SMART Program

Funding for Your Lean Improvements

SMART Program

The CME SMART Program

Helping Small to Mid-Sized Manufacturers Get Lean

Supported by funding from the Government of Ontario and the Southern Ontario Development Program (FedDev Ontario),Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has created the SMART Program to help small and medium-sized manufacturers in Ontario improve their productivity and compete more effectively in the global economy.

Funding for Qualified Productivity Improvement Projects

Upon CME approval, successful applicants will be awarded grants for SMART-funded productivity improvement projects such as Lean design, Lean manufacturing, quality improvement, energy efficiency, IT best practices and environmental impact reduction. The best  proposed projects receive 50% funding of up to $50,000.

SMART I (Ontario)

The Ontario government provided a $25-million dollar investment over 425 project improvement applications were approved.


Under the Southern Ontario Development Program, in November 2009 a $15.75-million investment was provided for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) SMART program to fund approximately 300 projects. 344 applications were approved.

Increase Your Chances of Approval

H4M Lean will help you design a qualifying Lean project improvement and a SMART proposal that will considerably increase your business's chances of approval. Contact us to get started with your SMART program application today.