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April 26, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario

Government of Canada launches ElevateIP to help Canadian innovators access intellectual property services and announces Indigenous intellectual property grant recipients

Canadian start-ups and small and medium-sized companies are key drivers of innovation across Canada and in every sector of the economy. They bring innovative products, services and ideas to market, often with valuable intellectual property (IP) that can be developed, managed and leveraged for success.

At the same time, respect for and recognition of Indigenous peoples’ intellectual property knowledge and culture is integral to the social, cultural and economic interests of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The protection and preservation of Indigenous intellectual property benefit Indigenous communities, organizations, businesses, innovators and creators. 

Today, on World IP Day, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, launched a call for proposals for ElevateIP. Through this $90 million program, the government will provide funding to business accelerators and incubators (BAI) and BAI networks to ensure start-ups from across Canada can make the most of their IP. ElevateIP offers BAIs the ability to provide individualized IP programming to start-ups in three key areas: the development of IP strategies, the implementation of IP strategies, and IP education and awareness.

Minister Champagne also announced the recipients of the 2021–2022 Indigenous Intellectual Property Program grant. As part of Canada’s Intellectual Property Strategy, the grants help Indigenous organizations achieve their goals and increase their capacity to strategically manage IP. Five organizations have received a total of $116,665 to support initiatives to advocate for their interests; explore ways to make the IP system more accessible; and develop their own policies, educational resources and IP pilot projects. This investment will help Indigenous communities in Canada protect Indigenous knowledge and cultural expressions.

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