Federal government seeks West Coast innovators

by Liam Britten

A new program from the federal government seeks to unearth innovations from Canadian companies, and two open-house events on the West Coast will give developers an opportunity to showcase those innovations.

The Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP), a new federal initiative announced in Budget 2010, is looking for new, Canadian innovations that have not yet been sold commercially. The $40 million program will provide funding for the testing and purchasing of these innovations by departments of the federal government.

If you are involved in the creation of innovative new products that the federal government may want to purchase, Vancouver and Victoria will be hosting two events to look at your products:

  • On October 13th at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • On October 14th at the Vancouver Island Technology Park (#2201 - 4464 Markham St.), from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In addition, there will be representatives from National Research Council (NRC) providing information about the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regarding the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program.

Registration for these events is required by October 8th; contact Byron Scheffler by email to reserve your spot.

For more information about CICP or either of these events, contact Sachin Sobhee by email.

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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