November 14, 2014 – Kitchener, Ont. – Public Works and Government Services Canada
Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario, addressed the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. The Minister reiterated the Harper Government’s commitment to what matters to Canadians—jobs and economic growth—and highlighted the government’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). The BCIP helps cutting-edge Canadian businesses get their innovations from the lab to the marketplace. Successful innovations translate into jobs, and jobs lead to prosperity for hard-working Canadians and their families.
- The BCIP was launched in 2010 as a pilot program to connect Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services.
- Economic Action Plan 2012 made the program permanent and added a military component.
- As of September 2014, 156 innovations have been pre‑qualified and 77 contracts have been awarded under the BCIP.
- Over the last three years, on average, small and medium enterprises won over 50 per cent, or close to $6 billion, of the $11 billion worth of procurement contracts awarded annually by Public Works and Government Services Canada to suppliers in Canada.
Our Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians—jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. The Build in Canada Innovation Program is kick-starting innovative businesses across Canada and right here in Kitchener-Waterloo by helping to get their products from the lab to the marketplace.
The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Public Works and Government Services
– 30 –