MSI in the news: Harper Government Helps to Kick Start Canadian Entrepreneurial Businesses

February 3, 2012, Public Works & Government Services Canada, Canada News Centre: Harper Government Helps to Kick Start Canadian Entrepreneurial Businesses in the GTA

“The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has pre-qualified 5 innovations in the Greater Toronto Area that it may buy and test as part of the second round of the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP). Through this pilot program, the Government of Canada is helping Canadian businesses get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.

“Our government is focused on creating conditions to promote jobs and economic growth,” said Minister Ambrose. “That is why we’re committed to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who help to keep the Canadian economy moving.”

“Our government’s top priority is the economy and we understand that helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed directly benefits Canadian workers and families by creating jobs and prosperity,” said Minister Fast. “By supporting innovation designed right here, we are helping bring these businesses one step closer in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.”

As part of the second round of CICP 5 regional innovations have pre-qualified: Morgan Solar Inc., Sun Simba; Temporal Power Ltd., Long Duration Flywheel Energy Storage; QSDM Inc., RAPID; Aeryon Labs Inc., Aeryon Scout Unmanned Aerial System; MANTECH INC., PeCOD® Multi™.

The CICP is a $40-million pilot program launched as part of the Economic Action Plan. Successful companies may see their pre-commercial products and services tested within government operations, and will be given relevant feedback from participating departments.

CICP demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to building the jobs and industries of the future by creating the conditions for continued success of industries that are the foundation of Canada’s prosperity.

In total, 27 innovations from Canadian companies pre-qualified for funding under the CICP’s first round and 36 innovations under the second round.

The CICP is managed by PWGSC’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, whose mandate is to improve accessibility to government procurement opportunities for small and medium enterprises. Launched as part of the Government of Canada’s Budget 2010, the CICP is a new initiative to promote Canada’s economic growth.”

Read the original press release here.