No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Capacity Building program aims to partner with employers, educators, learning and development technology companies and community organizations to build job ready, world-class talent and teams. We co-invest in projects that help Canadians develop the skills, leadership and opportunities needed to grow innovative digital enterprises.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of total eligible project costs to a maximum amount specified in a Master Project Agreement.

Under the Capacity Building program, they co-invest in two types of projects:

  1. 1
    Exploratory projects: $50K - $500K per project, up to one (1) year duration.
  2. 2
    Strategic initiatives: $2 - $4M per project, up to three (3) year duration.

Total Canadian government assistance for all projects, including federal, provincial/ territorial and municipal, must not exceed 100% of Eligible Costs.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Eligibility criteria:

  • Any Member or Associate of the Supercluster may submit an idea for consideration.
  • A Project Proposal must be led by a Supercluster Member or Associate who will become a Member upon selection of the project. Projects must have experienced and capable project management.
  • Collaboration is core to the Supercluster and the consortia must include at least three organizations, at least one of which needs to be an industry partner and one must be a non-profit organization.

Membership is open to any organization that is based in Canada (either headquartered or have a Canadian subsidiary). As an industry-led initiative, most of their membership is comprised of private sector organizations, focused on building a world-class R&D operation and intent on continuing to invest in product and technology develop programs as they grow. Post-secondary institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations may become members but are not eligible to receive co-investment funding.

Applications Steps:


submit their project idea on the Supercluster website (Expression of Interest Overview)


submit a proposal and budget in the format established by the Supercluster for the Program, if invited.

The most promising EOIs will be explored with the proponent to determine if the idea can be developed into a full proposal. Only a limited number of EOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Other Things to Note:

There will be a continuous intake of project ideas. There is no specific due date for submissions.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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