Invest Canada - Community Initiatives

As one of the many tools deployed by the Government of Canada to increase prosperity, the Invest Canada – Community Initiatives (ICCI) program provides financial support to communities for their foreign direct investment (FDI) initiatives and activities.

The Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI) program provides support to Canadian communities seeking to improve their capacity to attract, retain and expand FDI in order to create jobs for Canadians, support innovation and increase exports.

For the purposes of the ICCI program, FDI refers to international businesses establishing or expanding operations in Canada. The ICCI program does not fund initiatives related to mergers and acquisitions, investments from other parts of Canada, trade or export. The program supports non-profit partnerships at the local community level. The initiatives supported by the program must focus on supporting the attraction, retention, and expansion of foreign direct investment through specific types of activities. Non-repayable contributions range from $3,000 to $300,000, and agreements are made for a one-year period, from January 1 to December 31. ICCI provides reimbursement of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses. If an applicant accesses other federal government support, the total federal support cannot exceed 50 percent.

Program Updates

The ICCI program will be accepting applications for 2018 projects between September 6 to November 1, 2017 closing at 15:00 Ottawa time (EDT). The submitted projects must be completed by December 31, 2018. Please read How to Submit an Application for Funding for information on the application process.

ICCI management is facilitating two online webinars on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The French language webinar will begin at 10:30 (EDT) and the English language webinar will begin at 13:30 (EDT). Please contact for further information on how to join the webinar.