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Catalyzing the growth of a vibrant and diversified automotive and transportation technology ecosystem in Ontario

The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) builds upon the successful early entry of Ontario into the connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) space. AVIN provides a competitive advantage to Ontario and allows it to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation and infrastructure systems.

This initiative capitalizes on the economic potential of C/AV and is expected to help the province's transportation systems and infrastructure plan for and adapt to this emerging technology.

AVIN is comprised of four distinct programs and a Central Hub.

AREAS OF FOCUS

AVIN programs focus on supporting the development and demonstration of C/AV technologies, including infrastructure, related to: commercially ready technologies for application in mass light-vehicles (e.g., cars and trucks, vans), heavy duty vehicles (including commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, RVs and others used for goods movement), transportation infrastructure, intelligent transportation systems ("ITS") and transit-supportive systems and vehicles in Ontario.

AVIN has five main objectives:

  1. Commercialize C/AV and transportation and infrastructure system technologies;
  2. Build awareness, educate and promote Ontario as a leader;
  3. Encourage innovation and collaboration;
  4. Leverage Ontario talent; and,
  5. Support regional auto-brainbelt clusters.

AVIN is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS), the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) through OCE.

AVIN is comprised of four distinct programs and a Central Hub.

CENTRAL HUB

A dedicated team that supports delivery and administration of AVIN programming, and also provides the following key functions:

  • Connect & Coordinate – a focal point to help coordinate among industry, academia, research organizations and governments, and connect interested stakeholders and members of the public;
  • Opportunity Identification – knowledge translation, research, data/information and trend analysis, acting as a bridge between technology and policy; and,
  • Awareness & Education – promote AVIN programs and Ontario’s AV testing pilot, build awareness of Ontario’s growing C/AV community.
AVIN: Connected, Autonomous, Transportation, Infrastructure


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Program Overview

The AV Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund fosters collaborations between large firms and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario. The fund supports collaborative development, prototyping, and validation projects, including technologies in vehicles or innovations in transportation systems- and infrastructure-related R&D. 

The AV R&D Partnership Fund supports industry-led projects related to the development and demonstration of technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) sector, including infrastructure, related to: commercially ready technologies for application in mass light vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks and vans), heavy duty vehicles (including commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, RVs and others used for goods movement), transportation infrastructure, intelligent transportation systems ("ITS"), and transit-supportive systems and vehicles. The AV R&D Partnership Fund will support these projects with up to $1,000,000 over a maximum of 24 months. 

Projects must be in the area of C/AV and should demonstrate an immediate benefit to either the vehicles themselves or supporting infrastructure and systems through the development and demonstration of novel products or services. 

Benefits of the AVIN R&D Partnership Fund include:

Society:

  • Increased road safety
  • Better road condition monitoring
  • Better collection and analysis of transportation-related information
  • Innovative new products and services to reduce driver distraction
  • Reduced environmental and carbon footprint

Companies, Publicly-Funded Post-Secondary Institutions and Municipalities:

  • Develop relationships with researchers to extend company R&D
  • Create marketable solutions to current challenges
  • Development of public/private partnerships
  • Commercialize Ontario-made technologies
  • Demonstrate Ontario-made technologies to potential customers

OCE may support up to 50% of eligible R&D project expenditures, and the industry participant(s) must support at least 50% of the eligible R&D project costs.

  • Stream 1: up to $100,000 in OCE funding with projects up to 12 months in duration
  • Stream 2: $100,001 to $1,000,000 in OCE funding with projects up to 24 months in duration
More info on Stream 1
More info on Stream 2

Partnering Forum

OCE hosted a partnering forum to bring together potential collaborators for the AV R&D Partnership Fund. The forum took place on November 28, 2017

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Program Overview

The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network Talent Development (TalentEdge) stream provides students and recent graduates from Ontario colleges and universities with real-world industry experience, by applying their expertise, leading-edge knowledge and tools to solve industry problems related to Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) technologies. Interns and fellows will work at Ontario-based companies or academic institutions and receive on-the-job training in areas such as software and hardware development, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. 


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Objectives

The objectives of the Talent Development program are to:

  • Help students and recent graduates bridge the gap between Ontario’s publicly-funded post-secondary institutions and industry by providing hands-on experience with companies 
  • Improve companies’ competitiveness by attracting top talent and tapping into world-class R&D to strengthen capacity to develop new products, services, and processes
  • Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and emerging technologies from publicly-funded post-secondary institutions to the C/AV sector.
  • Identify, attract and retain Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) with skills in Ontario
How Funding Works

Internships and fellowships can be based at a company or a post-secondary institution. The amount of time spent with the company, as well as the most appropriate location for the interaction, should be mutually determined and depend on the nature and needs of the project. If internships or fellowships are based at a post-secondary institution, interns/fellows are required to spend a significant portion of their time on-site or in the field with the company.

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How To Apply
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Program Overview

The Demonstration Zone, located in Stratford, Ontario, is a site where technologies may be tested, validated and showcased  in live scenarios in accordance with applicable laws and regulations using vehicle platforms such as city buses, fleet vehicles, and OEM vehicles. The Automotive Parts Manufacturer's Association (APMA) will operate the Demonstration Zone on behalf of AVIN. The Demonstration Zone aims to position Ontario as a globally-recognized C/AV and infrastructure jurisdiction. 

The Demonstration Zone will promote a customer-centered approach to the commercialization of innovation in Ontario and Canada and will provide Ontario-based companies with a competitive development option.These activities will also strengthen Canada as a solid region for foreign investment opportunities.

Initial passenger vehicles at the AVIN Demonstration Zone will be showcasing connected vehicle and infrastructure technologies. Later, vehicles at the AVIN Demonstration Zone will have autonomous driving features and capabilities to showcase various types of technologies. 

In addition to the vehicle fleet, the AVIN Demonstration Zone will leverage Stratford’s existing connected infrastructure comprised of ubiquitous Wi-Fi that covers the city’s entire 12-square kilometers that is reinforced by a high-speed broadband network and LTE.

APMA Canada

Objectives

More information will be announced shortly. 

How Funding Works

More information will be announced shortly. 

Eligibility

More information will be announced shortly. 

How To Apply

More information will be announced shortly. 

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Program Overview

Regional Technology Development Sites will be established across Ontario. Entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs can leverage Regional Technology Development sites to develop, prototype, and validate new C/AV products and technologies; use specialized equipment, hardware, and software; and access business advisory services.

More information will be announced shortly. 

Objectives

More information will be announced shortly. 

How Funding Works

More information will be announced shortly. 

Eligibility

More information will be announced shortly. 

How to Apply

More information will be announced shortly. 

AVIN Launch Video


Watch this video to view a recap of the AVIN Launch in Stratford, Ontario.

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