Canada’s cluster projects: COVID-19 response

In the face of a global pandemic, Canada's clusters rose to the challenge by creating leading-edge innovations and initiatives to keep Canadians safe and help our economy recover. Here is a list of the projects that Canada's clusters have launched to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 so far.

Cluster Project title and description Project partners Global Innovation Cluster funding ($M)
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Scale AI Cluster Optimization of radiation patients scheduling post-COVID 19 peak
This project will leverage statistical modeling, machine learning and optimization techniques to advance cancer care and radiotherapy scheduling logistics.
UHN Princess Margaret Cancer Center $1.50 $1.50 2021-11-22 Toronto, ON
Scale AI Cluster Optimizing and restarting hospital elective surgery and cancer cases
This project aims to utilize an artificial intelligence enabled digital patient pathway to enhance the restarting of medical procedures and surgeries in a COVID-19 environment.
William Osler Health System, Seamless MD $0.40 $0.53 2021-11-22 Etobicoke, ON
Scale AI Cluster Development of an intelligent planning system for PPE
This project aims to provide the ability to proactively manage PPE through accurate forecasts of patient influx and to optimize orders and stock.
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), MUUTAA $0.41 $0.55 2021-11-22 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster COVsight: living COVID medical knowledge-Graph of PandemIA partnership
This project will provide a new approach based on dynamic knowledge graphs to help keep clinicians and other frontline healthcare professionals up to date on the latest medical findings on COVID-19.
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), My Intelligent Machines $0.50 $0.78 2021-11-22 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster AI-guided tool to maintain safety and quality of cancer treatment
This project is developing an innovative AI solution that will provide capacity planning, online scheduling, metric forecasting and ultimately an action plan to maintain the standard of care through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), Gray Oncology $0.51 $0.53 2021-11-22 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster COVI APP
This project is developing a smart and ethical contact-tracing app to fight COVID-19.
MILA – Institut québécois d'intelligence artificielle, Adviso, Decision Lab, Libéo $2.23 $2.23 2021-11-22 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster Optimization of surgery patient throughput post-COVID-19 peak
This project is seeking to augment Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal's capabilities in forecasting and optimizing surgery schedules, while balancing the dynamic requirements of the pandemic, to increase the throughput of surgeries conducted on non-COVID-19 patients.
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) $1.00 $1.24 2021-11-22 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster Hospital Capacity Optimization
This solution will focus on the operating room departments in hospitals and quickly offer a first web-based interactive dashboard for visualizing the current situation at the hospital and forecasting its evolution. This will be followed by a resource management optimization capability adapted to the specific context of the hospital center and designed to be reusable in similar contexts. The priority use case identified focuses on the operating room scheduling problem, where AI-based optimization can bring significant cost savings, benefits to staff and to patients. Hospital centers will be able to better anticipate capability gaps, maintain patient care capacity during surges and minimize strain on caregivers.
Brockville General Hospital, Polytechnique Montreal, SimWell Consulting & Technologies, Sodan Conseillers, Thales Canada, Université Laval $1.00 $1.03 2021-11-22 Brockville, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Manufacturing medical grade surgical masks
This project will use advanced manufacturing technologies to make improvements to mask manufacturing machines, develop fully automated production equipment, create a recycling module to reuse waste materials, and use alternative materials to produce filtration layers.
Fidelity Machine & Mould Solutions, Fidelity Medical Manufacturing, Sentient Tools Engineering Corp $1.51 $3.40 2021-01-21 Calgary, AB
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Producing nanofiber meltblown material
This project will use Big-nano's technology to reduce Canada's reliance on foreign suppliers for critical nanofiber meltblown material for PPE and air purification filters by developing world-class material, creating a globally competitive cost structure and mass production capacity in Canada.
The Big-Nano Corp., Swenco, IPC Technologies dba Prescientx, APC Filtration, Titan Clean Energy Project Corp $1.76 $3.53 2021-01-21 Waterloo, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Manufacturing a N100 face mask using nanofibres
This project will scale up the production of a disposable, self-sanitizing, sterilizable, reusable N100 face mask that will set a higher filtration bar for performance and protection than the current N95 masks.
IPC Technologies dba Prescientx, The Big-Nano Corporation $1.32 $2.98 2021-01-21 Cambridge, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Creating biodegrable material for N95 masks and HEPA filters
This project will highlight Canada as a global leader in advanced sustainable bioproducts by building a 100% Canadian supply of biodegradable melt-blown fabric feedstock and replacing the highly polluting fossil-fuel derived resins (i.e., such as Polypropylene) that are currently imported from Asia, Europe and USA.
