Effective December 1, 2014, FedDev Ontario will re-open the
SMART program, a grant benefitting small businesses in the
manufacturing sector. The SMART program will fund up to 35 per cent
of eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $100,000 for
advancements focused on improving productivity through the adaption
or adoption of new or upgraded advanced technologies, materials or
The criteria for eligibility include:
the manufacturer must be based in southern Ontario;
it must employ between 15 and 1000 employees;
it must demonstrate it is engaged in international markets;
it must propose a project that focuses on adapting or adopting
Canada Summer Jobs program
The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program, benefitting small
businesses with fewer than 50 employees, is available from December
1, 2014, to January 30, 2015.
To be eligible for CSJ, a summer job position must provide
meaningful work experience for a student. It must not contribute to
the provision of a personal service to the employer (i.e. the job
must not involve gardening, domestic services, child care services,
etc., for the employer). Jobs that take place outside of Canada are
not eligible. A student hired for employment under the CSJ
initiative must work in Canada for the entire duration of the
approved funding period. Private sector employers must have 50 or
fewer full-time employees across Canada to be eligible. Full-time
employees are those working 30 hours or more per week with the
To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals
be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the
have been registered as full-time students in the previous
academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis
in the next academic year;
be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom
refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and
Refugee Protection Act; and
be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with
relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
Any weeks during which the employer provides fewer than the
minimum 30 hours of work may be deemed ineligible. Some exceptions
may be made for students with disabilities or with other barriers
to working full-time.
An employer may choose to pay more than the minimum wage, but
the percentage reimbursed through CSJ will apply only to the
applicable provincial/territorial adult minimum wage rate. For
example, if a private-sector employer pays a student $10.00 per
hour in a province in which the adult minimum wage is $8.50, the
subsidy that will be provided through CSJ will be 50 per cent of
the minimum wage, or $4.25.
Contact your Collins Barrow advisor for more information on the
funding opportunities available to small businesses.
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