Government of Canada Supports Ontario Firm Through Build in Canada Innovation Program

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May 1, 2017 - Toronto, Ontario - Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy and the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovations to create inclusive and sustainable economic growth for communities across Canada.

The Government of Canada today announced it is investing in a made-in-Canada mobile support system for injured soldiers.

QoC Health Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, received a $508,567 contract for its mobile phone application that supports injured soldiers in their physical and mental recovery. The innovation, called the mobile support system for injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, enables soldiers to track their symptoms and recovery progress from home while connected to healthcare professionals and their peers. The QoC Health Inc. application, built with specialized components to protect security and privacy, is a cost-effective solution that reduces the users’ visits and helps them return to work faster.

The mobile support system for injured CAF members is being tested by National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces as part of QoC Health’s Return to Duty Program.

This investment was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, which helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada. This program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovation and small and medium-sized businesses across Canada.

Canadian innovators can submit their proposals on the Build in Canada Innovation Program’s website.


Quotes

“Our government is committed to growing the economy and the middle class, and to helping those working hard to join it. By matching innovative products, such as the QoC Health application, with government needs, the Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian companies move their products from the lab to the marketplace.”

Steven MacKinnon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“QoC Health is just one of the many small and medium companies the government helps through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. The government will continue to purchase cutting-edge technology that benefits Canadians and creates jobs and economic growth.”

Adam Vaughan
Member of Parliament for Spadina–Fort York

“The Build in Canada Innovation Program allowed us to try this unique platform that helps ill and injured CAF members be better connected to their Return to Duty Program support network.”

Captain Marie-France Langlois (Navy)
Director, Casualty Support Management
National Defence

Quick Facts

  • QoC Health is a Toronto-based social enterprise that builds and develops digital solutions for healthcare organizations. It was founded by a team of experts in healthcare, business and technology.

  • QoC Health uses secure and cost-effective mobile technology that was designed with the recommendations of injured Canadian Armed Forces members, but can also be used in other post-clinical settings.

  • More than 223 contracts have been awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program, bringing Canadian companies one step closer to selling to domestic and international markets.

  • More than $81 million has been awarded in contracts since the Build in Canada Innovation Program began in 2010.

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Office of the Honourable Judy M. Foote
819-997-5421

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