Regional Technology Development Sites

Leveraging Ontario’s clusters of innovation and its regional strengths and capabilities, SMEs can develop, test and protype their advanced automotive technologies and smart mobility solutions, and tap into specific advice, expertise and knowledge around key focus areas for the sector.


The six Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) are located in Waterloo Region, Ottawa Region, Hamilton Region, Durham Region, Windsor-Essex Region and Toronto Region, and carry out the following activities:

  • Enable physical sites across the regions that bring together post-secondary institutions, regional innovation centres, incubators/accelerators, municipal and regional resources, industry and other regional collaborators to support SMEs in the development, testing, prototyping, validation and commercialization of automotive technology and smart mobility solutions such as C/AV
  • Provide access to specialized equipment, hardware and software that will reduce the barriers to innovation for start-ups and SMEs in the automotive and mobility sector
  • Provide business and/or technical advisory services to start-ups and SMEs to assist in the commercialization of technologies developed at the regional sites

Each regional site focuses on a unique aspect of the automotive and smart mobility sector, such as hardware, security, data analytics and more.


Area of focus


Durham Region

Human Machine Interface (HMI) and User Experience

Spark Centre in collaboration with Ontario Tech University (OTU), OTU's Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), Durham College and the Region of Durham


Multimodal and Integrated Mobility

Innovation Factory in collaboration with McMaster University, Mohawk College and the City of Hamilton


Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Communications

Invest Ottawa in collaboration with Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and the City of Ottawa


Artificial Intelligence for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

MaRS Discovery District in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and York University


High-Definition (HD) 3D Mapping and Localization

Communitech in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation and Canada's Open Data Exchange


Cross-Border Technologies and Cybersecurity

Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) in collaboration with University of Windsor, St. Clair College, City of Windsor and WETech Alliance

Who can engage?

  • Participants (defined as SMEs having fewer than 500 full-time employees) and partners (defined as organizations providing in-kind and/or cash contributions to the project) with operations in Ontario and those who will carry out their projects in the province
  • Typical project activities include technology development, product/service validation, testing, proof of concept and demonstration
  • Participants and respective partners will have the opportunity to be showcased at AVIN events and at the Demonstration Zone in Stratford, Ontario 

Programs and services

Each regional technology development site offers access to physical space, tools and resources, as well as business and technical advisory support.

To find out more, contact one of the development sites using the relevant link in the table above.