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Canadian small businesses invited to develop novel insulation products

This federal plastic-waste reduction innovation challenge could win small businesses $150,000 in funding


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The federal government is reaching out to small businesses for novel solutions to improve the compatibility of bioplastics derived from agriculture or wood-based biomass with home and municipal composting systems.

Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, government departments are inviting small businesses to come up with a new innovative product, service or solution that answers a specific challenge they face.

Winning small businesses may receive up to $150,000 to refine their research and development and, if accepted into Phase 2, receive up to $1 million to develop a working prototype.

The government can then use its procurement clout as a first customer, helping small businesses to commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create good middle-class jobs across Canada.

As part of Natural Resources Canada‘s (NRCan) climate change commitments and following the launch of its bioplastics challenge in 2018, NRCan is specifically seeking the development of novel insulation products made of biofoam – a type of plastic in foamed format.

These products would be derived from Canadian forest residue, would have insulation properties similar to current products, and would be less flammable and fully recyclable.

A successful solution to this challenge will help make Canadian homes more fire-resistant and safer. It will also lead to better-insulated homes, using a more environmentally friendly product.


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