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Driving Canadian innovations from the lab to the marketplace - Government of Canada awards 300th contract under the Build in Canada Innovation Program
[May 15, 2018]

Driving Canadian innovations from the lab to the marketplace - Government of Canada awards 300th contract under the Build in Canada Innovation Program


HALIFAX, May 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is connecting Canadian innovators with their vital first customer and helping generate sustainable economic growth in communities across the country.

Today, Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced that the Government of Canada has awarded the 300th contract under the Build In Canada Innovation Program. Sayle Safety Inc., of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, was awarded a $551,770-contract for its SayleSafety App.

The innovation is a software application that allows organisations to create, distribute and sign-off on job safety risk assessments through mobile devices and computers. The innovation will be tested by Public Services and Procurement Canada.

The Build in Canada Innovation Program bridges federal departments who have an operational need, with innovative businesses who can fill the gap. Purchasing departments test innovations in a real-life setting and provide valuable feedback, as well as a critical first sale.

Since 2010, the Build in Canada Innovation Program contract awards have helped create 1,684 full-time jobs across the country, generating significant economic impact. This is just one of the many ways th Government of Canada supports innovators, including small and medium-sized businesses, across Canada.



To find out how the program can help launch your innovation, visit the Build in Canada Innovation Program website.

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"Nova Scotians can take pride in our leading-edge, home-grown innovators like Sayle Safety Inc. Today's announcement not only highlights local ingenuity, it also demonstrates our government's commitment to supporting small and medium-sized businesses across Canada."

Andy Fillmore 
Member of Parliament for Halifax

"One of the toughest aspects of growing a business is developing new products to take to market.  Within that R&D cycle, often the hardest hurdle is the final testing, tweaking and commercializing of the product.  The Build in Canada Innovation Program addresses this very challenging stage – and helps take great Canadian innovations to market. This contract will help revolutionize safety by putting a digital safety coach in the hands of Canadian workers."

Stephen Sayle, CEO 
Sayle Safety Inc.

Quick facts

  • The Build in Canada Innovation Program has supported 27 companies in Nova Scotia with contracts valued at more than $13,129,649.
  • More than $132 million in contracts have been awarded to Canadian innovators since the program was launched in 2010.
  • Across Canada, 80% of firms who benefited from the Build in Canada Innovation Program have successfully commercialized their products.
  • With the support of this program, 50 made-in-Canada innovations have been exported to 44 countries.
  • To simplify the suite of innovation programs across the federal government, Budget 2018 proposes to consolidate the existing Build in Canada Innovation Program into Innovative Solutions Canada.
  • All applications received by the Build in Canada Innovation Program will be evaluated, and the Program will remain in place until further details are announced.

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