We are FedDev Ontario.
We believe in a strong and diversified southern Ontario economy.
We support innovative practices, and we exist to increase the region’s capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration.
We value our multiple roles as investor, advocate and convener.
We listen to our stakeholders and we focus on what the region needs to succeed.
We believe in bringing the right people together to form partnerships, discover opportunities and explore solutions.
Our actions are helping us achieve our goals.
- Delivering national & regionally-tailored funding programs & services
- Investing in high-growth, high-potential firms to increase innovation, productivity & exports
- Challenging industry, academia & other stakeholders to bring new ideas to market
FedDev Ontario was launched in 2009, and we are based in Waterloo.
We also have offices in Toronto, Peterborough and Ottawa that support program delivery as part of our role within the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.
We are committed to helping Southern Ontario grow and thrive.
We are one of six Regional Economic Development Agencies delivering key programs and services.
An interactive map showcasing our recipient’s successes across southern Ontario. Each point on the map is described below.
|Recipient||Format||Link to More Information||Location||Description|
|Miovision Technology Inc.||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02374.html||148 Manitou Dr #101, Kitchener, ON N2C 1L3||Map location of Miovision Technology Inc. located at 148 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario with an image of Kurtis McBride, Co-founder and CEO of Miovision Technology Inc., along with a link to a success story page.|
|gShift Labs Inc.||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02373.html||126 Wellington St W #209, Barrie, ON L4N 1K9||Map location of gShift Labs Inc. located at 126 Wellington Street in Barrie, Ontario with an image of gShift Labs inc software and a link to a success story page.|
|Flixel Photos Inc.||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02372.html||147 Liberty St, Toronto, ON M6K 3G3||Map location of Flixel Photos Inc. located at 147 Libert Street in Toronto, with an image of model Tyra Banks and a link to a success story page.|
|Clearpath Robotics Inc.||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02371.html||1425 Strasburg Rd, Suite 2A, Kitchener, ON N2R 1H2||Map locaiton of Clearpath Robotics Inc., located at 1425 Strasburg Road in Kitchener, ON. with an image of Clearpath Robotics machinery, and a link to their success story|
|Clearfit Inc.||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02370.html||150 Eglinton Ave E #803, Toronto, ON M4P 1E8||Map location is of Clearfit Inc., located at 150 Eglington Avenue East in Toronto with an image of Clearfit officials at a trade show and link to a success story page.|
|Dejero Labs Inc.||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02322.html||412 Albert St #100, Waterloo, ON N2L 3V3||Map location is of Dejero Labs inc., located at 41 Albert Street in Waterloo, Ontario. This map point has an embedded video describing Dejero Labs' products and a link to a success story page.|
|GH Manufacturing Inc.||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02320.html||101 Petrie Pl, Belleville, ON K8N 4Z6||Map location of of GH Manufacturing Inc. located at 101 Petrie Place in Belleville, Ontario this map point has an embedded video describin the success GH Manufacutring has had with FedDev Ontario funding.|
|Intellijoint Surgical Inc.||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02318.html||60 Bathurst Dr., Waterloo, ON, N2V 2A9||Map location of Intellijoint Surganic Inc., located at 60 Bathurst Drive in Waterloo, Ontario. The map point displays a video describing Intellijoint Surgical and a link to their success story|
|Mariposa Dairy Ltd.||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02316.html||201 St George St, Lindsay, ON K9V 4Z4||Map location of Miroposa Dairy Ltd at 201 St. George Street in Lindsay, Ontario|
|Capital Angel Network||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01677.html||Ottawa, Ontario||Map location of Capital Angel Network located in Ottawa, Ontario with an embedded video describing the company with a link to a success story.|
|eSight||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01677.html||156 Front St W #601, Toronto, ON M5J 2L6||Map locaiton of eSight located at 156 Front Street West in Toronto, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a success story page.|
|CHAR Technologies||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01676.html||2425 Matheson Boulevard East, mississauga, Ontario||Map location of CHAR Technologies located at 2425 Matheson Boulevard East, Mississauga, Ontario with an embedded video describing CHAR Technologies and a link to a success story|
|Flying Colours Corp.||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01675.html||901 Airport Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 6X6||Map location of Flying Colours Corp located at 901 Airport Road in Peterborough, Ontario with an embedded video describing the company with a link to a success story.|
|Sunnybrook Research Institute||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01673.html||2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5||Map location of Sunnybrook Research Institute located at 2075 Bayview Avenue in Toronto, Ontario with an embedded video describing a project from Sunnybrook along with a link to a success story page.|
