Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

March 09, 2011 13:33 ET

Federal Government Helps to Kickstart Canadian Entrepreneurial Businesses

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the Government of Canada has pre-qualified its first 19 innovations which it may buy and test as part of the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP). The announcement was made at AMITA Corporation.

"Across the country, there are now Canadian businesses with innovative solutions who have the opportunity to move their ideas into action, and today I am pleased to announce the first of four rounds of innovations that our Government may be purchasing," said Minister Ambrose. "This program will help to kickstart innovative business ideas by helping them move from late-stage research and development into commercialization."

"The economy is the top priority of the Government of Canada", said Minister Paradis. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support entrepreneurs who help to keep the Canadian economy moving, especially during 2011: the year of the Entrepreneur."

This pre-qualification is a significant step of the CICP process. These are the firms whose products and services will be procured when and if a match is found in government.

The CICP is a new $40-million program that was created by the Government of Canada in response to the needs of Canadian industry in order to help businesses get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace. The successful companies may see their pre-commercial products and services tested within government operations, and will be given relevant feedback from the departments participating.

AMITA Corporation, a high-tech company, is one of the nineteen Canadian companies that have successfully pre-qualified for funding. AMITA's innovation, MedPost, is a day-to day health information sharing software that allows medical community decision makers to identify, isolate and manage major health events to help save lives.

"AMITA is pleased to have been among the first firms pre-qualified under the CICP. We believe we have an outstanding, ground breaking "conceived in Canada" product that we can now market directly to the federal community of departments and agencies."

In total, nineteen innovations from Canadian companies have pre-qualified for funding under the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program's first round. PWGSC is working with government departments to match innovations with the right test departments, and will be entering into negotiations with the selected companies to put contracts in place to test their innovations, should the right department be found. Their feedback will facilitate Canadian companies in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.

The CICP procurement strategy for the first Call for Proposals included two evaluation stages: the first stage involved an independent review of proposals by the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). The second and final stage involved an Innovation Selection Committee (ISC) that validated the rankings based on the reviews of NRC-IRAP. Members of this committee, of which seventy per cent were from the private sector, were chosen based on their experience in investment and entrepreneurship; knowledge of innovation and commercialization trends; and knowledge of international business practices.

The CICP is managed by PWGSC's Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), whose mandate is to improve accessibility to government procurement opportunities for small and medium enterprises. Launched as part of the Government of Canada's Budget 2010, the CICP is a new Government of Canada initiative to promote Canada's economic growth.

For the complete list of the successful innovations, please refer to the backgrounder.

For more information, please visit www.buyandsell.gc.ca/innovation or look for upcoming Calls for Proposals on www.merx.com. You can also contact the CICP team by email at: innovation@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca or you may call the toll free line at 1-800-811-1148.

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/medias-media/index-eng.html.

Backgrounder

Pre-qualified Proposals from First Round of the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP)

The Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) is a new, $40 million initiative, launched as part of the Government of Canada's commitment to promote Canada's economic growth as announced in Budget 2010.

Created to bolster innovation in Canada's business sector, the CICP will help companies to bridge the pre-commercialization gap for their innovative products and services by:

  • Awarding contracts through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process, to entrepreneurs with pre-commercial innovations;

  • Testing and providing feedback to these entrepreneurs on the performance of their products or services;

  • Providing innovators with the opportunity to enter the marketplace with a successful application of their new products and services; and

  • Providing information on how to do business with the Government of Canada.

The CICP targets innovations in four priority areas

  • Environment;

  • Safety and security;

  • Health; and

  • Enabling technologies

On February 4, 2011 the Innovation Selection Committee (ISC), the final stage of the CICP procurement process, met in person for a full-day session to validate the ranking of proposals based on the independent reviews of the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). Members of this committee, of which seventy per cent were from the private sector, were chosen based on their experience in investment and entrepreneurship; knowledge of innovation and commercialization trends; and knowledge of international business practices. The expertise of this committee provided a unique quality to the procurement strategy of the CICP. 

There are 19 pre-qualified innovation proposals from Canadian companies for the first round of the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is working with government departments to match innovations with the right test departments and will be entering into negotiations with the selected companies to put contracts in place to test their innovations. The feedback from government departments will facilitate Canadian companies in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.

This pre-qualification of proposals is a significant step of the CICP process. These are the firms whose products and services will be procured when and if a match is found in government: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Publicworks.pdf

Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program

The program has two complementary components. The first will identify Canadian innovations to test within federal operations in order to support businesses as they move to commercialization. The second will build on current Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) efforts to improve Small and Medium Enterprises' (SME) access to federal procurement activities, and enable companies to showcase innovative products and services to potential government users.

Proposals related to the opportunity to test innovative products and services are being accepted through competitive Calls for Proposals in the spring and fall of each year of the pilot period. The next Call for Proposals will be in the spring of 2011.

The calls include specific criteria for selection, and target innovations in four priority areas—environment, health, safety & security, and enabling technologies. Only those innovations that have not yet been sold commercially will qualify.

PWGSC continues to work with all stakeholders to ensure SMEs receive the vital government support needed to thrive in today's evolving economy.

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), through its network of headquarters operations and six regional offices, assists SMEs as they navigate through the government procurement system. The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises is strengthening access to government business for SMEs through collaboration with industry associations and individual businesses on training, information, development of support tools, and through recommending procurement policy changes. The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises is also working with SME organizations to identify and pursue opportunities that encourage the introduction of innovative new products.

More information on OSME and its initiatives can be obtained by calling 1-800-811-1148, by visiting www.pwgsc.gc.ca/sme, or e-mailing achatesetventes.buyandsell@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

The pilot program was launched in the fall of 2010, and will conclude in early 2013.

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Contact Information

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