Canada Digital Adoption Program

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CDAP paves a new way for Canadian small and midsize business to understand how the appropriate adoption of digital technology can help them thrive.

The program offers funding to retain an IT Executive Leader (CIO, CTO, IT Director) to develop a digital adoption plan. Small and midsize businesses (SME's) can apply for CDAP's Boost Your Business Technology Grant which will cover up to 90% of the those costs up to a maximum of $15,000.

As executive IT leaders who have championed digital technology adoption for years, you can count on us as your program digital advisor.

LET'S SEE YOUR BUSINESS THRIVE

ourCIO was purpose built to give small and mid-size businesses access to the know-how of a CIO. There is no one better positioned to advise businesses than an IT executive leader who has made a life-long career out of championing digital adoption in the businesses they serve.

ourCIO is an approved expert digital advisor for the CDAP program, and has been involved since CDAP launched. While other advisors may be determining how to deliver digital adoption plans, your business can benefit from ourCIO's popular and proven Business Technology Assessment, which meets and exceeds the delivery expectations of this program. You won't find a CDAP advisor who can serve you better. We'll let our reviews and testimonials speak for themselves!

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Are You Eligible?

The Canada Digital Adoption Program has laid out the following eligibility requirements for applications:

  • Your businesses needs to be incorporated federally or provincially, or be a Canadian resident sole proprietor
  • You must be a for-profit, privately owned business (non-profit and publicly traded companies will not qualify)
  • You need to have between 1 – 499 full time equivalent employees
  • You need to have had between $500,000 and $100,000,000 of annual revenue in one of the previous three tax years

Businesses can complete the CDAP Grant Assessment Tool to review eligibility.

What To Expect

Let's gain an understanding of what needs to happen, what will happen, and when.

  • The first step is to apply. This step must be completed by businesses owners or directors. An online application will request some basic company information. You fill find the start of the application process on CDAP's Boost Your Business Technology Grant Site.
  • You will be asked to assess your business' digital readiness by completing a digital needs assessment. They may refer to this as "DNA" for short. This is the lengthiest step in the application process. Depending on your ability to easily answer the requested information, it may take you anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
  • The Digital Needs Assessment tool will generate a report outlining your company's digital maturity and compare it to an industry-specific benchmark. Save the report as it will be helpful to share with us as we determine how best to serve you.
  • You will gain access to what CDAP refers to as the Digital Advisor Marketplace. Look around and you will find our listing. You've found us here as well and can easily connect with us through several means on our Work With Us page. We are excited to get working with you.
  • ourCIO will work closely with you to gain a preliminary understanding of your business so we can tailor a proposal suitable for you. We will better familiarize you with the Business Technology Assessment process. Once you are ready to proceed, you will be presented with an ourCIO Services Agreement and we will then work together to schedule accordingly.
  • Once we have completed and reviewed your Business Technology Assessment and Digital Adoption Plan, you can submit your Digital Adoption Plan and accompanying invoice(s) to CDAP for your grant payment. This step must be completed within 6 months.

That's it. From here, there are options to access a 0% interest loan of up to $100,000 with BDC to help fund the implementation of the desired recommendations. Businesses can also access funded work placements with students and recent graduates with a wage subsidy of up to $7,300.

It's recommended businesses consult the Program Guide for the detailed Boost Your Business Technology grant terms and conditions

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