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Public procurement localisation
On December 14, 2017 Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced that the government of Canada “will use procurement to help Canadian small businesses innovate and create employment opportunities for Canadians.” He announced the Can.$100 million (U.S.$77 million) Innovative Solutions Canada program that invites Canadian small businesses to develop novel solutions to challenges proposed by federal departments and agencies. “Whether the challenge is developing a way to make armour more resistant to chemicals or improving wireless connectivity in connected vehicles,” according to the announcement, “the federal department or agency will ask small businesses to innovate and propose a solution. The government will work with the winning business and act as its first customer, helping the companies take their idea to market and advance the next generation of solutions that can become viable commercial products.” Twenty federal departments and agencies will participate in the new program and identify problems spanning the military, economic and environmental sectors. Innovative Solutions Canada is a component of the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class.
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