|Queen's University||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01536.html||99 University Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6||Map location of Queen`s University located at 99 University Aveue in Kingston, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to their success story page.|
|Niagara College||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01536.html||100 Niagara College Boulevard, Welland, ON L3C 7L3||Map location of Niagara College located at 100 Niagara College Boulevard in Welland, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to their success story.|
|Maksteel||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01537.html||7615 Torbram Rd, Mississauga, ON L4T 4A8||Map location of Maksteel, a steel distributor located at 715 Torbram Road in Mississauga, Ontario with an embedded video describing the company and a link to their news release|
|Innovate Niagara (previously nGen)||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01538.html||3rd Floor, Suite A301, 1 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 7L2||Map location of Innovate Niagara at 1 St. Paul Street in St. Catharines, Ontario with an embedded video describing the company and a link to a news release.|
|YMCA of Western Ontario||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01539.html||1424 Clarke Rd, London, ON N5V 5B9||Map location of YMCA of Western Ontario located at 1424 Clarke Road in London, Ontario with a embedded video and a link to a news release|
|John G. Wilson Machine Limited||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01541.html||259 Third Concession Rd, Princeton, ON N0J 1V0||Map location of John G. Wilson Machine Limited located at 259 Third Concessio Road in Princeton, Ontario with an emedded video an a link to a succcess story page|
|St. Clair College||Video||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01542.html||2000 Talbot Road West, Windsor, ON N9A 6S4||Map location of St. Clair College located at 2000 Talbot road West in Windsor, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a success story page.|
|Tecumseh Baseball Club||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01997.html||Lacasse Recreation Centre, Tecumseh, ON N8N 1M5||Map location of the Tecumseh Baseball Club located at the Lacasse Recreation Centre in Tecumseh, Ontario with a link to success story page|
|The Oakville Curling Club||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/01999.html||224 Allan St, Oakville, ON L6J 6L2||Map location of the Oakville Curling Club located at 224 Allan Street in oakville, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a success story page.|
|Sault Ste Marie Community Theatre Centre||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02000.html||1007 Trunk Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K9||Map location of the Sault Ste Marie Community Theatre Centre in 1007 at 1007 Trunk Road, Sault St. Marie in Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a success story page.|
|Culvert 21||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02001.html||Chatsworth, Ontario||Map location of a bridge in Chatsworth, Ontario with a picture of a bridge and a link to a success story|
|Rattray Marsh Conservation Area||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02002.html||50 Bexhill Rd, Mississauga, ON L5H 3L1||Map location of Rattray Marsh Conservation located at 50 Bexhill Road in Mississauga, Ontario with an image of the area and a link to a success story page.|
|Sudbury Theatre Centre||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02003.html||170 Shaughnessy St, Sudbury, ON P3E 3E7||Map location of the Sudury Theatre Centre located at 170 Shaughnessy Street in Sudbury, Ontario with an image of the theatre and a link to a success story page.|
|Caldwell First Nation||Article||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02004.html||14 Orange St, Leamington, ON N8H 1P5||Map location of Caldwell First Nation located at 14 Orange Street in Leamington, Ontario with a picture of a ceremonial hall and a link to a success story page.|
|southern Ontario Water Consortium||Testimonial||http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/01/14/funding-southern-ontario-water-consortium||200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1||
Map location of the Southern Ontario Water Consortium located at the University of Waterloo at 200 Univesity Avenue West in Waterloo, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a news release.
Video Transcription: southern Ontario Water Consortium, or SOWC, or Ess-Oh-Double-u-Cee, connects Ontario business with researchers and innovative technology demonstration facilities. So we help businesses to develop and advance their innovative water technologies. And FedDev has enabled us to not just connect companies with researchers across our ten post-secondary institutions and the facilities that we’ve created, but also to fund projects. So we can now help a company, and support a company’s technology demonstration project and match funding that they bring to the table.
|Cambridge Pro Fab||Testimonial||http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1143309||84 Shaver Road, Brantford, ON.||
Map location of Cambridge pro Fab located at 84 Shaver Road in Brampton, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a news release.
