Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario: Productivity Improvements under Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program (REGI)

By mmuise

Through its Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, FedNor provides repayable assistance to existing Northern Ontario manufacturers to upgrade and improve capital equipment used in manufacturing processes, including information and communications technology, to improve their competitiveness and productivity.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is generally up to 33% of eligible capital costs and up to 50% of eligible non-capital costs.
Assistance available for SMEs is repayable.
If applicants incur costs to implement their projects prior to approval of funding, these costs will not be considered eligible for reimbursement unless written consent is provided by FedNor.

Deadline: -

The applicant must:

  • be established manufacturers located in Northern Ontario (For further clarity, established manufacturers means firms currently operating, whose primary line of business is the manufacture of a commercial product and that are planning for growth),
  • have 500 or fewer employees.

    Eligible project costs include all expenses directly related to the project and deemed reasonable and necessary for its execution. Costs may include:
  • plant equipment purchases, including digital hardware and software that are a direct part of the manufacturing process;
  • installation and commissioning of new equipment;
  • training on the use of new equipment;
  • implementation of recommendations from an Operational Assessment, such as lean manufacturing, ISO certification, quality controls, information and communications technology or other operational and managerial improvements; and
  • modernizing the production facility through upgrades to existing production equipment (e.g., automation, robotics, ancillary systems).
    Eligible costs must be for arm's-length purchases.
Application Steps:

Phase 1: Submit an Application for Financial Assistance providing key contact and project information;

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

b) Applicants will receive written or electronic confirmation that their Application has been received.

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

Phase 2: Upon initial evaluation, FedNor will provide an electronic or written decision on whether the project should proceed to Phase Two. If selected to proceed, applicants will be invited to submit a Phase Two Detailed Application and provide supporting documentation. Applications will undergo a due diligence process where they are assessed against a number of factors.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must provide:
1. a work plan detailing the productivity improvement or the equipment upgrade to be addressed, including milestones/timelines, and a description of how the project will improve the firm's competitiveness and productivity. The Applicant must detail how the project was identified, and include a review of the competitive landscape,
2. evidence of capacity to implement the project, including financial statements for the past three years. Where the last year-end is more than six months past, interim financial statements must be provided,
3. details on how the proposed project will benefit business operations (including target performance measures), supported by reasonable forecast results and the plan to achieve these results, and 4. details on how the proposed project will result in net economic benefits to Northern Ontario.

Other Things to Note:

The program currently has limited budget availability due to a high demand. Please contact a FedNor officer to discuss your project prior to submitting an application under the program.
Date modified: 2017-12-21

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