Technology and Innovation: Non-Financial Support

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Introduction
Government resources
Non-government collaborative resources
Other resources

Introduction

There are many types of support and assistance available for businesses in Ontario. This guide provides an overview of some of the non-financial support programs and services available to the technology and innovation sector.

To learn about financing options for your business, please refer to the following guides:

Government resources

Several federal departments and provincial ministries work directly with technology and innovation entrepreneurs. You may be able to access resources and information from either level of government, based on your industry or business project.

Contact your local municipal office for information on financing and support that may be available for your area. You can find the number for your municipality on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario website.

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Association of Municipalities of Ontario

Federal resources

Common sources of technology and innovation business support offered by the Government of Canada include:

Concierge Service

Let expert advisors help you find funding and other resources needed to grow your innovative business. You can get help with your challenges no matter what industry you are in if you are:

  • Doing research and development
  • In any phase of product and service development
  • Increasing productivity by adapting or adopting technologies

Use the database to search for initial information on available programs and services. Contact the Concierge Service to assess whether these services meet your needs.

Contact Concierge Service:
1-855-534-8433
Your guide to innovation

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Visit the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada website to find information on commercialization, technology transfers and research programs.

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Innovation, research, science and technology

Build in Canada Innovation Program

Access opportunities to sell your innovative products or services in the areas of environment, health, safety and security or enabling technologies to federal government departments or showcase them to potential markets. You could:

  • Connect with potential customers in federal government departments
  • Showcase your products and services at events across Canada
  • Test your goods or services and receive feedback
  • Find markets

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Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)

Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)

If you are looking for assistance with communications research and development, you may be able to take advantage of CRC’s Innovation Centre services and facilities.

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Doing business with CRC

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

You can find clean energy technology research and development information through NRCan. Explore resources offered through their CANMET laboratories and take advantage of partnership opportunities in a variety of sectors, including:

You can also access benchmarking guides, tools and calculators, including software applications to help you make more informed decisions about your resources and technology:

National Research Council Canada (NRC)

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) may be able to support your business innovation.

  • Networking and linkages
    Network with potential partners, individuals and organizations to find innovation resources and support for your business.
  • Research facilities
    You may be able to access state-of-the-art equipment and training programs to help you with business innovation projects.

Provincial resources

Common sources of technology and innovation business support offered by the Government of Ontario include:

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG)

As a technology and innovation entrepreneur, you can find government support and programs through MEDG, including:

Visit MEDG’s website for more information and resources to help you move forward with your technology and innovation idea.

Contact MEDG:
1-866-668-4249
Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Ministry of Energy

If your business involves renewable energy projects, talk to the Ministry’s Renewable Energy Facilitation Office for detailed information on industry regulations and standards.

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Renewable Energy Facilitation Office (REFO)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF)

You may be able to access information and support for agricultural or agri-food research and technology through OMAF's Laboratory Program.

Contact OMAF:
1-877-424-1300
Research, education, laboratories & risk management
Findings and Outcomes from OMAFRA-Funded Research

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Find regional support ranging from skills training and technical problem solving to licensing opportunities in the development and commercialization of your new technologies. Make use of their expertise in:

Contact OCE:
1-866-759-6014
Ontario Centres of Excellence

The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

Connect with an entire network of innovation centres. Take advantage of sector-based expertise and business acceleration services from anywhere in the network by contacting your local regional organization.

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Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

Non-government collaborative resources

There are many non-governmental organizations that collaborate with the government to provide support to technology and innovation entrepreneurs, including:

Canadian Innovation Centre (CIC)

Develop and commercialize your invention or technology with help from CIC’s Learning Centre, Education and Training Programs or their online Tools for Entrepreneurs.

Contact the CIC:
519-885-5870
Canadian Innovation Centre

GeoConnections Program

Find out how your company could make use of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure. You can learn about the advantages of using international standards for data sets, how to share, access and use Canadian geospatial information, and connect with other stakeholders in the sector.

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GeoConnections

Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR)

If you run a Canadian small or medium-size business with less than 500 employees and are involved in software development, testing and demonstration, you may benefit from the DAIR program’s high-performance cloud resources. Advantages include:

  • Free self-serve access to 4 high performance virtual servers
  • Easy, online application process
  • Ability to develop and test many types of software applications for tech-based businesses
  • Ability to develop e-commerce applications, services or websites, either for internal or external use for non-tech businesses
  • Storage of data in Canada (may be a legal or contractual requirement for some businesses)

Additional services and resources are also available for a fee.

Note: All use of the service must be non-commercial (pre-commercial or non-revenue generating). Other conditions apply.

Contact CANARIE: 
613-943-5454
Cloud Technology: Dair - For Entrepreneurs

Other resources

Managing

From day-to-day operations to long-term planning, learn how to manage your business efficiently.

Associations

If you are interested in finding an association, use our secondary market research service request and have us search for one based on your needs.

Industry specific information

As an innovation entrepreneur, you may need to protect your business’s intellectual property, inventions, or designs. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada.

Contact CIPO:
1-866-997-1936
CIPO for business

You can find more information about registering or patenting new inventions or technologies on Canada Business.

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Copyright and Intellectual Property

You can also find books, magazines and other relevant print material at business service organizations in your community. To locate a Canada Business Ontario (CBO) community partner, contact us at 1-888-576-4444.