This program gives companies quick and easy access to the expertise and knowledge at Ontario’s universities, colleges and research hospitals to address industry challenges and improve productivity, performance and competitiveness. Eligible Ontario companies receive a voucher, which is a credit that they can redeem from research institutes. Three types of vouchers are available: Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)
helps established companies, in partnership with academia, develop innovative products, processes and services with a focus on expanding export markets. Voucher for E-Business (VEB) connects companies with the expertise and resources at Ontario colleges to help their business scale up the development, adoption and implementation of online tools and other technologies to drive innovation. Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge (VIA)
connects industry associations or consortia with Ontario’s publicly funded academic research institutions to address sector-wide research and development challenges.
OCE's Whole-of-Government Approach
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Connect Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) are federal partners helping OCE create a streamlined, efficient process for our clients to access complementary innovation services and funding.