Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Got a product? Market it with Build it Canada

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA for MP Mark Strahl, Chilliwack/Voice file photo

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl is encouraging local businesses to participate in a unique federal procurement program, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), which can help them bring their innovative products and services to the commercial market.

 

"The idea is to help Canadian entrepreneurs commercialize their innovative product by connecting them to potential clients in the federal government," said Strahl.

The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) has two complementary objectives. The first is to identify Canadian innovations to test within federal operations in order to support businesses as they move their innovations to commercialization.

The second is to help small and medium enterprises access federal procurement activities and enable these companies to showcase their innovative products and services to potential government users.

To build on the early success of this pilot program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated additional funding for three years, starting in 2013. As of 2016, $40 million will be permanently dedicated to the BCIP annually. In February 2013, the Jenkins report recommended making the program permanent, in order to more effectively provide incentives for solving operational problems identified by federal departments.

The fourth Call for Proposals, which includes a military component, is currently available on Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. Suppliers have until January 7, 2014, to submit their proposals.

"I would encourage any local business that is looking to bring their idea to market to look into how this program can help them," said Strahl.

For more information about the program, please consult the backgrounder below, or visit the BCIP web page.

 

 

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