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Last updated September 1, 2020

Great News!

MICA advances to Full Application

We are pleased to inform you that the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation’s request for $40M from the federal Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Stream 5 has now received an official invitation to advance to a full application. CEMI will now begin to complete the Full Application in support of  the national Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network project.

Full Application due to SIF on October 12, 2020

Participant package due to CEMI on September 15, 2020


The Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) is a submission to the Federal Strategic Innovation Fund, Stream 5. MICA is a National Network for innovators with solutions for the mining sector, designed to bridge the innovation-commercialization gaps that delay commercial success, domestically and globally. MICA will combine $40M federal funding with $100M from the private sector to benefit the Canadian economy and the global mining sector by:

  • advancing made-in-Canada solutions and integrating cross-sector innovators nationally
  • networking all sector innovators, to share business best practices and export expertise

About the MICA Network


Connect Regional Mining Clusters to Cross-Sector Innovation Centres accross the country to create a National Network to commercialize innovations into the mining industry.


Use the Canadian advantage of SME-based innovations to create a national mining technology ecosystem to develop new clean technologies for the sector that will lead the transition to a low-carbon future.


Build a national ecosystem as a network of collaborative regional clusters
Create regional networks to rapidly increase domestic and export sales
Scale-up Canadian SMEs to participate in global mining supply chains
Accelerate the number and scale of home-grown Canadian mining SMEs
Commercialize new, late-stage, high-impact mining technologies
Scale-up Canadian SMEs to participate in global mining supply chain


  1. Increase Mine Productive Capacity, at Lower Cost.
  2. Reduce Energy Consumption and GHG Emissions.
  3. Mitigate environmental risk and long-term liabilities.
  4. Implement Smart, Autonomous Mining Systems.

Who can join MICA?

  • Mine/Plant Operating Companies,
  • Innovative Canadian SMEs,
  • Large Technology Companies,
  • Innovators, Academic & Research Organizations and
  • Industry Associations

Confirm your participation in the Full Application

Application documents/templates for download

MICA Full Application Invitation
MICA Partner Profile Information
MICA Letter of Commitment – Full Application
MICA Project Idea Form – Full Application


Information Sessions

Participation in Full Application Process

On August 20, 2020, CEMI held a Webinar to share information about MICA and to provide an update on the requirements for participation in the Initiative. The presentation slides and a recording of the MICA full application presentation are now available.

Webinar Slides Webinar Recording

MICA Information Sessions

In May 2020  CEMI held  2 information sessions about the MICA national ecosystem.

  1. How Mining Companies and Plant Operators can participate in MICA – Download PDF
  2. How Canadian SMEs, OEMs and Innovators can participate in MICA – Download PDF

Both Webinars provided participants with some insight about the program and how organizations can participate.

CEMI Welcomes MICA Network Participants

Academic & Other

A special thank you to Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (a Glencore company) and Vale for support in advancing the MICA initiative

Sudbury INO