IMPORTANT UPDATE - June 19, 2018:
At this time, the SMART Green Program funds are fully committed. Several new funding initiatives will be launched over the next few months by the Government of Ontario; these programs will provide financial incentives for small- and medium-sized businesses with projects that contribute measurable reductions to greenhouse gas pollution in buildings and the production of goods. We will update this information as further details are released.
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is adding to the legacy of the CME SMART funding program. In the Fall 2016, CME in partnership with Government of Ontario launched a new $25 million SMART Green fund that will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and improve their energy efficiency.
Since 2008, CME has administered approximately $80 million in direct funding to more than 1,400 manufacturing projects across Ontario through various SMART Programs.
The SMART Green Program is open to small- and medium-sized manufacturers throughout Ontario and provides assistance in the form of non-repayable grants of 50% of eligible costs up to $500,000. The program will improve the competitiveness of the Ontario manufacturing supply chain by not only delivering value to the SME-eligible manufacturers, but also by contributing to Ontario’s 2020 targets for GHG emissions reduction.
The purpose of this Program is to support investments in technology and process improvements by manufacturers which result in GHG emissions intensity reductions and/or avoidance through upgrades to process/production equipment, deliver energy efficiency, and lead to productivity improvements, which in turn lead to lower GHG emissions on per-production-unit basis; more specifically, where improvements will include new process and/or production equipment installation and associated costs to an existing facility.
The Program provides three funding streams: walk-though assessment, detailed technical assessment, and capital investment project. The maximum funding limits for assessments and projects are mutually exclusive from each other; contributions awarded for assessments do not reduce the contribution amount of an approved project.
Detailed Technical Assessment
Stacking of funds with other local distribution company or government programs will be considered on an individual basis. In general, stacking of funding from complementary programs is acceptable where the reimbursement contributions for project expenses do not overlap.
The guiding principle for any stacking provisions will be that a company receiving project funding under the SMART Program and from any other programs will still be obligated to maintain a significant level of contribution from their own sources. Click here for more details on stacking guidelines.
It is best to discuss the stacking options with the Technical Program Advisor to ensure you are receiving the maximum benefits for your project.
Financial assistance from government programs may have tax implications for your business. It is recommended that advice be obtained from a qualified tax professional.
Application intake opened on October 31, 2016 through SMART’s online Grant Management submission portal. The portal will remain open until all funding has been committed.
Applications will be considered on a first-in, first-reviewed basis, and may only be submitted by the prospective grant recipients, i.e., an Applicant may not engage an external organization to submit an application on its behalf.
Approval of an application will be dependent on the information that has been provided with the application. It is expected that a decision for a technical assessment should be complete within 7 – 10 business days. A decision for capital project should be completed within 30 business days.
Upon notification of funding approval, Applicants will receive a contribution agreement outlining the terms and conditions. The agreement must be signed and returned to CME within 10 days of receipt and prior to starting any project activities and incurring any project-related expenses.
All applications must be for future work.
Assessments approved for funding:
Projects approved for funding:
All assessment and project activities, including final reporting requirements, must be completed by March 31, 2019.
Our application forms contain a number of detailed questions about your company, the people who work there, and about the specifics of your proposed project, its costs and timing, and the benefits you expect from it. As a result, various people in your organization may have to contribute different information to complete your application.
Please contact us should you have questions or inquiries, or if you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting your application.
The SMART Green online application process is hosted on a new Grant Management platform, distinct from any previous systems. Our new online application portal allows for multiple contributors to be assigned to the completion of an application form.
All Applicants must first create an account (user profile). The “Applicant” is the primary person responsible for creating and submitting the application. Before creating an application, the Applicant must create a company Client Profile. Then, if required, the Applicant can assign other registered users to the Client Profile so that they may contribute to an application. There are three types of User Roles:
For additional instructions, download the portal User Guide.
If you are submitting a project application, you will need to complete and attach two copies of the GHG Calculator template (Excel file) to show your pre-project GHG emissions and your post-project forecasted GHG emissions with your application. If your project is approved for funding, you will need to complete and attach another copy with your final Performance Report, showing your post-implementation results.
Before submitting an application, you may want to print a paper-based copy of your application form to assist in preparing and organizing the information you will need. You can do this from within the application portal.
Each application will be given a fair evaluation based upon the information that is provided in the applications and with any additional supporting documentation provided by the applicant. Applications are reviewed by SMART staff for eligibility. With the anticipated volume of applications to be received, only the highest ranked applications will be approved. Should additional funding be received, or if all funding is not committed before the end of the program, it is possible that the next best applications could be revisited for funding.
Any discussion and communication pertaining to an application will be carried out directly with the applicant. Applications will not be discussed with third parties (i.e. consultants). Letters of consent or authorization from applicants are not accepted.
All CME staff and contractors involved in the application review and selection process are covered by a strict confidentiality and conflict of interest agreement. In addition, based on information you provide in your application, reviewers are required to declare any conflicts of interest so that your proposal receives an impartial and unbiased review. A copy of the CME SMART Program Code of Conduct is available upon request.
Financial statements are reviewed to ensure the viability of a company. This information is held in strict confidence with the program. Only SMART staff will have access to view the file. The Government of Ontario will have access upon request of the documents.
We are committed to providing accessible information and customer service. If you need communication support or accessible formats of any of our documentation, please contact us.
If you are experiencing technical issues, or if you have any questions about the SMART Green Program and application process, please contact us at 1-877-913-4263 or send us an email.
Last update: April 2018