Canada’s six regional development agencies will direct federal COVID-19 relief funding to small and mid-sized companies and sectors that fall between the cracks of other relief programs.
Topic: COVID-19 crisis
More than 550 members of Alberta’s innovation system call on the UCP government to act on an expert panel report to help the province’s struggling tech sector.
Innovation Canada has shifted its “entire portfolio,” to responding to the COVID-19 crisis, from the Strategic Innovation Fund to Canada’s innovation superclusters, says federal assistant deputy minister Andrea Johnston.
Canada’s innovation superclusters are proving their value during the COVID-19 crisis and are well positioned to help lead the post-COVID economic recovery, the five superclusters’ CEOs told a Research Money webinar.
The federal government is providing $1.2 billion in emergency funding to help startups and rural businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis. Participants in Canada’s innovation sector say government could also help by providing tax incentives, matching funding and loans for angel investment.
Dr. David Kelvin in Halifax is leading an international effort to identify biomarkers for predicting the severity of COVID-19 in patients, and spearheading a collaborative network of scientists for the sharing of resources, materials and ideas.
The Alberta government needs to provide immediate help to high-potential startups in the province struggling with the COVID-19 crisis, say the co-chairs of the Alberta Innovation Corridor.