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Government of Canada

September 12, 2012 10:45 ET

Harper Government Kick-Starts Entrepreneurial Business in Montreal, Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2012) - Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has awarded a $359,353 contract to Kinova for their pre-qualified innovation through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).

"Our government's top priority is the economy and we understand that helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed directly benefits Canadian workers and families by creating jobs and prosperity," said Minister Ambrose. "We are proud to encourage Canada's entrepreneurial spirit by kick starting Canadian businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace."

"Strengthening Canada's economy is our number one priority, and this contract award is great news for the workers of Kinova and the Montreal region," said Mr. Gourde. "I am proud that our Government promotes local innovation and reinforces our region's tremendous entrepreneurial spirit through this successful program."

"This is great news for us. We are very pleased that the Government of Canada is giving a boost to our local economy and the innovation sector. We are thankful for this program," said Charles Deguire, CEO and co-founder of Kinova.

Kinova's innovation, the Jaco Mechanical Arm, is a six-axis robotic manipulator arm with a three-fingered hand controlled by various interfaces.

Launched in 2010, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program has already shown encouraging results, connecting Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-federal customers.

To build on the early success of this program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated an additional $95 million over three years, starting in 2013-14, and $40 million per year thereafter to make the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program permanent. The program will include an added military procurement component.

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

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Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program

As a part of the Economic Action Plan, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) was created to bolster innovation in Canada's business sector, and was designed to help companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap for their innovative products and services by:

  • awarding contracts to entrepreneurs with pre-commercial innovations through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process;
  • testing products or services and providing feedback to entrepreneurs on their performance;
  • 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.

CICP targets innovations in four priority areas:

  • environment;
  • safety and security;
  • health; and
  • enabling technologies.

CICP has two complementary components. The first identifies Canadian innovations to test within federal operations in order to support businesses as they move their innovations to commercialization. The second builds on current efforts by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) to improve small and medium enterprises' (SME) access to federal procurement activities, and enables companies to showcase innovative products and services to potential government users.

Public Works and Governments Services Canada (PWGSC) continues to work with all stakeholders to ensure that SMEs receive the vital government support needed to thrive in today's evolving economy.

OSME, through its network of headquarters operations and six regional offices, assists SMEs as they navigate through the government procurement system. It is strengthening access to government business for SMEs by collaborating with industry associations and individual businesses on training, providing information, developing support tools, and recommending procurement policy changes. OSME is also working with SMEs to identify and pursue opportunities that encourage the introduction of innovative products and services to the marketplace.

Here is a list of the pre-qualified innovations the Government of Canada may buy and test through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program

Business Name Innovation Name City Province
Adventure Lights Inc. BATTERY HARVESTER Beaconsfield Quebec
Allen-Vanguard Corporation Inc. M-SDF- Universal Surface Decontaminant Ottawa Ontario
Clearpath Robotics Inc. Kingfisher M200 USV Kitchener Ontario
COM DEV International Ltd. 4th Generation Coax T-Switch used in Satellite RF Communications Cambridge Ontario
Corvus Energy Ltd. CorePower Cargo Loader Richmond British Columbia
Denovo-Nutrition Inc. Ultrasol Saint-Agapit Quebec
D-TA Systems Inc. Ultra-Wideband RF Scanner and Recorder Ottawa Ontario
ECO Bug Doctor Inc. Good Knight Self-Sterilizing Beds Dorval Quebec
Institut National d'Optique SR-BioSpectra: Standoff biological threat detection Quebec City Quebec
KDM Analytics Inc. Threat Risk Analysis (TRA) workbench and method for evidence-driven security assessments Ottawa Ontario
Magor Communications Corporation 5.0.0 Ottawa Ontario
MDA Systems Ltd. SeaView Richmond British Columbia
MDA Systems Ltd. Canadian All-Source Intelligence Exploitation System (CASES) Richmond British Columbia
Met-Scan Canada Ltd. TagStream Toronto Ontario
Notus Electronics Ltd. Notus Net Sounder System (NNSS) St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador
NovAtel Inc. GAJT-700ML Calgary Alberta
Ondine Biomedical Inc. MRSAid Vancouver British Columbia
Photon etc. Imageur Raman Hyperspectral Montréal Quebec
SideStix Ventures Inc. SideStix High Performance Forearm Crutches Sechelt British Columbia
Userful Corporation SideSeat Calgary Alberta

For descriptions of the innovations please visit

Proposals related to the opportunity to test innovative products and services are accepted through a competitive Calls for Proposals.

Contact Information

  • Michelle Bakos
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada