The Pathway to Commercialization gives small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to sell their innovation directly to the Government of Canada.
Through the Pathway to commercialization under ISC's testing stream, eligible SMEs can receive commercial contracts based on the successful testing and market-readiness of their innovation It is important to note that this pathway will only be available to eligible Canadian SMEs, which represent over 97% of all businesses in Canada, a percentage that mirrors past participation in the program.
How will it work?
- Once your initial ISC testing stream contract is completed, you may be eligible for the Pathway to Commercialization if your innovation is market-ready at technology readiness level (TRL) 9
- You will have up to 12 months to be assessed against eligibility criteria to determine if you will be placed on a Pathway to Commercialization source list where government departments can browse and purchase your successfully-tested innovations for up to three years
- Only available to eligible Canadian SMEs as per the small business set-aside
- Innovators must apply within twelve (12) months of original testing stream contract completion
- Qualified innovations will be available for up to a period of three years
- Contract values will be determined by the government of Canada for each contract
- Note long-term, in-service support contracts are not permitted and will be rejected
- You must be selling the same innovation from your initial testing stream contract
- Once an innovator applies and successfully enters the pathway, the innovator will no longer be eligible for additional sales testing contracts
- The requirements for commercial contracts will reflect the operational needs of client departments
- The contracting process will be managed by Public Services and Procurement Canada, the program's contracting authority
How will SMEs be assessed?
A number of criteria will be used as part of the assessment process, including:
- Financial capacity
- Technology readiness
- IP strategy
- Company size
- Innovation test performance
All contracts will be issued in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) Contracting Policy and the following framework:
Government of Canada Organizations representatives must determine if there will be any applicable security requirements. The Security Requirement Checklist form is available on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat website.
Process to initiate a contract
Interested Government of Canada Organizations must submit the required documents by email to the PSPC Central Allocation Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Research and Development Procurement Directorate (SC Division)".
Note that SC Division must receive all required documentation a minimum of 60 business days prior to the PTC eligibility expiry date in order to guarantee it being processed on time.
- Funding: Contracts will be funded by a Government of Canada Organization interested in purchasing an innovation from the source list
- Eligible Innovations: Innovations eligible for the Pathway to Commercialization (PTC) must be the same or an improved version of the same Innovation as tested under the initial ISC Stream. Government of Canada organizations must attest that the requirement is for the same or an improved version of the same innovation and retain the attestation on file. The SC Division can assist in this assessment
- Duration of contracts: The contract duration will be determined on a case by case basis depending on various circumstances, such as manufacturing lead times, applicable security requirements etc.
- Canada reserves the right to reject long-term, in service support contracts within this framework.
- Contracting authority: Public Services and Procurement Canada will be the contracting authority responsible for issuing and managing all contracts under the PTC.
- Required documents: The interested Government of Canada Organization will be responsible for completing the following:
- Terms and conditions: Contracts for Innovations will be aligned with government commodity-specific terms and conditions.
- Price Assessment: Canada reserves the right to consult Cost Analysis experts to determine fair value to Canada and reasonable price in the negotiation of the Contract.
- Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) OR Compete: Canada reserves the right to publish an ACAN for any direct buy contract. Canada may choose to conduct a competitive process for any requirement in the event Canada determines that the same or similar solution or innovation exists in the marketplace.
Ready to take your innovation to the next level? Fill out and send the completed submission form to TPSGC.PASICVoletessai-APISCTestingStream.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.
Eligible innovations for purchase
|AffinitiQuest.io Decentralized Customer Experience Management Platform
|AffinitiQuest delivers a comprehensive Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that enables the Issuance and Verification of re-useable Digital Identities and Digital Credentials prioritizing accessibility, inclusivity, interoperability, privacy, and security. Our software helps Government organizations to modernize digital service delivery for citizens, clients and employees by orchestrating seamless digital experiences that delight users with convenience and privacy. AffinitiQuest’s turnkey approach accelerates the implementation of digital business transformations by streamlining internal workflows and automating multi-party business processes.
|Essential Strategy Software Systems
|Essential Strategy is a secure web-based software system that helps senior leaders and performance managers to automate and improve strategic planning, execution and reporting processes. Essential Strategy distributes the work of planning and execution throughout an organization, while enabling central coordination and continuous monitoring. This allows adjustments to be made quickly and early when needed and helps to ensure that everyone is working together to achieve a common mandate. Plans are visualized and communicated through interactive logic models and strategy diagrams. Automated workflows help gather continuous metric data and keep team members on track for their assigned action plans.
