If the Innovative Solutions Canada program ends up not being the right fit for you, there are still many other programs out there that support innovation across Canada. See below for other challenge-based and business innovation supporting programs:
Federal challenge-based programs
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Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)
IDEaS was announced in Canada's defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, and commits to $1.6 billion of investment in innovations for defence and security over the next 20 years. The program is looking for your solutions to support the development of defence and security capabilities.
Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)
This program helps Canadian innovators get their product to market faster, and helps them succeed in the marketplace, by buying and testing innovations in real-operational settings.
Through the program, innovators can sell their pre-commercial products or services for testing, but keep the intellectual property and retain all equity in their company. The program pays up to $500,000 for non-military innovations, and up to $1,000,000 for military innovations.
Impact Canada Initiative (ICI)
Announced in Budget 2017, the Impact Canada Initiative (ICI) is a whole-of-government effort that will help departments accelerate the adoption of outcomes-based funding approaches to deliver meaningful results to Canadians. Outcomes-based funding approaches represent a new way of managing grant and contribution funding that shifts the traditional emphasis on process and outputs, towards one where payments are tied to the achievement of measurable economic, environmental, and/or social outcomes.
Provincial and territorial programs
Government of Ontario's Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC)
This program will support the growth of high potential, technology-driven, small-to-medium-sized enterprises in Ontario.
BC Startup in Residence (STIR)
STIR is a pilot experiment to bring the ideas and expertise of, startup tech companies together with government business areas to co-develop technology solutions that will improve the services delivered to British Columbians.
BC Innovation Council (BCIC)
BCIC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in British Columbia.
Alberta's Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI)
ASBIRI develops relationships with industry partners to identify challenges in their operations and invite small and medium-sized enterprises to develop a technology-based solution.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. CIPO is a Special Operating Agency (SOA) and is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property (IP) in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include trademarks, patents, copyright, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies. CIPO's mandate is to deliver high quality and timely IP services to customers, and to increase awareness, knowledge and effective use of IP by Canadians.
The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) - The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.
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