Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Strategic Innovation Fund Stream 2: Firm expansion and growth (2022)


Strategic Innovation Fund’s Stream 2 facilitates the growth and expansion of firms in Canada. It provides repayable and non-repayable contributions to firms of all sizes across all of Canada’s industrial and technology sectors.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of the costs for eligible activities and the amount of the contribution is based on the minimum amount required to allow an eligible activity to proceed. The maximum level will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The combined level of assistance from all governments (federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal), shall not normally exceed 75% of eligible costs.


The applicant must be:

  • A for-profit corporation—small, medium or large-sized,
  • Be incorporated in Canada and proposing to carry on business in Canada.

Eligibility criteria for projects:

  • The project must support the expansion or material improvement of existing industrial or technological facilities, or projects.
  • Activities in this Stream are within TRLs 8-9 and should result in the improved viability of the Recipient through company growth, increased efficiency or output capacity.

For example, projects could focus on:

  • Increasing manufacturing capacity to meet demonstrated market demand;
  • Improving production efficiency through improvements to plant and equipment; or
  • Improving processes to increase efficiency.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must submit:

Documentation needed:

Applicants must submit:


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    1. a Statement of Interest (SOI);
    2. a full application, if invited

    Other Things to Note:

    Business Innovation and Growth (Streams 1–3)

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