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Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program (FSIIP)

Grants to Ontario For-Profits, Research Nonprofits, and
IHEs to Advance the Wood and Forest Products Industry

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Government of Ontario - Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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Grants to Ontario for-profits, nonprofit research organizations, IHEs, and forest associations to advance the wood and forest products industry throughout the Province. Funding is intended to support projects that improve the economy of the region, enhance innovation and productivity, increase market access, benefit the forest sector, and enhance competitiveness.

The Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program (FSIIP) provides funding for manufacturers and processors of wood products and for strategic investments in the forest sector across Ontario.

Support is available under two project categories – business projects and collaboration projects.

To be selected for funding, projects must:

  • Demonstrate strong alignment with the program’s objectives.
  • Demonstrate need for government financial support to complete the project and have sufficient funding to complete the project (when combined with proposed support from FSIIP).
  • Pass a two-stage project evaluation process.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190895

Estimated Size of Grant:

Business projects:
- Up to 30% of eligible costs in the form of a performance-based loan (of which up to 50% may be forgivable).
- Grants of up to 15% of eligible costs may be considered in exceptional situations at the discretion of the province.
- Stacking with other government support (for example, federal or municipal; stacking with other provincial funding programs is not allowed) is allowed to a maximum of 50% of eligible project costs.

Collaboration projects:
- Up to 30% of eligible costs in the form of a grant to a maximum of $3 million.
- Stacking with other government funding programs (for example, federal, provincial and municipal) is allowed to a maximum of 75% of eligible project costs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Business Projects Eligibility

Support is available for projects with at least $3 million in eligible costs undertaken by for-profit manufacturers and processors of wood and forest biomass across Ontario, including:

- Saw mills
- Pulp and paper mills
- Secondary wood manufacturers
- Bio-economy projects

Harvesting and resource extraction projects are not eligible for funding.

2. Collaboration Projects Eligibility

Support is available for Ontario-based projects with at least $3 million in eligible costs undertaken through a collaboration of:

- Forest sector for-profit businesses
- Not-for-profit research organizations
- Forest industry associations
- Academia

Eligible collaborations should develop, diversify and transform Ontario’s forest sector through innovation in technology, process and/or products.

A minimum of three partners are required (including at least one Ontario-based for-profit forestry/wood products company).

Pre-Application Information:


- Round 1
Stage I: December 20, 2019
Stage II: January 29, 2020
- Round 2
Stage I: March 20, 2020
Stage II: April 28, 2020
- Round 3
Stage I: June 19, 2020
Stage II: July 27, 2020
- Round 4
Stage I: September 18, 2020
Stage II: October 26, 2020

How to Apply:

- Stage I
Only submissions received by the current Stage I deadline will be considered to move on to the upcoming round of evaluations. However, Stage I applications that do not meet the current deadline will be considered in the next round. Applications are to be submitted online.

- Stage II
Applicants who have successfully passed Stage I should submit a fully completed Stage II Business Plan and all required supplemental documents by the Stage II deadline. Incomplete or missing information may result in your application being declined or deferred to a following round.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online application:

For information, please contact:

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Business Development Branch

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