Understanding the Build in Canada Innovation Program

The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps Canadian companies of all sizes move their state-of-the-art goods and services from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Through the BCIP, the Government of Canada buys pre-qualified goods and services. The government moves these late-stage research and development innovations to federal departments for testing. After testing, the BCIP provides feedback to suppliers on the performance of their products or services.

The BCIP became permanent in Budget 2012 following a two-year pilot. The program is managed by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises of Public Services and Procurement Canada. The BCIP targets innovations in ten priority areas.

The Build in Canada Innovation Program boosts Canada's business sector

It bridges the pre-commercial gap

Companies often have difficulty moving their innovative goods and services from the final stages of research and development into the market. The BCIP helps bridge this pre-commercial gap by providing innovators with a successful use of their pre-commercial innovations.

What stage is your innovation at? Consult the government's technology readiness levels to find out.

Companies can find support in earlier stages of research and development. Visit the National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program and Concierge Service. You can also consult Canada Revenue Agency's Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program to learn more.

It provides a first reference sale

Canadian companies often struggle to find first buyers for their innovations. Through the BCIP, Canadian companies can sell their pre-qualified innovations to the federal government. The Government of Canada can also become the company's first reference sale.

It evaluates pre-commercial goods and services

After testing a company's innovation, federal departments provide feedback on the innovation's performance in an operational setting. This feedback helps suppliers be better prepared to enter the marketplace with their federal government-tested innovations.

It improves the government's operations

Federal departments gain access to innovative goods and services to improve their operations and services to Canadians. By bringing together companies and federal departments, the BCIP helps companies find a buyer, while departments get early access to state-of-the-art technologies they can use.

Build in Canada Innovation Program video

Watch a video to learn how two Canadian companies have benefitted from the Build in Canada Innovation Program.

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The Government of Canada wants to buy and test your innovation

Have you created something that hasn't hit the market yet?

Submit your proposal

National Research Council will evaluate your innovation.

It's cutting-edge, we will work on finding you a government testing partner.

If we can match you with a testing partner, we'll buy it.

We pay up to $500,000 for non-military innovations

  • health
  • environment
  • safety and Security
  • enabling technologies

We pay up to $1,000,000 for military innovations

  • command and support
  • protecting the soldier
  • training system
  • in-service support
  • arctic and maritime security

What's in it for you?

  • land your first sale
  • keep your intellectual property: we only buy the innovation
  • your innovation gets tested in a real-life setting
  • we give you feedback to help you get to market faster

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