Testing and diagnostics
To fight the spread of COVID‑19, the Government of Canada is focussed on building capacity in Canada to develop innovative testing and diagnostic solutions, and purchase essential supplies using existing industrial and innovation programs like the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program and the Pandemic Response Challenge program.
Research and innovation funding to advance diagnostic testing
The Government of Canada is acting quickly to ensure that we are mobilizing our innovation programming and resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working to source diagnostic solutions for COVID-19
Since the onset of COVID-19, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has been working with and supporting companies to deliver revolutionary technologies to Canada's public health agencies.
Funding Canadian key enablers to develop diagnostic kits for COVID-19
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) collaborated to launch the "Point-of-Care Diagnostic Kit for COVID-19" challenge— seeking a solution from Canadian small and medium-sized businesses.
COVID-19 resources for researchers and clinicians in Canada
In addition to ongoing research projects, the NRC is also a contributor to COVID-19 Resources Canada, a web portal designed to help those working on COVID-19-related research and development initiatives in Canada make connections and locate human resources, expertise, reagents, and equipment.
New made-in-Canada research tool in the fight against COVID-19
The NRC's spike protein reference material is now available for the Canadian research community. This high-quality spike protein antigen can be used for COVID-19 R&D, testing and vaccine development.