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Innovation procurement programs looking to lure home-grown products

By Emily Haws      

Improving communication surrounding the procurement process and available supports to get businesses through it is key, say University of Ottawa professors.

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough are responsible for the Build in Canada Innovation Program and the Innovative Solutions Canada program, which both help Canadian entrepreneurs do business with the federal government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Yad Garcha, CEO of Bionic Power, understands why most small business owners are wary of doing business with the federal government, calling the process bureaucratic, but for him government procurement was always the end goal.

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