City to help Ottawa tech firms pilot new products

Ottawa City Hall

The City of Ottawa is helping local companies test-drive new technology in an effort to reignite the local economy once COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

Under the program launched on Wednesday, the city and other economic partners will provide “real-life testing environments” where up to five tech Ottawa firms can deploy prototypes and get feedback on their products. 

The program will focus on public health technology such as mobile apps as well as products that aid in the city’s economic recovery, including click-and-collect services and virtual work platforms. The city says priority will be given to sectors such as health, tourism, festivals and events, restaurants, retail, construction, transportation and food supply.

According to the city, applicants must demonstrate they have “innovative” products that are scalable and ready to take to market within three months or less. Preference will be given to firms that are creating their own IP, and applicants must offer a “realistic” plan that will have a minimal cost to the city and its partners.

The pilot projects will last up to a year, and applicants who require additional funding will be eligible for up to $5,000 from the city.

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 20. Application forms are available here.