• This program is currently closed.


No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Economic Development Stream of the Francophone Community Grants Program (FCGP) is an application-based grant program open to registered or incorporated businesses, to support projects seeking to: strengthen the capacity of organizations to serve French-speaking markets, and promote the identification and recruitment of Francophone bilingual workers.

When It Ends:



Dates for 2020 will be announced.


The applicant must:

  • Be a for-profit organization,
  • Have a minimum of 3 employees, 
  • Be federally or provincially registered or incorporated (e.g., sole-proprietorship, general partnership, corporation),
  • Operate in Ontario for at least two (2) years at the time of submitting the application,
  • Be in substantial compliance with all applicable laws and be free of any fees, levies or taxes owed to Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario or her agencies.
  • Meet one of the following key criteria:
  • Operate in a francophone community – that is, a Census Subdivision in which at least 15% of the population is Francophone according to the Ministry’s Inclusive Definition of Francophone (refer to Francophone Population of Ontario by Census Subdivision table linked below),
  • Deliver products and/or services to a francophone market in Ontario,
  • Present a realistic business expansion plan supported by market data to start operating in or providing products/services to a francophone market in Ontario, or
  • Partner with a regional, national or international organization to bring products and services to Ontario with an aim to increase their offering to the French-speaking market.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


Create a ONe-key ID and password,


Register their organization in the Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) system to apply.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must submit:

  • The application form for the Economic Development Stream,
  • Proofs of registration (Business License) and of incorporation (Articles of incorporation, Letters patent or Special acts of incorporation), if applicable,
  • Previous year’s financial statements (independently reviewed or audited) OR Statements of Business or Professional Activities (T2125 Form) OR Statements of Partnership Income (Form T5013) for the last two fiscal years,
  • Notices of Assessment issued by the CRA for the last two fiscal years,
  • Payroll Ledger for the previous quarter,
  • Proof of insurance (valid Certificate of Insurance or Insurance Quote for the duration of the project),
  • Letter(s) of support confirming all cash contributions from partners to the project.

Other Things to Note:

Program no longer active at the beginning of 2021.

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.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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