Investing in Canadians with Great Ideas

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About TPC

Great ideas are the currency for success. Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) is a special operating agency of Industry Canada with a mandate to provide funding support for strategic research and development, and demonstration projects that will produce economic, social and environmental benefits to Canadians.

Since 1996, TPC's activity has been rooted in helping Canadian companies perform R&D that takes new technologies closer to the marketplace. These R&D projects have the potential to improve the efficiency of production processes in traditional sectors as well as support innovation in emerging technologies, enabling Canadian companies to become world-class.

Canadian industries take the lead in bringing innovation forward to the marketplace. TPC acts as a catalyst, investing strategically to accelerate the successful development of key technologies that will benefit Canadians in their everyday lives.

TPC's Programs

Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) offers two main programs as part of its ongoing mandate.

The TPC R&D program is geared to pre-competitive projects across a wide spectrum of technological development, including environmental technologies, life sciences, information and communications technologies and advanced manufacturing. Support for small- to medium-sized companies with projects valued under $3 million is provided through the TPC-IRAP initiative.

TPC's h2 Early Adopters (h2EA) program is designed to foster the development and early introduction in the Canadian marketplace of hydrogen and hydrogen compatible technologies. Working in partnership with industry, the h2EA program supports demonstration projects that illustrate the potential benefits of hydrogen and the infrastructure components required to produce, store and distribute hydrogen as a fuel source.

Key Drivers for TPC Investment Decisions

  • The potential to strengthen Canadian capabilities in critical strategic sectors, such as aerospace and defence, where companies developing innovations in Canada are already considered, or are becoming, world-class.
  • The potential to meet key goals that affect quality of life in areas such as climate change, sustainable development and health.
  • The potential to attract investments in areas that can lead to productivity improvements and innovation in other sectors of the economy - for example, boosting agricultural production through biotechnology, and improving production and distribution processes through the rapid exchange of large amounts of data via broadband wireless communication technologies.

Contact Us TPC has investment officers in Ottawa and innovation officers across Canada to provide helpful advice on accessing support from TPC and other federal programs. In addition, through the TPC-IRAP partnership, TPC taps into IRAP's network of industrial technology advisors located in communities across Canada.

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