|Other Defence Capability Enablers
|CoLab Design Reviews
|CoLab is a Design Engagement System that allows you to interrogate over 70 file types like CAD, Office and more, with the right people real-time or asynchronously. With CoLab, decisions are made with context and input from the right people as early as possible in the review process. Using CoLab, design reviews and decision-making get tracked automatically and can be synced back to PLM. Engineers can do what they do best. CoLab will support them by documenting everything in the background. CoLab’s Insights feature gathers data about all of the human-to-human interactions that power your product decision making.
|Other Defence Capability Enablers
|DW Product Development Inc.
|Modular Component System
|A border crossing traveler communication system for CBSA agents located away from a vehicular land border crossing site. The DW future-ready design incorporates the latest available components in a modular tile system allowing for easy component changes, upgrades and serviceability as new technology becomes available. High performance microphone array system for clear verbal communications. Designed, manufactured and tested with CBSA for Canadian border crossings. Durable and weatherproof robust NEMA 4 enclosure for year round exterior Canadian installations. Excellent ergonomics and UI to address various users, vehicle sizes and positions. Interface features for hearing impaired travelers
|Safety and security
|Virtual Reality Magnetic Motion Helicopter Simulator
|RHIB SIM is a multi-use small boat simulator distinguished by high realism and a compact "train anywhere" footprint. The solution can be used for RHIB training (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) but also for a range of small and fast boats. The simulator's compact full motion footprint is modular: plug it into an industry leading low latency platform (<3ms) or use as part task trainer or desktop variants to balance cost and distribution. Just like the hardware, the software is multipurpose too - use the included training environments and scenarios or customize further.
|Other Defence Capability Enablers
|Precision Parachute Deployment System
|The PPDS is a dual-use technology that enables drones and aircraft to deliver critical supplies to hard-to-reach destinations where landing and take-off of an aircraft is not ideal. This technology can be used for delivering medical kits for commercial and military applications, such as for Search and Rescue operation, delivery of Meal, Ready to Eat field rations to firefighters in wildfires, and military supplies in theatre. The technology includes hardware for the delivery of supplies and enabling software for resupply planning
|Fredericton, NB and Carp, ON
|Other Defence Capability Enablers
|Whale Seeker Inc
|Möbius, by Whale Seeker, is an AI-assisted tool for detecting marine mammals in aerial imagery, designed to support government and maritime industry needs. It combines AI with expert human oversight, ensuring high accuracy comparable to human experts. This system is proven to be up to 97% faster than manual annotation, greatly enhancing efficiency in marine mammal monitoring. The 'human-in-the-loop' model allows for reliable detection while significantly reducing analysis time, making it a practical and effective solution for large-scale, time-sensitive environmental monitoring and decision-making.
|Aquaculture, Blue Carbon and Ocean Pollution remediation
|DigitalTwin 3D Software Platform
|The Datifex DigitalTWIN Platform gives users the power to collaborate in realistic immersive 3D web applications for any browser, OS and device. There is no need to download software. Users log in and interact with objects and data from any source and control external systems all from within a "single pane of glass". Datifex works with the customer to define and develop solutions. Tests have been done with Canada for command and control, situational awareness, and training with NRC Aerospace, CBSA border crossings, and RCN SeaREADY™ digital dockyard, vessel maintenance, duty watch and Fleet Management School equipment.
|Barnacle Systems Inc
|Rapidly Deployable Remote Monitoring System (BRNKL Rapid Deploy)
|The BRNKL Rapid Deploy is a self-powered remote monitoring system that provides real-time status and alerts to support monitoring use cases including abandoned boats, environmental monitoring, and disaster response. The system communicates over cellular and satellite networks and can provide early detection of floods and fires while detecting intruders or sudden impacts
|Machine Trust Platform and AI Governance Services
|NuEnergy.ai's AI Governance solutions enable ethical oversight of AI, allowing departments to leverage the benefits of AI tools while mitigating associated risk and building trust. The Machine Trust Platform (MTP) is cloud-based software that helps measure and manage artificial intelligence (AI) technology by incorporating global AI governance standards and comprehensive risk-mitigating metrics to ensure that departments are meeting governance and regulatory guidelines. Configurable for each application, the MTP measures include transparency and explainability, fairness and bias, accountability, privacy, performance and ethics. NuEnergy supports the deployment of MTP with services including AI Governance Education, AI and Advanced Tech Inventory, and Framework Development
|Agilicus AnyX – Zero Trust for Critical Infrastructure
|Agilicus is an innovative security platform that safeguards your critical infrastructure from cyber threats. With a foundation in Zero Trust, Agilicus provides seamless central management of users and the authorization to resources, with fine-grained controls and detailed audit. It provides secure remote access to any resource using any device without a VPN or client. Agilicus' novel Zero Trust platform is a more secure alternative to VPNs and empowers any organization to provide single sign-on with existing credentials for any employee, contractor, or partner who require secure remote access. Agilicus reduces risk, streamlines management, and lowers cost.
