Pilot Demonstration & Commercialization Projects

NOHFC assists Northern Ontario businesses with reducing the technical and financial risks associated with scaling up and demonstrating their new and innovative technologies and to support them as they ramp up for commercial production.

Eligible projects must involve research and development or commercialization activities for new technologies in the targeted sectors identified by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. Preference is given to projects falling under the following sectors:

  • natural resources
  • advanced manufacturing
  • clean technology
  • health sciences
  • the bioeconomy
  • the digital economy

The purpose of this program stream is to help Northern Ontario businesses with reducing the technical and financial risks associated with scaling-up and demonstrating new and innovative technologies. It is also intended to support ramp-up for commercial production.

Who is Eligible?

Private companies alone or in partnership with a Northern Ontario academic or research institutions are eligible to apply. For public-private partnership projects, the private company is the lead applicant and the funding recipient.

The private company must own or have the rights to exploit the intellectual property associated with the technology. It must be able to demonstrate that the technology has been tested and fully validated and that it has the necessary technical, financial and management capacity to complete the proposed demonstration project.

For public-private partnership projects, the partnering academic or research institution must have the relevant expertise and resources required by the private partner to complete the proposed demonstration project.

Preference is given to public-private partnership projects involving Northern Ontario academic or research institutions.

What is Eligible?

Eligible costs are those that are incurred by the applicant after the date of the complete application is received by NOHFC and that, in the opinion of the NOHFC, are necessary and directly relate to the project.

Eligible project costs include:

  • direct internal technical labour costs
  • building or renovation costs specifically related to the commercialization of the new technology
  • demonstration prototype costs (engineering and design services and equipment purchase, fabrication and installation costs)
  • material costs
  • product certification costs
  • research and development services provided by public sector partners
  • marketing costs (trade show assistance and marketing material design costs) - limited to 20% of all other eligible project costs

What is Not Eligible?

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • land
  • working capital
  • projects intended for internal efficiency purposes only
  • labour costs for Owner/Shareholder with 10% or more share in the company
  • administrative or other indirect operating costs
  • business case or business plan development
  • travel, accommodation and meeting costs
  • office equipment and furnishings
  • vehicles


Financial assistance is limited to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $500,000 as a conditional contribution.

Senior Government funding not to exceed 50% of eligible project costs.

Not all projects meeting the program criteria outlined above will receive funding.

Applications will be accepted under this program until March 31, 2019. This is subject to change without any prior notice.