Alberta-China International Technology Partnership

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Important notice:

The Alberta – China International Technology Partnership Program is temporarily on hold because of the Coronavirus. As such, we will not be accepting Expression of Interest from Alberta SMEs and all matchmaking events will be on hold until further notice.

For your safety, Alberta Innovates is recommending clients avoid non-essential travel to China to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Please refer to Global Affairs Canada for travel warnings and additional updates to China.

Program background

The Alberta – China International Technology Partnership (ITP) Program provides opportunities for Alberta and China to collaborate in research and technology development leading to future educational, labour and commercialization opportunities that will enhance relations and trade and provide mutual benefit to both regions.

The program is designed to provide Alberta for-profit SMEs support to access funding to develop strategic, industry-driven commercialization projects that involve novel and innovative projects with a partner in China.

Alberta SMEs have benefited from participation in the program and have increased market, revenue, products and services. Other benefits have included:

  • Collaborative technology development or technology demonstration – non-competitive environment
  • “Soft landing” for international commercialization
  • Funding de-risk for technology and commercialization development
  • Established pilots in discrete environments
  • Long-term business partnerships that extended market access
  • Quality human resources and highly qualified people
  • New capital sources for growth
  • Alternative markets to guard against regional trends


We’re partnering with three regions in China.

Zhejiang, China

In June 2019, Alberta Innovates signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Exchange Center with Foreign Countries, affirms technological and business co-operation between the two innovation agencies in areas of mutual benefit to both regions.

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Shanghai, China

In 2016, Alberta Government renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce with the aim of building business relationships through new trade and investment partnerships.

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Guangdong, China

In May 2016, the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Guangdong Department of Commerce, with a focus on sharing economic and trade expertise and promoting commercial development between the two provinces.

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The program is a “matching” grant program, whereby the applicant and funding agency from each jurisdiction provides equal contributions to the project.

Submit an Expression of Interest

To be eligible, we require Alberta SMEs to complete an expression of interest (EOI). EOIs are reviewed and used to conduct a preliminary assessment for a potential partner match. Companies will be contacted directly regarding upcoming matchmaking events.

Key Documents

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