Know your grants – Episode 15: Horizon AI Program

  • By Oumaïma Sioury
    • Aug 25, 2023
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Discover the AgrInnovate program with Leyton! In this series of monthly videos, our consultant team will help you discover specific government grants available in Canada, and share key details.

For this episode, our Senior Government Grants Consultant, Oumaïma Sioury, will go through the Horizon AI program, and explain how this program can help you access resources to fund your innovative AI technology in Canada.

This video has been recorded in English.

Examples of topics covered:

  • What is the Horizon AI program?
  • The components of the grants and the funding available
  • Eligibility for the program
  • And more!

What is the Horizon AI Program?

Horizon AI is a specialized program focused on capturing economic potential from Applied AI, administered by DIGITAL, which is a Canadian Supercluster that seeks to fast-track the advancement of Canadian digital technologies that improve health and wellbeing, protect the environment and drive economic productivity.  

DIGITAL will co-invest funding to provide more than $60M of new investment in the commercialization and adoption of innovative AI technology solutions. 

Priority areas:

The program is focusing on 3 priorities:  

  • AI for Health – this includes expanding equitable access, personalized and advancing diagnostics and treatments; 
  • AI for Earth – this includes smart farming, food security and waste reduction; green exploration, extraction and delivery of Canadian natural resources; environmental protection and preparedness; 
  • AI for Services – reducing time spent on documentation and administrative tasks, as well as customer service across retail and e-commerce consumer-focused business sectors; 

Successful projects must include one or more of the following: 

  • Early commercialization and adoption of existing Canadian-owned AI technology solutions in new target markets ; 
  • Improvements or new developments to address verified product/market fit gaps for the purposes of commercialization and adoption of the AI technology solution. 
  • Projects must be collaborative and led by AI technology product company who owns and  will continue to invest in the AI technology solution(s); 
  • A minimum of three organizations must participate and contribute in a meaningful way; 
  • At least one organization representing a potential customer of the AI technology solution. 
  • A research or post-secondary academic institution is strongly encouraged; 
  • Partners may including those located outside of Canada ; 


Program will fund 10 to 15 high-profile AI ecosystem commercialization projects; 

  • Project must have minimum eligible cost of $3 million
  • DIGITAL will co-invest up to 35% of project costs; 
  • Projects may take up to 2 years to complete; 
  • All projects must be completed by December 31, 2025. 

Want to apply?

At Leyton, our grants consultants can help you complete and optimize your program application and keep you up to date with the latest grants news and updates, all while you remain focused on your business.

If you wish to learn more information about this grant and how we can help you apply for it, contact one of our experts today!

About our Senior Government Grant Consultant, Oumaïma Sioury

Oumaïma Sioury has a master’s of science and has worked with businesses of all industries and sizes on obtaining grants and tax credits in both English and French. She is now helping Leyton’s clients leverage public funding (federal and provincial) to achieve their objectives while lowering the financial risks.


Oumaima Sioury
Oumaïma Sioury

Senior Government Grants Consultant

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