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Business scale-up and productivity

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Through the REGI program, CED support projects that contribute to business the development by helping businesses expand, be more productive and grow through innovation. CED supports them in their efforts to adopt, adapt and commercialize technologies that will improve their productivity, accelerate their growth and enhance their competitiveness in all markets.

Here are examples of eligible clients, types of activities that can be supported and the financial assistance that can be provided.


Examples of eligible clients

  • Businesses
  • Co-operatives
  • Business groups
  • Not-for-profit organizations (NPOs)
  • Not-for-profit organizations that provide services to businesses to support different stages of development to accelerate growth, enhance and assist scale-up or market expansion
  • College centres for technology transfer (CCTT)

Examples of non-eligible clients

  • Retail businesses, e.g. clothing stores, grocery stores and automobile maintenance and sales
  • Food services, e.g. restaurants, cafés
  • Transportation services
  • Housing construction
  • Daycare services
  • Hair and beauty salons
  • Nightclubs, bars, cabarets

If you are among the non-eligible clients, we invite you to consult our network of partners that may be able to help you.

Main analysis criteria

Projects are reviewed based on specific criteria, including:

  • anticipated results of your project;
  • viability of your business or organization;
  • your technical and financial management capacity;
  • partner contributions in financial resources or professional services;
  • level of risk.

Activities that can be supported

Examples of activities

Financial assistance

Types of assistance

  • Repayable contribution
  • Non-repayable contribution for non-profit projects

Rate of assistance

  • Generally up to 50 percent of authorized costs for SMEs
  • Generally up to 90 percent of authorized costs for NPOs, with the exception of capital projects for which the maximum rate of assistance is up to 50 percent of authorized costs

Authorized costs

All costs directly related to the project, deemed reasonable by CED and essential to its completion. Restrictions may apply in certain cases.

Non-eligible costs

All costs that are non-essential and not directly related to the project, including:
  • refinancing of an existing debt
  • purchasing an asset above its fair market value
  • depreciation costs
  • goodwill costs

Submitting a project

Consult the Project Submission Guide to find out how to submit a project and apply for financial assistance.

To find out whether this type of project is targeted in your region, contact an advisor from your business office. The advisor will be able to inform and advise you or guide you in delivering your project, while considering the action priorities in your region and the availability of CED funding.

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