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Ottawa to launch $80-million program for cybersecurity R&D and commercialization

Then-foreign affairs minister Francois-Philippe Champagne at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa in December 2020.
Then-foreign affairs minister Francois-Philippe Champagne at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa in December 2020. The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick
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The federal government is launching an $80-million program to support Canada’s cybersecurity sector, in a bid to foster R&D, commercialization and a skilled workforce. 

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne will formally unveil the Cyber Security Innovation Network initiative on Wednesday morning. Ottawa will invite applications from non-profit groups built on partnerships between academic institutions, businesses and other levels of government. The launch comes after a series of major financings for domestic firms in the space, and a wave of high-profile cybersecurity breaches. 

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