Titan Clean Energy, Panther Industries Inc., The Big-Nano, Corporation, K+A Potash Canada and Canada Masq Corp. $0.90 $1.81 2021-01-21 Craik, SK
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Scaling up antimicrobial textile material manufacturing for use in PPE applications
The project will update and scale the manufacturing processes for antimicrobial textiles to achieve mass production of reliable, washable and reusable materials for PPE applications in order to address the critical need in Canada.
Fine Cotton Factory, Microbonds Inc. $1.39 $3.13 2021-01-21 Etobicoke, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Creating an antimicrobial (silver nano particles) fabric
This project will develop an advanced manufacturing facility to produce nanomaterial functionalized fabrics for integrated antimicrobial shields and a UV light accessory.
McRae Imaging, Dot Automation, Lumentra Inc. $1.80 $4.41 2021-01-21 Mississauga, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Hand sanitizer production system from pellet to pallet
This project will develop new advanced manufacturing techniques to enable production to packaging of hand sanitizer in a continuous process.
Molded Precision Components, Niigon Machines Ltd. $6.06 $12.12 2021-01-21 Oro Medonte, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine
This project will develop a made-in-Canada COVID-19 mRNA vaccine by expanding Providence's vaccine manufacturing capacity in Canada to meet the needs of Canadians. It will establish mRNA vaccine manufacturing capacity within Canada and build a raw material supply chain that supports an exciting new industry.
Providence Therapeutics Holdings Inc., Northern RNA Inc. $5.05 $10.10 2021-01-21 Toronto, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Pressure molded N95 masks
The project will create a unique shape of N95 mask with different filtering material including an ultrasonic welded seal and optimal layer sequencing, in order to permit a more reliable and comfortable fit.
Armfoam (Artofix), Roswell DHT $2.44 $7.94 2021-01-21 Longueuil, QC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster PPE gowns made from recycled material
This project will create a unique, self-contained sustainable supply chain of disposable isolation gowns and other PPE resulting in the diversion of 11 million pounds of single use plastics from Canadian landfills.
Carmina De Young, Optima Colour $1.99 $3.99 2021-01-21 London, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Creating automated manufacturing equipment and supplying N95 masks
This project consortium will design, develop and produce a unique N95 mask manufacturing process that will be fully automated and first of its kind in Canada.
Novo Textile Company Ltd., Harbour Technologies $0.91 $2.40 2021-01-21 Coquitlam, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Manufacturing capacity scale up COVID-19 Reagents and Test Kits
This project will expand IPOC's manufacturing capacity to cope with increased demands of COVID In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) products.
International Point of Care Inc. (IPOC), Precision Biomonitoring Inc., Immune Response Diagnostics Inc., Suncor Energy Inc. $2.17 $4.34 2021-01-21 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster COVID Cloud
In its feasibility study phase, this project enabled the scientific and medical communities to share and discover knowledge about the genetics of the COVID-19 virus in real time over a cloud-based global network. Now the project is evolving to develop "COVID Cloud", a software solution that will enable researchers to harness COVID-related genomic and clinical data and deliver timely insights through state-of-the-art biomedical data discovery, analysis, and access. This will improve our knowledge at a speed and scale that would not otherwise be possible, and inform new ways to diagnose and treat people affected by the virus.
DNAstack, BioSymetrics, The Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University, FACIT, Genome BC, Mannin Research, McMaster University, Ontario Genomics, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Roche Diagnostics, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Vector Institute, Microsoft, Global Alliance for Genomics & Health, Hospital for Sick Children $3.43 $5.40 2020-10-22 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Scaling Safe Food Delivery For Canadians
At the feasibility study phase, this project used artificial intelligence to rapidly establish links between drugs that have the potential to combat the effects of COVID-19, helping to fast-track life-saving treatment for patients. This project is now evolving to build on its success and find new, safe COVID-19 therapeutics that could be sold commercially in Canada and worldwide.
FoodX, Microsoft, ETG Consulting, Routific, OpsGuru, AtlaML, Meridian Farm Market, SPUD, 1Qbit $2.83 $3.95 2020-10-22 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Lifesaver II
In its feasibility study phase, this project enabled the scientific and medical communities to share and discover knowledge about the genetics of the COVID-19 virus in real time over a cloud-based global network. Now the project is evolving to develop "COVID Cloud", a software solution that will enable researchers to harness COVID-related genomic and clinical data and deliver timely insights through state-of-the-art biomedical data discovery, analysis, and access. This will improve our knowledge at a speed and scale that would not otherwise be possible, and inform new ways to diagnose and treat people affected by the virus.
