Government of Canada Renews Commitment to Collaborative Innovation

The following release is on behalf of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The original release can be found here.

Digital Supercluster Quotes

“The Digital Supercluster is advancing global health, addressing climate change and building a skilled workforce ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Through collaborations across our membership community, we have seen the World Health Organization (WHO) adopt ground-breaking Canadian health tech; global mining companies partner with Canadian scaleups to accelerate the sustainable discovery of critical minerals and safe remediation of mine sites; and our training and skilling initiatives on track to put over 7,000 Canadians on the path to promising careers for the future.

On February 13th, the Ministry of Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED) announced the continuation of its commitment to collaborative innovation through the Global Innovation Cluster program with the allocation of up to $125m to the Digital Supercluster. This renewed commitment provides the foundation for the Digital Supercluster to continue to grow Canadian companies, build­­ world-leading technologies and create a healthier, sustainable and talented world.

We are grateful to our Members for their tireless commitments to building homegrown digital solutions to some of our planet’s greatest challenges and through this, to create world-leading opportunities for Canadian industry and Canadians.  The Digital Supercluster team is excited to work with our Members to continue building a better Canada and creating global impact. We have only just begun to see the potential of what is possible for all of us in the digital world.”

Sue Paish, CEO

Digital Supercluster

Government of Canada announces renewed funding for the Global Innovation Clusters

Over $700 million investment doubles down on driving innovation

February 13, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada is spurring economic growth, helping create well-paying jobs and growing our competitive advantage by investing in ideas, businesses and communities. Through the Global Innovation Clusters program, the government established a new approach to innovation: building accelerated and strong ecosystems in industries where Canada leads.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced that each cluster will receive renewed support to expand its national presence and deepen its impact at home and abroad. Following a competitive assessment process, based on financial track record and program metrics, the clusters will be allocated the following funding amounts:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Cluster – up to $177 million to support the commercialization of transformative projects that develop, scale up and apply advanced technology solutions in manufacturing, attracting talent and investments from within Canada and around the world
  • Protein Industries Cluster – up to $150 million to facilitate investment in Canada’s plant-based food and feed ecosystem and in the creation of new products and services, while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with agricultural production and food processing
  • Digital Technology Cluster – up to $125 million to mobilize Canadian industry to build world-leading digital technologies that will make Canada a global leader in clean, healthy economic growth and see Canadian companies become digital anchor enterprises
  • Scale AI Cluster – up to $125 million to establish Canada as a global hub for artificial intelligence dedicated to business productivity and intelligent supply chains, with Canadian technology setting the world standard and providing a competitive advantage for Canadian businesses
  • Ocean Cluster – up to $125 million to accelerate solutions to address global ocean opportunities, building a stronger Canadian economy and a healthier planet

The clusters have adopted the following common missions: expanding their global presence, collaborating among the clusters to deepen their impact, fighting climate change, building more resilient supply chains, and supporting the growth and scale-up of Canadian SMEs. The clusters will also aim to increase industry co-investment by raising their industry match ratio, which will result in further positive impact on job creation and GDP.


“Since their implementation, the clusters have had positive impacts by fostering collaboration across Canada’s innovation ecosystem, supporting hundreds of groundbreaking projects and creating thousands of well-paying jobs. Our government will continue to double down on spurring innovation and strengthen Canada’s position as a global innovation leader.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2022 confirmed Canada’s commitment to the clusters, with an additional investment of $750 million through to 2028, to support the further growth and development of Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters, formerly called the Innovation Superclusters Initiative. 
  • As of December 2022, the clusters had supported more than 500 projects worth $2.37 billion, involving more than 2,465 partners and generating over 855 patent applications, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets. 
  • Clusters are on track to meet or exceed the overall job creation target of 15,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs by 2023 and 50,000 by 2028.
  • The clusters are also helping to build a skilled and diverse workforce by creating opportunities for women, racialized Canadians, Indigenous communities and other under-represented groups and offering workshops and formalized training in response to industry’s need for members of these groups to develop their talent, learn about topics or gain new skills. 

A backgrounder document on Global Innovation Cluster projects can be found here.