Secure your business's future with

Up to $100,000 from Canada Digital Adoption Program

Take your Canadian small or medium-sized business to the next level with government funding for digital transformation.

BDC Loan Amount

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ISED Grant

Funded Work Placement

BDC Loan Amount

Interest Rate

ISED Grant

Funded Work Placement

What is CDAP?

The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) is a game-changer for Canadian businesses! Launched by the Government of Canada, CDAP empowers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to embrace digital technology and unlock new growth opportunities.

What does the CDAP offer?

Through the Boost Your Business Technology Grant, you can access:

  • Up to $15,000 in funding: Develop a customized digital adoption plan tailored to your needs, working with qualified Digital Advisors.
  • 0% interest loan of up to $100,000: Secure affordable financing to implement your plan and acquire the necessary technology.
  • Up to $7,300 to hire skilled youth: Access additional funds to hire skilled youth who can assist in implementing the technologies necessary to drive your business forward.

What does the BDC Loan Cover?

The BDC loan covers various expenses related to your digital adoption plan, including:

  • Acquiring IT equipment
  • Installation of new technologies
  • Updating/expanding IT equipment
  • Training staff on onboarded technologies
  • Materials and support services related to technology onboarding
  • Further advisory services on your digital adoption plan

Does your business meet the Eligibility Criteria?

Ready to see if you qualify? Answer these quick questions:

  • Are you an owner, director, or authorized representative of a Canadian-owned business?
  • Does your business have 1 to 499 employees?
  • Is your business for-profit?
  • Has your business generated at least $500,000 in annual revenue in one of the last 3 years?
  • Are you committed to implementing a digital adoption plan?

How to apply: 4 Easy Steps to Power Up!

Fuel your digital transformation journey with up to $15,000 in grant funding and expert guidance. Here's how to unlock your potential in just minutes:

Start your journey on the official ISED website and create an account to access the program.

Step 1: Create a CDAP account. Visit the official ISED website and create a My Canada Business Account. Think of this as your personal hub for accessing the program. Choose one of these three options:

  • Email: Simple and recommended for most users.
  • GCKey Sign In: If you have one, this offers a quick and secure login.
  • Interac Sign In: Another fast option if you use their services.

Step 2: Verify your email. Confirm you have control over the address used for your account.

Step 3: Verify your identity. Choose the most convenient option:

  • Verify online (recommended): Quick and easy through your financial institution.
  • Visit a Canada Post Outlet: In-person verification for added security.
  • Request an appointment: Speak with a CDAP officer for personalized assistance.

No need to wait! You can check your eligibility instantly using your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Business credentials.

Step 1: Provide consent. Grant CDAP access to your CRA business information.

Step 2: Log in to CRA. Use your My Business Account credentials for seamless verification.

Step 3: See your result. Congratulations! If eligible, proceed to complete your application.

Step 4: Provide additional information. Share necessary details about your business.

Step 5: Sign the agreement & access advisors. Review and sign the CDAP grant agreement, then access the Digital Advisor Marketplace to find your perfect guide.

Now that you have access to the marketplace, find the ideal Digital Advisor to customize your DAP.

Step 1: Meet the advisors. Browse profiles or find your preferred advisor if you already know who you want to work with.

Step 2: Connect & choose. Interview and select the advisor who best aligns with your needs and goals.

Step 3: Collaborate & create. Work closely with your chosen advisor to develop a tailored DAP for your business.

Step 4: Finalize & invoice. Once the plan is complete, get a final invoice from your advisor for their services.

With your finalized DAP and invoice in hand, you're ready to claim your grant payment.

Step 1: Review requirements. Ensure your DAP meets all CDAP specifications listed on the DAP Requirements page.

Step 2: Log in & upload. Use the CDAP Applicant Portal to submit your DAP, invoice, final cost (including taxes), and your advisor's company name.

Step 3: Claim processed. CDAP reviews your submission and, if approved, issues your grant payment within 30 days.

Please note: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) may conduct audits to ensure program compliance. Be prepared to provide additional information if needed and work with your Digital Advisor to maintain accurate records of your engagement with them.

Need help with the application? Get Expert Guidance!

Accelerate your digital journey with Expert Support

Imagine your business with happier customers, engaged employees, and data-driven insights at your fingertips. That's the power of digital transformation, and ISED-approved advisors can make it a reality.

Grant Eligibility Assessment

Uncertain about CDAP eligibility? Experts assess your business and identify the perfect funding stream for your digital transformation journey.

Grant Application Support

Experienced advisors guide you through the application process, maximizing your chances of securing CDAP funding for your digital goals.

