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Whether it's financing, a business mentor or a market analysis, we want to connect you with the support you need to see your business prosper.

Programmes, Grants and Financial Supports for Businesses

If you have additional resources to share, or are looking for specific support please email ecdev@wellington.ca.

Local Supports

Tourism Workforce Sustainability Programme

TIAO’s Tourism Workforce Sustainability Programme aims to expand and diversify Ontario’s tourism workforce while helping employers retain employees for the long-term sustainability of their businesses and the industry.

  • Employers who register for the programme will receive tools and support to fill vacant positions, targeting job-seekers from new, diverse and inclusive labour pools.
  • All tourism industry employers and positions are eligible. Employees in the programme will also have access to unique Mentorship opportunities to support their individual lifestyle and career goals.

If you have questions about the programme, please contact Leni Brem, Project Manager at lbrem@tiaontario.ca.

Business Scale-up and Productivity 

FedDev Ontario is accepting applications for no-interest, repayable contributions from $500,000 up to $10 million per project for innovative and globally-oriented businesses seeking to accelerate their growth, high-potential firms that are commercializing innovative products, technologies and processes, firms with scale-up potential looking to improve productivity through the adaptation/adoption of highly innovative technologies, and entrepreneurs and businesses in rural areas looking to grow, commercialize and improve productivity. Learn more.

Rapid Response for Business Development (RRBD) Initiative

The Grand River Agricultural Society RRBD Initiative will provide up to $10,000 to support Ontario-based, agriculture, agri-food, agri-products, and clean-tech businesses, as they work with established business connections to advance market opportunities and secure sales for their innovative products, processes, or technologies. The program is designed to enable businesses, with preference to those located in Wellington, Waterloo, and Perth counties, to respond quickly to global market opportunities. Applications now open. Learn more.

Business Resurgence Programme

Saugeen Economic Development Corporation is offering a FREE consulting programme for local small businesses. There are several consulting options available: Business Bootcamp, Business Profit Optimizer, Business Advisor, Digital Marketing Coach, or a membership with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium. Learn more.

RH Accelerator

Grand River Ag Society (GRAS) and RH Accelerator Inc. announce they will work together and co invest in support of local early stage innovative companies in the agriculture, food and cleantech industries. Learn more or apply to take part.

FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario works to create opportunities for economic growth in southern Ontario by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive. See funding opportunities here.

 

Provincial Supports

Grow Ontario Market Initiative - a new, cost-share initiative that helps food and beverage processors, farm businesses, and agri-food sector organizations take action to reach new markets. Applicants can receive up to 50% cost share for eligible costs, to a maximum of $60,000 per business for producers and food and beverage processors, and $125,000 for sector organizations.

Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative - provides funding to eligible free-standing meat plants and abattoirs so they can make short-term investments in meat handling and processing equipment, technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and productivity. A recipient is eligible to be approved for 60% of Eligible Costs up to a maximum of $150,000 in funding under the Initiative.

Ontario Co-operative Education Tax Credit - Available to all employers who hire co-op students from an Ontario university. Employers can receive 25% (30% for small businesses) of expenditures back-up to a maximum of $3,000 for each placement.

 

Federal Supports

NEW Canada Digital Adoption Program - provides $1.4 billion in grants and 0% loans to help small and medium-sized Canadian businesses (SME) digitize their businesses. 

  • Grow Your Business Online grant: eligible businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies. Grants will be available through local and regional service providers across Canada. The service providers will also support a network of e-commerce advisors who will advise and help small businesses adopt e-commerce. Apply Now.
  • Boost Your Business Technology grant: eligible businesses can leverage the grant to pay for the services of a digital advisor. These advisors will work with companies to recommend digital pathways and strategies that will help them achieve their business goals and increase their competitiveness in the digital economy. The grant covers up to 90% of the eligible cost of retaining the services of a digital advisor, up to a maximum grant value of $15,000 per SME, to develop a digital adoption plan. Apply Now.

Canada Small Business Financing Programme - For small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders. Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower.

 

Other Funding and Financial Relief
Other General Resources
Agriculture Supports

Wildfire Resources for Farmers

Food Services

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Local Business Resources

Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs)
Focusing on job creation through strategic planning, CDFCs provide funding and advisory services to area businesses.

Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Provides the entry point for entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington County, helping individuals get into business for themselves. We support the growth and expansion of small businesses in our region.

Boundless Accelerator
Building prosperity for community wellbeing by providing mentorship and business support services that help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive.

FindYourJob.ca
Employment postings brought to you by the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Our Food Future Guelph-Wellington
Our Food Future supports three core priorities in the local food economy: Increasing access to affordable, nutritious food; Supporting new and existing food businesses; and Strengthening regional food system resiliency.

  • COIL - The Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL) is an innovation platform and activation network aimed at creating, proving and scaling transformative solutions that will move Canada toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

    • ReSource Exchange Marketplace - A project of COIL, ReSource Exchange is a free business-to-business marketplace connecting organizations that have food waste and by-products with others that will find use for them. Using ReSource Exchange, businesses can turn their waste into a revenue stream instead of an expense and access new production inputs.

    • Activate Circular Accelerator - Intake closes soon for qualifying food and environment businesses who are ready to scale and become more circular. The Accelerator offers funding of up to $30k as well as training and mentorship.
    • Circulate CoLab - Intake is open now for teams of companies proposing a partnered innovation answering the challenge of increasing circularity in upstream food systems. Three teams will receive $20k to prototype their solution, and will then compete for funding of $100k to scale up into a full demonstration project.
    • Re(PURPOSE) Incubator - Intake is launching this month for qualifying food companies to participate in a waste audit process which can result in a new value stream emerging from unavoidable waste.
  • Circular Economy Digital Passport - The circular economy digital passport provides free access to a diverse community of organizations committed to building a circular economy and connects businesses with programs, business resources, and experts that can support them on their circular journey.

  • Harve$t Impact Community Donation Platform - Harve$t Impact, a project of 10C, is a new community finance intermediary, supporting the goals of Our Food Future in Guelph-Wellington by activating community donations, philanthropy and social finance investments.
Other Resources

Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington - offer settlement services to help immigrants participate fully in Canadian life, as well as Translation and Interpretation Program Services

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) - not-for-profit organization delivering skills training, consulting, research and insight.

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) - advocate the importance of tourism as an economic driver and job creator in order to serve the interests of Ontario’s diverse tourism industry and business community.

  • A Three Fires Collaborative Quest - designed to fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the province’s tourism workforce by bringing awareness of opportunities to potential Indigenous employees. Participation available for Employers and Employees.
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GovDeals - Surplus Municipal Equipment

The County of Wellington sells its surplus municipal equipment online through GovDeals. GovDeals is an online auction service that allows government agencies to sell their surplus assets via the Internet.

Visit GovDeals to view available County surplus for sale.


Contact the Economic Development Office for more information about doing business in Wellington County at 519.837.2600 X 2614 or by email.

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