Small Business Lighting

Small Business Lighting

Small Business Lighting:

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Small Business Lighting Program provides funding of up to $1,500 to business customers for new energy-efficient lighting. An assessment will help identify specific opportunities for becoming more energy efficient.

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Government of Canada Provides Funding for Children of the Street Society

Government of Canada Provides Funding for Children of the Street Society

Funding to help organization provide support to families of youth victimized by sexual exploitation and human trafficking

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– Feb. 11, 2015 – Department of Justice Canada Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $106,595 in funding for the Children of the Street Society for its project "Working Together to Support Victims and Families of Sexual Exploitation." Minister MacKay was joined by Minister of National Revenue and MP for Delta-Richmond-East Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay.

The funding will be used by the Children of the Street Society to develop a resource toolkit specifically designed to assist the parents and caregivers of youth who have been victimized by sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

The toolkit will further advance the organization's efforts in increasing the knowledge among parents/caregivers about the impacts of these crimes, and about the services, assistance and laws in place to respond to the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of youth. The organization will also use the funding to continue their ongoing work of providing information, resources and referrals to families and service providers.

Quick Facts

– The mission of Children of the Street Society is to take a proactive approach through public awareness, education and early intervention strategies to prevent the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth, while offering support to families.
– The funding is being provided as follows:

2014-15: $56,437
2015-16: $50,158
Total: $106,595

Ontario provides $4M in funding for ‘social enterprise’ organizations

Ontario provides $4M in funding for ‘social enterprise’ organizations

TORONTO – Feb 19th, 2015  Eleven organizations in Ontario will divvy up $4 million in funding from the province to help start “social enterprises.

The government says social enterprises are ventures that use business strategies to drive social, environmental and economic change.

The successful applicants for a share of the $4-million fund include Ryerson University, the Ottawa Community Loan Fund and the Centre for Social Innovation.

Those intermediary organizations will then in turn provide money through grants, loans, equity investments, royalties or other financial tools to early-stage social enterprises.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the money will help more social entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and it’s hoped the government funding will leverage another $6 million from other sources, including the private sector.

Wynne says she sees the government’s role as being a catalyst and a facilitator.

Young entrepreneurs receive funding from Starter Company Program

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Young entrepreneurs receive funding from Starter Company Program

The Starter Company Program is up and running in Toronto and the first five local young entrepreneurs have been selected to participate.

Funded by the Province of Ontario and delivered in Toronto by the City of Toronto, the Starter Company Program is targeted at 18- to 29-year-olds who are looking to start or grow a business.

The program helps selected participants implement their business plan by providing structured training, one-on-one consultation and advice, mentoring, and a grant of up to $5,000.

The first participants in Toronto are:

  • Baldwin Chan
  • Baldwin will be providing chiropractic services in Scarborough and building a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Steven Grewal and Kunal Arora
    Steven and Kunal are focused on selling custom apparel in the City’s Financial District.
  • Alexa Hare – Hare of the Dog
    Alexa aims to provide high quality dog walking and pet sitting in the Roncesvalles community.
  • Megan Kozak
    Megan has launched a medical aesthetic company focused on cosmetic injectables including Botox and dermal fillers.
  • Marissa Maisslin and Michelle Organ
    Marissa and Michelle opened a makerspace featuring a wood shop, ceramic studio and metal shop.

Applications to the Starter Company Program are still being accepted.

Alberta colleges, universities to get $50M in new money

Alberta colleges, universities to get $50M in new money


The Alberta government is giving the province’s colleges and universities an additional $50 million in funding.

The surprise announcement comes after the government cut $147 million or seven per cent from their operating grants earlier this year.

The University of Alberta is getting an additional $14.4 million; the University of Calgary, another $10.6 million.

According to a government news release, the money is being provided to “help institutions adjust to current enrolment pressures and prepare for even greater enrolments next year.”

Alberta colleges, universities to get $50M in new money


Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk says the money was approved because the province's finances have improved.

“It'll allow them to bring in new students in January if they choose to do so or it'll finance over-enrolment that they may have incurred during this particular semester," he said.

"It sets a new base for their funding so next year's budget will be calculated off of this base.”

But opposition parties say the money is being spent to help Premier Alison Redford in her leadership review later this month.

"This is not good management, this is utter chaos," said Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.

"I think what we're seeing is we've got an advanced education minister and a government that made major mistakes, they're facing major pushback and a premier who's facing a leadership review in a couple of weeks."She's doing everything she possibly can to scramble to get a couple of wins before her members render a vote on her leadership."

Lukaszuk denied the new funding had anything to do with the leadership review.

A partial list of additional funding:

  • University of Calgary – $10.6 million
  • Mount Royal University – $2.1 million
  • University of Alberta – $14.4 million
  • MacEwan University – $2.6 million
  • University of Lethbridge – $2.4 million
  • Athabasca Univeristy $970,718
  • NAIT – $3.7 million
  • SAIT – $3.4 million