Innovation Canada

At Innovation Canada,
we back innovators.

We back possibilities

From funding to expert advice to driving new collaborations, our programs and services are designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada's economy.

Global Innovation Clusters

Global Innovation Clusters strengthen Canada's most promising industries, where private sector, academic institutions, not-for-profits, and others come together to energize economies and create resilient, well-paying jobs.

Strategic Innovation Fund

The Strategic Innovation Fund invests in innovative businesses—helping them scale-up, research, develop and commercialize cutting-edge ideas and collaborate in new ways.

The Canada Digital Adoption Program supports Canadian companies to help get their business online, give their e-commerce presence a boost or help digitalize their business's operations.

We back big ideas

Innovative Solutions Canada helps Canadian innovators who want to start, grow, and get to market, by funding R&D and testing prototypes in real-life settings.

ExploreIP, is a marketplace for businesses looking to access intellectual property held by public sector institutions in Canada.

ElevateIP helps business accelerators and incubators provide the tools Canadian start-ups need to better protect, strategically manage and leverage their intellectual property.

We back game changers

Our Accelerated Growth Service is all about rolling up our sleeves to give innovators the help they need to navigate government support – including advisors to knock on doors, pick up the phone and make the right connections.

The Global Hypergrowth Project aims to help Canada's most promising companies tackle challenges and scale up quickly by providing them with a dedicated advisor, and support solutions as unique as they are.

We back you

By helping you find the right permits and licences you will need to start and grow your business through BizPaL.

And we bring everything together in one place with the Business Benefits Finder - the place to go to get a tailored list of everything government can do for your business. Be sure to save your profile to receive notifications and ensure you don’t miss out on the latest government support opportunities.

We are committed to inclusion

Innovation Canada is committed to providing inclusive programs and services so that all Canadian businesses have a fair opportunity to benefit from what we offer. However, we acknowledge that we can always do better. Learn more about our commitment to inclusion.

Before you apply to government support,

let us tell you everything we know.

If you’re growing a business and looking for government support, knowing your options — which steps to take, how to take them and which order — is a huge advantage.

That's why we created First Things First – a series of articles to help you understand your options.

Featured articles:

And if you want to talk through some business plans, our Innovation Advisors might be able to help. They offer one-on-one business advice to companies that are incorporated, earning revenue, and working on new products, services, or processes.

Here's how we're helping Canadian businesses grow from here

Working with Canadian businesses?

Tell them everything government can do to help them grow.


This is where it begins.

With an idea.

An idea that could change the world.

Bringing that idea to life—
—means long days—
—and longer nights.

Because innovation isn't about quick wins.

It's about dedication.

And finding the right backer.

Someone who will make things happen.

Who will give you honest advice.

Who will fund you—
—and introduce you to the right people.

That's what we do.

We back innovators like you.

Because what you're building—
—is helping us build a better Canada.