Video Transcription: FedDev funding has allowed us to invest in, not only our employees, but our plant here. This plant was an older plant that’s been around for maybe forty or fifty years. And we were able to put in new cranes, a new robotic system. This allowed us to compete, and we’re really close to the pricing they have. Now with this new equipment we’re going to be far more productive. It has helped us to allow to hire new employees, we’re going to hire new thirty or forty employees for new projects we have, because of the investment in the equipment.
|Toronto Global||Testimonial||http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02284.html||200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1||
Map location of Toronto Global located at 250 Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to news release.
Video Transcription: The FedDev support for Toronto Global is so important. This region represents 20% of our GDP and will grow by bringing in foreign direct investment. So, Toby is putting a great team together and that investment is going to help Toby pull that team together.
Yeah, and I think that without FedDev’s support we wouldn’t have gotten the collaboration from the other levels of government. You guys really represented a keystone in the structure of the organization, without which we wouldn’t be talking about it today. So thank you very, very much.
|Stanpac Inc.||Testimonial||http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1170189||2790 Thompson Rd, Smithville, ON L0R 2A0||
Map location of Stanpac located at 2790 Thompson Road in Smithville, Ontario with a link to a success story page.
Video Transcription: So what does the FedDev Ontario funding mean to you and your company?
Well, FedDev Ontario is extremely important funding. It allows us to bring out new products that are needed in our industry. It allows us to get new equipment and machinery which is more efficient, it’s faster, and can produce product cheaper. You know, the funding goes a very, very long way toward expanding and growing, and as I mentioned earlier, one of our big challenges is getting enough capital to continue to grow, and the FedDev program has kind of filled in that gap which is just of tremendous help.
|TritonWear||Testimonial||http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1149909||76 Stafford St #101, Toronto, ON M6J 2S1||
Map location of TirtonWear, located at 76 Stafford Street in Toronto, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a news release.
Video Transcription: The funding from FedDev was hugely beneficial for us. Ultimately, for a young company to get non-dilutive funding at an early stage is hugely beneficial. It really helped us push our product that last little leg that it needed to get to get to market, and ultimately now get into our customers in over 20 countries around the world. So it was absolutely a huge, huge step for us and was very, very valuable.
|Dishon||Testimonial||http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1187509&tp=1||40 Citation Drive, Concord, Ontario||
Map location of Dishon Limited located at 40 Citation Drive in Concord, Ontario with an embedded video and a link to a news release.
Video Transcription: Great. So the funding of this FedDev loan is going to be instrumental in helping us to really compete on a global scale. These machines that we’re currently using, the automated equipment, the 5-axis equipment, obviously is very costly, and there’s a unique part of the aerospace industry where we really have to have the equipment in place one year before that revenue stream starts. And so that makes it a little bit challenging to go into typical lending locations kind of like banks and the like. So to have the backing of FedDev, of the federal government, in support of the aerospace industry and to provide us with these kinds of what we call “underpinning funding”, capital funding, is instrumental for us to be able to compete on that scale. Right now, aerospace is all about scalability. It’s all about “Can you take on the big projects?” and can you show us that you have the funding in place to do that. In fact, I’ll just give you a quick example. When we approached GE Aerospace, one of the first audits they did was a financial audit. They didn’t even do a quality audit, or a capability audit or a capacity audit. They came in here and said first and foremost, we need to know about your finances because, if you can’t scale up, if you can’t grow with us, we don’t want to be a part of you. So we scored 8, 8 out of 10, which is a near perfect mark for them, but it just indicates how important capital is to growth and the importance of scalability. So it’s all about that for now.
News and Announcements
Library Month and the importance of shared community spaces
The month of October, as Canadian Library Month, is an opportune time to recognize the importance of the libraries that surround us. FedDev Ontario, through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, supports the preservation of libraries in southern Ontario, recognizing their positive impact in our communities.
When asked about the importance of libraries in today’s digital culture, Cathy Simpson assures their presence is as necessary as ever. As Chief Librarian and CEO of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, Simpson shares her thoughts on the on-going evolution of the library and its place in our lives.
“From stone tablets to e-books, information technology is constantly changing and so are libraries,” says Simpson. “As technological change speeds up and the world becomes increasingly digital, public libraries are more important than ever. We bridge the digital divide by providing high-speed internet, computers and emerging technologies for those who don’t have access.”