Unity Technologies (formerly Finger Food Advanced Technology), MNP (formerly T4G), Spectrum MD, EventBase, Matidor, Microsoft, UBC, Technical Safety BC, FEMA $2.31 $4.37 2020-10-22 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Raven2
At the feasibility study phase, this project built the underlying platform for an interactive tool for businesses, emergency responders and policy leaders to make data-driven decisions based on predictive modelling that optimally balance operational needs and health risks. In using data from public sources, health authorities and medical institutions, in addition to weighing weather and travel conditions, this project will evolve to provide customized solutions for a wider variety of organizations, enabling them to make data-driven decisions in response to COVID-19.
Variational AI, adMare Bioinnovations, UBC $1.88 $2.37 2020-10-22 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Screen O/S
In its early stages, this project funded a proof of concept e-Grocery management system that manages food quality and freshness, while optimizing packing and deliveries. This project has pivoted to introduce the Scaling Safe Food Delivery for Canadians: A Pandemic-Ready e-Grocery Solution, covering everything a retailer needs to offer online grocery sales at scale and helping to ensure food security for all Canadians.
EcoScreen Solutions Inc., EcoMine Technologies, UBC, Patriot One Technologies, Univerity of North Dakota, Nomadic Pictures, Thunderbird Entertainment $0.56 $1.17 2020-10-22 Vancouver, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster COVID-19 RNA Test Kit
This project will support the development of a novel SARS-CoV-2 test kit based on nucleic acid (RNA) detection of novel corona virus; including associated advanced manufacturing scale-up to meet national and international demand.
LuminUltra Technologies $3.10 $4.99 2020-08-25 Fredericton, NB
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Repurposing Anaesthesia Machines to Ventilators
This project will enable the modification of anesthesia machines for ICU ventilation applications using memsorb™ medical membranes, instead of chemical reactions to filter CO2 from the circuit. This eliminates the current need for mandatory replacement of devices after 8 hours of use, allowing for continuous use for 12 months.
DMF Medical $0.28 $0.55 2020-08-25 Dartmouth, NS
Digital Technology Cluster AI-based Prediction Tool for COVID-19 Patient Care
This project will collate and release a large high-quality clinical dataset of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and develop AI-based clinical prediction tools for improving the morbidity and mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Canada and abroad. This prediction tool will help frontline clinicians to make decisions, test solutions with predictive clinical decision support systems, and help administrators and policymakers better understand future capacity constraints.
16bit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, London Health Sciences Centre, Layer 6 AI, SofTx Innovations, Roche Diagnostics, Vector Institute, Carbon60 Operating Co. Ltd. $1.30 $1.87 2020-08-06 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Clothing to Remotely Connect to Care
This project will deploy a textile-based, wearable health-monitoring system that enables remote detection and triaging of COVID-19 symptoms. It will also provide access to telemedicine for patients with chronic illnesses. The solution leverages Myant's textiles that can sense and react to the human body and a platform that enables machine-learning-driven health and performance outcomes.
Myant, SouthLake Hospital, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE), The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital $1.12 $2.24 2020-08-06 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster, Securing the Food Supply Chain
This project will further develop and scale the (DFS) platform — a one-stop shop for consumers to source fresh food directly from local producers, all without warehousing, processing facilities, stores or other distributors. This will help address challenges to the supply chain, promoting healthy eating, responding to evolving consumer preferences, enabling traceability and transparency in the supply chain, and adapting to the Internet grocery revolution.
Wisebox, i-Open Technologies, Novex Delivery Solutions $1.00 $1.50 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Emergency Food Distribution Network
This project will seek to improve and expand the FoodMesh platform and repurpose it to serve as an Emergency Food Distribution Network. The work will commercialize the proof of concept platform, while refining the technology to create a more scalable, responsive and intelligent marketplace designed to expedite and simplify the onboarding, matching and fulfillment of food to a connected network of farmers, suppliers, buyers and charities. In Canada, 58% of food produced is either lost or wasted. Meanwhile over 1 in 8 families are food insecure. Wasted food is a local, and global problem, with steep economic, environmental and societal costs. These impacts have been magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic due to volatility in the supply chain, creating further economic uncertainty and increased food waste.
Mesh Exchange (FoodMesh), Traction on Demand, United Way, Overwaitea Food Group, Daiya Foods, Buy Low, Vancity enviroFund, Metro Vancouver, National Zero Waste Council, City of Richmond, Fraser Valley Regional District, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health Authority, Input Logic $2.00 $2.44 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Global Clinical Network for Infectious Diseases
This project help to quickly share the most current knowledge on infectious diseases to front-line healthcare providers and institutions. This global knowledge network will consolidate and share epidemiological datasets and evolving clinical guidelines, and thereby "democratize" this critical information in a pandemic.
