Riding News|February 29, 2012 9:34 pm

Government of Canada Launches Third Call for Proposals to Help Kickstart Canadian Business

February 29, 2012

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, is pleased to launch a Call for Proposals that will help kick-start Canadian entrepreneurial business.

“Our Government supports entrepreneurs who keep the Canadian economy moving,” said Minister Ambrose. “That’s why we’re giving Canadian entrepreneurs a kick-start to help move their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.”

Successful Canadians will see their products and services tested and matched with federal government departments. Two local companies, Aeryon Labs Inc. (http://peterbraid.ca/mp-braid-congratulates-aeryon-labs-on-cicp-funding/) and 2G Robotics (http://peterbraid.ca/2g-robotics-team-explains-underwater-imaging-to-mp-braid/), have already pre-qualified for the Kickstart Program.

“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 Ambrose. “By supporting innovation designed here in Canada, we are helping bring these businesses one step closer in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.”

Launched in 2010 as part of the Economic Action Plan, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) is a $40-million pilot program created to help Canadian businesses by testing their innovative products and services within the Government of Canada before taking them to the marketplace. Federal departments test innovations that fall within four key areas: Environment, Health, Safety and Security, and Enabling Technologies.

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-sized enterprises. Launched as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2010, the CICP is a new initiative to promote Canada’s economic growth.

The third Call for Proposals is now available on MERX, the Government of Canada’s electronic tendering service, and will be posted until April 11, 2012. For more information on CICP, please visit buyandsell.gc.ca/innovation or look for this opportunity on www.merx.ca.

For further information on the program’s prequalified innovations, please refer to the CICP Pre-qualified Innovations Page.

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