Darla Fraser, Chief Librarian, Orangeville Public Library, readily agrees. “Our library is a community space that allows everyone to feel welcome and safe,” says Fraser. “FedDev Ontario enabled us to reimagine part of our historic Carnegie Library into an exciting destination for children – one that we hope will inspire them not only to read but also to explore and create.”
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Library also underwent a recent renovation through FedDev Ontario’s Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, which created an efficient space that allows them to continue their goal of inspiring the minds of the community.
“With support from FedDev Ontario, we now have a fully accessible facility with more spaces for people and technology,” says Simpson. “The Library is now open concept, welcoming and warm, and has flexible, multi-use spaces that will serve the community well into the 21st century.”
Libraries are and always will be safe free spaces to exchange information and ideas, something both Simpson and Fraser assure will always have value.
“The way people get information constantly changes, but the need for shared community spaces to connect and learn with others is a need that will never change,” says Simpson. Fraser adds, “They provide everyone the opportunity to celebrate where they live, who they are and what they want to become.”
Automated technologies for horticulture
Through funding provided by FedDev Ontario’s Investing in Commercialization Partnerships program, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has been working on developing automation technologies for the horticulture industry.
Vineland’s Robotics and Automation researchers are focused on several automation projects, including bulb planting technology, vegetable packaging systems, smart greenhouse irrigation technology, and harvesting solutions for precision mushroom farming. Collaborations with partners in manufacturing, robotics and vision systems industries, local growers and greenhouses, plus academia are helping develop and commercialize automation solutions for horticulture.
As part of the precision mushroom farming research, the team at Vineland has been working on developing technology targeted at increasing production efficiency through automation. The international mushroom market is a multi-billion dollar industry that is experiencing dramatic growth each year, and Ontario is ranked first in Canada in terms of production volume. Labour costs range from 40 to 50 per cent of total mushroom production costs, and there is a shortage and a high turnover of trained workers. As a result, this is an area of opportunity for the introduction of automation technologies into the mushroom farming industry.
Through partnerships with Monaghan Mushrooms, national d'optique (INO) and the University of Guelph, Vineland has created a novel decision support system (DSS) software technology that is able to gather data from a mushroom bed using computer vision technology to make choices on which mushrooms to harvest and when.
Recent comparison trials evaluated the capability of Vineland's DSS technology when compared to an expert human mushroom harvester. Results indicate that that Vineland's technology generates increased consistency, higher mushroom yields and higher mushroom quality. This system will be integrated within Vineland's robotics harvesting system, which has already shown high reliability in picking mushrooms.
Also under development is a wireless smart irrigation technology that is being used for growing greenhouse Campanula plants. The novel DSS makes expert irrigation decisions and is resulting in higher quality plants. Moreover, the DSS has been shown to use 15 per cent less water, translating into decreased fertilizer use. Collaborators on the wireless irrigation project include commercialization partner Peytec Inc., along with local commercial greenhouses, INO and Western University. The next step will be to deploy a full-scale trial at a commercial greenhouse, followed by commercialization of the system.
As part of the project supported by FedDev Ontario, two additional greenhouse automation solutions are now in the commercialization phase at Vineland. Because labour costs are an ongoing concern for the greenhouse industry, these technologies are targeted at reducing costs while growing Ontario manufacturing businesses. The first system—an automated tulip bulb planting machine—eliminates the labour-intensive process of orienting and planting bulbs, resulting in a faster and cheaper solution. A request for proposal has been issued to locate a manufacturer for the system.
The second greenhouse automation solution under commercialization is a mini cucumber packaging machine. Following harvest, workers must package cucumbers into trays and ensure same direction orientation—another labour-intensive process. CMP Automation has been chosen as the manufacturing partner for this technology with the first unit targeted for fall 2017 installation in a commercial greenhouse.
The precision farming technologies and automation solutions being developed as part of the ICP project at Vineland will pave the way for further automation in the greenhouse and mushroom industries in Ontario. And adoption of these technologies will contribute to yield increases, reduced costs, and the creation of jobs for higher-skilled workers. These technologies will also create opportunities for Ontario automation and manufacturing small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to expand, generate new jobs and fuel economic growth.
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