Government of Canada announces new business innovation money

May 22, 2012

Toronto, May 22, 2012—Canadian companies specializing in everything from natural resources to information technology are turning to researchers at local colleges to grow their businesses and create high-quality jobs, because R&D and innovation happen at all levels—from the academic labs all the way to the shop floor.

Funding from the Government of Canada is helping colleges across the country support business innovation at more than 300 companies. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, today announced a $15.3 million investment through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in support of 17 applied research projects at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics.

“Canada’s colleges, cégeps and polytechnics play an important role as we forge ahead with Canada’s innovation agenda,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “Innovation needs to be a central focus—from the research laboratory to the production floor. It is the key to maintaining our country’s position as a global economic leader.”

Minister of State Goodyear announced the recipients of the CFI’s new College-Industry Innovation Fund at George Brown College, where he celebrated a project in green building technologies worth close to $1 million. The project will allow the college to provide students and small and medium-sized enterprises with increased opportunities to pursue applied research projects, boosting regional economic development and graduate job-readiness.

“Canadian colleges are lending their expertise to local companies, helping them to compete and grow,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “The CFI is ensuring that colleges have in place specialized facilities to support their role as important hubs of economic growth and job creation.”

"These investments provide colleges with access to the people, resources and tools they need to be at the forefront of innovation," said Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. "The ultimate goal is to create sustainable partnerships that will help sharpen our innovative edge and have a positive impact on the bottom line of our country and industry."

The CFI’s College-Industry Innovation Fund recognizes the role that applied research plays in supporting Canadian business. The CFI supports the spectrum of research activities, from fundamental discovery-driven research to applied research, along with private-sector innovation.

About the Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. For more information, visit


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College-Industry Innovation Fund / Fonds collège-industrie pour l'innovation
Projects Funded / Projets financés
(with maximum CFI contributin / avec la contribution maximale de la FCI)

Camosun College Applied Sensor and System Integration for the Enhancement of Human Performance
  • Harnessing new developments in sensor technology and advanced textiles/clothing to enhance human performance.
Cégep André Laurendeau Infrastructures de recherche de pointe en optique-photonique
  • Mettre en place une infrastructure de recherche de pointe en optique et en photonique afin de permettre aux entreprises de ces secteurs de collaborer pour accroître leurs capacités d’innovation.
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles Mise en place de mâts de mesure visant à caractériser la couche limite atmosphérique et la performance des éoliennes
  • Caractériser la couche limite atmosphérique et la performance des éoliennes afin de mieux comprendre le secteur éolien canadien.
Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue Usine pilote multifonctionnelle
  • Construire une usine multifonctionnelle pilote qui extrait et qui transforme des minéraux non énergétiques afin de concevoir de nouveaux produits à valeur ajoutée en collaboration avec le secteur privé et d’ouvrir des marchés pour la commercialisation de ces produits.
Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe Infrastructure de développement de préformes 3D complexes pour l'aéronautique et autres secteurs industriels
  • Élaborer de nouvelles technologies pour fabriquer des matériaux plus légers destinés au secteur de l’aéronautique et aux autres secteurs industriels.
Cégep de Trois-Rivières Systèmes complémentaires pour le prétraitement de la biomasse lignocellulosique
  • Concevoir des technologies pour transformer des résidus forestiers en nouveaux produits afin d’éliminer les résidus des sites d’enfouissement landfills.
Collège Shawinigan Accroissement du laboratoire des biotechnologies et de l'environnement
  • Développer des bioprocédés industriels, environnementaux et de traitement des eaux usées et des déchets en partenariat avec le secteur privé de la région. Favoriser l’émergence de nouvelles technologies.
George Brown College *Green Homes
  • Supporting the Ontario construction industry with new technologies for green building and skilled workers for the growing green construction field.
La Cité collégiale Amélioration des infrastructures et équipements du centre de recherche appliquée en biovalorisation
  • Améliorer les infrastructures du Centre de recherche appliquée en biovalorisation afin d’accroître sa capacité de procéder à des analyses de haut niveau et d’aider les entreprises à devenir plus innovatrices et concurrentielles.
Lakeland College Renewable Energy Centre for Sustainable Innovation
  • Developing practical and cost-efficient renewable energy solutions for small urban and rural economies.
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology Establishing the Centre for Healthcare Interoperability and Emerging Technologies
  • Helping Canadian businesses, especially small and medium enterprises, develop and commercialize innovative new healthcare IT products and services.
Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute: Niagara Food, Culinary and Beverage Innovation Centre
  • Helping the agribusiness sectors in southern Ontario develop value-added products, diversify product portfolios and increase competitiveness.
Olds College Wireless Monitoring and Research Management of Constructed Wetlands
  • Expanding a constructed wetland to allow partners in sectors ranging from landscaping to real estate development to environmental consulting to test and develop processes that are friendly to sensitive wetlands habitats.
SAIT Polytechnic Green Building Technologies Project
  • Advancing green building technologies by creating test and trial environments for mature building technologies.
Sir Sanford Fleming College Applied Technologies for Removal of Trace Elements
  • Supporting Canada's mining, energy and manufacturing industries with efficient new solutions for treating wastewater and reducing environmental impact.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) NAIT Boreal Research Institute: Plant and Seed Technologies for Boreal Reclamation
  • Supporting the Canadian oil and gas industry with solutions for land reclamation and assisting commercial nurseries in developing the technologies necessary to ensure a stable supply of native plants for abandoned well sites.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) *Oil Sands Environmental Sustainability: Centre for Green Chemistry and Engineering at NAIT
  • C• Creating an applied research program that will identify, screen, validate, enhance and commercialize oil-sands tailings disposal technologies to enable industry to comply with environmental standards.
TOTAL 17 projects / projets $11,767,197

* Funding for Research infrastructure associated with a Five-Year CCI-IE grant application
  Financement de l’infrastructure de recherche associée à une demande de subvention d’ICC-RI de cinq ans

As part of this announcement, an additional $3,530,159 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

Cette annonce comprend l’attribution d’une somme additionnelle de 3 530 159 dollars au Fonds d’exploitation des infrastructures (FEI). Les établissements utilisent le FEI pour assumer une partie des coûts d’exploitation et de maintenance de la nouvelle infrastructure.