Government of Canada Announces $14.8 Million for Innovative British Columbia Businesses

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The Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) is a $100 million five-year federal initiative that offers repayable contributions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with operations in Western Canada, in order to help move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.

The intent of WINN is to promote the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy by providing financial support to qualified SMEs to help them bring innovative products, processes, and services to market in Western Canada and by stimulating greater private sector investment in western Canadian commercialization activities.

By helping to seize opportunities for innovation, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will support the creation of jobs and growth while ensuring that new opportunities for success are realized and new products, processes, and services are brought from the test bench to the marketplace.



Project Proponent Project Description Western Innovation Initiative Funding
AbCellera Biologics Inc. Commercialize a process for accelerating the validation of antibodies $1,750,000
Axine Water Technologies Inc. Commercialize an electrochemical system for treating ammonia contaminated wastewater $1,000,000
G-PAK Technology Inc. Commercialize high-speed production of bio-based fully compostable single-serve coffee pod $2,500,000
HTEC Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation Build and deploy Canada's first retail hydrogen fueling station in British Columbia $600,000
Jostle Corporation Integrate intranet platform and publishing functionality with leading cloud fileshares $486,413
Loop Energy Inc. Develop pilot production process for eFlow fuel stack technology and power modules $760,000
Nanozen Industries Inc. Commercialize a new particulate matter sensor to measure airborne particles to 1 micron $300,000
Quadrogen Power Systems Demonstrate landfill biogas clean up and upgrading system for commercialization $1,100,000
Quester Tangent Corporation Commercialize innovative Ethernet vehicle switch specifically for passenger rail vehicles $647,500
Saltworks Technologies Commercialize the ElectroChem Advanced Desalination System $3,500,000
SemiosBIO Technologies Inc. Expand the Semios Automated Precision Farming System to cherry orchards $500,000
Terramera Inc. Commercialize a biopesticide technology for insect control $1,695,000
TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING $14,838,913

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