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Canada is one of the most welcoming and favourable countries for businesses looking to move or expand, and Calgary is arguably your best bet. After all, we have the highest head office concentration and the most patents per capita in Canada. Plus, Canada ranks #1 for Business Environment of the G7 countries (for forecast period 2016-2020). It also has the lowest total tax rate and one of the most generous R&D tax incentives of the G7 countries.

In this section, you’ll find tools and resources to support business development in Canada. We also have plenty of resources for established businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. Browse for:

  • details on grants, financing, and angel investors
  • demographics and forecasting information
  • guides and advice for goods importers and exporters
  • help and tools to expand your business
  • immigration and employment resources

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Grants, Financing & Funding

Alberta Innovates is the province's largest research and innovation agency providing funding to SMEs throughout the entire innovation spectrum—from the generation of new ideas through applied testing to commercialization.

The Alberta Innovation Employment Grant is applicable for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that invest in research and development (R&D) with a refundable tax credit worth up to 20% on qualifying expenditures.

The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is a non-refundable investment tax credit which employers can claim, equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable (with a max of $2,000/year) to eligible apprentices.

TECTERRA provides financial assistance in the form of grant and/or repayable loans to SMEs aimed at developing geospatial/geomatics technology to solve industry problems. Access up to 50% to 100% coverage of project expenses to a maximum of $500K per applicant.

Canada Summer Jobs program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where employers can get up to 100% of training costs reimbursed (up to $15,000/employee) when hiring and training eligible newly employed Albertans.

The CAP is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. In Alberta, the CAP program represents a federal – provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector.

MITACS provides financial and talent support to organizations to subsidize salaries for paid internships and provide a research management training program, with a potential postdoctoral fellowship for up to two years. Matched project funding starts at $7,500 for a 4-6 month project.

NRC IRAP is Canada's leading innovation assistance program providing advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian SME’s increase their innovation capacity and assist product commercialization. Eligible applicants may receive up to 80% to offset project labour expenses.

ERA is committed to investing in a diverse portfolio of technologies that will reduce GHG emissions and address barriers to commercialization. ERA has two funding streams; they fund innovative technology projects and infrastructure upgrades for businesses.

Oil & gas - focused private equity firm.

Funding to help export-ready companies and non-profit organizations enhance access to international markets and attract global buyers.

Tax credit to support medium and large-scale productions filming in Alberta.

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This grant supports smaller budget Alberta productions and contributes to government’s goal of growing Alberta’s cultural industries.

Not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses by providing unique programs and services to women at all stages of business.

Applied research for industry partners. [Accelerators and Incubators]

A rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Alberta.

ATB Capital Markets offers holistic corporate and capital markets advice, combined with robust financial solutions to help businesses thrive. We’re a full-service investment dealer for key industries on the cusp of a new era.

ATB Financial has a wealth of expertise and knowledge to share with Alberta business owners. Learn about business solutions, and get advice from experts and partners.

Avatar Innovations is the ground-breaking initiative generating, implementing and funding energy innovation. By empowering leadership inside oil and gas to champion disruption, rather than be displaced by it, Avatar fills the needed gap in the innovation ecosystem to truly create a new energy future.

The only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs.

Access information on business loans.

Business bank accounts and plans.

Business and wealth management services for women.

Boast Capital helps innovative companies in the U.S. and Canada recover their R&D costs from the government.

Providing resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has launched the new Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program in western Canada. It comprises two program streams designed to fuel economic growth through innovation and create more well-paying jobs for Canadians. On December 3, 2018, WD opened the first call for proposals for the REGI Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program stream.

Online platform connecting startups with a global network of angel investors and crowdfunding services.

CDMN programs are offered through the network and provide tech companies with national and international opportunities via workshops, tools, events and funding opportunities.

An ever evolving and growing directory of active (or beta) online financial technology platforms and service providers in Canada such as crowdfunding portals, real estate investing, P2P marketplace lenders, blockchain initial coin offering providers, aggregators, consultants and agencies.

Financial support for your small or medium-sized firm’s development of new export opportunities

CIBC provides the right tools and advice so you can focus on what matters most — your business.

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Rockies is a unique milestone-based coaching and seed stage financing program (incubator) for massively scalable technology and science-based ventures.

The Digital Strategy Fund encourages an overall approach that helps support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in understanding the digital world, engaging with it, and responding to the cultural and social changes it produces. The Fund will support initiatives that aim at developing a user-centred culture of innovation, a rethinking of organizational culture, work procedures and leadership styles, and finally, the adoption and deployment of available technological solutions.

Every lender and investor has different requirements that you must meet before they will finance your business. Find out how to prepare.

FrontFundr is the bridge that connects investors and entrepreneurs.

Canadian online funding tool.

Explore several different options that could help fund your business venture, including financial services, loans, grants and credits.

Grant search provided by a full-service grant writing agency.

Government grants, loans, and other financing available for your business.

Learn more about the different sources of financing you can get to start and grow your business.

Crowdfund innovations in tech and design before they go mainstream, and buy hundreds of unique products shipping now from Indiegogo's Marketplace.

A one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs.

Effective January 1, 2021, Alberta’s government is introducing the Innovation Employment Grant (IEG). This program will promote economic growth and job creation by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D).

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Connecting scale-up businesses with accomplished senior executives so they can revitalize, rebuild and reimagine our economy.

Crowdfunding service - loans for Canadians by Canadians.

Financing solutions for every need.

The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ (NGIF) was created by the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) to support the funding of cleantech innovation in the natural gas value chain. It seeks to fill a technology development gap in the sector and invest in innovation enabling natural gas solutions for current and emerging challenges facing Canada’s energy system.

NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.

We provide bridge financing to companies who are applying to, or have applied for, Canadian Federal Government SR&ED tax credits and/or grants. (Venture Capital)

The $100-million fund offers opportunities for private sector companies, non-profits and public institutions making transformative investments in Calgary that will be catalysts for economic growth, diversification, increased employment, and expansion of the property tax assessment base.

Whether you are a start-up or a large corporation, RBC will partner with you to provide industry expertise and digital solutions that will help your business thrive.

The RBC Generator is a $10-million pool of capital for investment in businesses that tackle social and environmental challenges, while generating a financial return.

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will provide financial support directly to women-owned businesses to address COVID-19 impacts on their short-term stability. This financing will support small enterprises that are struggling with working capital needs and are unable to access larger federal relief funding programs or unable to obtain a loan/credit from traditional financial institutions.

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A federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada.

Create your own flexible Small Business Banking Package.

Scotiabank's initiatives supporting Canada’s women-owned, women-led businesses.

The Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) is a loan fund lending money to social enterprises in Alberta that want to make things better in the community and in the world.

Strategic Timelines is a Calgary-based strategic marketing and business planning firm with over 30 years of expertise working with hundreds of talented entrepreneurs. Whether you are starting, growing, funding, or exiting your business, we’re here to successfully navigate you through each step and stage to ensure a smooth transition.

Do business your way with our flexible and cost-effective account solutions.

TECTERRA is a government-funded non-profit organization that assists geospatial technology start-ups, and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop and commercialize technology.

UCalgary Crowdfund is a platform for members of the University of Calgary community to raise funds and awareness for the innovative projects they are working on.

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