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  • Social Enterprise Zone and Pitch Competition now accepting applications

    Discovery 2018 ready to help Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up

    Feb 14, 2018Discovery 2018 ready to help Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up
    Applications Open for Social Enterprise Zone and $20,000 Social Enterprise Pitch Competition
  • Ontario Enhancing Research Opportunities for College Students

    Feb 06, 2018Ontario Enhancing Research Opportunities for College Students
    Ontario is supporting projects across the province that will connect college students with businesses to tackle R&D challenges and launch innovative new products and services.
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    Accessibility Innovation Showcase and $20,000 Tech Pitch Competition Open for Applications

    Feb 01, 2018Accessibility Innovation Showcase and $20,000 Tech Pitch Competition Open for Applications
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), on behalf of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO), is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the next Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) and Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition.

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  • February 6, 2018 – BetaKitOntario investing $13 million to help colleges tackle R&D challenges
    The Ontario government has announced that it is investing in 61 projects across the province’s colleges to launch new tech products and services that will improve education.
  • January 25, 2018 – Ministry of Research, Innovation and ScienceBuilding Digital Infrastructure in Ontario to Develop New Tech Products

    Province’s Investment Will Grow Digital Economy, Create Jobs

    Ontario is building the digital infrastructure needed to help tech companies develop new products in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and advanced manufacturing while creating more than 3,400 jobs. 

    Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, was in Ottawa today to announce Ontario's investment in the Next-Generation Network Program (NGNP) in partnership with the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Through this project, a high-speed network of computers will be built to connect Ontario's Regional Innovation Centres with industry and academia through cloud infrastructure, allowing them all to share resources and high-level services remotely.‎

    This investment will allow small- and medium-sized enterprises, government and post-secondary institutions from across the province to develop, test and demonstrate new technologies, software and services to help bridge the gap between research and commercialization. Moving towards the next-generation network will generate value for consumers and help businesses in Ontario innovate faster and compete globally.

    Supporting research and innovation is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

    Quick Facts

    • Ontario is investing $63 million in the Next-Generation Network Program (NGNP) in partnership with the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
    • The Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) is a not-for-profit organization made up of industry, academic and research leaders and focused on the commercialization of next-generation communications solutions. It is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders, including Bell Canada, Cisco, EXFO, Huawei, Invest Ottawa, Juniper Networks, Mitel, Nokia, Ribbon Communications, Rogers, TELUS, and Wind River.
    • Next-generation networks are software-controlled platforms that significantly improve bandwidth and allow for seamless connectivity between all communications technologies.
    • The investment will support CENGN’s Cloud Expansion Project, which will connect 18 innovation centres across Ontario to provide small- and medium-sized enterprises with access to a testbed with advanced networking capabilities. The program will be administered by the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE).
    • The NGNP will collaborate with post-secondary institutions to develop technology solutions and provide opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral students to be trained in new technologies. It will connect researchers with leading players in the industry who will guide their work and steer it towards real-world application and commercialization.
    • This investment in next-generation networks is part of a package of investments to accelerate the development and adoption of transformative technologies including artificial intelligence, 5G wireless technologies, connected and autonomous vehicles, big data analytics, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.

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    “This ground-breaking initiative will help Ontario's businesses leverage advanced technologies, turning innovative ideas into next-generation products they can take to global markets. Our province is already a leader when it comes to innovative technologies, and this will further cement Ontario's leadership by giving companies the tools they need to transform society and improve lives.”

    Reza Moridi

    Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

    “This investment supports critical infrastructure for the economy of the future. It will help our tech companies develop new products, create jobs and compete globally, strengthening Ontario’s position as a leading centre of technology.”

    Steven Del Duca

    Minister of Economic Development and Growth


  • February 22, 2018Toronto, ON2nd Annual OAC Research & Technology Event
    The Second Beyond the Barriers event is designed to provide all participants with a toolbox of resources that will assist in addressing: finding an academic partner; identifying capabilities and areas of focus of academic institutions; understanding the funding program options that are available; and developing a network across all levels of the research and development chain.
  • February 26, 2018Oshawa, ONIntroduction to Vehicle Safety and Simulation Tools for Autonomous Transportation and human-machine interface (HMI)
    This workshop will give a short introduction to vehicle safety and relevant restraint systems with a focus on the deployment of the restraint systems (“airbag sensing”) used to improve the protection of people (e.g. vehicle occupants) involved in a vehicle accident.
  • March 1, 2018Toronto, ONInsurTech Canada: The Enhanced Car
    Learn about new trends for 2018 and how enhanced cars will impact the insurance industry.