Digital Technology Supercluster

From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Based in British Columbia, the Digital Technology Supercluster will use bigger, better datasets and cutting-edge applications of augmented reality, cloud computing and machine learning to improve service delivery in the natural resources, precision health and manufacturing sectors. Employing digital technologies will save time and money and improve the health and lives of Canadians.

Regional concentration: British Columbia

Technology focus: Virtual, mixed and augmented reality; data collection and analytics; quantum computing

Expected economic impact

Expected economic impact
GDP impact over 10 years (in billions) Job creation over 10 years
More than $5 billion More than 13,500 jobs

Sample activities

Technology leadership
Undertaking collaborative research and development projects that will create integrated platforms, connect digital solutions to customers, and drive service improvements, such as improved access to remote care for Indigenous communities
Partnerships for scale
Helping start-ups and small and medium-sized companies grow by connecting them with resources, technology adopters and investors
Diverse and skilled talent pools
Undertaking activities to attract and retain women and underrepresented groups to the supercluster, and providing digital skills training for those working in traditional industry sectors
Access to innovation
Developing virtual environments for rapid experimentation and testing
Global advantage
Undertaking activities to reinforce Canada's brand as a destination for global talent and innovative companies

Participants (at application phase)

More than 270, including:

  • Microsoft
  • Avcorp
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Victory Square Technologies
  • D-Wave
  • Appnovation
  • UrtheCast
  • Research Universities' Council of BC (UBC, UVic, SFU, UNBC, Emily Carr and BCIT)
  • University Health Network

Contact information


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