SpectrumMD, Unity Technologies (formerly Finger Food), National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), Enso, Massive Change Network, Saskatchewan Health, Alberta Health Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Fraser Health, Provincial Health Authority Parent, Horizon Health Network, Vitalite Health Network, New York City Department of Health $2.33 $2.57 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster HEALTHYACCESS
This project will result in a hygienic, touchless screening process platform for demanding, high-throughput environments. The initiative brings together industry-leading face recognition technologies, infrared thermal imaging sensors, detection technology for vital signs like heart rate and respiration levels, and AI to process the data. This combination will pair identity verification with health signs collected without any contact.
Invixium Access Inc., Invent Canada, MARA Technologies Inc., Manawa $0.85 $1.60 2020-08-06 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Leveraging AI in Canada's Social Response to COVID
This project will partner Canada's top social researchers and machine-learning experts in order to develop a predictive algorithm to anticipate occurrences of homelessness, suicide, and domestic violence to strengthen Canada's COVID response and recovery capacity.
HelpSeeker, AltaML, Corsac Technologies, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Mount Royal University, York University, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, University of Calgary, A Way Home, City of Lethbridge, City of Abbotsford, Edmonton Police Services, Sagesse $0.60 $0.68 2020-08-06 Calgary, AB
Digital Technology Cluster Looking Glass: Protecting Canadians in a Return to Community
This project will create a platform tool for all levels of government to model the effects of policies (ex: physical distancing measures, school and business closures/opening, and vaccine campaign rollout) on both public health and the economy all the way down to the community/municipal level. This would power the ability to say that policy x will have public health impact y and economic impact z.
Kings Distributed Systems, Queen's University, Limestone Analytics, aiSight inc., Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), Server Cloud Canada, The Dymond Group, AMPD Holdings, PHEMI, Krate Distributed Information Systems $1.30 $2.20 2020-08-06 Kingston, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Mobile Wellness Declaration
This project will create a cost-effective health screening solution targeting the highly vulnerable population found in long-term care facilities by retro-fitting existing card access systems with: (1) Wellness Declaration surveys to screen prospective entrants for COVID-19 symptoms or; (2) new thermal imaging technology to detect elevated body temperatures — thereby delivering a solution to detect potentially ill entrants before they enter a facility.
BioConnect, Mara Technologies, Suprema, MaRS Discovery District, Schlegel Villages $0.57 $0.95 2020-08-06 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Project ABC
This project will enable automated assessment, authorization, booking, and coordination of widespread COVID-19 testing and, when available, immunization.
Cambian, LifeLabs, IBM, WELL Health, Shift Health Paradigms (Tickit Health), Providence Health Care, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Digital Health Circle, Mitacs $3.01 $4.04 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Project ACTT — Access to Cancer Testing & Treatment in Response to COVID-19
This project will reduce resource burdens on the Canadian health system during the Covid-19 pandemic by deploying a minimally invasive circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) test for cancer patients as an alternative to surgical tissue biopsies — which are currently being cancelled or delayed at an alarming rate.
Canexia Health, AstraZeneca Canada, Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA), Xtract AI, GenoLife, Illumina, LifeLabs, Novateur, Queen's University, Semaphore Solutions, Institute of Health Economics, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Pfizer, Novartis $1.59 $2.59 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Rapid Assessment of Disability Claims During and Post COVID-19
This project will focus on minimizing anticipated insurance premium increases for Canadians and their employers as a result of COVID-19-related claims, by identifying fraudulent claims.
Owl Labs, Royal Bank of Canada Insurance (RBCI), Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), Deloitte Canada, Labarge Weinstein LLC $4.73 $12.78 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Reduce Risk: Post-COVID Analytics Platform for Returning to Work
This project will utilize the large sets of high-dimensional COVID-19 patient data to provide the needed insights into how SARS-CoV-2 affects an individual and what puts an individual at risk to severe COVID-19 disease. These insights can be used to help minimize risk for employees to return to work.
Molecular You, AltaML, MRM Proteomics, Roche Diagnostics, Alberta Blue Cross, UBC $1.41 $2.24 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster ReSTART: Post-COVID Surgeries and Medical Procedures
This project will provide an intelligent platform for patient screening, risk prediction, and monitoring to safely restart surgeries and medical procedures in hospitals during and post COVID-19. The platform will also provide quality-improvement insights and data analytics dashboards for improving hospital operations.
SeamlessMD, Excelar Technologies, Xerus Medical, AltaML, Fraser Health, Trillium Health Partners, Toronto East Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, St. Joseph's Healthcare Toronto, St. Michael Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital $1.60 $1.66 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Supporting Canada's Elderly During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This project will include the development and deployment of a unique digital hub that directs a biometrically controlled tamper-resistant e-dispenser. The digital hub controls who can access the medication in the e-dispenser, when they can access it, and provides alerts (to the patient and authorized third parties) if the medication is not accessed as prescribed. The solution also reports and tracks compliance for authorized third parties (like health care providers and caregivers). The solution allows people to receive treatments safely within their existing living arrangements with remote support from caregivers and medical professionals who can monitor medication intake through alerts based on secure real-time data. Healthcare practitioners can also assess when elderly patients need further support by being able to view a pattern of medication non-adherence.
