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March 02, 2015 13:30 ET

Minister Holder Announces Support to Help Businesses Grow and Prosper in Northern Ontario

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 2, 2015) - The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing - Timiskaming, today announced an investment in the Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) organization through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

IION will receive up to $50,000 in funding this year from NRC-IRAP to enhance and accelerate the adoption of advanced design, prototyping, manufacturing and productivity technologies by innovative small and medium-sized businesses (SME) in Northern Ontario regions like Nipissing, Parry Sound, Huntsville and Timiskaming.

The announcement took place at Canadore College's Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP) facility. IION and ICAMP are working together on the Innovation Manufacturing and Facilitation Program (IMFP), designed to accelerate innovation and commercialization in the manufacturing sector by utilizing the specialized services and technology expertise within ICAMP.

IION is a not-for-profit organization that provides expert business advisory services and strategic planning advice, and helps businesses and communities secure the resources required to foster growth and economic development in Northern Ontario.

Quick facts

  • IION is supporting technology-based Northern Ontario businesses in multiple sectors including Health, IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Natural Resources, Green Technology, and Agri-Food.
  • IION is a member of the Northern Technology Alliance, which is a collaborative network of organizations from across the major centres in Northern Ontario, and a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE).
  • With its national network of Industrial Technology Advisors, NRC-IRAP provides support to SMEs in Canada in the development and commercialization of technologies.
  • NRC-IRAP works with industry to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy that reflects today's global realities.
  • In 2012-2013 NRC-IRAP worked with over 11,000 SMEs, with some 8,000 firms benefiting from expert advisory services and about 3,000 firms receiving some form of financial assistance.


"Our government is committed to moving ideas from the lab to the marketplace more quickly to ensure Canadian businesses remain productive and competitive while create jobs in Canada. Today's investment in Innovation Initiatives Ontario North is further demonstration of this commitment, allowing IION to support more than 8 regional small and medium size businesses while keeping high-quality, high skilled jobs right here in North Bay and across Northern Ontario."

Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing - Timiskaming

"Under our government's updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, creating strong partnerships between colleges and businesses is a key commitment to ensuring Canadian businesses innovate to remain competitive on global markets. Today's IRAP investment will partner IION with Canadore College's ICAMP facility to ensure local businesses have access to cutting edge prototyping, design and manufacturing processes to stay competitive and create jobs in North Bay and across Northern Ontario."

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"Funding support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program for the Innovative Manufacturing & Facilitation Program (IMFP) has been a model program for technology adoption, allowing IION to assist local companies to grow and to showcase the growing capabilities of local technology providers such as ICAMP."

Rob Deline, Executive Director, Innovation Initiatives Ontario North

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Backgrounder - Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Additional Links

Innovation Initiatives Ontario North

Business Innovation Access Program

Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program

Youth Employment Program

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