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Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant Program

Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant Program has been announced. The goal of this program is to support small and medium-sized businesses in British Columbia to accelerate innovative capacity in the manufacturing sector, strengthen critical provincial supply chains, and create new, sustainable economic opportunities for businesses.

The program will provide individual grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that manufacture or process value-added products to:

  • Support industry collaboration to advance innovations that can support enhanced productivity and sustainability, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from industry practices and processes;
  • Adjust to the economic changes created by the COVID-19 pandemic by retooling manufacturing lines or scaling-up production; 
  • Advance the production of manufactured goods that are on the verge of commercialization; and
  • Localize portions of supply chains where B.C. businesses can be competitive.

Expected outcomes from the program include accelerated innovative capacity in the manufacturing sector, strengthened provincial critical supply chains, and new, sustainable economic opportunities for businesses to diversify and increase revenue streams and create jobs throughout the province. 

The Fund is administered by PwC Canada on behalf of the Province of British Columbia. 

How the Program Works

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (between 2 and 149 employees) from all industry sectors are being invited to apply to support the commercialization or processing of value-added goods.

Manufacturing under this program is defined as the process of converting raw materials into a finished product that can be traded or sold. This can be done by mechanical, physical or chemical means.

Value-added goods under this program is defined as the production techniques and processes that add economic value to a raw product. This can include activities related to but not limited to; processing, product preparation, innovative storage packaging, and maximizing product distribution and transportation techniques.

Applications from the shipbuilding, aerospace, forestry, and food processing sectors will be given priority due to their alignment with strategic B.C. government economic priorities.

Grants are available between $50,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 to eligible businesses or up to a maximum of $500,000 to eligible groups in collaboration.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the program, you must be either: 

An Individual Business

A B.C. small or medium-sized manufacturing business that: 

  • Has sole or primary operations in B.C.  
  • Has been operating in B.C. for at least 12 months.
  • Has proof of manufacturing capability evidenced either by: 
    • the T2 return, specifically schedule 125 – Income Statement Information, or
    • the T2125 – Statement of Business for Professional Activities.
  • Filed corporate income taxes in B.C. for either the 2019 or 2020 tax year.
  • Currently employs between 2 and 149 people in B.C.
  • Has at least 25 percent of project funding from other sources (i.e. industry, revenue, other government funding).

A Group in Collaboration 

A group of two or more small or medium-sized manufacturing businesses working together on a project, where all parties:

  • Currently each employs between 2 and 149 people.
  • Have proof of manufacturing capability.
  • Are at arm’s length (independent) from each other.
  • One project partner will act as the lead entity and submit the proposal on behalf of all project partners.

AND at least one project partner:

  • Has sole or primary operations in B.C. 
  • Has been operating in B.C. for at least 12 months.
  • Has proof of manufacturing capability evidenced either by: 
    • the T2 return, specifically schedule 125 – Income Statement Information, or
    • the T2125 – Statement of Business for Professional Activities.
  • Filed corporate income taxes in B.C. for either the 2019 or 2020 tax year.
  • Currently employs between 2 and 149 people in B.C.
  • Has at least 25 per cent of project funding from other sources (i.e. industry, revenue, other government funding).

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects are expected to result in short to medium term economic benefits for British Columbia. 

Grant funding awarded is to be applied to costs incurred by the business toward the completion of the project between the project approval and completion date. 

Any travel, meal, or per diem expenses must be in accordance with the B.C. government rates for group 2 as set out in this document.

An eligible project can include any of the following activities:

1. Prototype, pilot or demonstration of new technology

  • Trialing production efficiency methods. 
  • Design and construction of a pilot project that involves a potential customer. 
  • Pilot plant commissioning, testing mechanical systems. 
  • Data collection and recording. 
  • Equipment, capital investment. 

2. Commercialization of new technology and/or product  

  • Supporting patenting/IP protection. 
  • Validation of product features and product performance. 
  • Preparing reports and documentation. 
  • Getting certified/ testing of products to pass certification.

3. Market access/marketing 

  • Accessing co-manufacturing capacity. 
  • Supply chain support or business development to enter new markets.

4. Manufacturing diagnostic 

  • This activity is for projects that want to make process and operational improvements so their business can increase production capacity and be more profitable and competitive.
  • Activities include a technology assessment that aims to identify opportunities to improve systems, processes, and/or equipment. Assessment should focus on manufacturing modernization, building resilience, and developing new revenue generating opportunities.

Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2021.

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