Business Needs Assessment

Experienced advisors guide you through the application process, maximizing your chances of securing CDAP funding for your digital goals.

Review Solution Options

Experts analyze your business and technology needs, recommending the ideal digital solutions to fuel your growth and success.

Strategy and Roadmap

Collaborate with advisors to craft a clear roadmap with defined steps and timelines, ensuring your digital transformation reaches its full potential.

Find your perfect Digital Advisor

As an eligible CDAP business, you're ready to access the Digital Advisor Marketplace and find the perfect partner to craft a customized digital adoption plan. But how? Let's find out.

Before diving into the advisor pool, reflect on your business goals and challenges. What obstacles are hampering your digital progress? Where can technology improve efficiency, customer experience, or operations? Use the Business spotlights within the marketplace to find inspiration and explore how other businesses have tackled similar goals with CDAP.

Log in to your CDAP portal and click “Find a digital adoption advisor” to access the marketplace. Here, you'll find a comprehensive list of qualified advisors. Use these filters to refine your search:

  • Industry: Align advisors with your specific sector for targeted expertise.
  • Services: Find advisors specializing in areas like cybersecurity, e-commerce, or social media marketing.
  • Location: Choose advisors located near you for easier communication and collaboration.

Contact advisors who meet your criteria and conduct interviews to assess their fit. Use the provided sample interview agenda, questions, and tips to delve into their experience, methodology, and alignment with your unique needs.

Once you've selected your ideal advisor, formalize your collaboration with a clear work agreement. Open communication is key! Don't hesitate to discuss your specific needs, ask questions, and express your vision. This ensures the resulting plan truly addresses your business goals.

Once you and your advisor finalize the plan, submit it along with the invoice through the CDAP portal. The program will review your plan for compliance and, upon approval, reimburse you for your advisor fees.

Unleash efficiency & growth: How does CDAP empower your business?

Ready to take your business to new heights? Whether you're looking to increase productivity, consolidate back-office software, or enhance cybersecurity, CDAP's Boost Your Business Technology grant has you covered. With a customized plan tailored to your business needs, CDAP is here to support your digital transformation journey.

Reduce overhead costs

Speed up transactions

Respond to clients more quickly

Manage inventory more efficiently

Improve supply chain logistics

Drive Growth with CDAP!

Fuel your business growth with up to $100,000 grant & loan, expert guidance, and a clear digital strategy. Apply now and take your business to new heights!

FAQ’s

Eligible businesses can access up to $15,000 to develop their digital strategy and receive a 0% loan of up to $100,000 for implementation.

To qualify for the Boost Your Business Technology Grant, your business must be Canadian-owned, for-profit, have 1 to 499 employees, and have annual revenue between $500,000 and $100 million in one of the previous three tax years.

The grant covers expenses directly related to the digital adoption plan, including acquiring IT equipment, installing new technologies, updating/expanding IT equipment, staff training on onboarded technologies, materials, support services, and advisory for the digital adoption plan.

Yes, businesses with existing digital adoption plans created within the last 24 months from recognized programs may still be eligible for the grant.

The BDC loan has a 5-year term with a 12-month capital postponement, totalling 6 years. There are no fees associated with the loan.

Yes, the grant must be used solely for activities outlined in your approved Digital Adoption Plan (DAP) and adhering to program guidelines.

Yes, the Boost Your Business Technology Grant provides funding of up to $7,300 to hire skilled youth to implement technologies that can propel your business forward.

Upon submitting your claim, CDAP will review the information and, if approved, issue the grant payment within 30 days.

CDAP primarily targets small and medium-sized Canadian businesses across various industries that are looking to enhance their digital capabilities and embrace technology to drive growth and innovation.

No, CDAP funding is specifically designed for for-profit businesses that meet the eligibility criteria outlined by the program.

A digital adoption plan (DAP) is a customized strategy developed in collaboration with a digital advisor to help businesses leverage digital technologies to improve operations, enhance customer experiences, and drive growth and innovation.

Yes, the Boost Your Business Technology Grant can be used to cover expenses related to purchasing software licenses as part of your digital adoption plan.

Yes, CDAP funding can be used to upgrade existing technology infrastructure as part of your digital adoption plan.

CDAP conducts periodic audits of applicant funding to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in the program guide and grant agreement.

If your business is selected for an audit by CDAP, you will be required to provide additional information or documentation to verify compliance with program requirements and guidelines. This may include providing detailed records of your engagement with digital advisors, documentation of expenses, and other relevant information as requested by CDAP auditors.

For more information about the Boost Your Business Technology Grant and the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP), please visit: https://ised-isde.canada.ca/site/canada-digital-adoption-program/en/boost-your-business-technology-program-guide