New Funding for 2 Cape Breton Microbreweries

Two Cape Breton microbreweries have landed $436,000 in federal money.

Mark Eyking, MP for Sydney-Victoria, announced that the federal government, will be investing in support of construction, development and expansion projects.

Big Spruce Brewing is receiving a repayable investment of $350,000 to support the construction of an additional 1,500 square metres of building space at their facilities located in Nyanza, Cape Breton.
This project will also assist with the purchase of new incremental processing equipment and the installation of an innovative product containment system. The brewery focuses on organic ales with ingredients sourced locally.

Breton Brewing Co. is receiving a repayable investment of $86,000 to support the installation of two new fermenting tanks and a canning line for packaging at their microbrewery in Sydney. This equipment will assist Breton Brewing in keeping up with consumer demand and allow finished products to be sold more easily to second-party vendors. Breton Brewing previously received federal funding, for the establishment of its microbrewery.

The craft beer industry in the province saw sales grow by 25.1 per cent this past year, spurred by 23 local microbreweries.

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Government Funding for Flying Colours Corp. Expansion


The member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, and on the behalf of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic development and the Minister of responsible for the Ontario branch of FedDev, announced a funding initiative of up to $4.87 in grants, loans and subsides to the Flying Colours Corp for it’s expansion initiative.

The Federal Government, with its’ new vision developed in the 2016 Canada Budget, wants to make Canada the center of global innovation, in science, technology and creativity for companies. With this, helping companies as Flying Colours Corp., to succeed in exporting and marketing its technologies and any future services.

The Flying Colours Corp. is a global aviation services compay, its main service is to retrofit aircrafts and provide fully customized aircraft interiors, with the latest in technologies and state of the art equipment. The repayable and non repayable contributions from Fed Dev, is to develop Flying Colours 100,000 square foot hangar at the Peterborough Airport. This new hangar will enable the company to worker on larger aircraft, and meet the increased global demand the company is receiving.
The investment will also help 200 Ontario based suppliers that provide materials to Flying Colour Corp.

Quick Facts:

• With a total project cost of $20.15 million, this project will leverage a $1.2-million investment from the Government of Ontario and more than $14 million from private sector investment. The project is also expected to create up to 50 skilled manufacturing, engineering, management and technical field full-time equivalent jobs.

• Established in 1994, Flying Colours Corp. previously received a repayable contribution of up to $900,000 from FedDev Ontario to expand its facilities and acquire new equipment. The successful completion of this project resulted in 37 new jobs and has positively benefited the surrounding community.

Canadian Small Business Grants Help Small Businesses

According to Statistics Canada, roughly half of employed citizens in Canada work for small to medium sized businesses. When new companies are launched each year, it is no doubt a great importance for Canadian job prospects. These new companies are key to driving economic development and demand special attention from government organizations to continue to add jobs, develop local communities and grow not only the local economy, but the national economy as well.

In open economies, the local, provincial and national governments for a country are key to playing a pivotal role in removing any obstacles to starting and operating a brand new business. According to international data, Canada is the second easiest country to start a business out of 189 countries surveyed. On the other end of the spectrum, Canada is ranked 14th in business competitiveness, among 144 countries reviewed by the World Economic Forum.

Like many first world nations, Canada, offers small and medium sized business a large selection of government funded grants and loans in order to aide them maintain growth and prepare for further funding if needed. This approach is not universally accepted, and has been scrutinized on many occasions.

Why should small and medium size business be cautious when trying to obtain government funding?

Research has shown that the world over, government struggle with the severity of restrictions they place on startups trying to obtain R&D funding. Usually these restrictions are put in place to block overseas income of government-funded research and development activities. Governments are trying to keep projects funded within the country, but by doing so, may scare off foreign investment. Small and medium sized businesses who receive government funding have a lower likelihood in obtaining foreign investment.

Why should small and medium sized business obtain government funding?

Local and national Canadian governments plan to renew Canada’s reputation as an innovation hub. In order to accomplish this, they will have to match what other countries are doing with balancing local and foreign investment and increasing current local and national funding programs.

Canada contains an environment with resources available to create the perfect storm for companies to setup shop, complete with large opportunism to secure government grants and loans at all levels of government.

