Défi-Québec, ville commerciale (Commercial City)

By mmuise

This program provides contributions to support a project related to commercial and tourism recovery, or for the deployment of eco-responsible practices, or for a project related to productivity and the labor shortage.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a non-repayable contribution of a maximum amount of $50,000 per project.

Deadline: Applications are closed. Stay tuned for future intake announcements. The previous deadline was on October 25, 2023.

Applicants must:

  • be entrepreneurs incorporating for the first time* into a product-based or commercial enterprise, acquiring at least 25% of the company (shares or assets) as part of a structured succession plan. *Individual businesses and partnerships predominantly owned by Indigenous people and located within the territory of Wendake are eligible.
  • have their projects and their headquarters located in the territory of Quebec City agglomeration (cities of Quebec, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, and L’Ancienne-Lorette) and Wendake.
  • Applicants with unresolved bankruptcy judgments;
  • Businesses registered in the Registry of Enterprises Not Eligible for Public Contracts;
  • Applicants who, in the two years preceding the financial assistance application, have failed to meet their obligations related to prior financial aid from the City of Quebec, after being duly notified to do so;
  • Applicants with outstanding amounts owed to the City of Quebec;
  • Projects with discriminatory, controversial, or potentially negatively impactful aspects for the City of Quebec.
    Eligible Activity Sectors:
  • Priority Sectors:
    a) Agri-food, food processing, and healthy foods;
    b) Digital arts and interactive entertainment, financial technologies, artificial intelligence, smart city or other digital products and technologies, excluding services and consulting;
    c) Optics-photonics, measurement and control technologies, advanced electronics;
    d) Life sciences, biotechnologies, and health technologies;
    e) Clean technologies: water, air, soil treatment, eco-mobility, energy efficiency, renewable energies, green chemistry, waste management, enabling technologies, and sustainable development.
  • Strategic Sectors:
    a) Art, culture, and heritage;
    b) Insurance and financial services;
    c) Businesses located on commercial arteries, where economic activity indicators signal risks and documented deficiencies in targeted product and service offerings;
    d) Manufacturing, materials, industrial processing, robotics, and industry
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    e) Urban security;
    f) Tourism.
  • Commercial Sector: Retail businesses, restaurants, tourist accommodations.
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