Industrial & Technological Benefits Partnership Opportunity

We can be your gateway to the innovation marketplace.

Ontario Centres of Excellence has a vast network of SMEs and start-ups.  A not-for-profit organization, we work with industry to facilitate collaborations with Canada’s largest concentration of world-class researchers at universities, colleges and research institutes. OCE’s commercialization and start-up activities provide access to new innovative technologies and help companies benefit from Canada’s R&D.

OCE’s role in Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) is to partner with prime contractors to help offset their obligations under the policy.  With our direct access to the R&D marketplace, we can match academic research with your needs, identify and support industry-academic collaborations, and help build public-private partnerships.

Our feet-on-the-ground business model deploys a 40-member team of highly qualified, experienced Business Development Managers who build relationships with academic researchers, entrepreneurs and start-up companies to create collaborations and projects that drive Canada’s innovation and productivity.  

Focusing our team on Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs) and leveraging our strong relationships with industry, OCE can help your company gain maximum direct and indirect credits under the Investment Framework. 


Unprecedented network of companies and entrepreneurs


Leader in innovation with 28-year track record of success

  • Depth of experience in building industry-led collaborations to commercialize innovation arising out of academic institutions
  • Experience in creating public and private consortia
  • Deep engagement with academia and the R&D sectors to actively identify emerging technologies and investment opportunities 
  • Extensive experience working with key sectors including advanced manufacturing, communications and digital media; energy and environment and advanced health
  • Trusted relationships with provincial and federal governments leading to expanding suite of programs offerings and OCE’s whole-of-government funding approach
  • Will invest over $660 million in funding for innovative projects over the next three years
  • Design, build and manage programs to meet strategic objectives

Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities,  tests the latest in flight simulation at Discovery 16

Collaborative industry-led sector initiatives


OCE's ITB role

We are positioned to invest in Canada’s SME productivity and to support the commercialization of emerging technologies. In working with our industry partners, we develop and deliver to you a ready-made, customized plan that fulfills your strategic objectives and ITB Offset obligations while generating optimal value for you.

Industry Canada is familiar with OCE’s model for working with prime contractors in managing their ITB Offset funds.

For More Information

Contact Michele Davies michele.davies@oce-ontario.org 
416-861-1092 x 1034

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News

Here are some stories in areas in which OCE is active that will be of particular interest to prime contractors:
  • GHG announcement at Discovery 2016.

    Ontario Centres of Excellence brings Federal allies to greenhouse gas battle

    May 10, 2016Ontario Centres of Excellence brings Federal allies to greenhouse gas battle
    Ontario’s $74 million greenhouse gas innovation initiative, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), has two new federal partners to assist in the battle to reduce pollution-causing emissions.
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    Cybersecurity event helps identify cross-provincial partnerships

    Apr 08, 2016Cybersecurity event helps identify cross-provincial partnerships
    A Cybersecurity R&D Partnering Forum held in Ottawa on April 6 brought together 112 researchers and representatives of industry from Ontario and Quebec to explore collaborations leading to commercialization of technologies, products and services in the area of cybersecurity.
  • Ontario’s small and medium-sized businesses to benefit from advanced computing initiative

    Feb 24, 2016Ontario’s small and medium-sized businesses to benefit from advanced computing initiative
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is teaming with IBM Canada to support the economy and job creation by bringing advanced computing technologies and resources to the province’s small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence tasked with managing province’s new emissions reduction program

    Feb 17, 2016Ontario Centres of Excellence tasked with managing province’s new emissions reduction program
    Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) decades of experience in the energy and environment fields will be put to use helping the Government of Ontario reduce industrial pollution through the introduction of innovative new technologies.
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    Smart Computing Partnering Forum attracts strong interest

    Jan 27, 2016Smart Computing Partnering Forum attracts strong interest
    More than 200 participants representing the smart computing, big data and cybersecurity sectors attended the recent Smart Computing R&D Challenge Partnership Forum, hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
  • New partnership will advance cybersecurity innovation

    Dec 18, 2015New partnership will advance cybersecurity innovation
    As security in online information storage, networking communications and commerce becomes a global priority, enhancements to the technology that keeps information safe are more important than ever.
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    OCE and SOSCIP launch final round of Smart Computing R&D Challenge

