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Jobs and Growth Fund application form and guidelines

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This Application Guide has been developed to provide instructions to applicants on how to complete a FedNor Application for the Jobs and Growth Fund.

This guide is organized according to the sections of the Application for Financial Assistance Form. When completing the Application for Financial Assistance, applicants are expected to complete the fields in each section or indicate if a field is not applicable.

It is highly recommended that you read this Applicant Guide in its entirety before starting an application. All sections of the application must be completed, as applicable, and must contain all required information outlined in this guide in order to be considered for funding. Please pay particular attention to the eligibility criteria to determine if you can apply. Applicants are encouraged to address all submission requirements and ensure that the application submitted contains sufficient detail to enable a thorough review and assessment. Submitting an incomplete application may result in the delay of assessment and/or rejection of an application.

By completing and submitting the Application for Financial Assistance, the applicant acknowledges that the information contained therein is subject the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Applicants are encouraged to contact FedNor if they have any questions regarding the Application for Financial Assistance. For more information, call 1-877-333-6673 or contact a FedNor Officer.

About the Jobs and Growth Fund

The Jobs and Growth Fund will provide $700 million in targeted recovery fund to allow RDAs to provide a regional response to this historic downturn by investing in projects that will help to create jobs over the next three years and beyond.

Program Information

Who can apply?

  • Incorporated Businesses, primarily Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs);
  • Not-for-profit organizations and community economic development partners;
  • Indigenous organizations such as Indigenous-led not-for-profits and organizations.

To be considered eligible, project benefits must accrue to Northern Ontario.

All eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

The objective of the fund will be to provide support to projects that:

  • pursue opportunities to create jobs;
  • support inclusive and clean growth; and
  • lift up struggling businesses and communities by investing in job creators and those in the ecosystem that support them.

What are the priorities?

Priorities will be given to projects:

  1. transition to a green economy;
  2. foster an inclusive recovery;
  3. enhance Canada’s competitiveness and future proof SMEs through digital adoption to improve productivity and automate manufacturing processes; and
  4. support and reshore critical sectors and protect Canadian capacity.

Should your project not fall within one of the priorities outlined above, it may still be considered for funding.

Other priorities include:

  • Priority may be given to projects that encourage the participation of under-represented groups (e.g. women, Indigenous peoples and Official Language Minority Communities)

How will projects be screened?

Projects will be screened based on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility: The extent to which the applicant meets the criteria of who can apply.
  • Alignment: The extent to which the applicant demonstrates how their project aligns with the following:
    • objective of the fund
    • priority areas
  • Other funding: The extent to which the applicant has secured project funding from other sources.
  • Inclusive growth: The extent to which the project benefits or encourages the inclusion of under-represented groups.

Completing the FedNor Application for Financial Assistance Form

This section provides information on how to complete the various sections of the FedNor Application for Financial Assistance.

Please consider the following when completing the application:

  • Fields are mandatory unless marked with an asterisk (*). If a required field does not apply to you or the project, please enter “Not applicable”, zero (0), or a similar response.
  • Limit answers to the space provided. Point form, or a bullet list, are acceptable, provided that the information is clear.

While working on your application, please remember to regularly save the file.

FedNor Application for Financial Assistance Form

Applicant and Contact Information

  • Legal name of Applicant: Provide the legal name of your business, per your Letters Patent or Incorporation Documents, if available.
    Operating name (if different from legal name): The name under which business is publicly conducted. e.g., 123456 Ontario Ltd operating as XYZ Technologies.
  • Provide a description of your organization and its mandate: Provide a brief overview of the business, including the main areas of business which generate revenues for the company.
  • Location: Provide the address where the headquarters of the company is located.
  • Authorized Contact InformationFootnote 1: Identify and provide contact information for the person who is authorizedFootnote 2 to represent the business or organization, and who will be the main point of contact regarding the project. Ensure to indicate if the contact is an authorized signing officer.
  • Alternative Contact InformationFootnote 1: Identify and provide contact information for a secondary contact that can be reached should the main contact be unavailable.
    Ensure to indicate if the contact is an authorizedFootnote 2 signing officer.
  • Mailing Address: Select “Same as” if the mailing address is the same as the physical address (#3). If different, provide the complete mailing address.
    Date of Incorporation or Registration (YYYY-MM-DD): Provide the date stated on the company’s Articles of Incorporation, if incorporated, or the date the company was registered.
    Business Number / Enterprise Number: Provide the unique nine-digit numerical identifier assigned by the Canada Revenue Agency. If you do not have a Business Number, enter “000000000” (Indigenous applicants only).
  • Type of legal entity: Select the type of legal entity from the list provided.
  • Official language preferred for correspondence. Select the language in which you would like to receive correspondence related to your application.

Project Information

  1. Project Name: Provide a short name for your project that can be used in communications related to the project.
  2. Project Location (street, unit number, etc.): Provide the address where the project will be taking place and/or managed from, most notably if different from the company address.
    Estimated start date (YYYY-MM-DD): This date is the first day you anticipate incurring expenses for your project, typically the date of a submitted application. Please note that projects cannot begin before April 19, 2021.
    Estimated completion date (YYYY-MM-DD): This date is the last day you anticipate incurring expenses for your project. Please note that projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.
  3. In what official language will your project’s services be offered? Select the language(s) which apply. English, French or Both
  4. Please Identify the FedNor Program which you are applying. Select the Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) from the pull down menu.
  5. Provide a description of the project and the key activities to be undertaken: Please indicate you are applying for the Jobs and Growth Fund and briefly describe the project's main activities and the anticipated results of the project. Please ensure to identify the project type, priority or priorities areas your project falls within.