Hundreds of start ups have grown out of incubators to become industry leaders. Innovation has grown from unusual Canadian regions like Northumberland Ontario to the usual places like Waterloo. In addition, not-for-profit organizations are lauching all over Canada to increase entrepreneurship in young people. Students all over Canada are enjoying working for start ups today, and you can search at the cores of these business and find a government grant that funded its growth.
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Canadian Grants Business Center: City of White Horse announces Government Grants

November 23rd, 2015 White Horse, NWT

More than $ 60,000 will be making its way to a number of organizations. Whitehorse is preparing for a large number of programs and events between now and next June according to Canadian Grants Business Center.

At the city council meeting Monday, members approved $ 36,100 in grants this fall with $ 25,200 in cash and $ 52,222 in services for festivals and special events set for the first half of the next year.

The biggest subsidies drop will go to the Yukon Arts Society for its recreational and educational arts program; Arts Underground. It will receive the full $ 12,000, the society asked for.

At the other end of the scale, receiving smaller grants of up to $ 1 920, is Playschool Association with a large portion of the funding to go towards supplies and field trips.

Other groups who will receive funding are:

  • Performance Group fiddleheads to $ 2,500 for young music lessons, workshops and performances;
  • Nakai Theatre Ensemble to $ 4,500 for 24 hours playwriting competition and cabaret;
  • Arctic Edge Skating Club $ 5,180 for its Yukon Championships
  • Yukon Learning Disabilities Association $ 10,000 for its Raven camp.

Participating in the Monday meeting of managers by conference call, Con. Rob Fendrick thanked the group to implement the recommendations for grants, noting the work “is not an easy task.”

Con. Jocelyn Curteanu then confirmed with staff that the next deadline for all types of recreation grants will be March 15, 2016.

The current recreation grant drop provides funding for ongoing programs around the city, festivals and special events also get supplies, cash and services for large events.

New applicants will receive cash and services with the biggest beneficiary being the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society for its annual winter festival set for February 19 to 28.

It will receive $ 8,700 in financial aid as well as assistance worth more than $ 37,000.

The smallest grant of the festival – a total of $ 950 in cash without assistance – will go to the collective D60 for its art event Nuit Blanche Whitehorse scheduled for June 18-19

Also receiving funding for festivals and special events are:


  • Chinese Canadian Association of Yukon to $ 1,000 in cash and no help services for its Chinese 2016 New Year Party for February 6;
  • Yukon Literacy Coalition, to $ 1,000 in cash and services valued at $ 330, for its event Family Literacy Day scheduled for January 24;
  • Anti-Poverty Coalition Yukon, $ 1,600 in cash without assistance services for its event Whitehorse Connects set May 26;
  • Educational Theatre Society, $ 1,850 in cash and services valued at $ 4,490, for burning away the winter blues festivities planned for March 19;
  • Gwaandak Theatre Society, $ 2,100 to $ 3,200 in cash and services for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival from June 10-18;
  • Yukon Film Society, $ 3,000 in cash and no services for its Film Festival Light Available from February 7 to 14; and
  • Yukon Quest International Association Canada, $ 5,000 in cash and $ 7,000 in services, for the portion of Whitehorse’s annual racing dog sled running from Fairbanks to Whitehorse. The race will begin February 6th in Fairbanks.

MAG ONE Recieves Government funding approval

Vancouver, British Columbia (November 10, 2015) –

MAG ONE Products’ application for a grant from the Canadian Government’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) has been approved. The National Research Council’s program is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises and is regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. As each IRAP application is reviewed by a specialist in the specific commercial sector to which a grant application relates, a grant approval is a strong endorsement of a company’s technology.

Dr. James G. Blencoe, CTO and co-chairman, said: We are looking forward to working closely with IRAP to ensure that profitable, large-scale Canadian manufacturing of magnesium is initiated at the earliest possible time.”

MAG ONE’s game-changing, thermal magnesium (Mg) processing technology is targeted to produce 99.9% pure magnesium ingots at a cost that is at least 25% lower than current global magnesium production technologies. This cost reduction is partly due to MAG ONE’s modular expansion strategy, which ensures that capital expenditures for plant construction will be much lower than they are for competing electrolytic magnesium manufacturing facilities.

MAG ONE has recently gained access to 30 million tonnes of magnesium ore at a price of $1.50 per tonne. This ore, which is sitting on the surface in Quebec, Canada, contains approximately 23% magnesium, and is sufficient for 70 years of production of magnesium metal at the target capacity of 100,000 tonnes annually.

