Commercialize Innovation

The risk of commercializing your innovation comes with rewards of new opportunities & challenges to excel & grow.
To enable business to reap these rewards, the Canadian Federal & Provincial governments provide several innovation grants & funds that subsidize the costs of commercialization. These programs provide opportunities for businesses to improve the sales and marketing of technologies, increase growth and competitiveness, and assist with exporting to new, foreign markets.

Benefits of Commercializing Innovation

Many Canadian firms have untapped potential to innovate or commercialize their innovative technologies. Innovation is the key for businesses to stay competitive and grow; commercialization leads to further opportunities including exports into foreign markets. However, many businesses tend to shy away from taking advantage of these opportunities. This may be due to the upfront investment or effort required. Fortunately, there are government funding programs that can help reduce the financial burden of commercializing innovation and can help with the sales and marketing of those technologies in high-potential international markets.

Programs are offered across various sectors and to businesses at all levels of innovation and commercialization. Programs support a wide range of activities to help Canadian businesses tackle any obstacles keeping them from reaching their full potential in international markets.

Funding Programs for Commercializing Innovation

Region

  • Canada - Wide
  • ON
  • AB
  • BC, MB, MK
  • Atlantic Canada
  • QC
Funding Programs About the Program Region Learn More
Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster – Pilot Project Program (NGen) NGen's goal is to strengthen collaboration between manufactures and technology companies to accelerate the development, adoption and scale-up of transformative capabilities in Canadian manufacturing. This program focuses on helping small- or medium-sized businesses scale-up plans for implementation, prepare technologies for production, and de-risk technology adoption. Canada-wide
NRC-IRAP IRAP supports the innovation efforts of small and medium-sized Canadian enterprises with projects that strive to solve internal challenges that lead to new products, enhanced productivity, or competitive advantages. This can include market assessment, technology validation, R&D technology development. Canada-wide
Strategic Innovation Fund – Stream 1 (R&D and Commercialization) The Strategic Innovation Fund supports businesses with large projects in innovation efforts that have commercialization potential. This stream focuses on R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes, and services. Canada-wide
Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster – Project Program (NGen) NGen's goal is to strengthen collaboration between manufactures and technology companies to accelerate the development, adoption and scale-up of transformative capabilities in Canadian manufacturing. This program focuses on collaborative transformative manufacturing and technology projects that will leave a lasting legacy for Canada's advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Canada-wide
SCALE-AI This program is aimed to support collaborative efforts to improve AI adoption and AI-based product commercialization. Canada-wide
Alberta Innovates – Commercialization Associates This program provides funding to businesses to enable them to hire a commercialization professional to advance their business readiness level and accelerate commercialization. AB
CAP Agri-Innovate This program supports projects that aim to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization, or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability. Canada-wide
Alberta Innovates – Voucher Program This program supports projects that aim to de-risk feasible technological solutions, support emerging technologies and increase the development and implementation of innovative technology products that can generate economic, social, and environmental benefit for Albertans. AB
Alberta Innovates – Industry R&D Associates Program This program provides funding to businesses to enable them to hire a research and development professional to advance their technology in order to accelerate commercialization. AB
Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Market Access This program supports Alberta health-tech companies in advancing commercial progression and market access. AB
TECTERRA – BUILD Program This program supports projects that include the development and innovation of geospatial technology products. AB
Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) This program is aimed to support economic development in southwestern Ontario by supporting projects that create jobs, attract private sector investment, lead to business growth, and encourage innovation. ON
South Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation This program supports high-growth, innovative small- or medium-sized organizations to increase their growth and innovation. Activities include late-stage commercialization; development or implementation of new technologies, products, services, or processes; and new applications/markets. ON
Protein Industries Superclusters This program supports projects that will accelerate innovation and the competitiveness of the plant protein sector. Canada-wide
