Type of Program:



The Community Economic Development and Diversification Stream aims to develop, diversify and transform rural Southern Ontario economies by promoting small business development, community innovation and strategic collaborations.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of eligible and supported project costs and ranges from $250,000 to $5,000,000 per project.

Total government funding for incorporated businesses is up to 75% of eligible non-capital costs and 50% of eligible capital costs and up to 100 % for indigenous-owned businesses.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must be:

  • Legally incorporated businesses, including Indigenous-owned businesses
  • Located in southern Ontario.

Applications Steps:


Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact FedDev Ontario prior to submitting an application. 


FedDev Ontario has a single-phase application process and one Application for Funding that is used across all three Streams of innovation programming.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of project funding
  • Market/industry demand (e.g., how the project addresses a significant gap in the market; global opportunity to be seized within Canada; and evidence that southern Ontario is uniquely positioned to capture market share)
  • A viable project plan with achievable outcomes, supported by verifiable cost estimates.

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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