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Canada's Superclusters
What is the Innovation Superclusters Initiative?

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is designed to help strengthen Canada's most promising economic clusters and accelerate growth in highly innovative industries (such as, advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health/bioscience and clean resources, infrastructure and transportation), while positioning Canadian firms for global leadership.

Learn more about the Superclusters Initiative.

What are Canada's five Superclusters?

Canada's five Superclusters are:

How can I get involved in a Supercluster?

Any size organization from all sectors of the economy are welcome to become members of the Superclusters, including individuals like researchers. Each Supercluster has a different model for membership, including different fee and benefit structures. Members may propose and participate in projects. Organizations can be members in more than one Supercluster.

Please consult the Supercluster websites for more information on becoming a member:

Does a company need to be a member of a Supercluster to participate in a project?

Each Supercluster has its own membership and project guidelines. If you are interested in submitting a project proposal or joining other Supercluster activities, we suggest reaching out to the Supercluster directly.

Will other industry clusters be added to the Innovation Superclusters Initiative as new Superclusters?

The Government of Canada recognizes the important contribution that clusters of all sizes can make to Canada's economy. At this time, the priority for the Innovation Superclusters Initiative is to focus on the five Superclusters announced in 2018.

What has the federal government invested through the Innovation Superclusters Initiative?

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative will invest up to $950 million over five years.

How much funding did each Supercluster receive?

The Superclusters are eligible to receive funding in the following amounts, to be matched at least equally by industry:

  • Digital Technology – up to $153 million
  • Protein Industries – up to $153 million
  • Advanced Manufacturing – up to $230 million
  • Scale AI – up to $230 million
  • Ocean – up to $153 million
What other funding opportunities support clusters and networks? 

The Government of Canada offers many types of support for businesses and initiatives.

To get a personalized list of the best supports for your initiative, visit the Business Benefits Finder. The Business Benefits Finder will provide you with a personalized list of supports offered by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, including funding, loans, wage subsidies, collaboration opportunities, tax credits and more.

How does the Innovation Superclusters Initiative promote the sharing of intellectual property (IP)?

Each Supercluster has an IP strategy and a dedicated IP Manager.

The IP strategy sets out how each Supercluster will strike a balance between providing its members with access to project-generated IP, while protecting the commercial interests of individual project partners, including small-and-medium-sized businesses. This encourages more collaboration and innovation, leading to good commercial outcomes.

The IP Manager helps members and provides opportunities for members to learn more about IP, including workshops about how to protect IP.

Is an industry contribution to the Innovation Superclusters Initiative eligible under the Industrial and Technological Benefit (ITB) Policy?

Though initial private-sector commitments to the Supercluster that were made as part of the application process are not eligible under the ITB Policy, any subsequent or new company investment into an established Supercluster could be considered, and will be reviewed to determine if it meets ITB eligibility criteria.

Companies are encouraged to contact ITB officials directly to discuss potential Supercluster investments. New investments can and be reviewed to determine if they meets ITB eligibility criteria.

Is this initiative only for large organizations?

No, the Innovation Superclusters Initiative has a focus on collaboration and welcomes the participation of organizations of all sizes. It aims to build connections between small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and large companies, and provide companies with access to domestic and global supply chains. All technology projects have at least one SME partner.

Those interested in joining should reach out to the Supercluster directly.

Can a foreign company invest in a Supercluster project?

To receive funding as part of a Supercluster project, companies must be organizations incorporated and active in Canada.

International firms can leverage Canada's innovation capacity by exploring opportunities to work with the Superclusters and to add participants to their supply chains. Please contact the Superclusters directly to learn more.

I have other questions about the Superclusters.

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