2021-2022 Expression of Interest - Applicant Guide

2021-2022 ᐱᖃᑕᐅᒍᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒍᑎ - ᑕᑕᑎᒐᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑐᐊᒐᖅ

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The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency’s Expression of Interest (EOI) for new single or multi-year projects starting in the 2021-2022 fiscal year closed on February 5, 2021. EOIs submitted past this deadline will only be considered should funding remain following the completion of this initial EOI assessment process.

All EOIs must be submitted by email at cannor.operations.cannor@canada.ca using CanNor's EOI Form and EOI Guide.

Only successful EOI submissions will be invited to submit full applications.

This applicant guide provides information on eligibility criteria, priority areas, project selection process and instructions to applicants on how to complete CanNor's EOI Application and how to submit the application. It is recommended that you review this guide before starting your EOI application.

Additional information on CanNor's economic development programs, services and priorities can be found on CanNor's programs and services page.

1. Eligibility requirements

1.1 Eligible recipients

You can apply to this EOI if you are:

  • A small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), not-for-profit association, or organization with a project that will provide economic benefits to one or more of the territories; or,
  • A non-federal entity or other level of government, public or private, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, that works to promote economic development in the territories.

Priority will be given to recipients who can demonstrate proven capacity to deliver projects in the North and interest/engagement in territorial economic development.

1.2 Cost sharing

Cost sharing is required as part of this EOI. The maximum CanNor contribution to eligible project costs will be as follows:

Cost sharing ratio
Not-for-profit organizations, other levels of government, and Indigenous organizations For-profit or small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) recipients
up to 80% up to 50%

Note that projects that present a higher leveraging ratio (i.e., where proponents are seeking a lower contribution from CanNor towards total project costs) may be ranked higher as part of the assessment process.

1.3 Maximum amount payable

For the purposes of this EOI, the maximum amount payable to any single eligible recipient has been set at $6M.

The maximum amount payable to for-profit entities through a non-repayable contribution will not exceed $99,999.

Note: Indigenous economic development corporations or other Indigenous-controlled for-profit businesses whose articles of incorporation do not permit dividends to be paid or distributed to shareholders may be exempt from this $99,999 limit.

Repayable contribution agreements may also be considered by CanNor for for-profit entities seeking financing in excess of $99,999.

2. EOI priority areas

As part of this EOI, priority will be given to projects that address one or more of the following business and community economic development priorities, in line with the four key themes of CanNor's Pan-Territorial Growth Strategy.

  1. Diversification and Innovation – including:
    • Business Scale up and Market Expansion – projects that help businesses to accelerate their growth and assist with the adoption of innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity and global competitiveness. This may include:
      • Funding for the development of business plans, feasibility and engineering / design work
      • The purchase / replacement / upgrade of equipment in order to increase productivity or production capacity
      • The development and rollout of marketing strategies, plans and products
      • Any other investments to support business growth, market expansion or product development
    • Regional Innovation Ecosystems – projects that help create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation, that foster the entrepreneurial environment, and that increase the competitiveness of SMEs. This may include:
      • Funding for the development / expansion of business resource centres, makerspaces, incubators or other services and programs targeting the business community
      • Programs / services that target specific / designated business groups (e.g. women entrepreneurs)
      • Targeted northern-based and led business events / conferences that can demonstrate a clear return on investment for the northern business community
    • Indigenous Economic Development – projects that support and increase the participation of northern Indigenous communities and businesses in economic opportunities (e.g., tourism). This may include:
      • Indigenous community economic development plans / strategies / capacity development projects
      • The purchase / replacement / upgrade of equipment required to run or grow the business
      • Funding towards Indigenous cultural tourism product development or cultural heritage site development / enhancement
    • Sector Development – projects that foster the development and growth of key sectors (e.g. tourism, fisheries, agriculture & food systems) in a manner which increases community capacity and maximizes jobs and wealth within the territories. This may include:
      • Fisheries research, capacity development and capital investments
      • Tourism product development, marketing plans & destination marketing
      • Deployment / adaptation of clean technologies (solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal)
      • Funding towards the development of other new / emerging sectors (wildfire suppression, climate change adaptation, innovative construction technologies)
      • The design / construction / expansion / upgrade of greenhouses, hydroponics and other innovative food production facilities
  2. Infrastructure Investments and Development – projects that leverage other investments to maximize local and regional opportunities by closing the economic infrastructure gap, as well as by supporting broadband and clean technology initiatives. This may include:
    • Support towards the design / construction / renovation / expansion of visitor centres, hotels, campgrounds and tourist attractions
    • Feasibility studies, geotechnical analysis and engineering designs for major infrastructure projects
    • Support towards public infrastructure upgrades that have a direct economic development link
    • Capital investments towards the deployment / adaptation of clean technologies (solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal)
  3. Resource Development – projects that support the development and growth of SMEs within the supply chain and remediation sectors, as well as the development of innovative mining techniques and clean technology innovation. This may include:
    • The design and deployment of innovative new mining techniques and tools
    • Support towards transportation infrastructure innovation / investments (land, sea and air)
    • Development of renewable energy sectors (biomass, geothermal, hydro, etc.)
    • Development of supply chain and mining remediation-related business opportunities
  4. Skilled Workforce – projects that will increase the availability and quality of pre-employment and targeted job skills training based on industry demand, through support for curriculum development, equipment and infrastructure investments. This may include:
    • Construction / renovation / expansion of training
    • Development of course curriculum, training software and online training portals
    • Entrepreneur development programs and support services
    • Purchase of training equipment (e.g. simulators, certified safety gear, classroom equipment) required for delivery of training
  5. Economic Recovery & Stabilization – projects that support communities, not for profit organizations and SMEs in the economic recovery of their sector (e.g. tourism).

