Many services Significans offers to Canadian commercial and packaging printers may be eligible for federal or provincial government funding depending on your type of business and your location. These can include a professional services audit that illustrates current-state and future-state mapping, an assessment report, technical and development run list, ROI evaluation, consulting, reporting, and more. These grants may also cover training and employee development related to workflow management, automation, best practices, and so on.

 

Employee training and development

With advanced training and development services from Significans Automation, you can do more with the equipment and people you already have, invigorate your teams, reduce employee burnout, and future-proof your business – without the high costs of outside education or general courses. Canadian employers in printing and packaging print should consider using government grants and incentives when hiring and training young employees, such as interns and graduates. Government grants for hiring and training can reduce your cashflow burden and reinforce existing employee skills. Ultimately, government training grants can help Canadian printers and packaging converters improve the quality and quantity of work that new and existing staff can perform.

 

Enter Jeff Dumart and Grant Synergy

Jeff Dumart and his company Grant Synergy have worked with Significans’ customers in the past to secure major government funding for a variety of automation projects and job-training initiatives. With over 10 years of experience, he’s a proven expert in this field. Jeff has successfully funded more than 2,600 projects, working with over 900 Canadian companies.

 

“At Grant Synergy, we know how much time it takes to operate, manage and grow your business,” said Dumart. “By analyzing current operational challenges and securing government grants to help you grow and expand, we can improve your business’s performance and free up your time so you can focus on your company’s productivity and sales. Our team of experienced advisors is constantly monitoring government-funding programs – and will ensure that you get the support you need as you navigate an often-complicated application process. By guiding you through this journey, we can help you get funding for your capital investments, product development, expansion strategies, and employee training. In short, we guarantee a stress-free, risk-free, and successful funding outcome.” Below is a list of funding opportunities currently available to Canadian printing and packaging print companies.

 

  • Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)

The Canadian-Ontario Job Grant gives businesses the opportunity to invest in their employees. This grant will provide direct support to companies wanting to purchase training courses for their employees. If eligible, you can get funded for up to 83% of training costs, up to $10,000 per trainee, and $15,000 for small businesses (less than 100 employees) with new hires.

 

Eligibility

You must be an Ontario SME (small and midsize enterprise) with $2 million liability insurance. Trainees must be residents of Ontario, permanent Canadian residents, or granted refugee status.

 

Eligible Training Areas

  • Career or development training: Enhancing the skills, knowledge, and ability of employees to support career advancement.
  • Maintenance and refresher skills training: Updating and maintaining the skills, knowledge, and ability of specialists within an organization.
  • Essential skills training: Providing the skills needed for work, learning, and life. These are easily transferable skills that employees can use to find a job and succeed in the workplace.

 

Training examples*

  • Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, Strategic Planning.
  • Leadership, Project Management, General Management.
  • Financial Planning, Lean Manufacturing Principles, Food Safety.

     *Training can’t begin until application is approved – about 4 weeks after application submission.

      Similar programs are available in each province.

 

  • CanExport

This program assists small to medium-sized enterprises by offsetting marketing costs designed to expand into international markets. Companies can receive up to 50%, to a maximum grant of $50,000 per project, and can apply twice during the government’s fiscal year. The average awarded amount last year was $30,000 to $35,000 – and we’re hoping that figure will increase.

 

Eligibility

You must be a for-profit Canadian business, incorporated, or limited liability partnership (LLP) with a minimum of one full-time equivalent (FTE) employee and a maximum of 500 FTE employees. You must also demonstrate that you’ve been in business a minimum of one year and generate between $100,000 and $100 million (CDN) in revenue as reported on your most recent CRA tax filing.

 

Eligible Projects 

  • Supports activities in up to 5 markets per application. Must generate less than 10% of total sales or $100,000 in the market within the last 12 months.
  • Must be able to speak to incremental revenue opportunities in the specified countries following completion of export market development activities.
  • Expenses must run through your Canadian business unit. No transfer costs from U.S. parent companies are eligible for funding.

Eligible expenses

  • Marketing tools creation, adaptation and translation for target markets, online advertising costs (capped at $50,000), including Search Engine Optimization (SEO) through eligible platforms.
  • Tradeshows, travel and accommodation to events, and follow-up meetings with prospects and partners.
  • Consultant costs (capped at 66% of the total eligible project cost).
  • Intellectual property protection, certification (including the cost of registering a product) and adaptation of contracts for target markets. 

Timeline 

The program just relaunched February 29th, 2024, so now is a great time to apply while the funds are topped up. Funding is available on a first-come-first-serve basis until they’re exhausted. Funding decisions are usually made within 60 business days from submission date. Project should aim to be 6 to 12 months long and repeat applicants must have their first project closed before reapplying.

 

  • Co-op Hiring

Provides current post-secondary students with higher quality, work-integrated learning experiences and opportunities. This program was created to help benefit both employers looking to hire, as well as students looking to gain hands-on experience.

Funding

50% (up to $5,000) for males and 70% (up to $7,000) for females and under-represented groups.

Candidate Eligibility

Must be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen between the ages of 15 and 30, currently enrolled in post-secondary studies. Candidate must not have worked previously for the company applying.

 

  • Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF)

The SWODF was created to support projects that spur economic growth in Southwestern Ontario.

Funding

Grant available for specific circumstances:

  • Up to 15% to a maximum of $500,000 if a company has less than 100 employees and is based in rural Ontario. (Rural Ontario community is defined as a population of less than 100,000 or a population density of less than 100 people per square kilometre).
  • Up to 15% of $1,500,000 for projects that are foreign direct investments or companies competing against another jurisdiction (circumstantial).

Loan of up to 15% to a maximum of $5,000,000:

  • Interest-free during the project period (up to 4 years).
  • If investment and job creation is achieved, up to 30% of loan (up to a maximum of $500,000) may be forgiven.

Eligibility

  • Must have been in operation for at least 3 years.
  • Must have 10 or more full-time employees (or 5 if in rural area).
  • Project budget must be greater than $500,000 (or $200,000 if in a rural community).
  • Must commit to minimum job creation of 5 new positions.
  • Company employee count must not drop during the project period.

Eligible Projects*

  • New investments into Southwestern Ontario businesses.
  • Operational investments that improve productivity, innovation, the potential to export goods, and competitiveness.
  • Projects that increase high-value and sustainable jobs in Ontario.

           *Project duration is typically 3 to 4 years.

 

Act now and get the funding you need

For more details on how Grant Synergy’s experienced pro-active team can help you get government grants for your automation, job training and other initiatives, please email info@grantsynergy.ca or visit https://grantsynergy.ca.

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