3DBridge, Careteam, Wellness Pharmacy Group, Wescana Pharmacy Group, SnapPea Design, CenseoPharm Consulting, MedStack, ProLucid Technologies $0.65 $0.87 2020-08-06 Ontario
Digital Technology Cluster Telewound Care Canada
This project will develop, deploy and scale an innovative tele-wound solution that will enable patients isolated in their homes and communities to access remote wound-care experts and resources to ensure continuity of wound-care during COVID-19. To ease health system capacity pressures and mitigate vulnerable patients' exposure to COVID-19, the project will embrace an integrated care model, working with regional health systems, hospitals and home/community care providers to streamline hospital discharges and prevent avoidable re-admissions.
Swift Medical, AlayaCare, SE Health, University Health Network (UHN), McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Central East Local Health Integration Network $2.52 $3.08 2020-08-06 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Virtual Pulse
This project will address the training needs of over 500,000 current and aspiring nurses in Canada to respond to COVID-19, and become available to nurses and healthcare providers globally. This will assist hospitals as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding capacity, re-training staff for new roles, and inviting retired healthcare workers to return to duty.
Technology Training Associates Ltd. (TTA), BCIT, Animism, Unity Technologies (formerly Finger Food Advanced Technology), CAE Healthcare, Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, First Nations Health Authority $2.20 $3.15 2020-08-06 Vancouver, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster DPX-COVID-19: Manufacturing and scale up of neutralizing-epitope based synthetic vaccine
This project will aim to establish a complete end-to-end Canadian supply chain for the development and manufacturing of synthetic vaccines allowing the production of large scale quantities of the DPX-COVID-19 vaccine. The production objective of this project is to manufacture 25 million doses per year.
Immunovaccine Technologies Inc. $2.50 $5.05 2020-08-05 Dartmouth, NS
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Disinfection Service Robot (DSR) Solution
This project will provide a fully autonomous service robotic platform that is spatially aware and capable of seamlessly navigating any given one-level space while avoiding obstacles to ensure human safety. It is equipped with virus disinfectant and UV-C lamp capabilities to provide sanitization solution to essential businesses and public workplaces by eliminating 99.9% of bacteria and viruses without any human intervention needed. The project will leverage cognitive capabilities (custom vision, voice interaction and autonomous navigation) and the integration of multi solutions on a single, integrated and secure platform.
Global DWS Corp $1.00 $2.09 2020-07-06 Toronto, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Cleanbot
This project will manufacture Cleanbot UV and Cleanbot MIST, two next-generation robots that will deliver targeted UV light to where it is critically needed and a precisely measured spray dose to all common pathogen hotspots.
Crosswing $1.60 $3.20 2020-07-06 Aurora, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Autonomous Mobile UV-Light Emitting Robotic Vehicle
This project will rapidly develop and deploy a fleet of self-driving mobile robotic vehicles integrated with an Ultra-Violet (UV) light disinfection system to quickly, intelligently and continuously sanitize essential workplaces. The first wave of mobile UV light-emitting vehicles will be deployed immediately in controlled-access healthcare settings for patients, medical staff and cleaning workers entering hospital examination rooms, test centers and treatment facilities. A second wave of vehicles are targeted for essential workplaces and commercial industrial environments to sanitize medical and food supply chains, decontaminate busy warehouse operations and disinfect front-line manufacturing and assembly lines between shifts.
IPC Technologies dba Prescientx, Clearpath Robotics $0.70 $1.50 2020-07-06 Kitchener, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Autonomous mobile robotic UV disinfector (AMRUD)
This project will convert AMRUD's current prototype (a self-driving robot capable of autonomously disinfecting large areas of floor spaces and high-touch surfaces with a targeted approach specially designed to combat viruses and germs that can linger and be transmitted from surface to surface) into an MVP that can be rapidly brought to market and rolled-out in a collaborative fashion with key industry testing partners. This robot was developed specifically for use in commercial spaces, and supplements janitorial staff to keep places clean, reduce the spread of germs during disease outbreaks and aid in efforts to proactively prevent public health crises.
A&K Robotics $0.76 $1.52 2020-07-06 Vancouver, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Disinfection Robot
This project will provide a robot that will map large scale environments such as hospitals, navigate to interest points, perform hands-free UV disinfection without presence of humans, report the task details and move to the next interest point to repeat the same actions. AIS cloud capabilities allows the collection and reporting of data from the environment; monitoring of the performance; interactive controlling; and updating and troubleshooting the robot to increase safety and AI capabilities.