It should be noted that funding may not be available for all EOIs submitted. Proposals that demonstrate that they can best meet the stated priority areas will be given priority.

Eligible projects may be approved for funding for multiple years. Funding is subject to an annual review of the project's progress and its outcomes and benefits.

3. Project selection process

3.1 Selection process

This EOI seeks to identify potential projects for funding under any of CanNor's funding programs.

All applications will be screened for eligibility, using the criteria outlined in this document.

All proponents who submit an EOI will be contacted and advised of the outcome. Decisions will be communicated to applicants as they become available. Applicants successful in the EOI assessment round (i.e. those applications that rank the highest) will be invited to submit a full application.

3.2 EOI selection criteria

EOI will be evaluated on the following criteria.

EOI selection criteria
Selection criteria Relevant sections of the application
Are the project activities achievable within the time frames of the project? Project Overview; Prior Work
Is the budget reasonable for the project? Budget
Is there a clear need or opportunity for this project? Need/Opportunity; Prior Work
Do the expected project outcomes align with the EOI priorities? Project Overview; Outcomes
Are the expected economic benefits realistic? (e.g., jobs created or maintained) Economic Benefits
Does the applicant have the capacity to deliver the project? (e.g., financial leveraging, partnerships, resources) Organizational Mandate; Partners/Supporters, Budget

3.3 Request for Additional Information

At any time during the intake and assessment process, a CanNor Officer may contact the applicant for additional information.

3.4 Proponents successful under EOI

Proponents selected for further consideration will be invited to submit a full application that will be subject to further assessment based on the chosen program/stream. It should be noted however that an invitation to proceed to the full application stage does not in any way guarantee that the project in question will ultimately be recommended for funding.

4. Information for Completing Application

It is the responsibility of the applicant to complete all sections as accurately and completely as possible. The EOI Application contains the following sections:

A description of each section is included below to assist you in completing your application. The numbered segments within each section correspond with the numbering on the EOI Application.

It is recommended you save your work often, prior to submitting your application to CanNor.

