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Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program


Business Scale-up & Productivity (BSP) Program Stream

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Western Economic Diversification (WD)

WD promotes the development and diversification of the economy in Western Canada


Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP)

The Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) stream is part of the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, a national program delivered by regional development agencies (RDAs) across the country.

The BSP supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services, or technologies. It offers interest free repayable funding to incorporated businesses.

WD opened its first call for proposals for the BSP program in December 2018.

BSP objectives:


BSP Assistance


Eligible Recipients

Businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:


Priority Areas

WD will consider projects in the following areas:

Areas of Focus

Preference will be given to proposals with a demonstrated focus on:


Eligible Activities


Eligible Costs

Incremental costs essential to the project.



Ineligible Costs

Costs deemed unreasonable, non-incremental, and/or not directly related to project activities.



Expected Results


Expected Results - Inclusiveness

Information on the Government of Canada’s Inclusive Innovation Agenda


Expression of Interest (EOI) Process

Businesses that are interested in BSP are strongly encouraged to contact us prior to completing an EOI.

When submitting your EOI by email use subject line: “BSP Expression of Interest” and attach the following documents:

Expression of Interests only accepted during intake periods. The next intake period will take place between March 15 and April 14, 2021.

WD reserves the right to change intake dates at any time; consult our website for the most current dates.

Within 30 calendar days of the close of the intake, WD will invite select companies to submit a full application for funding consideration. If you have not been contacted, your project will not be considered for funding.


Confirmation of Funding

Evidence of Confirmed Funding

Not Accepted as Confirmed Funding


Assessment Process

EOIs demonstrating the highest merit and fit with BSP objectives will be invited to complete a full application and undergo a detailed assessment.

Assessment Process

If undergoing a detailed assessment, WD will request:

Although WD may engage companies directly on outstanding questions or issues, applicants are advised to submit a complete and thorough application.

Not all applications undergoing a detailed assessment will receive an offer of funding.

A technical assessment may be conducted by National Research Council’s - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) for projects utilizing novel technology.

Sustainable Development Technologies Canada and Clean Growth Hub will be consulted on projects related to clean technology and clean resources.


Funding Disbursement / Repayment

Funding Disbursement



Elements of a Strong Project



EOI/Application volumes may impact all timelines.


Other Funding Consideration

Working With WD

For More Information, contact us directly at one of our regional offices by calling 1-888-338-9378.

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