Honorific grants to support ethnocultural diversity entrepreneurs - 2019 edition

To complement traditional financing sources and stimulate entrepreneurship in Québec, the Ministère de l’Économie, et de l’Innovation is collaborating with Entreprendre ici to offer this year 26 grants, with a maximum value of $25,000 each to ethnocultural diversity entrepreneurs who are planning to create or develop a business, all around Québec. Recipients will also receive mentoring as needed.

The candidacy period for the 2019 edition

The nomination period will run from September 1 to 18, 2019 until 5 pm. The application form will be available at this time.

 Eligibility criteria’s

  • Being 18 years of age or over

  • Being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 

  • Having your head office in Quebec (or reside in Quebec if you are in the pre-startup phase)

  • 50% or more of the shares/ownership must be held by individuals belonging to ethnocultural diversity.

  • Before awarding the grants, register the project at Registaire des entreprises du Québec.

  • Submit updated documents if reapplying for the grant.

 Excluded projects

  • Sexual, religious or political projects

  • Projects related to illicit or recreational drugs

  • Projects of bars or nightclubs

Selection process

Applications written in French only are filed online by completing the form. This form, together with an executive summary of no more than three pages, financial statements or financial projections will be the only documents considered during the evaluation. Proof of citizenship or permanent residence and proof of NEQ (for registered companies) will complete the application.


Candidacy period

The submission of applications is from September 1 to 18, 2019 at 17h.

External Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated from September 23 to October 11, 2019.

Finalist announcement

On October 14, 2019, the 50 finalists for the honorary grants will be announced.

Pitch session with the independent jury

Between October 17 and 25, 2019, the finalists will present their project in person.

Honorific grants Gala

The ceremony will take place on November 7, 2019. The presence of finalists is mandatory.

Evaluation criteria

  • The quality of the application file

  • Project description (500 words)

  • Entrepreneurial profil (500 words)

  • Market analysis (900 words)

  • Marketing plan (500 words)

  • Plan of operations (700 words)

  • Financial plan (500 words)

  • Originality and innovation (200 words)

  • Overall assessment of the project

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

In order to facilitate the process of submitting applications for Entreprendre ici's honorific grants, we have put together the questions that we are most often asked.

Do not hesitate to consult them for clear answers.

Help to submit your application

Find answers to frequently asked questions and find organizations that provide resources to help you create your business plan.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

BDC offers a free business plan template.

Futurpreneur Canada

Register to have a Futurpreneur account and access to the Business plan writer, a dynamic tool design to simplify the process.

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