Applicant and contact information

  1. Legal Name of Applicant: The legal name is the official name of the Organization or Business at registration or incorporation. This may be different from the organization's operating name (e.g. Legal Name 123456 Northern Ltd, operating publically as ABC Moving Services).
  2. Project Name: Provide a short, clear and concise name describing your project. Please include what the program is about in the title (e.g. Wind Turbine Feasibility Study, Improvements to Facility Energy Efficiency, Expansion of Food Distribution System).
  3. Primary Contact Name: Enter the person authorized to represent the business or organization. This person will be the main point of contact regarding the EOI application.
  4. Phone Number (Primary Contact): Be sure to include the area code of the primary contact's phone number.
  5. Email Address (Primary Contact): Include the direct email address for the primary contact and not a generic email address for the organization.
  6. Applicant Business Number: The business number is a unique 9-digit number assigned by the Canada Revenue Agency.
  7. Applicant Type: This information is important to determine if the applicant is an eligible recipient.
    • For-Profit includes businesses such as incorporated companies, corporations or co-operatives, or Indigenous organizations such as Indigenous/First Nation/Metis Settlement owned businesses that are located or operating in the territories.
    • Non-Profit includes organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Industry or Sector Associations and Tourism organizations that are based in the territories and offer support to the local economy. Indigenous Economic Development Organizations that provide economic benefits to one or more territories and do not distribute dividends to their members, are considered Non-Profit organizations.
    • Indigenous Government includes First Nation and Inuit community/regional governments and Tribal Councils.
    • Territorial Government includes a territorial department or territorial corporation that works to promote economic development in one or more territories.
    • Municipal Government includes local forms of government with elected authorities (e.g., mayor and council).
    • Other: Please Specify. An Indigenous organization or business are examples of other applicant types. To qualify, an Indigenous organization or business must be majority Indigenous owned or controlled. If the proponent is invited to the full application stage, they may be required to supply a current list of the Board of Directors as well as the articles of incorporation to support this application type.
  8. Brief Description of Organization and its Mandate: This information will be used in part to determine if the applicant has the mandate and capacity to undertake a project of this nature.

Project information

  1. Project Location (Community): Provide the name of the community/communities where the project will take place. For projects in multiple communities, identify the number of communities (e.g., 7 Nunavut communities). Later, in the project information section (12a), identify the names of each of the communities involved in your project.
  2. Expected Start Date: The date the first activity of the project is expected to get underway. Costs incurred before the start of the project may not be reimbursed.
  3. Expected End Date: The date all project activities are expected to be completed.
  4. Project Description: In this section, you will describe the project in a few paragraphs.
    1. Overview: What is the project about? How does it fit with CanNor's priorities?
    2. Need or Opportunity: Why should CanNor invest in this project? Is the activity, service or product already available or offered by another organization or private sector company? If yes, describe how your project will be beneficial and what it adds to what is already available. If not, please describe what need is being met by this project and, if applicable, the market potential.
    3. Outcomes: What products (e.g., publications, educational materials) or services (e.g., programs, workshops services provided to the committee) will the project produce? Describe the broader impacts or changes you intend to bring about as a result of these products or services. Briefly describe who or what will change and when you expect to see these changes (immediately, in the short-term or over a longer time period).
    4. Benefits: List the measurable economic benefits associated with the project. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
      1. Number of jobs created, maintained or expanded
      2. Number of participants trained in skilled shortage areas
      3. Expanded market access for distribution and sale of local products
      4. Improved regional tourism draw through expansion of local products and services
      5. Increased business sustainability through improved energy and operational efficiencies
    5. Prior Work: List any work that has been completed in preparation for this project.
    6. Partners/Supporters: Explain how regional or community-based partnerships will be developed as a result of the project. If you have confirmed community, territorial or private industry partners (financial) or supporters (non-financial in nature) for your project, please identify them in this section. It is expected that project partners/supporters will be identified at the time of a full application.

Forecasted project costs and funding sources

  1. Forecasted Total Project Cost: Please round up to the nearest full dollar amount.
  2. Amount Requested from CanNor: Do a quick check to make sure it does not exceed allowable limits including:
    • the maximum payable to a single recipient (Section 1.3 above)
    • maximum cost-sharing ratio (see Section 1.2 above).
  3. Forecasted Budget and Anticipated Sources of Funds: The project budget includes costs for work that is incremental and specific to this project.

    15.1 Forecasted budget

    The project budget is to include all costs directly related to the project. The project budget will be assessed for its reasonableness in comparison to similar projects, as well as the proposed equity and partner contributions / leveraging ratio. Projects are rarely more than three years, however projects up to five years may be considered. Should the project be approved for funding, all project costs must be incurred within the timeframe specified in the Agreement. Examples of single year and multi-year forecasted budgets are shown below.

