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The Automotive Supplier Competitive Improvement Program (ASCIP) supports Ontario’s auto parts sector in adopting industry-leading software, hardware and/or providing training and mentorship to improve processes and increase competitiveness.
ASCIP is delivered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), on behalf of the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT).
Through ASCIP, small- and medium-sized automotive suppliers, or large companies partnering with small- or medium-sized automotive suppliers, can apply for to up to $100,000, to support projects with activities that fall under one or both of the following headings:
Projects to advance product lifecycle management and improve competitiveness through adoption of advanced hardware, software and/or training.
Projects to improve operational efficiency and competitiveness through the adoption of techniques related to Lean or Lean Manufacturing, and acquire the services of a mentor/consultant to assist with Lean implementation.
Note: Only one project per company will be allowed within a two-year timeframe.
Successful applicants must execute OCE’s standard Funding Agreement within 30 days of notification of award. A copy of the agreement will be generated through OCE’s online system and sent to successful applicants upon project approval only.
Upon successful execution of the Funding Agreement, 25 per cent of funds will be released directly to the company. The remaining funding will be released to the company on a claims and reimbursement model for eligible expenses. Claims can be made when submitting interim report(s), and the final report, required at the end of the project. More information on reporting in section E. Project Reporting and Claims Requirements.
Eligible projects may focus on either of the following elements, or a combination of these elements:
Refer to the Eligible Expenses Guide for full details.
Projects will be assessed and scored against program objectives and the following criteria:
Sample Proposal Questions are available.
ASCIP is a discretionary, non-entitlement program with limited funding. All eligible projects will be assessed on their merit and undergo a fair and transparent review process, where the applications are evaluated against program objectives and other criteria.
Applications will be accepted during intake periods (schedule below in Section F: How to Apply) and submitted to OCE using the AccessOCEapplication portal. APMA will work with applicants on application preparation and submission.
Following confirmation by OCE of application completeness and financial compliance, applications will undergo an online review by two external domain experts from OCE’s College of Reviewers (COR) and one from the Province, who will assess the project against program objectives and other criteria. Reviewers will make funding recommendations to OCE.
Following confirmation by OCE of application completeness and financial compliance, applications will undergo a two-stage review process:
Interim report(s), including progress, proof of expenditures, financial attestation, and a request for reimbursement may be submitted up to twice per fiscal year.
Copies of detailed reporting instructions will be sent to successful Clients at the time of contracting. The report must be received and approved by OCE prior to release of funds for eligible claims.
Note: Applicants MUST retain all proof of purchases, receipts, and other relevant documentation relating to eligible expenses. These should be included in the Interim Progress and Claim Report.
A final report, including progress, proof of expenditures, financial attestation, and a request for reimbursement, will be required at the end of the project. Forty-five (45) days prior to the scheduled completion date, the Client will receive an email notification of the project end date from the AccessOCE system, with a link to the Final Progress and Claim Report should the Client wish to begin entering data.
If the project continues past a fiscal year end (March 31), the Client will be required to complete an annual metrics survey each April, for the part of the project that has been completed since the previous March 31. This annual report is mandatory for OCE to fulfil its contract with its funders. Required metrics reports from all Clients must be submitted in order to maintain good financial standing with OCE.
At one, two, and three years after project completion, the Client will be sent a link to complete a retrospective survey to collect data on commercial outcomes from the project. This information is required by OCE for assessment of program impact and continuous improvement.
To initiate an application, please send an email to Gian Paolo Vescio, Director, External Affairs & Counsel, Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) , firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading: ASCIP Application Initiation
Prior to initiating the application, representatives from APMA will work closely with the company to assess the company’s eligibility and potential fit with program objectives.
Only companies that are eligible and align with program objectives will be invited to initiate an online application. An ASCIP application file will be created in OCE’s online system, AccessOCE. Applicants must engage with the APMA representative to assist in preparing and submitting their Application to OCE.
Submission of a Full Application to OCE requires the following:
Please allow at least one week prior to the application submission deadline for the application to be initiated. Applications initiated less than one week prior to the deadline MAY NOT have sufficient time to be submitted.
Please review OCE’s Program FAQ.
For general inquiries about eligibility and initiating an application, please contact Gian Paolo Vescio, Director, External Affairs & Counsel, Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), email@example.com.
For inquiries specifically related to navigating the online application system, please contact Application Support Team, at 416-861-1092 ext. 2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inquiries specifically related to contracting and funding claims, please contact Natalia Lobo, Program Manager, (416) 861-1092 x1061 or email@example.com
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