There are many exciting new developing markets for the metal, particularly in the automotive industry where magnesium could reduce the weight per vehicle by 15% or an average of 500 lbs.

Canadian Grants Business Center reports on Community Funding

British Columbia November 3rd, 2015

Two mission projects are among the 385 that are part of the Aviva Community Fund competition Canada.

The vote for the Aviva Community Fund in 2015 ended Saturday, with people voting online for projects designed for positive change in the communities across Canada. The ideas every fall in at least one of three categories: Community resilience, community health, and community development. There are two funding levels: less than $ 50,000 and between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000. The finalists will be announced today, November 3rd,2015.

The two projects of the mission are Acres Emma and Waterfront Acres Eco-Education Centre on the Lake of Hatzic.

Acres Emma is an enterprise of the agricultural social enterprise in the mission managed by the Company.  CLIC employs victims and survivors of crime, ex-offenders and offenders. Vegetables, herbs and fruits are grown naturally without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers on property leased by the District of CLIC Mission.

With 4.5 acres cleared so far and two greenhouses heated 95-by-36-foot up, Emma Acres will be the first year small farm lot more in the community. It sells locally at farmers market Mission City Farmers Market in Deroche and locales.Certains products companies are also donated to non-profit corporations in the mission, including food banks and community kitchens. Proceeds from sales Acres Emma goes to finance the work of CLIC Society in the community, particularly its work with Emma grave.

Acres crime survivors wants to improve its drip irrigation and obtain electricity on the site, so that it can construct a cold storage facility. Should be amended with lime, compost and manure to stimulate the production of the soil, It will cost about $ 45,000.

Eco-Waterfront Educational Centre is offered at Camp Luther Hatzic Lake. Camp Luther has a long history of running camps, summer events for children and groups hosting guests since 1950. “We like to get people in the while enjoying the natural world community. Unfortunately, while the institution sees thousands of visitors each year, the property was not a safe area outside for people to use and enjoy nature and its surroundings during bad weather ” said the counsilor.

The project goal is to build a closed eco-education center sheltered waterfront as an important step in education and promotion of wildlife and the environment.

Government Funding for Ontario Manufacturing Firms.


Multiple tech companies are expanding while an automotive parts business will be increasing production following funding announcements in the region Monday.

Federal Economic Development Agency (FEDEV) for Southern Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear and Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp visited two local businesses to announce this government funding and the positive impact it will have on businesses in the area.

The pair were at Huff Estates Winery Monday afternoon to speak about a $900,000 investment in two tech companies.

The companies – Open Ocean Apps and Komodo OpenLab – will receive the money thanks to a partnership between the Prince Edward/Lennox and Addington Community Futures Development Corporation and First Stone Venture Partners. The influx of cash will create eight new jobs locally within the two tech companies to help them improve growth.

PELA CFDC received a non-repayable $5 million contribution through FedDev’s Ontario Investing in Regional Diversification initiative. That dollar amount was matched by a private investment from First Stone Venture Partners to establish a $10 million investment fund to support venture capital investments.

Open Ocean Apps received $400,000 to help the company’s Pro Angler app grow on a global level.

CEO and co-founder of Pro Angler, Kyle Reid, said the app is the “number one ranked fishing app in the U.S., providing anglers in Florida and Texas with comprehensive, real-time fishing information.”

Reid said the company was utilizing the Ryerson University Digital Media Zone (a business incubator for early-stage technology start-ups) before coming to the Picton Innovation Centre.

Reid said the investment has allowed them to hire a local staff to help create a constant stream of up-to-date fishing content.

“This capital allows us to employ high-talented, local individuals,” he said.

Komodo OpenLab will receive $500,000 to expand their device compatibility and introduce their product Tecla, in global markets. Tecla is a set of hardware and software tools that “changes the lives of people with physical disabilities who are unable to use touchscreen.”

Tecla allows people with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, MS, ALS and other conditions to interact with their smartphones and tablets via adaptive controls they already use such as wheelchair joysticks, button, sip-and-puff controllers of head arrays.

Komodo OpenLab CEO Mauricio Meza said Tecla allows people to be more independent.

“We want these people to have access to the same tools we have.”

