Applying for a Grow Grant?

Applying for a Grow Grant?

Want to know more about the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) programs? Join our free workshop on our popular Grow Investment Stream.

This full-day workshop, led by experienced OTF staff, will walk you through a Grow grant application. As a bonus we’ll also be offering a session on OTF’s Capital Investment Stream following the Grow session.



The Grow workshop will include:

  • Interactive presentations and quizzes
  • Sample worksheets

At the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of OTF Investment Strategy
  • Learn to identify the key components of a competitive Grow project
  • Understand the Grow application process

Join us! Register today.

  • Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible
  • Registration is limited to two people per organization (each person must register separately)
  • If you register less than 48 hours before the session (and less than 72 hours before a Monday session), we will do our best to accommodate:
    • Special meal requests for lunch
    • Accessibility or accommodation needs
  • Check-in and networking starts at 9:00 a.m. and the session begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • We encourage you to prepare for this session by reviewing What We Fund and Grow Grants on our website.

Please contact our Support Centre at 1 800 263-2887 or if you have any questions.

New Business Services

Ontario Launching New Services to Help Small Businesses Grow

Service Will Deliver Support Online, In-person and Over the Phone

Ontario is launching new services to help small business owners access tools, resources and funding to start and grow their business.

Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, joined Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, to make the announcement today in Toronto.

Small Business Access is a new, single point of access that will make it easier for small businesses to access government services to get the support they need to run and grow their business. Small business owners will be able to access resources such as hiring and training incentives for employers and information on permits or how to expand their business globally.

The government is also partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to deliver 17 workshops across the province so small businesses have access to in-person support, information and advice to successfully run their business.

Supporting small businesses is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


” Running a business is no small feat, taking dedication, time and hard work, and we’ve heard from small businesses owners that the government should do more to help. That’s why we are launching this new service and partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to help small business owners save time and money when dealing with government. Because we know that when small businesses succeed, we all succeed.”
– Jeff Leal
Minister Responsible for Small Business

” The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Ontario government to provide small businesses with better support, resources, and information as part of Small Business Access. Our members have been very vocal about needed support for small businesses. We are confident they will benefit from this new dedicated service by achieving a greater understanding of government programs, regulations and opportunities to ensure success.”
– Rocco Rossi
President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

” Keeping up with today’s fast moving marketplace and trying to know where to look for help can be quite overwhelming. This new service is what we need, making it easier for me and my clients to access the information we want, when we need it. I look forward to being able to just pick up the phone or go online to learn about what the government can offer to help me and my clients better be able to run and grow our businesses.”
– Kim Copetti
President, Copetti & Co. Professional Corporation


  • Small Business Access resources for small business owners are available online at or over the phone at 1-888-999-5970.
  • Ontario is investing $3.9 million over three years to support Small Business Access.
  • This is part of an investment of more than $500 million over three years in new initiatives for small businesses, including lowering the small business tax rate by 22 per cent from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent, new financial supports to help small businesses hire youth, investments to revitalize downtown and main street business areas, and cutting red tape.
  • About one-third of Ontario workers are employed by small businesses.
  • Small businesses have fewer than 100 employees.

Student 2018 Summer Experience Program (SEP)

Information about the 2018 Summer Experience Program (SEP) for Students

The Summer Experience Program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities, to create career-related summer employment opportunities for students.

SEP positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors within the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ministry of the Status of Women and Ministry of Seniors Affairs, including citizenship, voluntarism, seniors, women, tourism, culture, sport and recreation. Summer student positions should offer training for future careers or work experience in skills transferable to the general workforce.

Please review the Summer Student Program 2018 and Terms and Conditions for information on the various Ministry priorities, to assess your organization’s eligibility and to familiarize yourself with the specific program criteria for hiring a summer student.

All applications must be submitted online, in either English or French through Grants Ontario.

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Summer Experience Program is Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

J’ai le plaisir de vous transmettre des renseignements à propos du Programme Expérience Été (PEÉ) 2018.

Le Programme Expérience Été offre un financement à des organismes sans but lucratif, à des municipalités, à des organismes autochtones et à des communautés des Premières nations afin de créer des emplois d’été préparant à une carrière à l’intention des étudiantes et des étudiants.

Les postes offerts dans le cadre du programme doivent mettre l’accent sur des activités qui appuient des secteurs clés au sein du ministère des Affaires civiques et de l’Immigration, du ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Sport, du ministère de la Condition féminine et du ministère des Affaires des personnes âgées, dont les affaires civiques, le bénévolat, les personnes âgées, les femmes, le tourisme, la culture, le sport et les loisirs. Les emplois d’été pour les étudiantes et étudiants doivent offrir une formation en vue d’une carrière future ou une expérience de travail permettant d’acquérir des compétences utilisables sur le marché du travail en général.

Veuillez s.v.p. lire attentivement les lignes directrices et les conditions générales du Programme Expérience Été pour connaître les priorités des différents ministères, pour déterminer l’admissibilité de votre organisme et pour vous familiariser avec les critères particuliers du programme en vue de l’embauche d’une étudiante ou d’un étudiant.

Toutes les demandes doivent être présentées en ligne, en français ou en anglais, sur le site de Subventions Ontario.

La date limite pour présenter une demande dans le cadre du Programme Expérience Été 2018 est le mardi 6 mars 2018 à 17 heures (heure normale de l’Est (HNE)).

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CB&DC Supporting Local Businesses

Supporting Local Businesses

CBDC wants to make the Parry Sound region a thriving economic hub for those living and visiting by supporting local businesses.  This is accomplished by providing business loans to assist both start-up and existing businesses like Pardon My Garden and A Black Tie Affair. Since opening its doors in 1987 the CBDC has approved over 528 loans, valuing over 45 million dollars. The CBDC has created & assisted in maintaining 2173 jobs in the local Parry Sound area. Read the advertorial below to learn how the CB&DC can help your business.

Pardon My Garden Black Tie Affair Advertorial

Contact the CBDC today to see your business dreams become reality.

PARO Workshops


PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise seeks to empower women within their
communities, strengthen small business and promote community economic
development (CED) through integrated and women-centered program
delivery. From training and business coaching, to networking events and
peer lending circles, all of their innovative programs and services are
designed to increase the self-sufficiency and success of women, families
and communities in the North.
Register in one of PARO’s weekly Wednesday workshops using
Contact North | Contact Nord’s web conferencing services. PARO
workshops are open to both men and women. Here are the workshops for
February 2018: (times listed in Eastern Standard Time) Click here for PARO February Workshops

Northeastern Ontario Youth Internship Program

Youth Internship Program

Is your business looking to undertake a project related to innovation, digital economy or trade?   We may be able to help you hire a youth intern. Your business could qualify for up to 50% (to a maximum of $31,500.00) for the eligible costs of salary, employee benefit expenses, professional/ business skills development and associated travel costs for a period of 12 months in a full-time position.  Click below to find out more or contact Sherry Keown, Loans Officer 705-746-4455

Northeastern Ontario Youth Internship Program