Driving Canadian innovations from the lab to the marketplace
Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), the Government of Canada is connecting Canadian innovators with their vital first customer and helping generate sustainable economic growth in communities across the country, including Burlington.
On behalf of Carla Qualtrough, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North–Burlington, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a made-in-Canada innovation. Morgan Advanced Materials, Composites and Defence Systems of Burlington, Ontario, received a $404,828 contract for its ultra-lightweight rifle plate, protection tool, ideal for military and security personnel.
The ultra-lightweight rifle plate is used in body armour worn by military and security personnel. The composite inserts fit inside front and back pockets of body armour to protect soldiers or other security personnel against bullets. The rifle plate in the armour shatters bullets upon impact and absorbs the momentum of shots. The innovation will be tested by Defence Research and Development Canada.
Through the BCIP, Public Services and Procurement Canada bridges federal departments who have an operational need with innovative businesses who can fill the gap. Purchasing departments test the innovations in real-life settings and provide feedback, as well as a critical first reference. Since 2010, BCIP contract awards have helped create 1,684 full-time jobs across the country, generating significant economic impact. This is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovators, including small and medium-sized businesses, across Canada.
“By partnering with Ontario companies such as Morgan Advanced Materials, the Build in Canada Innovation Program is helping propel Canadian innovations into the marketplace,” said MP Damoff. “We can be proud that companies with cutting-edge technologies are leveraging the Build in Canada Innovation Program to create economic opportunities and quality jobs for those here in Ontario.”
Across the country, small and medium-sized businesses are creating innovative and exciting new products. However, moving the product from the lab to the marketplace can be a challenge. That’s what the BCIP is for. The BCIP has supported 109 companies in Ontario with contracts valued at more than $55 million. More than 319 contracts, valued at over $144 million, have been awarded since the BCIP began in 2010. Thanks to the support of the BCIP this program, 50 made-in-Canada innovations have been exported to 44 countries.
“We highly value the impact that the Build in Canada Innovation Program has on Canadian innovation and manufacturing, and are extremely proud to have won these two contracts from the Government of Canada, one in 2017 and one this year,” said James Kempston, Director of Business Development
Morgan Advanced Materials, Composites and Defence Systems. “This program, which is invaluable to companies, is effective at providing funding and end-user testing for pre-commercial goods, ultimately accelerating pre-commercial innovations into commercially sellable products. Winning these BCIP contracts is a testament to Morgan’s innovative and lifesaving products and our aim to ensure the safety of those who protect us on a daily basis.”
At any given time, the government can call upon Canadian Armed Forces to protect Canada and its citizens and to maintain international peace and stability. Canada’s military must have the tools necessary to protect and support its highly effective, highly professional military force.
“We need to do everything we can to ensure our military women and men and our police are safe from harm on the job,” said MP Damoff. “Innovations like the ultra-lightweight rifle plate designed by Morgan right here in Burlington mean we are better able to protect those who work so hard to protect us.”