COVID-19 Program

The COVID-19 Program is focused on unlocking solutions to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and our economy through the development, deployment, and scaling of digital technologies.

Effective July 1st, we will no longer be accepting new ideas for our COVID-19 Program.

Since our COVID-19 Program launched in March, we received over 600 exceptional ideas. Given the strength of these submissions, we anticipate that the $60 million available for co-investment through our COVID-19 Program will soon be fully committed.

Thank you to the hundreds of organizations that submitted ideas. Your interest, enthusiasm, and innovative ideas will keep Canadians safe now and in the future and contribute to Canada’s economic recovery.

Although our intake process has closed for this Program, your project idea may be eligible for other sources of investment and future calls for proposals. We look forward to sharing this information with you soon.

In the meantime, you can find more information about our COVID program here and check out some key funding opportunities by accessing the COVID-19 Resource Page.  Questions? Please contact info@digitalsupercluster.ca.

AI-based Prediction Tool for COVID-19 Patient Care

This project is collating and sharing a higher-quality dataset of hospitalized COVID-19 patients that is 10 times of size of those previously used. AI prediction tools are being built that will improve patient outcomes.

Beacon - Realtime Global Data Sharing Network

This beacon will enable the scientific and medical communities to share and discover knowledge about the genetics of the virus in real-time.

Clothing to Remotely Connect to Care

project aims to support the virtual and remote care of patients in the community by incorporating wearable technology into this virtual care system using clothing.

Confidential Virtual Addiction Treatment for Healthcare Workers

This project will provide healthcare workers with access to confidential virtual care and evidence-based treatment options for substance use.

Digital Mental Health Tools for Healthcare Workers Providing COVID-19 Care

This project will work to build a suite of interactive digital therapy tools to help healthcare organizations deliver personalized mental health care to workers.

Digital Telework for Remote Physical Work

This project aims to expand beyond the existing use of video and audio technologies for the virtual work environment and test the use of robots in long-term care and clinic settings.

DirectFood.store, Securing the Food Supply Chain

This project is aimed at using technology to create a one-stop shop for consumers to source fresh food directly from local producers, all without warehousing, processing facilities, stores or other distributors.

Early Detection of COVID-19 through Artificial Intelligence

This project applies existing security cameras and computer vision technology to develop a passive screening system to identify people with elevated temperatures who are at risk of having COVID-19.

Emergency Food Distribution Network

This project is improving and expanding an existing food recovery software platform so it can rapidly connect, coordinate and track the matching of surplus food to organizations who need it most, in a fast, safe and cost effective manner.

Global Clinical Network for Infectious Diseases

The first global platform that empowers healthcare organizations to collaborate and improve the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

HEALTHYACCESS

This project aims to create a hygienic, touchless screening process. The initiative brings together industry-leading face recognition technologies, infrared thermal imaging sensors, detection technology for vital signs like heart rate and respiration levels, and AI to process the data.

Improving ICU Capacity During COVID-19 Outbreaks

This project will develop software that predicts patients’ risk of ICU admission and expected length of ICU stay based on patients’ medical imaging.

Leveraging AI in Canada’s Social Response to COVID

This project is harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) to give decision makers insights that can focus their responses to COVID-19 and mitigate its long-term social impacts.

Lifesaver - Predicting emerging pandemics

This platform will enable decision-makers to better predict emergencies and regional needs, thus allowing for effective planning and deployment of resources.

Looking Glass: Protecting Canadians in a Return to Community

This project will provide possible benefits and risks based on science-driven modelling to better inform public policy and practice, for reopening of schools and businesses.

Making Virtual Care Happen: COVID-19 & the Health Connect App

The Health Connect App will expand youth access to mental health services, substance use and physical health care, walk-in counselling and peer support.

Mobile Wellness Declaration

This project will add a layer of protection by retro-fitting existing card access systems in these facilities with touch-free screening surveys to control access and adding new thermal imaging technology to detect potentially ill people before they can enter.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound for COVID-19

This project aims to use a handheld ultrasound device powered by artificial intelligence to provide real-time diagnosis of patients with pneumonia, potentially caused by COVID-19.

Project ABC

This project is aiming to remove bottlenecks with a solution that will enable automated assessment, authorization, booking, and coordination of widespread testing and, when available, immunization.

Project ACTT - Access to Cancer Testing & Treatment in Response to COVID-19

This project aims to speed up testing during the pandemic through a minimally invasive DNA test available for cancer patients – an alternative to surgical tissue biopsies.

Protecting Canadians by Predicting the Evolution of COVID-19

This project aims to forecast changes to the virus so that tests, therapies and vaccines can be pre-designed to manage future outbreaks.

Providing Safe and Effective Home Care During COVID-19

This project aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in home care patients and their caregivers.

Rapid Assessment of Disability Claims During and Post COVID-19

This project is aiming to limit the rise in premiums by building a tool to discover the malingered or fraudulent applications that could make up to 10 per cent of disability claims.

Rapid Deployment of Emergency Case Management

This project will provide remote monitoring and virtual care, including the rapid referral to specialists.

Rapid Repurposing of Drugs for COVID-19

Using artificial intelligence to rapidly establish links between drugs that have the potential to combat the effects of COVID-19 and fast-track life-saving treatment for patients.

Reduce Risk: Post-COVID Analytics Platform for Returning to Work

This project will enable a rapid-risk assessment for people wanting to return to work by collecting data in a single place to analyze it and create models of the disease.

ReSTART: Post-COVID Surgeries and Medical Procedures

This project aims to help tackle the backlog and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in the healthcare system through an end-to-end digital solution that can more effectively manage surgical services.

Risk Management Frameworks for Workplace Safety

This project will assess the feasibility of a low-cost, on-the-spot screening technology for the detection of COVID-19.

Scaling Safe Food Delivery for Canadians

This project’s eGrocery software solution will cover everything a retailer needs to effectively operate dedicated online grocery fulfillment facilities at scale, and will be available to Canadian and international retailers via a SaaS model.

Stronger Together: Social Infrastructure for Community Health

This tool will keep patients healthy at home and socially supported and provide healthcare providers a single, comprehensive solution for remote monitoring and engaging with their patients.

Supporting Canada’s Elderly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Supporting Canada’s Elderly project will use technology to help older patients achieve better medication adherence without having to leave the safety and comfort of home.

Telewound Care Canada

This project is developing and deploying a technology solution that will allow patients to access wound care from their own home and community, without having to risk exposure to COVID-19.

Thunderbird: Rapid Antibody Design using AI

This project will use artificial intelligence to fast-track the complex task of developing antibodies required for a vaccine and effective treatments for COVID-19.

Virtual Pulse

This project is building a digital training platform for nurses that brings together an extended reality training tool that uses the web and virtual reality modules.

xrAI

This project uses artificial intelligence to identify lung abnormalities on chest x-rays in real-time.

Some of the companies involved in our COVID-19 projects

Get Involved

There are two ways that your organization can join the Supercluster and start to get involved in collaborative projects designed to build world class digital technologies while growing our ecosystem and capacity as we become a world leader in the digital transformation of our economies and our society.