OCI – Voucher with Innovation and Productivity (VIP) This program funds collaborative innovation efforts between Ontario businesses and post-secondary institutions. These projects should generate economic benefits for Ontario’s businesses in a short-term time frame. ON
Hydro-Québec Technology and Business Demonstration Program This program provides support for projects that test the technical or commercial viability of innovative, energy-saving, or power demand optimization measures. QC
AVIN Wintertech Development Program This program supports the validation, testing, demonstration, and prototyping of mobility products and services in order to meet the demands of severe winter weather conditions. ON
AV R&D Partnership Fund: Stream 1: Collaborative R&D project This program provides funding to collaborative projects that develop and demonstrate technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle sector. ON
AV R&D Partnership Fund: Stream 2: Technology demonstration project This program provides funding to projects that develop and demonstrate technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle sector. ON
NOHFC INVEST North Program – Innovation Stream This program supports applied research and development projects, and projects which aim to demonstrate and commercialize new and innovative technologies. ON
CAP Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovative Initiative This program focuses on collaborative projects that will accelerate the creation and adoption of innovative solutions to sector challenges and advance sector opportunities to increase competition and sustainability. This program is currently closed and will reopen in May. ON
CAP Market Products This program provides support for projects that aim to significantly increase product sales internationally. This program is currently closed. ON
Ocean Supercluster This program is aimed to bring together organizations from all sectors to develop and commercialize globally-relevant ocean solutions. This program is currently closed. Canada-wide
TECTERRA – HIRE Program This program provides funding for businesses that hire highly qualified personnel for development or commercialization purposes aimed to help Canadian Geospatial technology companies achieve commercial success. The Focus is on projects that can create jobs, contribute to company growth, and diversify the economy. Canada-wide
Industry Commercialization Associates Program This program was created to assist Alberta small or medium-sized businesses commercialize innovative technologies. The program financially supports employees with expertise in commercializing novel technology. AB
FedDev Ontario – Business Scale Up and Productivity  This program supports business efforts to adopt/ adapt new, innovative technologies to help accelerate growth. The program hopes to assist in scale-up/ expansion, commercialization of new technologies, adaption/ adoption of leading-edge technologies/ processes, market diversification. ON
CanExport SMEs This program supports small- to medium-sized enterprises collaborating with foreign partners in R&D efforts to co-develop, validate, or adapt their technologies for commercialization. Canada-wide
CanExport Innovation This program supports small or medium-sized businesses in introducing their product/service to new international markets. Canada-wide
Alberta Export Expansion Program This program supports small- or medium-sized organizations in Alberta promoting Alberta exports. This program is currently closed. AB
Alberta Innovates – Export Readiness Micro-Voucher The goal of this program is to help Alberta small or medium-sized businesses hire a service provider to help build a strategic approach to enter global markets. AB
Soft Landing Program This program is aimed to support Canadian businesses open in new markets, close international sales, secure investments, and connect with new partners by providing reimbursements for foreign travel costs. This program is currently closed. Canada-wide
Eastern Ontario Development Fund This program offers loans and grants to businesses and community economic development projects for economic development in Eastern Ontario. ON
Ontario Creates – Export Fund: Book This program is designed to support Ontario book publishing businesses to participate in international activities that will lead to business and market growth and development. This program is currently closed. ON
Ontario Creates – Export Fund: Film and Television This program is designed to support Ontario film or television production companies to participate in international activities that will lead to business and market growth and development. This program is currently closed. ON
Ontario Creates – IDM Fund: Global Market Development This program is designed to support Ontario interactive digital media businesses to participate in international activities that will lead to business and market growth and development. This program is currently closed. ON
Creative Export Canada (CEC) This program targets creative Canadian industries and aims to help generate export revenues. This program is currently closed. Canada-wide
Industry R&D Associates Program This program provides funding to businesses to enable them to hire a research and development professional to advance their technology in order to accelerate commercialization. AB

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Investment, Growth & Capacity Expansion; Technology Adoption, Scale up
R&D; Development & Improvement of new technology, products & processes
Hiring, Developing & Upskilling Human Resources

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