Technology R&D Programs
We’re working on the first phase of projects in four Program areas:
- Precision Health: Projects that enable the delivery of precision health services domestically and around the world through digital technologies that improve data collection, management and access in environments with global leading security and consent protocols.
- Digital Twins: Projects that leverage AR/VR technologies to create real-time, virtual production environments for operations management, simulation, modelling and Training.
- Data Commons: Projects that aggregate big data resources from multiple stakeholders into shared platforms for exploration, machine learning and innovative application development.
- Capacity Building: Enhance a connected, competitive, and resilient innovation ecosystem, develop a diverse pool of digital talent and support companies to scale.
We announced our first group of projects in March 2019. More information on the projects is available in Project Overviews.
Benefit to Canadians
Canada becomes a world leader:
Canada is globally recognized as a leader in the development and successful deployment of digital technologies where the world seeks out Canadian expertise and companies for future development of innovative technologies.
Economic growth for Canada:
As digital products and platforms is deployed domestically and internationally, Canadian companies grow, increasing our GDP and the benefits that flow from a robust and successful economic environment.
Jobs are created to both develop and implement technologies, lead and manage projects and deploy and market resulting products and platforms.
Small companies and startups expand their reach:
Start-up companies led by Canadian entrepreneurs and small organizations can join supercluster projects and benefit from the experience and expertise of large enterprises while also leveraging funding and expanding their reach and presence leading to market opportunities for technology products.
Job ready training:
Employee groups who might otherwise not be employed will be exposed to and offered training and education opportunities for ‘new economy’ positions.
Research moves to commercial opportunities:
Researchers and academics are partnering with private sector companies to identify and capitalize on market opportunities for digital technology developments and ideas.
Skills development for employees across multiple organizations:
Employees across multiple organizations are being given the opportunity to be involved in projects through proposal development, research, implementation and management, providing them with skills and experiences not available in any other environment.
Market exposure for SMEs:
Small organizations are introduced to market potential and revenue growth faster and broader than they could do on their own.
Community groups will be able to leverage ideas to expand engagement and workforce participation for under-represented groups through collaborative ecosystem development projects.
Intro to the Supercluster
Read about our milestone first year in our Annual Report.
Find out more about the Digital Technology Supercluster.