    Single year project

    • For a single (one-year) project, enter information in the Total Budget and Year 1 columns. Leave the rest of the columns blank. The information entered in the Total Budget and Year 1 budget columns will be the same.
    One year project sample
    Funding partners Total budget Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
    CanNor 10,000 10,000        
    Applicant 20,000 20,000        
    Additional Funders (specify)
    Government of Nunavut
    10,000 10,000        
    Additional Funders (specify)            
    Additional Funders (specify)            
    Additional Funders (specify)            
    Total $40,000 $40,000        

    Multi-year project

    • For multi-year projects, determine the amount that you expect each funding partner to contribute to the project and enter these amounts in the appropriate Year column (Year 1, Year 2, etc). It is not necessary that funding partners contribute to multi-year projects on an annual basis. Leave blank any years in which a funding partner is not expected to make a financial contribution to the project.
    • Once annual amounts have been determined for each funding partner, identify the total amount you expect each funding partner to contribute to the project by adding together their yearly contribution and entering this amount in Column 2 (Total Budget).
    Multi-year project sample
    Funding partners Total budget Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
    CanNor 60,000 10,000 30,000 20,000    
    Applicant 40,000 20,000 10,000 10,000    
    Additional Funders (specify)
    ABC Organization
    10,000 10,000        
    Additional Funders (specify)            
    Additional Funders (specify)            
    Additional Funders (specify)            
    Total $110,000 $40,000 $40,000 $30,000    

    15.2 Anticipated Sources of Funds

    In the first column of the table, identify all sources that are expected to contribute financially to the project. It is not necessary that these financial contributions be committed at this time, but will need to do so should the project be approved for funding.

    • CanNor: Indicate how much funding you are seeking. For eligible projects, priority may be given to proponents that provide a higher leveraging ratio (i.e., where proponents are seeking a lower contribution from CanNor towards total project costs).
    • Applicant: This represents the dollar value contribution made by you or your organization to the project. Do not include in-kind contributions that you will be providing to the project (non-monetary contribution of goods, services, equipment or time). If you are a for-profit business/organization, review the maximum allowable repayable and non-repayable limits (Section 1.3 above). Also note that For-Profit recipients are expected to provide a certain percentage of their own equity towards the project.
    • Additional Funders: Use the additional funder rows to identify other funders for your project, including government and private sector. At the EOI stage, this may include other "expected" funders, even though confirmation of funding may still be pending.
      • Government funding: Indicate the specific program name and amount of any other federal, territorial or municipal funding being requested for the project.
      • Other funding: Indicate other non-government funding anticipated or already committed to the project, including non-profit and private sector.

    Please ensure that total anticipated funding from all sources equals total project costs.

  4. Have you already incurred costs or made legal commitments to the project? Costs incurred before the start of the project may not be reimbursed. If applicable, please describe the legal and financial nature of existing commitments to this project.

Diversity and Inclusion

Building a sustainable, inclusive, and dynamic economy helps all Canadians prosper. Recognizing that systemic barriers remain in achieving the full participation of underrepresented, disadvantaged, or equity-seeking groups (including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups), the information collected in this section helps the Government of Canada identify the potential impacts of its policies, programs and services on diverse groups of people.

The information you provide in this section will not adversely affect your application.

5. Submitting your application

Please follow the following steps to submit your application.

  1. Save and sign a copy of your application
  2. Scan and email your signed application to: cannor.operations.cannor@canada.ca
  3. In the email subject line, use the following format to assist CanNor in processing your application.

Format: 2021-22 EOI - [Territory (i.e., NU, NWT or YT] – [Organization Name]

Example: 2021-22 EOI – NWT – ABC Enterprises

Replace the information in the square brackets with the appropriate territory and organization name for your project.


All proprietary data, commercially sensitive information and potentially valuable results or ideas will be protected from unauthorized, inadvertent or untimely disclosure. This information will be treated in accordance with the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

These laws govern, protect and limit the collection, use and disclosure of personal and confidential information by federal government departments and agencies. Beyond the parties already mentioned above, confidential commercial information will not be shared without the applicant's consent.

6. For more information

For any questions surrounding this EOI process, please don't hesitate to contact us by email at cannor.operations.cannor@canada.ca, or reach out to one of our regional offices by phone.

Regional Office

Iqaluit, Nunavut
Tel: 867-975-3757

Northwest Territories
Regional Office

Yellowknife, NWT
Tel: 867-669-2608

Regional Office

Whitehorse, Yukon
Tel: 867-667-3346

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