Regional Economic Growth through Innovation

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation

Canada’s regional development agencies (RDA) are one of the ways that the government delivers on its Innovation and Skills Plan in the regions. RDAs across Canada deliver two common streams of programming to fuel economic growth through innovation and create more well-paying jobs for Canadians. These streams, along with tailored programming in each region, will foster the right environment to start and grow businesses and create the conditions for the development of strong, dynamic and inclusive regional innovation ecosystems across the country.

Are you an ambitious company or co-operative in need of growth funding?

Business Scale-up and Productivity

Funding offered under this stream helps businesses to accelerate their growth and assists with the adoption of innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity and global competitiveness as well as the development of and entry into new markets.

Are you a not-for-profit organization or co-operative looking for funding to increase the innovation capacity of the region?

Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Funding offered under this stream helps create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation. It also fosters the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies and increases the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), women entrepreneurs and under-represented groups.

Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund will support women entrepreneurs in a diversity of industries in their efforts to scale and grow their businesses, as well as pursue export-oriented Projects. Please note that the application in take for this program ended November 15th, 2018.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund will provide Contributions to Non-profit Organizations to bring together stakeholders to address gaps in Business Support and ensure access to Business Support for women entrepreneurs. Please note that the application in take for this program ended November 22th, 2018.

How to apply

Contact your nearest ACOA office to discuss your project and then complete and submit the Application for Financial Assistance form.

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