Innovation Superclusters Initiative

What’s a supercluster?

Superclusters are dense areas of business activity characterized by their large number of companies, post-secondary and research institutions. These networks foster economic growth and job creation by giving rise to strong business partnerships, long-term objectives and competitive advantages. In short, they make innovation happen.

Canada’s Superclusters Initiative

Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative pulls together technology clusters across the country into industry-led consortiums. Each supercluster focuses on technology innovation in the areas of ocean sciences, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, protein industry, and digital technology.

The initiative's goal is to solve complex challenges, drive economic growth, develop and attract top talent, and advance world-leading research and innovation. The federal government has provided $30 million to date for five superclusters in the $950-million flagship innovation program with an ambitious goal of adding tens of thousands of new jobs and growing the economy by tens of billions of dollars by 2028.


Supercluster - digital technology

Digital technology supercluster

GDP impact: $5B over 10 years

Job creation: 13,500 jobs over 10 years

Using virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, data, and quantum computing to solve productivity, health, and sustainability challenges. With the launch of the COVID-19 program, $60 million earmarked from the supercluster’s budget of $153 million has gone to public health-protecting digital projects.

Partners include:

D Wave

Supercluster - Protein industry

Protein industries supercluster

GDP impact: $50B over 10 years

Job creation: 50,000 jobs over 10 years

Evolving agricultural production with plant genomics and novel processing.

Partners include:

AGT Foods
Maple Leaf
Dow & Du Pont
DOT Farming

Supercluster - Manufacturing

Next generation manufacturing supercluster

GDP impact: $13.5B over 10 years

Job creation: 13,500 jobs over 10 years

Designing next-generation manufacturing companies by adopting advanced processes and developing and deploying new technologies like robotics and 3D printing.

Since the launch of its COVID-19 Response program in March, NGen has funded 20 projects valued at over $54 million.

Partners include:

Clearpath Robotics
University of Waterloo

Supercluster - SCALE.AI

AI-powered supply chains supercluster (

GDP impact: $16.5B over 10 years

Job creation: 16,000 jobs over 10 years

Building the supply chains of the future using artificial intelligence and robotic technologies.

Partners include:

BCG - Boston Consulting Group

Supercluster - ocean

Ocean supercluster

GDP impact: $14B over 10 years

Job creation: 3,000 jobs over 10 years

Solving global challenges like how to meet energy demands through marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, defence, shipbuilding, and transportation. 

Check out the recently announced $29M Ocean Aware project.

Partners include:

Cuna Del Mar
Pal Aerospace
Smart Ice
Dalhousie University

What’s in it for you?

Private sector members of Canada’s superclusters can:

  • Lead or join supercluster projects;
  • Provide and access technology solutions developed through the supercluster;
  • Meet industry, community and government partners; and
  • Access project funding

Next steps

If you are a foreign-owned multinational business interested in investing in Canada, contact us for a customized proposal outlining how applicable programs and incentives can help you grow.

To find out more about Canada’s superclusters or apply to become a member, visit the following websites:

Digital technology:

Protein industries: 

Next generation manufacturing: