Accessible Technology Program funding

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Accessible Technology Program will co-fund innovative projects led by the private sector, not-for-profit organizations and research institutes to develop new assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies in order to make it easier for Canadians with disabilities to more fully participate in the digital economy.

The application process is currently open.

Eligibility

To qualify for funding your organization must be a Canadian legal entity, including for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and research institutes*.

Your funding proposal must also clearly demonstrate that:

  • Your proposed initiative meets the objectives of the program in terms of target audience and content;
  • With program funding, your organization will have the resource capacity and expertise, either internally or through partnerships, to successfully deliver the proposed initiative; and
  • You can deliver the proposed initiative within the program timeframe.

*A research institute is defined as any establishment that functions with the primary objective of conducting research, which may include activities in the natural, health or social sciences. This may include any institutes affiliated with post-secondary institutions.

Eligibility self-assessment

Before applying to the Accessible Technology Program, take the following self-assessment to ensure your proposal may be eligible for funding. If you answer "yes" to all of the following questions, you are eligible to apply:

  • Are you a Canadian legal entity including: for-profit organization, a not-for-profit organization or a research institute?
  • Can you clearly demonstrate your organization's expertise and capabilities to manage and/or develop and implement an eligible single or combined group of projects in Canada?
  • Does your project require a financial contribution to achieve its objectives?
  • Can your proposed initiative/project be completed by March 31, 2022 or earlier?
  • Does your proposed initiative/project achieve the following outcomes:
    • Development of new technologies to improve access to the digital economy for persons with disabilities;
    • Development of technology that is commercially available in the long-term;
    • Development of affordable solutions that are financially accessible to Canadians with disabilities;
    • Enhancement of employability and marketability of Canadians living with disabilities by developing technologies specifically targeted to enable them to actively participate in the digital and knowledge-based economy;
    • Development of a network of partners, including not-for-profit organizations, research institutes, federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, the private sector and the voluntary sector throughout the country.
    • Promote awareness of new assistive technologies developed through the program, such as workshops and events open to the public;
    • Collaborations that support the development and implementation of assistive technologies.

Funding

The maximum contribution funding to any one recipient cannot exceed $4 million per project per year, and the need for the contribution must be clearly demonstrated by the applicant. The level of funding provided by the program will be contingent upon the assessment of the proposal and the availability of program funds.

Proposals may include funding from other levels of government, private sector or non-profit partners, however, total funding from all federal, provincial/territorial and municipal sources cannot exceed 100%.

Project-based funding will be made available through continual national calls-for-proposals over five years, subject to availability of funds. Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail.

Eligible costs

Eligible costs are those costs that are directly related to the proposal and which respect all conditions and limitations of the program and that will be eligible to be claimed as set out in the Contribution Agreement (CA) if the proposal is approved for funding.

Eligible costs include:

  • Administrative operating costs (including salary and wages, incremental administration and accounting expenses) limited to no more than ten percent (10%) of total project funding;
  • Direct costs related to training and professional development;
  • Expenditures related to purchase of computer equipment and parts, required software, rental of accommodation and equipment; and
  • Goods and services expenditures to support environmental protection, workplace health and safety, security and communications.

How to apply

To request that an Application Package be sent to you by email, please submit your name and contact information below. We will then contact you to provide you with and application package.

The deadlines to submit an applications is by 11:59:59 p.m. PST on the dates indicated below:

  • June 2, 2019 to receive funding starting in late 2019-20
  • January 2, 2020 to receive funding starting in early 2020-21
  • June 2, 2020 to receive funding starting in late 2020-21
  • January 2, 2021 to receive funding starting in early 2021-22
  • June 2, 2021 to receive funding starting in late 2021-22

Request an Application Package

Contact Information

For general questions and comments, please contact the Accessible Technology program.

Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1-800-328-6189
Telephone (Ottawa): 613-954-5031
Fax: 343-291-1913
TTY (for hearing-impaired): 1-866-694-8389
By email: ic.at-dta.ic@canada.ca
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Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
By mail:
Accessible Technology Program
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street, 1st floor, West Tower
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H5
Canada

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