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Applying as a Qualified Service Provider

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CME does not want to limit a company’s use of qualified experts just because they are not known to CME. If a company has a relationship with, and confidence in, experts that are not yet designated by CME, the company can propose an on-site assessment with a new expert, provided the company submits specific background information on that expert for review by CME.


In making this review, CME’s objectives are:

(1) to establish that the expert is a bona fide professional services provider with appropriate experience in the specified areas, and

(2) to prevent instances of self-dealing between companies and related-party service providers.


After review by CME staff, if approved, the new service provider will be added to the list of designated experts and will be available to conduct assessments for other eligible companies.



CME is currently accepting applications for professional service providers with experience in the areas of productivity improvement, quality improvement, green energy technology, HR and organizational analysis, management systems, commercialization, new market development, and export market development.


Role of the Qualified Service Provider

The qualified service provider is required to provide a study proposal to the applicant that will include the type of assessment to be conducted, process of the assessment, context, the time frame, a breakdown of the costs and expected outcomes of the completed assessment.


This proposal must be submitted by the applicant along with their application for an on-site assessment. It is important that the proposal provides enough detail of the assessment to allow CME to base a decision of approval.


Upon completion of the assessment, a final report must be submitted to the applicant. This report shall include the report of findings during the assessment and recommendations for further improvements. Recommendations included should align with FedNor’s Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario which will allow the company to further apply for funding under the program. For further details, view the website here.


A completed assessment does not mean that a company's application will be grandfathered for automatic project funding with Industry Canada FedNor. All project funding applications must be submitted independently to FedNor and will be evaluated based upon its overall merits.

QSP Application and Fees

Until your application has been accepted and payment is received in full you will not be considered a QSP for the SMART FedNor Assessment Program.

Effective June 1, 2017, the QSP application fee is waived. 

Click here for a copy of the application form.  



Applications can be emailed to or sent by mail to:


Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

55 Standish Court, Suite 620

Mississauga, ON

L5R 4B2



Attention: SMART Program – QSP Application FedNor



Once approved, Qualified Service providers will be listed on the SMART website. Applicants wishing to schedule a preliminary assessment must select a qualified service provider from the CME website.



For further information, please contact us at 1-877-913-4263 or via email at

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