December 14, 2017

CATA Advocacy Helps Deliver Win for Startups: new $100 million Innovative Solutions Canada procurement program announced

The Canadian government launched a $100 million program today dedicated to increasing its procurements from startups.

“Our government’s new Innovative Solutions Canada program is a big winner on several fronts,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “We’re being proactive and transforming our challenges into opportunities; opportunities for innovation, economic growth and small business success that will result in a vibrant innovation economy and more middle-class jobs for Canadians.”

In Canada, 20 departments and agencies will participate in the program, and will set aside one percent of its research and development expenditures for this initiative.

See below for the CATA advocacy campaign launched in July, calling for the Next Version of Innovative Solutions Canada. We now have a next version.

The case for the creation of the Next Version of Innovative Solutions Canada: Competitive Innovation Nation Advocacy


From Left to RightMichael J Kelly, Dean, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Dan Wasserman, CATAAlliance, Procurement Advocate,  Sir Terry Matthews, National Spokesperson, CATAAlliance, and John Reid, President & CEO, CATAAlliance.

The Innovative Solutions Canada program was first announced in the government’s budget 2017 released in March, when it said that $50 million would be set aside for this purpose. The program is modelled off the US Small Business Innovation Research Program, which sees federal agencies allocate 3.2 percent of their R&D budgets to supporting small businesses with their R&D.

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