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Government of Ontario announces new Digitalization Competence Centre

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The digital centre is focused on enhancing digital literacy and transformation in Ontario SMEs

Yesterday, at the Ontario Economic Summit Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade announced the Digitalization Competence Centre (DCC), a Government of Ontario initiative led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI).   

“As part of our plan to build Ontario, our government is launching a new Digitalization Competence Centre to provide Ontario businesses with a supportive partner in navigating and adopting next-gen technologies,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “This new virtual centre will help small to medium sized enterprises cut through the clutter to improve day-to-day operations and help them compete and flourish in a business environment that is rapidly developing.”

DCC is a source of technical expertise and resources, delivering programming, advice, and funding to support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt digital technologies.  DCC connects companies with innovative digital solutions and helps SMEs across all sectors implement new digital technologies and digitalize operations to remain competitive.  Supports include educational resources, advisory services, digital modernization and adoption planning, and technology demonstration projects.

“The adoption of digital technologies is critical to competitiveness.  DCC will help reduce barriers to adoption and build capacity in Ontario companies, accelerating their adoption of new digital technologies,” adds Claudia Krywiak, President and CEO of the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI).

Digitalization is redefining the future for companies. It is a critical factor in the success and growth of Ontario’s companies, enabling them to release products to the market faster and reach the right customers.

“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to ensuring businesses have the right tools to succeed. Digitalization boosts productivity, improves customer engagement, and enables businesses to reach new markets, compete and grow. We are pleased to see the launch of the Digitalization Competence Centre, which will provide small and medium-sized enterprises with training and information that will support technology adoption,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Program information can be found online on the program page.

About the Ontario Centre of Innovation:

The Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI) brings industry, academic, and government partners together to invest in collaborative R&D, technology development, and commercialization opportunities that generate the highest return on innovation for Ontarians. As an ecosystem connector, OCI initiates unparalleled partnership opportunities, develops, and manages successful industry-academic collaborations, supports high-potential SMEs in commercializing ground-breaking research, and provides hands-on training and skills development opportunities for the next generation of highly skilled talent.

OCI drives economic growth and job creation through investments in the development, commercialization, and adoption of advanced technologies. For more information: https://www.oc-innovation.ca

Media Inquiries
Alicia Pereira, Director of Communications, Ontario Centre of Innovation