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Support for Regional Quantum Innovation

Part of the REGI

CED's support for regional quantum innovation (RQI) aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organizations (NPOs) adopt, develop and commercialize quantum technologies and products based on these technologies.

It makes it possible to:

  • Position SMEs and NPOs, in addition to the Quebec organizations that support them, in this emerging sector.
  • Strengthen Canada’s global leadership in the quantum sector.

Quantum technologies will transform key economic sectors, such as:

  • Information technology (algorithms and quantum simulations, etc.)
  • Communications and cybersecurity (cryptography and encryption, etc.)
  • Sensing technology (sensors, atomic clocks, quantum compasses, etc.)
  • Imaging (medical and thermal imaging, etc.)
  • Development of innovative materials (microfabrication, materials with new quantum properties, etc.)

Eligible clients

  • SMEs operating in the quantum or related sectors (e.g., secured communications, cryptography, IT, sensors and imaging)
  • SMEs seeking to adopt quantum technology
  • NPOs* including:
    • Organizations supporting the quantum ecosystem
    • Organizations focussed on quantum entrepreneurship (incubators and accelerators)
    • Post-secondary teaching institutions

*Public organizations subject to the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (M-30) must have Government of Québec authorization.

Examples of projects that could receive support

  • Commercialization and market development
  • Marketing and promotional strategies
  • Hiring of specialized personnel
  • Knowledge and technology transfer
  • Improving ecosystem capacity to support start-ups, women entrepreneurs, etc.
  • Adopting quantum technology
  • Acquiring digital infrastructure as well as production machinery or equipment
  • Bringing ecosystem stakeholders closer together and supporting innovation, partnerships, alliances and industry clusters
  • Integrating quantum technology into the supply chain of prime contractors in the defence sector

Priority could be given to projects whose goal is to:

  • Make the transition to product stewardship and environmentally sustainable operations or practices.
  • Foster inclusion and diversity to remove obstacles facing certain population groups.

Other activities could be eligible. Contact us to present your project.

Financial assistance

For SMEs

  • Contributions are generally refundable or conditionally refundable. 

For NPOs 

  • Contributions are generally non-refundable.

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