Grants and finances

Alberta Small Brewer Development Program

Alberta beer brewers may be eligible for the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program if they:

  • Sell less than 300,000 hectolitres of beer per year
  • Produce less than 400,000 hectolitres of beer worldwide per year

This grant lets Alberta's small brewers invest in their businesses, increase production capacity, launch new products, develop new markets and make important capital improvements.

See the Program website for details and contact information.

Value Added & Agribusiness Program

This program provides enterprises with financing to start, develop and grow their businesses. The loan can be used to:

  • Start, expand, purchase or upgrade facilities, equipment, or other capital assets needed for your business
  • Fund training costs that support new or expanded operations or products and change of ownership

See the Program website for details and application information.

Agri-business and Agri-food Financing

This program is offered through Farm Credit Canada (FCC). It provides specialized financial services to food processors and manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, input providers, equipment manufacturers and dealers. It offers term and cash flow financing as well as venture capital options.

See the FCC website for more information.

Government Services for Canadian Businesses

The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada have partnered to share information about business support programs.

You can learn about your options at https://canadabusiness.ca/.

You can also call a Business Advisor at 1-800-272-9675 (toll-free) to get one-on-one advice and business referrals.

Business Development Bank of Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada is a financial institution owned by the Government of Canada. It offers business loans and advisory services to help Canadian businesses grow, both at home and abroad.

Through its subsidiary, BDC Capital, it also offers a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity and growth and business transition capital. Financing is available to expand production, purchase new equipment or for a special project.

See the BDC website for more information.

Community Future Business Loans

Community Futures Alberta provides rural Alberta companies flexible and affordable loan products that are specifically designed to support small business growth.

Loans range from $500 to $150,000. They include startup, new market expansion, or technology or process update funds. Each loan is tailored to meet the client's business needs and loan decisions are made locally and quickly.

They also offer free business advice and counselling, low-cost business coaching and other business development programs.

See the Community Futures Alberta website for more information.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)

A five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector.

See the Canadian Agricultural Partnership website for more information.

Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program (FEAP)

The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

See the Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program website for more information.