Mikele Brack, Executive Director of Innovate Cities enthusiastically welcomed news from FedDev Ontario announcing an investment of up to $11.1 million in Innovate Cities, a not-forprofit organization that brings together a network of Canadian leaders in the development of innovative technologies. This investment, in combination with contributions from the private and public sector, establishes the foundation for a $30 million initiative.

“Canadians know there is boundless potential for sustainable development and this investment demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to ensure our Canadian network of innovators is well placed to lead the future of working communities,” said Mikele Brack, Executive Director of Innovate Cities. “I would like to thank the government for their support of our objectives, to create safer, more accessible, energy-efficient spaces that benefit all citizens, while delivering economic diversification and job-creation.”

Brack joined Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities who announced, on behalf of The Hon. Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, funding made available by the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario’s Regional Innovation Ecosystem stream which aims to advance innovation in strategic sectors of the economy. “

Canadians have long been leaders in innovation, and the Toronto region in particular is a recognized centre of talent, growth and discovery,” said The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario. “Today’s investments by the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, build on this region’s competitive advantages, and will support many local organizations as they drive employment, growth and economic success in the new innovation economy.”

Through this first-of-its-kind collaboration, Innovate Cities will develop a full stack, cloud-based CommunityHub platform for innovative start-ups and scale-ups to rapidly design and deploy new capabilities for our communities. These will be installed in real-world environments to demonstrate outcomes, de-risk further investments and accelerate adoption at scale.

Innovative Cities will employ a privacy and security by design principle to ensure the interests of Canadians are protected and held to the highest standard. In line with the Government of Canada’s Digital Charter, this project will focus on ensuring the ethical use of data in order to promote openness and improve the lives of Canada’s citizens, an essential aspect in developing urban technologies.

Furthermore, a Centre of Excellence will be launched to educate customers, governments and citizens on the emergence of smarter and more resilient communities, demonstrate our region’s strengths in innovation, and attract talent and investment. It is anticipated that this project will create hundreds of new, highly skilled jobs, provide skills development opportunities for the middle-class workforce and foster an ecosystem to scale up small and medium-sized Canadian enterprises to compete globally.

Read the release from the Government of Canada here.

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