About the Impact Canada Initiative

Innovation has the potential to solve the big challenges that we face as Canadians. Outcomes-based approaches represent a new way of opening up the problem-solving process to innovators who can bring fresh perspectives and new ideas.

The ICI promotes the use of a range of innovative approaches, including:

  • Challenges – Issuing prizes for whoever can first or most effectively find a solution to a defined problem, and/or making use of structured, open competitions to solicit proposals to fund the best ideas with the potential to solve thematic problems.
  • Pay-for-Results – Using customized instruments to shift the focus towards issuing payments based on funding recipients achieving positive and measureable societal outcomes (e.g., social impact bonds, pay-for-success mechanisms).

First Areas of Focus

  • Smart Cities Challenge with Infrastructure Canada
    Empowering communities to improve the lives of their residents through the use of data and connected technology.
  • Clean Tech Impact with Natural Resource Canada
    Finding breakthrough technology solutions to support clean growth and the transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Responding to Canada's Opioid Crisis with Health Canada and other federal partners
    Accelerating action on innovative approaches to harm reduction and treatment, as outlined in Budget 2018.
  • Improving Indigenous Outcomes with Indigenous Services Canada
    Improving service delivery through the co-creation of new and meaningful partnership models with Indigenous communities and civil society.

How We Do It

  • Advisory Services & Knowledge Sharing
    Helping departments design high impact initiatives, measure impact, and share "what works"
  • impact.canada.ca Challenge Platform
    Vehicle to engage new and diverse problem solvers
  • Flexible Terms & Conditions for Grants and Contributions
    Authority for departments to pursue outcomes-based programming
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