OCE In The News

  • January 4, 2018 – Ottawa Citizen'I am here today because of this': A high-tech solution to one of Ontario's biggest health care challenges
    A new solution by Aetonix, supported through Ontario's Health Technologies Fund, is helping to improve the lives of complex-care patients across the province.
  • January 2, 2018 – Ontario investing in made-in-Ontario Health Technologies

    12 Innovative Ontario Projects will Improve Patient Care at Home and in the Community

    The province is improving patient care through cutting-edge, made-in-Ontario health technology that will help bring better care closer to home. 

    Ontario is providing grants for 12 new projects through the Health Technologies Fund, which supports the development of Ontario-based health technologies that improve care for people, boost the impact of investments in health innovation and grow health innovation companies. Projects include:

    •  A platform that allows people with upper body mobility injuries to access smart devices, computers, wheelchair driving controls, and more.
    • A portable device that detects brain bleeds in traumatic brain injury patients.
    • A new digital tool that will shorten the time patients need to spend in the hospital following heart surgery by providing high-quality monitoring from home

    This is the second round of Health Technologies Fund investments by Ontario this year. The 2017-18 grants are focused on market-ready projects that were selected for their potential to improve patient outcomes and bring value to the health care system. 

    Investing in innovative health technologies that help patients receive care closer to home 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

    • Twelve grants were awarded ranging from about $294,000 to $500,000 each, totalling $5.5 million.
    • The $20-million Health Technologies Fund is developed and funded by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS) and administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
    • Each Health Innovation Team includes at least one provider of publicly funded health care services and at least one technology company with a research and development or manufacturing presence in Ontario.
    • The next call for applications for the Health Technologies Fund will be announced in early 2018.

    Additional Resources


    “Through the Health Technologies Fund, we are accelerating the development of new tools that address health system challenges and improve patient care. With this program, we are investing in our economy and the future of our health care system by supporting made-in-Ontario technologies.”

    Dr. Eric Hoskins

    Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

    “Ontario has a wealth of innovators looking to connect with clinicians and patients to find new ways of delivering better care, closer to home. The job of my office, and the purpose of the Health Technologies Fund, is to help spark that demand-driven innovation and get it embedded into our health system quickly. The fund is part of our value-based innovation framework that has three clear goals: improve patient outcomes, optimize the impact of our investment in health innovation and scale promising Ontario companies.”

    William Charnetski

    Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario

    Source: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • December 13, 2017 – Government of Ontario NewsroomOntario Passes Legislation to Ensure Safe Transition to Federal Cannabis Legalization

    The province has partnered with Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to introduce the Small Business Innovation Challenge. It encourages small and medium-sized businesses to develop solutions to rapidly determine if a driver is impaired by cannabis or other drugs.

  • December 13, 2017 – Government of Ontario NewsroomOntario's TargetGHG Program

    Ontario announced the first recipients of TargetGHG -- a program that helps companies adopt leading-edge technologies in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), while supporting entrepreneurs working on innovative ways to fight climate change. The province invested $74 million in TargetGHG through the Ontario Green Investment Fundand it is administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). 

  • November 15, 2017 – Metro OttawaID cards jamming up your wallet? An Ottawa company might have an app for that
    Bluink has won a contract with the Ontario government to develop a platform that would store electronic versions of driver’s licences, health cards and other government-issued ID on a user’s smartphone. OCE is funding the project under the Small Business Innovation Challenge, a program that helps SMEs bring new technologies to market.
  • November 10, 2017 – Ministry of Economic Development and GrowthOntario Enhancing Government Services Through Partnerships with Small Business
    Ontario is partnering with small businesses to develop innovative technologies that will help government deliver better services and programs across the province.
  • October 23, 2017 – Financial PostThe key that will open the seed-funding door for your business

    There’s money out there to kickstart your young company. The trick is getting at it.

  • October 11, 2017 – The Lawyer's DailyOntario challenges legal technology firms to use artificial intelligence
    There is $80,000 in seed funding to be won by Ontario-based technology companies that can apply artificial intelligence (AI) to legal innovation.

    The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University are sponsoring the Ontario AI Legal Challenge. 

    Angel investors often come to LIZ looking to meet with the startups as do people from governmental and other agencies, like the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • October 4, 2017 – The Globe and MailArtificial intelligence reshaping wealth management

    Imagine a world where chatbots answer client e-mails regarding their investments, and software scours the Internet for the latest news, economic data and academic papers to create insightful investment reports. This might seem like the stuff of science fiction – albeit with a wealth management slant.

