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Completion of Cycle 5 Technology Leadership Program Call for Proposals

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Together, we are capable of so much more.

We have now completed our Technology Leadership Program (Cycle 5) call for proposals. We selected six new projects with a total investment value of $57M and we are now working with these teams to launch these exciting projects [and will be announcing them over the coming months]. At the same time, we are committed to making sure that the programs and projects that are underway continue to advance and deliver the outcomes and impacts that are on the horizon.

At Digital, we are here to build a future where Canadian organizations are global industry leaders and where Canadians benefit from the prosperity and growth that comes from creating products and services that are meaningful across the country and around the world. We are now working closely with our colleagues in Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and across the Global Innovation Clusters group to create the path forward for investing new funds. We were awarded $30 million to invest in AI commercialization as part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. In addition, the Government of Canada committed an additional $750 million in Budget 2022 for the renewed and renamed Global Innovation Cluster program. To inform our approach, we are convening a series of briefing sessions including our Virtual Townhall to shape our priorities over the next five years.

These conversations are underway and we anticipate there will be opportunities to invest these new funds starting later this year.

As co-investment from the Government of Canada and our growing base of 1100+ Members increases in 2022-23 and beyond, we look forward to mobilizing break-through technology innovations and talent initiatives to:

  • Build a productive, net-zero Canada by digitally transforming our natural resource and agri-food industries while ensuring our scaleups and anchor companies remain globally competitive – in a responsible, green and sustainable way.
  • Build a healthier Canada by improving healthcare outcomes, building sustainable healthcare systems and making healthcare accessible to all.
  • Build a highly skilled and connected Canada by supporting leadership programs, community-led capacity initiatives and unobstructed pathways to digital jobs. This includes working with remote and rural communities and Indigenous partners to establish digital connectivity, transform to clean energy and cultivate digital leaders within their communities.

An update on Cycle 5.

As of June 10th, there are a number of project proposals being evaluated. The proposals submitted total $16.7M in co-investment from the Digital Supercluster with an additional $23.8M coming from industry, for a total of $40.5 under evaluation.

To date, the Digital Supercluster has co-invested $12M with an additional $17M coming from industry, for a total of $29M committed.

As a reminder, this investment cycle will have $20M co-invested by us alongside industry and others, resulting in more than $50M of new investment in Canadian digital technology innovation. Proposals will be evaluated by the Project Selection Committee.

Guidelines that facilitate breakthrough technology.

Our industry-led project consortiums bridge opportunities across industry, academia, public sector services and governments. Together, we develop, pilot and accelerate the adoption of digital technology solutions. This innovation addresses some of the biggest challenges in healthcare, enterprise digital transformation, talent and climate change. These are the guidelines for co-investment, cross-sector collaboration and IP creation.

DOWNLOAD THE CYCLE 5 PROGRAM GUIDE (PDF)
Cycle 5 Program Guide
DOWNLOAD THE CYCLE 5 CO-INVESTMENT GUIDELINES (PDF)
Cycle 5 Co-Investment Guidelines

Our program strategy for mobilizing industry-led R&D, collaboration and investment.

We are building a better Canada by growing Canadian businesses, creating a digitally skilled workforce and positively impacting lives across our country. Our members span all of Canada from coast to coast to coast, including the northern territories and indigenous communities. We support bold, ambitious projects in the following areas:

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Technology Leadership Cycle 5

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