    Nov 26, 2015OCE and SOSCIP launch final round of Smart Computing R&D Challenge
    After a highly successful first round of funding, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the SOSCIP consortium are launching a second and final round of the Smart Computing R&D Challenge.
  • New program will grow agri-based industrial bioproduct development in Ontario

    Nov 09, 2015New program will grow agri-based industrial bioproduct development in Ontario
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) are fostering innovation in the province’s growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector.
  • Aerospace-110

    Industry-academic collaboration in aerospace gains altitude

    Oct 28, 2015Industry-academic collaboration in aerospace gains altitude
    Close to 160 researchers, entrepreneurs and representatives of the aerospace industry participated in a partnering forum this month designed to identify collaboration opportunities. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the event marked the launch of OCE’s second Aerospace R&D Challenge.
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    Making Ontario a leader in intelligent transportation

    Sep 10, 2015Making Ontario a leader in intelligent transportation
    Helping the province's transportation industry grow and succeed, this program encourages businesses and academic institutions to develop and commercialize innovations in connected and automated vehicle technologies. With government funds and matching funds from industry partners, close to $3 million has been invested in fifteen projects aimed at making Ontario roads smarter and safer while improving traffic flow.
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    Developing novel products and services in ultra-deep mining

    Sep 10, 2015Developing novel products and services in ultra-deep mining
    Close to $500,000 in funding has been awarded to five projects from four Ontario colleges to work with this industry partners to create the industry tools and technologies needed to improve resource extraction more than 2.5 km under ground.
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    OCE launches Smart Computing R&D Challenge

    Jun 30, 2015OCE launches Smart Computing R&D Challenge
    More than 150 representatives from industry, academia and government attended a special forum hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence on June 24 to identify potential collaborations in smart computing.
  • OCE and CENGN team up to deliver next generation communications and networking technologies

    Jun 24, 2015OCE and CENGN team up to deliver next generation communications and networking technologies
    A new partnership between Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) aims to address this pressing need for more robust networks by accelerating the commercialization of cutting-edge Ontario-based communications technology research.
  • CVAV connected car

    OCE accelerates auto innovation through new program partnerships

    May 27, 2015OCE accelerates auto innovation through new program partnerships
    Fueling innovation is exactly what Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and some of its partners are doing through programs that will move more automotive-based research from the classroom to the showroom.
  • Supporting technological innovation in aerospace

    Mar 24, 2015Supporting technological innovation in aerospace
    Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Ontario Aerospace Council have worked together in supporting collaborative R&D in the province’s aerospace industry, through a $2.5 million program supporting the development of technology of strategic importance to Ontario’s aerospace sector.
  • OCE supports industry-academic collaborations to promote manufacturing innovation

    Mar 24, 2015OCE supports industry-academic collaborations to promote manufacturing innovation
    Innovation in advanced manufacturing that will improve productivity and the quality of products in various industrial areas is now underway as a result of a commercialization initiative spearheaded by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • Airplane maintenance

    Ontario’s Aerospace sector set to soar

    Jan 19, 2015Ontario’s Aerospace sector set to soar
    The federal government’s recent announcement of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) has opened up exciting new funding opportunities for industry-academic R&D collaborations in aerospace. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) have partnered with CARIC to become the deliverer of CARIC programs in Ontario.
  • Alberta and Ontario connect for innovation

    Strong response from Alberta-Ontario partnership

    Nov 27, 2014Strong response from Alberta-Ontario partnership
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is pleased to be launching Round 2 of the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program in partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) and the Governments of Alberta and Ontario.
  • Deep mine tunnel

    OCE partners with Ultra Deep Mining Network to drive innovation

    Nov 11, 2014OCE partners with Ultra Deep Mining Network to drive innovation
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is offering an exciting industry-academic collaboration opportunity for Ontario colleges, in partnership with the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN), through our Voucher for Industry Association R&D (VIA) program.
  • Big data word cloud

    Driving a provincial strategy for HPC and big data

    Oct 30, 2014Driving a provincial strategy for HPC and big data
    OCE is playing a vital role in Compute Ontario, a new research computing institution that will be instrumental in advancing a more strategic and holistic approach to the province’s HPC resources and capacity. Ron Van Holst, OCE’s director of research development in high performance computing, will provide interim leadership during its start-up phase.