Support from Government and Agencies


FedNor is the Government of Canada's economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs and services, and through its financial support of projects that lead to job creation and economic growth, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.


The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is working to build strong, prosperous northern communities and we are pleased to offer unique programs to help foster hope and opportunity across Northern Ontario.


Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) support local economic development by assisting Ontario's rural and northern communities to strengthen and diversify their economies.

Northeastern CFDCs:

Northwestern CFDCs:

Regional Innovation Centres

Regional Innovation Centres help Ontario’s entrepreneurs and innovators succeed in international markets by helping them work through the challenges of developing their ideas to make them marketable and attract talent, capital and customers.

Programming and services are offered to clients who are typically in early-stage or growing innovation and technology companies with the potential to expand and succeed on a global scale.

Small Business Enterprise Centres (Northern Ontario)

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) offer entrepreneurs all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses.

Support Programs and Tools

Canada business benefits finder

A search tool created by the Government of Canada to help you find the right support for you and your business.

Canadian Digital Adoption Program (CDAP)

  • The Grow Your Business Online grant gives you up to $2,400 to set up e-commerce and grow your sales online.
  • The Boost Your Business Technology grant gives you up to $15,000 to get advice on the technologies that can propel your business forward.

Digital Main Street

  • Assists main street businesses with their adoption of technology with easy to use tools, resources, and grants.


The Business Development Bank of Canada provides an array of tools and articles which you can use as an employee, employer, prospective entrepreneur or long time business owner.


Information for entrepreneurs and business owners on permits, licences and other approvals needed to start or grow their business.


Quickly find grants, permits, online forms and information you need to start or manage your business.

Northern Ontario Exports Program

The Northern Ontario Exports program provides timely financial assistance and targeted training to help export-ready small and medium enterprises, industry associations, and not-for-profit organizations from across Northern Ontario to kick open the doors to new markets.