Advanced Intelligent Systems Inc. $0.98 $1.95 2020-07-06 Burnaby, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Fast manufacturing of plastic injection molds for COVID-19 diagnostic and treatment
This project will aim to quickly respond to Canada's urgent need for plastic consumables for diagnostic and treatment procedures related to COVID-19, by rapidly manufacturing complex plastic injection molds.
ExaCad $1.83 $1.83 2020-06-20 Boisbraind, QC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Remote Monitoring for Patients at Home
This project will enable many non-acute patients to be discharged early with at-home monitoring through a hardware/software platform, freeing up beds and relieving staff. Patients can continue oxygen therapy in the comfort of their homes with this wrist cuff artery pulse and symptom monitoring technology.
Cloud Diagnostics $1.76 $3.51 2020-06-20 Kitchener, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Smart Garments for Biometric Monitoring
This project will enable the manufacturing and production of a new textile-based monitoring system for patients and frontline healthcare workers. This "smart garments" line of underwear, bras and other tech-filled undergarments named "Skiin" have the ability to read and collect biometrics from the user's body via novel sensors which are then analyzed by Myant's AI platform to identify signs of health issues.
Myant, Celestica, Bayshore, CardioComm Solutions $2.49 $4.98 2020-06-20 Toronto, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Confidential Virtual Addiction Treatment for Healthcare Workers
This project will provide critical healthcare workers that are struggling with substance abuse disease with 100% confidential, virtual, evidence-based treatment options during this period of increased need. It will also help to build a strong business case for widespread adoption of pre-disability substance use disorder treatment and the incorporation of this form of treatment into existing healthcare worker employee benefit plans.
ALAViDA, Portage, Digital Health Circle, BC Nurses' Union (BCNU), Hospital Employees Union (HEU), BC Government — Ministry of Health, Health Sciences Association, Pacific Blue Cross $0.82 $1.01 2020-06-04 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Digital Telework for Remote Physical Work
This project will address the two most vulnerable Canadian populations affected by COVID-19: senior citizens and frontline healthcare workers by expanding the capabilities of telework technology, currently limited to video and audio interactions, to enable physical interactions by connecting and controlling general purpose robots from anywhere with LTE (4G/5G) networks. This will allow labour intensive industries to participate in the remote work economy with immediate application in healthcare and eldercare markets where urgent intervention is required.
Sanctuary AI, Blackbird Interactive, Expeto, UBC, Revera, AInBC, Alpine Building Maintenance, Forcen Technologies, Microsoft, Rogers, Vancouver Economic Commission, Nurse Next Door $4.00 $5.68 2020-06-04 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Early Detection of COVID-19 through Artificial Intelligence
This project will use existing security cameras and computer vision technology to develop a passive screening system to identify people with a fever and who are at risk of having COVID-19, protecting the health and safety of Canadians. It will be an important tool that will enable the scanning of large numbers of people in hospitals, stores and airports. This will expedite the early detection and mitigation of potential infections, which will be critical to flattening the curve and minimizing future waves of pandemic outbreaks.
Patriot One, Cisco Canada, UBC, rProcess Outsourcing, Cramer Securities, iDENT Intelligent Detection Cincinnati Reds Stadium, Maryland Hospital $4.50 $5.21 2020-06-04 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Digital Mental Health Tools for Healthcare Workers Providing COVID-19 Care
This project will build a suite of best practices and digital mental health tools & training for the Canadian workforce — with an initial focus on the unique needs and stressors of healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starling Minds, UBC, Genome BC $2.00 $2.53 2020-06-04 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Stronger Together: Social Infrastructure for Community Health
This project will aim to keep patients healthy at home and socially supported; give healthcare providers a single, compliant solution for remote monitoring; and provide researchers and other health organizations with an open platform on which they can build, share and monetize their evidence-based programs and services.
Curatio Networks, Cloud DX, Interior Health Authority, UBC, Pacific Blue Cross, Simon Fraser University, University Health Network (UHN), Wellness Garage, On Call Health, $1.41 $1.88 2020-06-04 Vancouver, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster RNA Viral Detection Kits
This project will set up a manufacturing facility in Ontario for point-of-care COVID-19 test kits, replacing imports from the U.S. and elsewhere. The project positions Canada for world leadership in the manufacturing of mobile test kits and provides a secure supply for the health authorities.
Precision Biomonitoring, Evik Diagnostics $4.99 $4.99 2020-06-02 Guelph, ON
Digital Technology Cluster Improving ICU Capacity During COVID-19 Outbreaks
This project will leverage and advance development of Altis' image-based patient outcome prediction technology for COVID-19 inpatients to predict ICU admission and expected date of discharge. Clinicians will be able to make better decisions sooner regarding capacity of beds, staffing, and ventilators during patient surges, leading to higher quality care, efficiency gains, and better patient outcomes.
