With Covid-19 continuing to change the way in which we work, this blogpost will serve as a consolidated platform where we will continue to share the updates and changes various funding programs have in light of Covid-19. Please note that the information below is current as of April 9, 2020.

Provincial Procurement

The Ontario Together Initiative

  • Supply Emergency Products to Help Fight Covid-19
    • Masks
    • Ventilators
    • Hand Sanitizers & Disinfectants 
    • Swabs & Testing
    • Gloves
    • Eye Protection
    • Gowns & Covers
    • Hospital Beds
  • If You Have Innovative Solutions to Help Fight the Impacts of Covid-19
    • Example of what they are looking for: 
      • Virtual Mental Health
      • Supply Chain Resiliency Monitoring
      • Financial Planning & Advice Online
    • Can apply here as an Individual or a Corporation
      No Deadline

Federal Procurement

The Government of Canada Needs:

  • Products:
    • Disposable Masks, Gloves & Gowns
    • Hand Sanitizers
    • ICU-level Ventilators
    • Thermometers
    • Covid-19 Testing Kits
  • Services
    • Guard & Security Services
    • Nursing Services
    • Food Services
    • Laundry Services
      Fill out this form to apply

Funding Through Existing Grant Programs

NRC Covid-19 Response – Stream 1: Procurement

The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and Innovative Solutions Canada

  • Purpose is to find near to market solutions from SMEs that need financial support to refine and sell products to meet a Covid-19 related need.
  • Products needed:
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Sanitization
    • Diagnostic & Testing
    • Therapeutics
    • Disease Tracking Technology

If you are developing or producing any of the products or technologies complete this form

NRC Covid-19 Response – Stream 2: Response Challenge 

The Pandemic Response Challenge Program: National Research Council of Canada

  • Purpose is to address challenges that require further R&D for solutions to meet Covid-19 related needs.
  • Must be a collaboration

Submit an expression of interest here: 

NGen Supercluster

Purpose is to help Canadian manufacturers* meet critical shortages and have an immediate impact in the fight against COVID-19.

  • Examples of items in shortage
    • Ventilators
    • Diagnostic Tests
    • Hand Sanitizers & Disinfectants
    • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Must be a member to receive up to $5M with 100% coverage of eligible costs from April-June 30*
    • If project goes on beyond June 30th, 2020, members can receive up to 50% coverage.

We can provide services for this application
*Preference is given to medically licensed manufacturers 

Digital Technology Supercluster Covid-19 Stream

  • Focused on protecting health and safety of Canadians and the economy through the development of digital technologies 
  • Selected projects can be reimbursed 50%-100% of total project costs
  • Examples
    • In Digital Tech
      • Technologies that support our health systems, hospitals and healthcare workers to effectively manage resources to provide high quality care to patients.
    • Emergency Response
      • Tools and technologies that can be used to predict, plan and respond to any subsequent COVID-19 waves and other crises situations. 
        Apply here

Innovative Solutions Canada

Low-cost Sensor System for Covid-19

  • A low cost system (unit cost <$25) that can continuously measure temperature, peripheral capillary oxygen saturation, blood pressure, pulse and respiration rates, and transmit this information wirelessly to a base station for COVID-19 patient monitoring in locales including ERs, general wards, and homes.
    • Application open April 5 –April 20
      • Phase 1: $300,000 CAD for up to 3 months
        • Estimated # of Phase 1 grants: 2 
      • Phase 2: $2,000,000 CAD for up to 12 months
        • Estimated number of Phase 2 grants: 1

Point of Care & Home Diagnostic Kit 

  • A solution that will diagnose individuals affected by COVID-19 within 3 days using a sample, with a rapid single-use home testing kit analogous to a home pregnancy test. 
  • Unit cost is less than $40 
    • Application open April 5 –April 20
      • Phase 1: $300,000 CAD for up to 3 months
        • Estimated # of Phase 1 grants: 2 
      • Phase 2: $2,000,000 CAD for up to 12 months
        • Estimated number of Phase 2 grants: 1

Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)

New large-scale projects will be prioritized to deliver direct support to Canadian companies. 

  • Funding has been issued to BlueDot (developed an early warning technology for infectious diseases) and AbCellera (innovator in antibody discovery for therapeutics, and immune profiling for vaccine research). 

NSERC Alliance 

Encourage collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges

Providing up to $15M for one year. Apply here


Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED):

  • Now is the time to apply!
    • CRA is likely to accelerate the processing time for refunds
      • Use or set up My Business Account and the Direct Deposit feature


  • Suspended funding for travel, all travel related costs are ineligible for funding
    • Eligible activities include: Marketing, Interpretation services, IP Protection, Consulting
    • Covers 75% of Marketing Costs 
    • For previously approved projects
      • The usual claim guidelines will continue to apply to non-refundable eligible costs incurred after the project was approved.
      • Funding for cancelled events can be reallocate among approved project categories 

If you have any questions or concerns about the funding programs or about your company’s cashflow contact us at [email protected]