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Government Programs

CENGN fosters industry collaboration and the advancement of Canada’s innovation economy by acting as a hub of technical expertise and leadership, as well as making available its commercial grade network infrastructure.

CENGN is entrusted by the government to deliver on two programs: the Ontario Government’s Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) and the Federal Government’s Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research Program (CECR). Both focus on advancing leadership in the information communication technology (ICT) sector as well as helping businesses commercialize new technologies globally.

Next Generation Network Program (NGNP)

NGNP is funded by the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Economic Development. The program drives the innovation economy in Ontario through its focus on the expansion of digital infrastructure and development of talent and high-quality jobs. Powered by CENGN and carried out in partnership with Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), the NGNP advances Ontario’s global competitiveness and economic strength to improve all sectors through network technology.

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Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR)

The CECR Program was developed by Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) to bridge the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization across Canada. CENGN is currently entrusted with CECR funding to help Canadian tech small and medium enterprises (SMEs) overcome commercialization barriers, by providing access to leading-edge technology and an ecosystem of globally recognized partners.

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ProgramsCECR ProgramNGNP Program
Objective:Matches research expertise with the business community to share knowledge and resources, bringing innovations to market faster across Canada. CENGN is entrusted by CECR to help startups overcome commercialization barriers to grow through network technology.Supports Ontario’s innovation ecosystem through its focus on the expansion of digital infrastructure across the Province, development of talent and high-quality ICT jobs, and overall enrichment of Ontario’s global competitiveness.
Benefits:
  • Promotes economic strength and growth in Canada’s ICT sector
  • Delivers commercialization services to startups and scaleups
  • Creates a more robust tech talent pool through industry relevant training programs for students and professionals
  • Grows the ICT business sector, creating a flourishing environment for large and small businesses to succeed
  • Develops tech job growth for highly qualified personnel
  • Accelerates the adoption of advanced and disruptive technologies
Key Deliverables:
  • Commercialization Projects
  • Student Internship Program
  • Industry Relevant Training
  • Member and Partnership building
  • Commercialization Projects
  • Student Internship Program
  • Industry Relevant Training
  • Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program
  • Northern Ontario Residential Broadbrand Program
  • Smart Agriculture Program
  • Smart Mining Program

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