|SilentEdge is a digital identity software solution that enables simple, secure passwordless access to both digital and physical systems, and features the world's first patented FIDO certified behavioural biometric technology. SilentEdge supports a true zero-trust journey in a wide array of use cases, replacing legacy approaches such as access cards, one-time passcodes, and traditional MFA. Harnessing the power of sensors and advanced machine learning at the network edge, SilentEdge provides continuous multi-factor authentication (CMFA) that tightly yet easily secures identity, credentials, and dynamic, fine-grained access management (ICAM).
|OVA Gestion Conseil Inc.
|AuraX is part of OVA's Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality software suite that empowers those taking part in training activities, design reviews, remote collaboration, maintenance & engineering changes, and other digital twin operations. Creating immersive content is accessible to all given that use of OVA's tools require no programming expertise. This content can be experienced remotely by several people simultaneously across both desktop computer and extended-reality headsets. The software architecture will complement your existing toolset and the OVA team is eager to support you through the entire process.
|Training and In-service support
|Larus Technologies Corporation
|Total::Foresight Collaborative Analytics Solution
|Total::Foresight Collaborative Analytics Solution combines a decision support system and a systems simulation engine to provide the end user with an end-to-end solution that enhances situational awareness of air, land and maritime approaches. Total::Foresight offers an AI/ML-driven automated solution to improve situational assessment as well as planning, tasking and assignment of resources. Optimized response plans are generated and simulated within the solution and displayed for seamless ingestion by overloaded decision makers typically inundated with many tasks and a limited number of resources.
|Niricson Software Inc.
|Niricson's AUTOSPEX™ is a condition assessment as a service for civil asset owners across Canada. The solution combines 1mm/pixel resolution imagery, thermal imagery, and proprietary Unmanned Aerial-Vehicle equipped acoustic data to map and quantify cracks, spalls, and delamination in concrete structures (i.e. bridges, runways, dams, locks, and other concrete structures). Compared to rope access inspection solutions, Niricson's solution is safer, is digitized, and enables asset owners to track deterioration in their assets over time.
|Safety and Security
|IMRSV Data Labs Inc.
|The proposed solution is a workflow tool for intelligence analysts. It provides an open standard for the integration of best-in-breed machine learning models from any vendor to process and enrich unstructured data for analysts either as a standalone IPT or by augmenting an existing IPT. The innovation addresses challenges faced by the defence community with fully-networked command, communications and control for targeting regarding data interactivity, data ownership, and AI model ownership.
|Safety and Security
|Kraken Robotics Inc.
|OceanVision™ provides an end-to-end digitalization service, offering advanced sensors, robots and data analytics as a turnkey service for imaging and mapping of the seafloor as well as seabed assets and infrastructure. The high fidelity data collected by OceanVision™ is an absolute requirement for coherent input to machine learning algorithms. Kraken will build, own and operate the sensors and drones; will run the missions; and will analyze the data for their customers.
|Mount Pearl, NL
|Safety and Security
|Spexi Geospatial Inc.
|Scalable RPAS Deployment & Training
|Spexi is an end-to-end drone photogrammetry platform that delivers accurate user-defined products on any scale. High-resolution imagery and geospatial products can be shared with a quality guarantee & cost-effective pricing. Training on drone operations & image capture while also offering a Canada-wide network of advanced pilots is included. Our expertise in standardizing customers' processes ensures usable, high accuracy, high compliance, analytics & data are captured and delivered efficiently.
|Safety and Security
|Trident Pump Inc.
|The Trident System
|At Trident Pump Inc. we have transformed large heavy diesel water pumping systems into lightweight, versatile, rapidly deployable high volume, high head pumping systems. Our pumps are designed handle water, salt water and fuel. They don't require 3rd party equipment such as pickers or hoes to lift. This is an All In One, community protection system with the Trident and hose deployer mounted on 6x6's, with 1.8KM of 4" layflat, 30,000 Lb trailer and all attachments!
|Rockport Networks Inc.
|The Rockport Networks technology is an alternative to Infiniband networking used in AI, high-performance computing (HPC) and virtualized computing clusters. Rockport replaces top of rack switches with a mesh-like topology which dramatically decreases complexity of installation and operation, decreases energy consumption, improves security and creates network redundancy. Rockport is built with industry standard software drivers and requires no changes to applications, libraries, or operating systems. The network can scale to over 1500 server-nodes. In the future Rockport will use the same fabric to support composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI).
|Fully Networked Command, Communications, and Control