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OVIN programs support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, test and validate innovative technologies and connect them with partners to advance the commercialization of products and solutions.

Supporting innovative solutions

Each OVIN program supports the development and demonstration of automotive technologies and mobility solutions such as connected, autonomous, electric, and smart mobility technologies in areas such as: 

  • Commercially ready technologies for application in mass light vehicles (cars, trucks and vans) 
  • Heavy duty vehicles (commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and others used for goods movement) 
  • Transportation infrastructure 
  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) 
  • Transit-supportive systems and vehicles 

Successful applicants can have up to one-third of their project’s funding covered by OVIN. 

SMEs must work with an industry partner, or in some cases, an academic partner, to help bring their technology closer to commercialization. 

R&D Partnership Fund - Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) & Smart Mobility

This program is ideal for small- and medium-sized companies that require co-investment and the support of strategic partners to develop, test, validate and demonstrate connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) and smart mobility technologies

R&D Partnership Fund - Electric Vehicle (EV)

This program is ideal for small- and medium-sized companies that require co-investment and the support of strategic partners to develop, test, validate and commercialize electric vehicle (EV) and battery-focused technologies, including EV related technologies.

R&D Partnership Fund - WinterTech Development

Ontario’s extreme climate provides a unique test bed for companies to develop, test, validate and commercialize winter weather–related technologies.

Talent Development

OVIN’s talent development program supports students and recent graduates of Ontario colleges and universities to apply their knowledge and expertise on advanced automotive and smart mobility technologies, including electrification, battery technologies and metallurgical (metal and mining) sector and other related areas.  

Program Status and Submission Deadline:

  • Talent Development program:
    Closed for Applications until Fiscal Year 2022-2023
  • Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund – C/AV & Smart Mobility stream:  
    Closed for Applications until Fiscal Year 2022-2023
  • Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund – EV stream
Application Step Date
EOI Submission Deadline January 6, 2022
EOI Results and Invitation for Full Application February 9, 2022
Full Application Submission for Endorsement March 9, 2022
Full Application Review Meeting April 26, 2022
  • Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund WinterTech stream:
    Closed for Applications until Fiscal Year 2022-2023