Mauro Lollo, president of First Stone Venture Partners, said the investments will help enhance and diversify the economic profile of the local community and create “some world class products with a local stamp on them.”

Earlier in the day, Kramp and Goodyear announced an investment of up to $2.175 million for Halla Visteon Climate Control Canada Inc. (Halla Visteon Canada) to launch a new line of thermal engine control parts.

Halla Visteon Canada, a subsidiary of global auto parts supplier Halla Visteon Climate Control, manufactures parts for automotive climate control systems. The company is adopting new technologies and manufacturing processes for one of its Belleville plants where electronic throttle bodies and electronic coolant valves will be produced. These parts are elements of the company’s expanded product offering into the thermal and emissions segment of the automotive industry. The adoption of new advanced technologies has allowed Halla Visteon to reverse its decision to close an underutilized Belleville plant. The company will diversify its climate control products and will be better equipped to respond to the automotive industry demand for new technologies and innovations that improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles.

The project, which will take place at the College Street plant, is expected to create up to 70 new jobs and maintain 25 existing jobs.

Government Funding for Ontario Manufacturer of Medical Devices

Canada Medical Devices First-In Investing

Harper Government invests in the GTA’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector, creating highly-skilled jobs

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO– Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Gary Goodyear of FedDev Ontario, along with the MPs Barry Butt and Stella Ambler, announced a critical investment that will speed up the development and economic commercialization of new, first-in-Canada medical devices to be used by heart physicians during procedures.

Baylis Medical, a company that specializes in manufacturing and distributing medical devices, will recieve an amount of $15.2 million in repayable contributions under FedDev Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

The Canadian Governments investment will allow Baylis Medical to manufacture and commercial sell three new medical device products lines and improve their in-house manufacturing. Baylis Medicals global competiveness will increase and this will strengthen the Ontario market for medical devices.

This project will lead to the creation of transformative products and first-in-Canada technologies, to help the Ontario manufacturing sector for medical devices, create high quality goods, and highly skilled employment to compete in the global market.

Quick Facts

  • The manufacturing sector is a major contributor to Canada’s economy, employing more than 1.7 million Canadians, of which nearly 750,000 live in Ontario. It also accounts for half of the business R&D in Canada and generated sales of $621.7 billion in 2014, including $286.6 billion in sales for Ontario.
  • Nearly 80,000 manufacturing establishments exist across the country with more than 32,000 manufacturing establishments exist in southern Ontario.
  • The Harper Government has provided 1.4 billion dollars or tax relief to the manufacturing sector and total business tax costs in Canada are now the lowest in the G7.
  • Baylis Medical Company is expected to create 30 research and development jobs and 60 manufacturing jobs at the company’s facilities in Mississauga, Ontario. This is in addition to new jobs created through the company’s Canadian supply chain.
  • The Government of Canada officially launched the AMF in Ontario to support manufacturers as they work to increase competitiveness, invest in innovation and boost productivity across the province. The AMF is delivered by FedDev Ontario with an allocation of $200 million over five years.


“I am delighted to be here in Mississauga to announce Baylis Medical as a recipient through the Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Our Government’s investment will bolster the life sciences ecosystem in Ontario, strengthen Ontario’s manufacturing sector, and create jobs in this region and across Canada.

-The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario

“Baylis Medical stands as an example of true entrepreneurship and innovation, growing from three to over 200 employees dedicated to creating medical devices that help improve patient outcomes and create more efficient and effective health care practices.”

– Brad Butt, MP for Mississauga-Streetsville

“Innovative companies, like Baylis Medical, are taking Ontario’s manufacturing sector into the future. The Government of Canada is proud to support Baylis and continues to be committed to investing in trailblazing manufacturers by helping them become more competitive, more productive and by ensuring we keep and create higher quality jobs here in Canada.”

– Stella Ambler, MP for Mississauga South

“FedDev Ontario, through the Advanced Manufacturing Fund, will help Baylis Medical solidify our competitive position in the medical device market for heart procedures. Today’s announcement of support from the Government of Canada is not only important for Baylis, it is important for Canada’s life-sciences industry, for our manufacturing sector, and for patients who will benefit from more efficient and effective health care practices.”

– Kris Shah, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Baylis Medical Company


FedDev Ontario Investment in Baylis Medical Company

Through the Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF), FedDev Ontario is providing Baylis Medical Company Inc. with a repayable contribution of up to $15.2 million.

