please link here to News Release. This anticipated economic development funding program is part of the Jobs Plan Budget that was announced this spring.   This grant program can be applied for through two streams: the community economic development stream; and the regional economic development stream.
    • The community economic development stream projects are those that build local economic development capacity and strengthen local approaches to improve economic conditions. They begin at $10,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 
    • The regional economic development stream projects are those that reflect a collaborative approach between communities and supportive partners to achieve a positive regional impact based on a shared economic vision for the future. They begin at $25,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 


The CARES Program will have three grant application intake periods with the second one ending May 31, 2017.The program guidelines can be found HERE.  For more information on program eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the CARES program webpage


  • Canada-Alberta Job Grant – please note this program is continuous intake  It’s a great time to take advantage of this program and get your staff trained up to meet your organization’s present and future needs.  Did you know that this program will pay up to 2/3 of training for staff up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee per year?  The Canada-Alberta Job Grant can help fund training for your new or current employees.  For more information go to CAJG


  • OHS program funding - Alberta Labour is pleased to announce the second year of the Occupational Health & Safety Innovation and Engagement Grants Program (OHS I&E Grants Program). Applications are now available online at the above link.  The OHS I&E Grants Program provides funding to non-profit and public sector organizations for projects aimed at improving OHS awareness, education, and action in Alberta. Funding could be used to organize a conference, develop and disseminate information, launch an educational campaign or carry out other OHS-related projects.


  • Renewable Energy program - Many of you will be aware, but for those who may not be,  an announcement came out of Energy yesterday with respect to the highly anticipated Renewable Electricity Program.  Click HERE for full details.  Projects must be based in Alberta, be new or expanded, be five megawatts or greater in size and must meet the Natural Resources Canada definition of renewable sources.


  • Financial supports for Solar Projects - The Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) provides financial rebates to Alberta municipalities who install solar photovoltaics (PV) on municipal facilities or land and complete public engagement for the project. For detailed information on eligibility requirements, available funding, and how to apply, please refer to the AMSP Guidebook.


  • Canada Green Corps program - The United Nations Association (UNA) of Canada has recently launched a Canada Green Corps program which is a green internship program for youth between the ages of 18-30. UNA Canada provides a 50% wage subsidy to employers to hire interns.  Their next intake begins in January and is for a 4-month period.  For further information go to  UNAC


  • Urban Initiatives program - Over 40% of all Aboriginal people in Alberta live in the 6 largest urban centers in the province .  The growing rate of urbanization of Aboriginal people in Alberta creates unique opportunities and challenges for communities and government. The Urban Initiatives Program (UIP) supports projects that remove barriers and strengthens economic and social opportunities for urban Aboriginal people.  The UIP also encourages collaboration among governments, Aboriginal communities and private and not-for-profit sectors to better serve and meet the needs of urban Aboriginal people.  See attached document for further information on the program and how to apply.


  • Program for Youth - Career Focus - provides funding for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth to make more informed career decisions and develop their skills.  Full details are available HERE.  Career Focus aims to:
    • increase the supply of highly qualified workers;
    • facilitate the transition of highly-skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market;
    • promote the benefits of advanced studies; and,
    • demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy.
    • The Program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy, a horizontal initiative involving eleven federal departments and agencies.


  • Jobs Plan – as part of the Jobs Plan ATB and the Business Development Bank of Canada announce their plan to lend $1 billion to small businesses in Alberta.  Visit an ATB or BDC Branch for further information. 


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