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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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.