Alberta-China International Technology Partnership: Guangdong

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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

This program provides Alberta for-profit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) support to access funding to develop strategic, industry-driven commercialization projects that involve novel and innovative projects with a partner in Guangdong, China.


If approved, we provide the investment to the Alberta applicant, with the Alberta SME required to match the contribution in equal cash and in-kind resources for the project. The partnering jurisdiction is responsible for providing funding to the China applicant.

Priority areas

This collaborative program is intended to improve opportunities for projects in innovative technology development and commercialization activities between Alberta and Guangdong in the priority areas of:

  • ICT (Mobile, IoT, Advance Data Analytics, Security etc.)
  • Clean Energy (Clean Tech, Energy-saving and Renewable Energy Technologies)
  • Energy Storage Technologies (Innovative battery storage, and energy management)
  • Environmental Technologies Biotechnology, Natural Source Health Products, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products;

Matchmaking events

The goal of a matchmaking event is to help Alberta SMEs find a suitable partner to participate in the Alberta-China International Technology Partnership Program. Some travel support will be available to Alberta SMEs selected to attend the workshops.

Submit an expression of interest

To be eligible, Alberta SMEs must 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.


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