Funding helps Tenera Care expand workforce and improve technology to seize global growth opportunities 

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Pictured: Computer equipment and a wearable bracelet used to track long-term care residents, staff and visitors, and a female healthcare worker and patient.

Government of Canada investments support clean, inclusive recovery and long-term economic growth  

May 26, 2022 · Halifax, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

A key part of Canada’s economic recovery is supporting businesses as they adapt, grow and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses and the organizations that support them represent the backbone of regional economies. They generate well paying jobs and are a source of pride for their communities. To do so, businesses and entrepreneurs need a strong foundation, built on technological innovation, inclusivity, and clean growth to create the workforce of the future.

Federal investments support business growth

Today, Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, announced a repayable contribution of $750,000 through the Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) to Tenera Care to further improve their monitoring system to prepare for sale in the United States and Europe. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This project will enable the company to add additional features to its cloud-based monitoring and contact tracing system for visitors and patients at long-term care facilities, improving localization and accuracy. The system is already in use at some facilities to ensure that services are being delivered in a timely and effective manner, and to provide detailed information for contact tracing as required by COVID-19 protocols. One of the new features being added will allow users to determine if someone wearing the device has fallen. Tenera Care will also undertake market research and develop networks to prepare for growth in American and European markets.

Launched in July 2021, the Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) provides $700 million over three years to Canada’s regional development agencies to support a regional response and stimulate economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis by investing in projects that will help to create jobs. Through the JGF, the Government of Canada aims to support the transition to a green economy, foster an inclusive recovery, enhance competitiveness, and create jobs in every corner of the country. 

Quotes

“The Government of Canada recognizes that the vitality of our business communities across Canada is key to economic recovery. Investing in local businesses and the organizations that support them helps create jobs, supports inclusive and clean growth opportunities, and builds resiliency so that companies are well equipped for future growth.”
- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“For businesses to grow they must be supported in their endeavors to turn their new ideas into products that can compete in the global marketplace. Tenera Care is ideally positioned to build new partnerships with international clients as the company continues to grow and prosper.”
- Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West 

"At Tenera Care, our vision is to make every senior living in residence in the world a safer place. With this ACOA funding, we can hire key personnel, develop and implement some exciting new features and tools and ultimately take us one step closer to realizing our vision and truly improving the quality of life for seniors, care staff and their families."
- Stewart Hardie, Founder and CEO, Tenera Care 

Quick facts

  • The company’s Tenera Care Indoor Positioning Solution (IPS) is a cloud managed service that provides real-time monitoring of the position and movements of residents and visitors in long-term care faciliites. It can detect hazardous sitations and increases safety by reducing incident response time. 

  • TenaWare, a wearable braclet, pendant or clip-on that users wear poinpoints their exact position to within 15 cms, and is an invaluable resource in the tracking, reduction and prevention of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. 

  • Tenera Care currently has active pilot projects in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario, as well as a pending installation at a facility in Arkansas. 

  • Incorporated on March 4, 2016, Tenera Care currently has 20 employees, in addition to the three employees being hired through this project. 

  • In Atlantic Canada, ACOA is delivering $70 million of the $700-million national Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) to eligible businesses, non-profit organizations, community economic development partners, and Indigenous-led organizations and businesses, with projects that: 
    o   support the transition to a green economy
    o   foster an inclusive recovery
    o   preserve Canada’s competitiveness and future-proof businesses through digital adoption
    o   strengthen capacity in sectors critical to Canada’s recovery and growth

  • For more information on the application process, eligibility criteria and eligible expenses, or to apply for the JGF, reach out to your regional development agency.

  • Canada’s regional development agencies are continuing to deliver targeted support for economic recovery in the region. Application intake is open through ACOA for the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, Jobs and Growth Fund, Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative and Tourism Relief Fund.

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Contacts

Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Marianne.Blondin@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Lori Selig
Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-266-7477
Lori.Selig@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Stewart Hardie
Founder and CEO
Tenera Care
902-403-3939
stewart@tenera.care

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