Prevention System Updates

Federal funding for product and process improvements, including OHSAS 18001

Release Date:  Apr 02, 2012

Small to medium-sized manufacturers in southern Ontario may be eligible for funding under CME SMART Prosperity Now, a federal program administered by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) on behalf of Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev).

The program promotes growth by helping Ontario manufacturers invest in product and process improvements that will develop and expand their export opportunities and global competitiveness. Among process improvement tools recognized by the program is OHSAS 18001, an Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series for health and safety management systems. OHSAS 18001 helps workplaces control health and safety risks, and was developed in response to demand for a recognized standard against which workplaces could be certified and assessed.

SMART Prosperity Now comprises two components:

  • assessment, which will help companies review their current state of operations and identify barriers they face in the global competitive market. Funding for this component could cover 50% of the costs up to $5,000 per assessment.
  • project funding, through which companies could receive 33% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $75,000, whichever is less.

SMART Prosperity Now funding applications are available to small to mid-size manufacturers in Southern Ontario with 15 to 1,000 full-time employees, and which are looking to invest in product and process improvements that will develop and expand export opportunities and global competitiveness. FedDev has allocated up to $18.9 million toward the project.

Applications are being accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis until all funding has been allocated. Learn more.