Altis Labs, Bayer AG, Quantitative Imaging for Personalized Cancer Medicine, Trillium Health Partners, United Health Network (UHN), Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto General Hospital $0.93 $1.28 2020-05-26 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Point-of-Care Ultrasound for COVID-19
This project will deliver AI and expert-supported point-of -care ultrasound for immediate COVID-19 diagnosis, and create the first gold-standard pulmonary ultrasound dataset in North America for COVID-19.
Providence HealthCare, Clarius, Change Healthcare, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), UBC, Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) $0.50 $0.68 2020-05-26 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Protecting Canadians by Predicting the Evolution of COVID-19
This project will develop a computational model that accurately predicts the conformational structure of mutant versions of the SARS-CoV-2 Viral Spike Protein Receptor Binding Domain (RBD), and an index of functionally permissible point mutants, thereby permitting pre-emptive development of tests, vaccines and therapies against likely variants that will arise once herd immunity is established.
Terramera, Microsoft, D-Wave, Menten AI, UBC, ProMIS Neurosciences $1.83 $2.07 2020-05-26 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Providing Safe and Effective Home Care During COVID-19
This project will make broader enhancements to the AlayaCare home health care platform by leveraging the vast footprint of AlayaCare deployments across Canada while integrating solutions and platform components from other project partners. This will enhance the existing technology, and create new digital tools for risk management that will serve to protect the home healthcare industry from this pandemic and future pandemics. This includes taking a longer-term approach and working with partners to strengthen application programming interface as well as enabling data utilization for health data studies. The platform will accelerate patient pre-visit mandatory screening, schedule optimization for homecare providers, and real time alerting of symptomatic employees or patients.
AlayaCare, Careteam, AceAge, e-Cobalt, University of Victoria, Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Partners in Community Nursing (PICN), Paramed, Fraser Health, Acclaim Health, Bayshore $0.96 $1.62 2020-05-26 Vancouver, BC
Digital Technology Cluster Rapid Deployment of Emergency Case Management
This project will enable rapid cross-organization coordination of both health and social services for people in at-risk situations who are isolated in the community during public health and environmental crises such as COVID-19. This platform will initially be deployed in the Ottawa area focused on fragile seniors with aims to enhance the platform for concurrent provincial/national expansion.
Careteam, The Ottawa Hospital, Caredove, AlayaCare, CognisantMD, University of Ottawa, Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County (DSORC) $0.54 $0.54 2020-05-26 Vancouver, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster N95 Respirator Mask Automation
The project will expedite the Canadian-based manufacturing of N95 respirator masks which are federally and provincially identified as PPE (personal protective equipment) in "critical-need" for healthcare workers.
Eclipse Automation $2.11 $2.45 2020-05-20 Cambridge, ON
Digital Technology Cluster xrAI
This project will develop a medical software that applies AI and machine learning to improve the accuracy and interpretation of chest X-rays, and diagnosis of COVID-19 patients. This tool supports clinicians by identifying lung abnormalities on chest radiographs within their existing clinical workflow and was recently fast tracked for approval by Health Canada. The AI software will enable clinicians to save lives through the early identification of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases such as SARS, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.
1Qbit, Saskatchewan Health, Fraser Health Authority, First Nations Health Authority, Trillium Health Partners, Microsoft $2.00 $2.81 2020-05-07 Vancouver, BC
Scale AI Cluster COVID-19 screening and virtual home visits
This project will enhance the AlayaCare home health care platform to respond to immediate needs emerging because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will ensure that Canadians in need continue to receive home healthcare in the early, most critical stages of the pandemic, while protecting the health and safety of both patients and care providers. Partners will use the platform to provide a new virtual care offering up and running as soon as possible in order to mitigate cancelled homecare visits. Through this project, the platform will also offer the ability to create COVID screeners to collect symptom data and protect care workers and patients from exposure if any symptoms are present before a scheduled visit. The main objective of this is to virtually collect and analyze screener data to help to pinpoint hot zones of infection and identify high-risk individuals and areas.
AlayaCare, Polytechnique Montréal and Bien Chez Soi $0.30 $0.31 2020-05-03 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster Telemedicine for coronavirus patients
This project will expand Dialogue Technologies' free AI-powered assessment tool, "Chloe for COVID-19", to include infection risk assessments, question-answering capabilities and automated follow-ups.
Dialogue Technologies, MILA $0.50 $0.50 2020-05-03 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster Data-driven project to unravel the coronavirus
This project will take advantage of a new deep learning algorithm to exploit the capabilities of artificial intelligence in fundamental research and to transfer this knowledge into applied research to accelerate the interpretation of research data for effective antiviral molecules in the fight against COVID-19.
