Our Origins

About the Innovation Superclusters Initiative

Together, we are accelerating Canadian innovation, building a skilled and diverse workforce and helping to grow small and medium-sized enterprises.

A made-in-Canada approach

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is a Canadian federal program that was created in 2018. Across Canada there are 5 Superclusters, each operating as an independent, not-for-profit entity and funded through co-investment by government and industry, with an expectation of dollar-for-dollar matching. So far, industry investment has surpassed this expectation.

By March 2023, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) will have invested up to $950 million through 5 non repayable contributions, supporting some of Canada’s most promising industries:

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Growing Canada’s economic prosperity

(*As of November 22, 2021, data includes approved projects and those not yet publicly announced)

The Superclusters have successfully proven that together, we are capable of so much more. To date, we have:

Members across Canada
People being trained and mentored, developing valuable skillsets in the process
Projects led by small and medium sized enterprises
New products, processes and/or services in development
Direct jobs created
Unique project partners collaborating across the country
Attracted in industry matching funds

A unique innovation model designed for the era of collaboration

Members of Canada’s superclusters, many of which are SMEs, are spread across every region of the country, from coast to coast to coast. Our programs are geared towards bringing innovation from lab to market. We are committed to:

  • Building the strongest innovation ecosystem in Canada
  • Facilitating connection and collaboration across sectors
  • Supporting shared investment and shared risk in innovation
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Now is the time for bold R&D at scale.

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