Baylis Medical is a Canadian-based manufacturer and distributor of medical devices, with its research and development and manufacturing facility located in Mississauga, Ontario.The Government of Canada’s contribution will match Baylis’ investment to accelerate the development and commercialization of the company’s new, first-in-Canada medical devices that will be used by doctors during heart procedures. The project will involve three new products or product lines including:

  • Baylis’ Advanced Pacemaker Lead Placement Products. This is a system of specialized catheters and guide wires that will aid physicians in gaining left heart access – a task that is challenging with current technology.
  • Epicardial Access Products. Baylis’ suite of specialized tools will provide physicians with epicardial access to the heart. This new access method will be used to treat irregular heart rhythms and is considered an innovative and unique solution to gaining controlled access to the heart.
  • Baylis’ Hydrophilic Coated Radiofrequency Guidewire will be used in the endovascular treatment of blocked blood vessels. Baylis will be developing a new guidewire along with a coating process that will improve tactile feedback and provide physicians with improved wire tracking.

Funding under the AMF will help the company to commercialize and manufacture these new medical device product lines, improve productivity for in-house manufacturing and it is expected that 30 research and development jobs and 60 manufacturing jobs will be created in Ontario. In addition, the project will enhance Baylis’ global competitiveness, while strengthening Ontario’s medical device cluster. This is in line with the AMF’s objective of investing in transformative projects within sophisticated niche sectors.

About Baylis Medical Company Incorporated

Founded in 1986, Baylis Medical develops, manufactures and distributes medical devices. Baylis is a world leader in advanced radiofrequency catheters for puncturing cardiac tissue. It is the only manufacturer in Canada of radiofrequency devices for use in interventional cardiology and interventional radiology.

Baylis Medical is actively engaged in the emerging medical device cluster in Ontario and collaborates with hospitals and research organizations, including Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the University Health Network, the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario.

The company employs close to 200 employees, with sales in more than 30 countries.


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Aerospace manufacturer receives funding from The Canadian Government

The (ACOA) Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency is supporting Aerospace manufacturer Bradeans Tool & Die LTD. with a technology investment of around 64 thousand dollars in funding from ACOA.

Amherst, NS, January 21st, 2015

The business development program is to add an enterprise resource planning system, this system will track quality control data and assist the management in making timely informed decisions. Adding this system will eliminate duplicate data entry and improve overall operational efficiency. Bradeans co-owners are saying that they need to do this for the ability to grow the business, eliminate all the paperwork and allow employees to actually track what the costs will be for each job allow users to track delivery times. Efficiency will be improved dramatically.

The company builds built-to specifications products including drop hammer dies, stretched form blocks and injection moulds. By continuing and improving it’s infrastructure and processes the company has been able to meet the demanding requirements of the aerospace industry. One of the biggest improvement was to add a five-axis vertical milling center with a robotic arm. This machine produces highly complex parts with intricate shapes that will enable Bradeans to create new types of components with great efficiency. ACOA has provided 223 thousand dollars in repayable contributions to this project to that was valued well over 1 million dollars, the company itself will invest the rest of the money.

Innovation is very critical to support existing industries in Canada and to develop new ones, that’s why the Canadian Government is to committed to encourage technology adoption that will increase the productivity, growth and competitiveness of the business. Bradeans has become a local success by focusing on quality and precision. The Canadian government is proud to stand behind them as they continue to grow. The government says to continue to maximize our Atlantic region’s economic success we need smart thinking companies like Bradeans who know where the greatest business growth comes from by pursuing international markets. The success in this competitive manufacturing sector is the company’s ability to fund and implement the best technlogical advancements available.

Bradeans focus, always has been to bring this technology together with a highly motivated and skilled group of employees. This insures that they offer their current and future customers receive the quality and value they deserve. The company owners praise their employees for Bradeans success and will be adding 11 new employees to the team. The owners also said that this dedication has led to partnerships with aerospace leaders such as IMP, BOEING, SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS, BOMBARDIER, BELL HELICOPTER, CESSNA, and SIKORSKY.

The Canadian government says that Bradeans has come along way since being established in 2002. Today it has become one of the industry leaders in Nova Scotia. The company specializied mainly in five-axis machining of tools and parts for the aircraft manufacturing sector.