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Back Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED): Accessible Technology Program

2 June 2021 @ 10:00 am

The ISED Accessible Technology Program aims to facilitate and encourage participation and inclusion of underrepresented groups in the digital economy. By investing in initiatives that will expand the range of assistive technologies, and giving more Canadians better access to digital services, the Program will contribute to providing Canadians with disabilities with the right tools, skills and access to study, work, or engage socially online.

Through Budget 2017, the Program will invest $22.3 million over five years – starting in 2017-18 and ending in 2021-2022 – to foster inclusive participation of Canadians with disabilities in the digital economy. This new Program will co-fund innovative projects led by for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and research institutes to develop innovative assistive devices and technologies.

Program Objectives:
The Program seeks to expand the development of assistive technologies by providing non-repayable contribution funding to eligible recipients, and to support access to and adoption of new solutions developed by recipients through the Program.

To realize this objective ISED will:
(a) support the development of assistive technologies in order to increase accessibility to the internet and increase participation in the digital economy; and
(b) work collaboratively with stakeholders to improve awareness and support for the community of Canadians living with disabilities.

Please see the following ISED website for further details on the funding program:

Value of Award:
Up to $4 million/year

Award Period:
Up to 5 years (project must be completed no later than March 31, 2022)

Funding Proviso
The contribution from the Program to an eligible recipient will be the minimum necessary, up to a maximum of eighty percent (80%) of the total eligible project costs where not-for-profit organizations or research institutes are the primary recipient. A maximum cost-sharing ratio of fifty percent (50%) will apply where for-profit organizations are the primary recipient.

Competition Timelines

Application due dateFunding Start date
June 2, 2018Late 2018-2019
January 2, 2019Early 2019-2020
June 2, 2019Late 2019-2020
January 2, 2020Early 2020-2021
June 2, 2020Late 2020-2021
January 2, 2021Early 2021-2022
June 2, 2021Late 2021-2022

 The ISED Accessible Technology Program is an institutional grant and thus all applications need to be submitted by York University. The SIRI Unit in the Office of Research Services, in collaboration with the corresponding Faculty Research Office, will be supporting the development of applications. Diana Frasca (, Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives Specialist, will be available to assist your office and your faculty members with any questions regarding the application processes and provide you with application forms.

Please Note: All researchers should notify both their Faculty and Diana Frasca ( as soon as possible about their intention to apply. Doing so will both streamline the process of securing Faculty-level support and ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation.

  • Funder: Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
  • Agency Deadline: Jan 02, 2021
  • Notes:Multiple deadlines - June 2, 2020; January 2, 2021, June 2, 2021. Please notify Diana Frasca ( if interested in applying.