    Yet this is the leading edge of financial technology – or fintech – powered by the fast-growing field of artificial intelligence (AI), which is able to process and interpret vast amounts of data at lightning speed.

  • October 3, 2017 – Ottawa Business JournalOntario-IBM incubator partnership sets up in Bayview Yards
    Invest Ottawa, IBM and the Ontario Centres of Excellence announced the IBM Incubator Space at Bayview Yards on Friday, September 29, 2017.
  • July 19, 2017 – BetakitIBM launches innovation incubator at Communitech
    IBM Canada, in partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence and Communitech, has unveiled the IBM Innovation Incubator at Waterloo’s Communitech innovation hub.
  • July 17, 2017 – London Free PressA London wunderkind has already sold his first tech firm, and is now working on his second
    Sean Cornelius already has sold his first high-tech company and is busy developing the second before he starts Grade 11 in the fall. In March 2016 when he was 15 and at student at St. Andre Bessette secondary school, Cornelius launched Geco Digital Labs that does search engine optimization, social media content and branding, mainly for other tech companies.

    He and his classmates won an Ontario Centres of Excellence Make Your Pitch contest in Toronto, picking up a $3,000 prize.

  • July 7, 2017 – The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, G7 and G20 Research GroupCelebrating 150 years of global contribution
    Canada is a remarkably diverse, open country that for a century and a half has been strengthened by its participation on the world stage and has in turn helped to create a better world. The 150th anniversary of our confederation is an opportunity to reflect on our past, on what has worked and what has not, and to inspire the world for generations to come. This is a moment of opportunity. More than a 150th anniversary celebration, this can be Canada’s moment. 
  • May 19, 2017 – TVOWhy cyberattacks could be a boon for Ontario startups
    Cybersecurity is a growing concern for governments, businesses, and internet users around the world. Yet cybersecurity also presents a business opportunity — particularly for Ontario. That’s according to a 2016 Deloitte report commissioned by the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.
  • May 8, 2017 – Government of Ontario NewsOntario Marks Grand Opening of Innovation Space in Markham
    Ontario has partnered with IBM Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence and ventureLAB to open the IBM Innovation Space-Markham Convergence Centre that will provide businesses access to the technology and expertise they need to grow and compete in the global marketplace.
  • April 21, 2017 – Toronto StarPricing carbon drives innovation and creates local jobs
    Cleantech companies that reduce carbon emissions need support for government and Bay Street to compete globally.
  • March 20, 2017 – Globe and MailInventing innovation: Making a formula for startup success

    Cian O’Sullivan is the picture of confidence as he speaks to a packed lecture hall at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. A tall, lantern-jawed man, Mr. O’Sullivan begins his presentation with a slick video explaining the genius idea developed by Beagle Inc., his Kitchener, Ont.-based startup. Using artificial intelligence (AI), Beagle’s software reviews dense contracts and other legal documents and roots out critical information in minutes. Most of the 30 million small- and medium-sized businesses in North America don’t use lawyers for commercial deals; Beagle’s product saves them hours of aggravation.

  • March 13, 2017 – Brampton GuardianOntario issues innovation challenge to small and medium-sized businesses

    Ontario is inviting companies to compete for funding to create and test technology solutions for challenges facing government services.Small and medium-sized businesses will be provided with funding to take an innovative idea and develop and test a working prototype.

  • February 2, 2017 – London Economic Development CorporationFillSpaces.com Granted Ontario Centre of Excellence SmartStart Seed Fund

    Ontario’s FillSpaces.com, a commercial space marketplace, has been awarded the SmartStart Seed Fund from the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE). This is a fund that is granted to Ontario's next generation of entrepreneurs in order to take their start-ups to the next level.
    FillSpaces.com is an online platform that has removed the barriers associated with discovering and booking commercial spaces through a safe, seamless and stress-free process. Users can access affordable spaces and are able to book and pay for them directly online. Underutilized spaces can be shared through this platform to provide owners with revenue on the side and help offset ownership costs.

  • January 16, 2017 – The Sudbury StarCambrian partners with Sudbury businesses
    Cambrian College Graphic Design students will be earning credits and pay cheques at the same time thanks to a partnership with four local businesses.
    The partnership was announced on January 13 between Cambrian College’s Graphic Design program; its applied research arm, Cambrian Innovates, and the Ontario Centres for Excellence VEBTA program. 
    This new partnership will enable six Graphic Design students to gain experience through a paid placement with local businesses and organizations which include the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Fuel Multimedia, Studio 123, and Design de Plume.