The Government of Canada is looking for innovators to solve challenges. As the single largest purchaser of Canadian goods and services, the Government of Canada has a unique opportunity to support the growth of Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs.

Canadian small businesses and innovators may develop novel solutions to these challenges. Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, the government is partnering with eligible Canadian small businesses and facilitating the early development, testing and validation of prototypes, as well as preparing a pathway to commercialization.


Plastics is a popular construction material where durability, waterproofing and light weight are valued, such as for wall sidings, insulation, pipes and roofing. The construction industry produces plastic wastes over the course of building, remodeling, repairing and tearing down residential and commercial structures. In Canada, over 30% of all plastic waste comes from the construction industry. These items tend to be large and bulky, expensive to transport, and take up large landfill capacity. In addition, some plastics used in construction are difficult to recycle, such as materials with fire retardant additives and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Furthermore, the presence of incompatible materials such as glass, cement or metal in construction waste interferes with the effectiveness and function of the recycling process, damage equipment, create an unsafe environment for recycling personnel, and add to the overall expense of recycling.

An innovative solution is needed to improve the recovery, reuse and recycling of plastic construction wastes generated by residential and commercial construction activities.


Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees*
  • research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada*
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work*
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

*Calculations must take into account and include affiliated businesses, such as parent companies and subsidiaries, that are either in or outside of Canada.

Funding Available

  • If your idea is selected, you could receive up to $150,000 in support to develop a proof of concept.
  • If your proof of concept is approved, you could receive up to $1 million in support to develop a prototype.
  • If the developed innovation solves the Government of Canada’s challenge, the government could be your first buyer.

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist December 5, 2018
Submission to Sponsor December 12, 2018, 2 PM EST

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.