Program Priorities

Four priorities have been identified for the Jobs and Growth Fund. Please indicate if your project falls within one (or more) of the four priorities:

  1. transition to a green economy;
  2. foster an inclusive recovery;
  3. enhance Canada’s competitiveness and future proof SMEs through digital adoption to improve productivity and automate manufacturing processes; and
  4. support and reshore critical sectors and protect Canadian capacity.

Examples may include supporting:

  • Projects related to clean technology and product development to de-risk and mobilize private capital investments in areas of emerging strength.
  • Process adoption that support gains in productivity, greening production and operations as well as climate change adaptation projects that increase SME resilience to the impacts of climate change.
  • Investing in clean and circular in partnership with regional governments.
  • Prioritizing inclusive growth projects that support underrepresented entrepreneurs, owned/led businesses and workers, which could include projects such as: providing funding to underrepresented entrepreneurs or owned/led SMEs to scale up and reach new markets; or funding to NFPOs providing inclusive business services to improve access to capital, mentoring opportunities and networks to drive greater economic representations.
  • Projects contributing to diversifying local capacity (e.g. natural resource endowment, manufacturing assets and the bi-products of traditional industry, etc.) into areas with future clean growth potential.
  • Projects that support collaborations to catalyze the development of consortia to support green economy transition, tech development and adoption.
  • Projects that support the development or adoption of digital and technological solutions, and investments in technologies that help scale businesses, enhance their productive capabilities, and increase resilience (e.g., cybersecurity solutions, Industry 4.0)
  • Projects supporting scale up and market expansion activities that bolster traditional areas of strength and highly impacted sectors.
  • Projects that facilitate the development of emerging areas of global competitive advantage that offer opportunities for future growth.
  • Projects that attract investment in key sectors.
  • Projects that support supply chain adaptation and diversification opportunities to protect Canadian capacity in critical sectors such as food production, medical supplies, and biomanufacturing.
  • Other types of projects that support SMEs and communities that are critical to the economic fabric of communities (i.e., major employers in those communities).
  1. Total number of jobs to be created at the end date of project: A job created refers to a job that did not exist within the applicant organization prior to the project, but that was created as a direct result of the project activities. An FTE can consist of one person at full-time employment, or more than one person at part-time employment, such that the total working hours of those part-time employees pooled together is equivalent to the hours of one person working full-time. Generally, full-time positions will involve between 35-40 hours in a regular workweek. Do not include FTEs who are employed by suppliers or contracted services.
  2. Total number of jobs maintained at the end of project: A job maintained refers to a job that existed within the applicant organization prior to the project, but that would not continue, or would likely be lost if the project is not funded. An FTE can consist of one person at full-time employment, or more than one person at part-time employment, such that the total working hours of those part-time employees pooled together is equivalent to the hours of one person working full-time. Generally, full-time positions will involve between 35-40 hours in a regular work-week. Do not include FTEs who are employed by suppliers or contracted services. Jobs maintained must be a direct result of the project activities.

Project Costs and Funding Sources

  • By completing this section, you will be providing FedNor with the key project financing information it needs to assess whether resources requested are appropriate for further review. It is in this section where you will identify the cost of the project, broken down by year, cost category and funding source(s). It is also where you will identify the amount of assistance you are requesting from FedNor..
  • This section should only contain information pertinent to the project as proposed in the rest of the Application for Funding.

Certification

Please read this section to ensure that you are able to acknowledge and/or certify all of the listed statements. Provide the name and title of the person submitting the application, the name of the person with signing authority for the Applicant, and the date on which the application was completed.

Submitting your Application

Applications can be completed and submitted electronically, or printed and sent to the nearest FedNor office.

If you are submitting the application electronically, you may now click on the “Submit” button. You do not need to sign the form. You will receive an automatic notification within 24 hours of the successful submission of your application. This notification will contain a reference number, please retain this information and a copy of your submission package in case of system overloads or errors.

FedNor may contact applicants for additional details to complete the application.

The results of the Application review will be communicated to applicants electronically or in writing.

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Phase Two Detailed Application

Upon initial review of the Phase One Application for Financial Assistance, applicants will be invited to submit a Phase Two Detailed Application, Annex and provide supporting documentation. The information required and instructions on how to proceed will be provided to applicants.

Application Review

Phase Two Detailed Applications will be evaluated on their ability to support the objectives of the program and meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant can demonstrate it has an established track record in the delivery of projects;
  • Applicant has the expertise and the resources required to complete the proposed project;
  • Applicants have established a clear project governance structure and decision-making process;
  • The project addresses a need identified by end users and will not duplicate existing efforts or projects;
  • Accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure due diligence in administering public funds and the ability to report on performance measures; and
  • Identification of a person and position responsible for project delivery and management along with key officers that have signing authority.

Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to report to FedNor on project expenditures and activities, the results/outcomes of the project, and achievement of performance indicators as identified in contribution agreements.

Note:

  • A complete Application for Financial Assistance must first be submitted to determine your proposal's eligibility.
  • Electronic or Written confirmation that an application may proceed to a Phase Two Detailed Application should not be interpreted as FedNor's approval of the proposed project or authorization to start with the proposed activities.
  • Applicants cannot presume that financial support will be provided toward their project until written approval is obtained through a signed contribution agreement.

If you decide to accept public funding, depending on the nature of your project and the targeted clientele, you may be asked to assume official languages obligations among other obligations outlined in your contribution agreement.

FedNor requires that all projects conform to requirements set out in the Canadian Impact Assessment Act 2019 (IAA 2019). The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and its regulations establish the legislative basis for the federal impact assessment process.

Regulations define the types of projects subject to IAA that may require an impact assessment, the information to be provided in project descriptions, Agency deliverables provided to proponents, circumstances of when the Minister may suspend the legislated timelines, and what costs can be recovered from proponents.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact your local FedNor Officer or call us toll-free at 1-877-333-6673.

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