MILA $0.13 $0.25 2020-05-03 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster Digitization of coronavirus-specific clinical trials
This project will explore a digital solution to speed up clinical trials for treatment protocols being used to tackle COVID-19. The institute is using a digital approach to trial subject monitoring requiring only a few follow-up calls or "video" visits — approved by Health Canada and the Food and Drug Administration.
The Montreal Heart Institute $0.13 $0.13 2020-05-03 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster CDL Recovery Program
This project will launch a mentoring program targeted at developing a range of skills in high demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawn from leading entrepreneurs, economists, scientists, inventors, business leaders, and investors from around the world — this mentorship program will help to rapidly transform technological innovations into useful products and services in the areas of public health and economic recovery.
Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) $0.50 $0.50 2020-05-03 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster Optimization of the distribution of diagnostic tests for COVID-19
This project will enable rapid response distribution capabilities for diagnostic tests that will benefit public health stakeholders, healthcare professionals and patients. This will be done by leveraging a robust forecasting model, and an allocation optimization engine that takes into account constraints in global supply, as well as national testing capacity and changing circumstances.
Roche $0.50 $0.50 2020-05-03 Montreal, QC
Scale AI Cluster Intelligent digital assistance system
This project will aim to equip and enable community organizations, local stakeholders and volunteers to manage interventions, and share data through a digital platform in a coordinated manner. This is important because the support network for vulnerable people, including professional home services and caregiver interventions, is completely disrupted by the current crisis.
Careteam, FleetOps, Collingwood Neighborhood House, the Vancouver Foundation $0.50 $0.50 2020-05-03 Vancouver, BC
Scale AI Cluster Rapid distribution capacity of essential cargo
This project will optimize the sorting and prioritization of cargo ships entering the Port of Montreal to ensure the rapid distribution of essential goods across Canada, such as medical equipment and food products. Distribution networks are under stress, with the need to quickly deliver basic necessities in the health and food sectors.
CargoM, The Montreal Port Authority, Montreal Gateway Terminal Partnership and Termont Montréal Inc. $0.49 $0.50 2020-05-03 Montreal, QC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster 3D-Printed face shields
This project will directly benefit frontline health care workers by using a proven, compliant design and an existing supply chain to manufacture 45,000 face shields.
Mosaic Manufacturing, Glia Inc., Rockmass Technologies Inc., Redetec Inc. $0.44 $0.44 2020-04-03 Toronto, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Precision Molded Personal Protection Visor
This project will produce a fully recyclable two-piece face shield design that will be cost effective, address the short term need for frontline healthcare PPE and create a long term supply chain. The goal is to produce 48 million face shields annually.
Molded Precision Components (MPC), Sterling Industries, supply chain contractors $5.00 $5.00 2020-04-03 Toronto, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Accelerated Test Kits for Point-of-Care
This project will extrapolate current test methodology to expediently develop COVID-19 test kits, allowing for test results being returned in less than 15 minutes. These tests, designed to detect the presence of the virus, can be performed in Point of Care settings. This project expects to manufacture 500,000 test kits per month.
Response Biomedical $2.74 $2.74 2020-04-03 Vancouver, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Ventilator Components
This project will support the rapid development and production launch of high quality, fast-to-produce and cost effective ventilator components to fulfill critical requirements for Canada's COVID-19 response.
BOMImed, Synergy Mouldworks, Precision ADM $0.93 $0.93 2020-04-03 Winnipeg, MB
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Self-Sterilization Coating Materials
This project will scale-up an advanced coating product that maintains surfaces in a clean state even after dirty contacts. This product can be applied to high-touch surfaces in public, commercial and residential environments to help prevent spread of COVID-19 virus.
Envision SQ $1.74 $1.74 2020-04-03 Guelph, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Face shields using 3D printing
Project partners will be expediting product design, regulatory approvals, and sourcing of materials to enable the 3-D manufacturing of protective face shields.
Burloak Technologies $1.15 $1.15 2020-03-31 Oakville, ON
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Open-source ventilator design
This project will increase the availability of ventilators in Canada. Project partners will develop an open-source, safe, effective, and cost-efficient ventilator design, and identify manufacturers and suppliers to quickly ramp up production.
Starfish Medical, Linamar-MacDon and Cerebra Health, Product Creation Studio $5.00 $5.00 2020-03-31 Victoria, BC
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster Rapid Test Kits
This project will use nanotechnology to develop point-of-care test kits that will improve the accuracy of virus detection and provide results in 5-10 minutes.
Sona Nanotech $4.13 $4.13 2020-03-31 Halifax, NS

This list is current as of June 30, 2021.

Note: This list includes those projects that have been announced and launched, and totals will differ from the data on the home page, which references all approved projects, including those that have not yet launched.