Strategic Innovation Fund

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

What is new at the Strategic Innovation Fund

SIF's Stream 4 Health and Biosciences competition has closed. An announcement of the successful applicant(s) will be made in April.

SIF's Stream 4 competition for Automation and Digital Technologies in the Agriculture and Agri-food Sector has closed. Thank you to all that applied. An announcement of successful applicants will be made in May.

A new stream of the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), Stream 5: National Ecosystems, is under development. This new stream will support large-scale, national innovation ecosystems through high impact collaborations across Canada. The objective of this Stream is to foster collaboration between multiple organizations, including: SMEs, incubators/accelerators, academic and research institutions, and large corporations, in order to accelerate commercialization in areas with demonstrated Canadian advantage.

National Ecosystems funded under Stream 5 will build upon existing regional or national networks and have a high-impact approach to technology development, commercialization, business development, scale up, and market growth. Target sectors should have both domestic growth and export potential.

A simpler, more flexible tool to grow Canada's economy

Program objectives

The Strategic Innovation Fund's objective is to spur innovation for a better Canada. Specifically, it serves to simplify application processes, accelerate processing, and provide assistance that is more responsive and focused on results.

The program has five Streams, each with its own precise objective:

  • Stream 1: Encourage R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services;
  • Stream 2: Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada;
  • Stream 3: Attract and retain large scale investments to Canada; and
  • Stream 4: Advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations.
  • Stream 5: Support large-scale, national innovation ecosystems through high impact collaborations across Canada.

In July 2018, the Government of Canada made available up to $250 million in new support through SIF. The objective of the Program is to enable steel and aluminum producers to enhance their production capabilities to better meet the product demand from end-users within Canada.

Why this program is important

Making sure that Canada is a top destination for businesses to invest, grow and create jobs and prosperity for Canadians is one of the Government's top priorities.

The program is part of the Innovation and Skills Plan—our way to create jobs and strengthen the middle class by helping Canada's highly skilled workforce develop the skills they need to evolve and keep up with the demands of a changing workplace.

The Strategic Innovation Fund will attract and support new high-quality business investments. In allocating this funding, we will look to accelerate areas of economic strength, strengthen and expand the role of Canadian firms in regional and global supply chains, support economic strategies, and attract investment that creates new, good, well-paying jobs.

Apply for Streams 1, 2 and 3

Apply for Steel & Aluminum

Contact information

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
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By mail: Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street, 1st floor, West Tower
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H5

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