Small Businesses Invited to Develop Innovative Solutions — September 26, 2018

Small Businesses Invited to Develop Innovative Solutions

September 26, 2018

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that Canadian small businesses are being invited to develop innovative solutions to seven domestic plastics challenges.

Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, government departments are inviting small businesses to come up with innovative solutions in response to specific challenges they face. Winning small businesses may receive up to $150,000 to refine their research and development and, if accepted into Phase 2, receive up to $1 million to develop a working prototype. The government may then act as a first customer, helping these small businesses commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create good jobs.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is challenging small businesses to:

  1. Find smart packaging design and other solutions to reduce plastic waste.
  2. Find new ways to separate mixed plastics for recycling.
  3. Identify ways to reduce and recycle plastic construction waste.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is challenging small businesses to:

  1. Find plastic-free ways to get fish from fish farms and the ocean to our plates.
  2. Find innovative new ways to manage old fishing equipment and debris and remove it from our waters.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Natural Resources Canada are challenging small businesses to:

  1. Turn leftover plant material from agriculture or forestry into compostable bioplastics.

Transport Canada is challenging small businesses to:

  1. Identify sustainable new ways to recycle or reuse and glass-fibre-reinforced plastic.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/00001.html

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