Canada and the EU are engaged in a strong historical partnership - willing to be reinforced by the recent Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), signed by both parts on October 30th, 2016.

Canada has developed a large and promising cluster & supercluster community, supported by ambitious governmental policies in favour of research and innovation. Key sectors: advanced manufacturing, clean technologies and energies, digital economy, agri-food, health and bio-sciences. A national competition, aiming at supporting superclusters growth thanks to a $950 million CAD investment for 5 years, is currently running : the Innovation Supercluster Initiative, for which a shortlist of nine finalists has recently been published.

The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity has set up a Canadian Cluster Data project with a portal that allows interactive search on 67 traded and local clusters across the country.

Detailed information about the Canada cluster landscape, cluster policies and collaboration cases can be found in the analysis reports.

Economic and political context and framework

Canada is considered as one of the most attractive countries in terms of business environment, with an easy access to business investments, in a particularly stable political context. The current government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is looking towards strong policies to support research and innovation, in high value-added sectors such as advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technologies and digital industries.

Cluster community in the country

Essentially based in the provinces of Ontario and Québec, some of the largest Canadian clusters could be considered as “superclusters”, such as Toronto Waterloo Corridor, Ontario Aerospace Council or Toronto region’s Human Health & Sciences cluster. In Québec, the Montréal’s Metropolitan clusters is a huge cluster network strongly advanced in the field of cluster policy and firmly international-looking.


A cluster database is available on the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity’s website, and the related mapping currently under construction. The Institute has listed a total of 67 clusters around the country. The number of “superclusters” will be settled once the final results of the Innovation Superclusters Initiative are published.Read less.

Cluster policies encouraging the development and internationalisation of clusters

Mainly driven by the ambitious Innovation & Skills Pan, a governmental program launched in March 2017, and the new Global Markets Action Plan, cluster policies are also supported by Innovation Canada, with a $50 million CAD contribution to research and innovation. Read more...

For the period 2017-2022, the Innovation Superclusters Initiative will be at the heart of cluster policies. This competition providing a $950 million investment budget will help giving an accurate typology of Canadian clusters and superclusters by rewarding few of the best initiatives across the country.Read less.

Cluster to cluster cooperation opportunities and potential interest from European clusters and SMEs

Cluster cooperation between the EU and Canada is not led by a specific bilateral convention, however the enforcement of cooperation policies and an increasing number of bottom-up initiatives contribute to a global collaboration process. International partnerships involving businesses are already supported by local initiatives, such as the Enterprise Canada Network, or European ones, like the Enterprise Europe Network.


Also, the International Cleantech Network should be mentioned, as one of the main cluster networks specialised in clean technologies. Canada is also targeted by a number of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – Going International (ESCPs-4i) within their internationalization strategy, in sectors like agri-food, health and bio-sciences, clean technologies and transportation.

. In these sectors, some success stories deserve to be mentioned, such as the Skywin and Aero Montréal collaboration (aerospace) or the Alsace BioValley and MEDTEQ partnership (healthcare). Read less.


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Date Name Target Type
Thursday, 27 April, 2017 - 16:00 Information event: "Cooperation with USA & Canada Cluster managers, SME Matchmaking
Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 - 09:15 Business Connection Forum Albany 2017 Cluster managers, SME Matchmaking
Tuesday, 27 September, 2016 - 09:00 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Atlantic Area Cluster managers, Large audience, Project coordinators, SME Conference
Sunday, 17 July, 2016 - 10:00 World Investment Forum 2016 Large audience Conference


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ESCP-4is targetting this country

Acronym Name Sector(s) Targeted third countries No. of SME involved No. of Partnerssort descending
DECISION DElivering Cluster International Strategies Into Overseas Networks Downstream Chemical Products

ENERGYRenewable Sources of EnergyWaste to energy - other
Canada, China, India, United States 320 2
PERES PERES-Promoting European Rail Excellence outSide EU Transportation and Logistics

Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Mexico, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States 150 2
LASER-GO European Cluster Partnership in Photonics for Health Lighting and Electrical Equipment

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCESMedicine, Human HealthMedical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, United States 231 3
PIMAP Partnership PIMAP Partnership – Photonics for International Markets and APplications Production Technology and Heavy Machinery

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSElectronic circuits, components and equipmentOptical Networks and Systems
Canada, United States 900 4
MobiGoIn Mobility Goes International Transportation and Logistics

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSIT and Telematics ApplicationsApplications for Transport and Logistics
Canada, China, Malaysia, Singapore, United States 1100 4
New Frontier in Food New Frontiers for Emerging Industries in Food Food Processing and Manufacturing

AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Technology
Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Taiwan, Thailand, United States 514 4
REINA PLUS Renewable Energy Internationalisation ESCP project for European SMEs Electric Power Generation and Transmission

ENERGYRenewable Sources of EnergyWind energy
Algeria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, United States 322 4
bioXclusters plus ESCP on Personalised Healthcare Biopharmaceuticals

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCESMedicine, Human HealthPharmaceutical Products / Drugs
Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United States 880 4
NF4 New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward Food Processing and Manufacturing

AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food
Brazil, Canada, China, United States 850 5
AdPack Future Materials and products for advanced smart packaging Paper and Packaging

AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Packaging / Handling
Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, United States 373 5
ELCA4i European Lighting Cluster Alliance For Internationalisation Lighting and Electrical Equipment

ENERGYEnergy efficiencyLighting, illumination
Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States 470 5
SPACE2ID Space Clusters International Industrial Diversification Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSTelecommunications, NetworkingSatellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS
Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, United Arab Emirates 757 9
EACP ABROAD Activities and Businesses from Real Opportunities for Aerospace Developments (EACP network) Aerospace Vehicles and Defense

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORTAerospace TechnologyAeronautical technology / Avionics
Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, United States 1355 11