To get from one region to another comfortably in Ontario’s harsh winters, up-to-date automotive and mobility technology that can withstand such conditions is necessary. Due to the WinterTech Development Program, Ontario has become a global leader in the commercialization of innovative winter-ready mobility technologies and solutions. This program supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their partners in Ontario to validate, test, prototype and demonstrate new products and technologies designed to operate effectively in severe winter weather conditions.
WinterTech Development encourages SMEs to demonstrate their innovative capabilities in the automotive and mobility sector, and Ontario’s unique climate allows them to test their mobility products in severe winter weather conditions.
The Program supports projects related to technology/product/service validation, testing, demonstration and prototyping of mobility products and services in severe winter weather conditions in the following priority areas:
- Mass light vehicles (i.e., cars, trucks, vans)
- Heavy duty vehicles (i.e., commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, RVs, and vehicles used to transport goods)
- Transportation infrastructure
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
- Transit-supportive systems and vehicles
Type of Funding Available
Co-investment to support eligible projects of up to $500,000, to be matched 2:1 by applicants and/or private sector partners over a maximum of 24 months.
- Small or medium sized businesses that have less than 500 global, full-time employees
- Applicants must have operations in Ontario, and the project must occur in Ontario
(There is no limit on the number of partners an applicant can have)
- Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
- National and multinational enterprises (Nes and MNEs)
- Indigenous communities
- Non-profit organizations representing their industry
- Crown corporations
- Transit authorities
- 1 applicant and a minimum of 1 partner.
- Supports a total budget of up to $1,500,000 over 24 months.
- Technology Readiness Level must be 5-9. Proving feasibility or basic technology research is not applicable to this program.
- Types of project activities typically include technology development, demonstration, product/service validation, testing, and piloting.
- Eligible projects MUST demonstrate actual products that can be showcased in Ontario at events, on the road, to OCI and its partners, and/or at customer sites.