OCI: DMAP Program Aims to Support SMEs with Digital Strategies and Technology Adoption
Technology continues to revolutionize the way businesses operate not just in Canada but across the world. Technology helps organizations accelerate their productivity outputs, improve product and service quality, and connect with customers. However, some businesses have found it easier to adapt to these technological upgrades than others, especially with the challenging economic landscape. Therefore, the Canadian government is placing a large focus on supporting businesses in their transformations towards digital platforms via funding programs like the OCI – Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan (DMAP).
The Digitization Competence Centre (DCC) offers the DMAP program to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to better understand their organization’s technology needs, guide their digital transformation decision-making, and optimize their technology investments. The DMAP program encourages and supports SMEs to work with a Digital Adoption Consultant to generate a Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan tailored specifically to their organization’s digital needs.
The Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan (DMAP) is part of a broader Digitalization Competence Centre (DCC) initiative. DMAP is designed to support Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to better understand their organization’s technology needs, guide their digital transformation decision-making, and optimize their technology investments.
Ontario Centre for Innovation
DMAP is part of a two-stream initiative led by the Ontario Centre for Innovation (OCI) and DCC designed to get businesses up and running with a plan for transitioning their business to a more digital platform.
Amount of Funding
Successful applicants through the Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan (DMAP) stream may access up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 in funding support.
Applicants may be eligible for the DMAP program if they meet the following criteria:
- Have a valid Business Number obtained from the federal government or the province;
- Are an organization that is privately owned and operated that is for-profit;
- Employ between 1 and 499 full-time employees; and
- Have a permanent establishment located in Ontario.
This initiative may fund projects if they meet the following criteria:
- Creation of an effective Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan to enable your SME to adopt digital technology and transform into a more productive organization to drive growth; and
- Utilization of a contracted Digital Adoption Consultant (DAC) from the roster of the Digital Transformation Centre to assist the development of an appropriate Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan.
A rolling application process is now in place for this fund. However, we encourage readers to apply for this program as soon as possible. For help with your application contact our team of government funding experts to get started.
Government Funding Support for Canadian Businesses
Although the DMAP program offers significant support for Canadian businesses looking to improve their digital presence, there are other funding programs available, such as the Sustainable Development Technology Canada program. Visit our comprehensive government funding directory for a collection of the top programs in Canada, or sign up for one of our engaging webinars.
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