City as
a Testbed

At the OVIN Demonstration Zone we assist companies in showcasing their smart mobility solutions in the Cities of Markham and Vaughan. Our focus is on demonstrating:

How to
Participate

The OVIN Demonstration Zone offers two streams to help startups and small/medium-sized businesses (SMEs) showcase their innovative smart mobility solution in an operational environment. Apply through one of the two streams today!

This stream of applications is a broad invitation to all mobility tech companies with innovative transportation and smart mobility solutions. If you have a product that is ready for a real-world demonstration, we want to hear from you. Showcase your technology and collaborate with us to shape the future.  

Application portal for this challenge closed on February 12, 2024.

Innovators applying through this stream will need to meet at least one of the following objectives:
  • Create Resilient Transportation Infrastructure​

  • Maximize Value from Transportation Infrastructure​

  • Support Sustainable Goods Movement​

  • Investigate Future Mobility​

  • Collect and Leverage Data

Through the OVIN Demonstration Zone's Challenge Call stream, the Cities of Markham and Vaughan developed specific transportation and mobility challenges and are seeking companies to propose innovative solutions to these challenges!

  • City of Markham Challenge - First and Last Mile Solutions

    Committed to enhancing the quality of life of residents, workers, students and visitors, the City of Markham is interested in testing and demonstrating both hardware and software First and Last Mile solutions.

    Application portal for this challenge closed on February 12, 2024.

  • City of Vaughan Challenge - Cycle Lane Maintenance Innovation

    Committed to improving healthy and sustainable living, the City of Vaughan invites companies to propose solutions to enhance operational efficiency and maintain safety standards in cycle lane maintenance operations.

    Application portal for this challenge closed on January 29, 2024.

How the program works

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Call for
Application

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Call for
Application

Applicants apply through one of two streams. A challenge stream for solutions to city challenges, and an open call stream for all other mobility technologies.
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Application
Review

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Application
Review

Review committee evaluates applications based on criteria including: uniqueness, complexity, location, solution to proposed challenges, availability of space & resources, etc.
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Admissions

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Admissions

OVIN Demonstration Zone works with applications to develop detailed scope of work, applicants execute on agreement, advisory committee overlooks project demonstration.
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Demonstrations

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Demonstrations

Demo participants complete demonstration testing in selected time frame and location. Connect demo participants to customers, partners, fostering relationships within the region.
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Evaluation

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Evaluation

Participants submit case study documentation, advisory committee evaluates outcome of demonstrations, learnings & outcomes developed for implementation in future policies.

How to apply

Companies are invited to submit their innovative automotive and smart mobility technologies by completing our online application form.

Applications are welcomed on a rolling basis from December 11, 2023 to February 12, 2024.

Applications specifically for City of Vaughan Challenge - Cycle Lane Maintenance Innovation closed on January 29, 2024.



If your company fits any of these challenge areas, don't miss this opportunity. Collaborate with us and be a part of our mobility tech ecosystem. Contact us at info@ovindz.ca



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Most frequently asked questions by our users:

There are different ways to participate in the Demonstration Zone (DZ), including piloting and live-demonstrating your technology, receiving consultation on your technologies, introductions to ecosystem partners, inclusion in DZ events and more. Even if your solution is not selected for demonstration, there are multiple avenues to get involved in DZ activities and within the cities of Markham and Vaughan.

In Markham, the Demonstration Zone will focus on Markham Centre; In Vaughan, demonstrations will be featured throughout the entire City of Vaughan.

This is a program funded by OVIN, and therefore companies that are based in Ontario will be given priority. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

Funding is not provided for companies to demonstrate their solution. Companies are encouraged to access other provincial or federal funding programs.

For piloting projects, your technology gets to be tested in a real-world environment, which includes support on implementation, exposure to ecosystem partners, live interaction and feedback from residents and businesses. The goal of these demonstrations is to support companies towards commercialization and accelerating implementation and expansion of their products and technologies.

The OVIN Demonstration Zone is proud to practice an open, fair, and transparent review process.

Eligible submissions will be brought to a Steering Committee who will select pilots based on eligibility criteria including: Uniqueness of application, Availability of space & resources, Complexity of innovation, Ability to solve a proposed mobility challenge, Company location, and more.

  • To be eligible for the program, all applicants will need to meet minimum requirements including protections for safety, privacy, cybersecurity, liability, insurance and viability. 
  • The Challenge Stream invites applicants to submit innovative solutions within Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7-9 (inclusive) to address a specific challenge issued by the program. 

We encourage companies with mobility technologies to apply through the open call stream or to check back in throughout 2024 for the release of future smart mobility challenge areas for our respective cities. If you have additional questions regarding your solution or its eligibility, please contact us.

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More About the OVIN
Demonstration Zone

The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) has provided $2.5 million in funding to the cities of Markham and Vaughan to launch the OVIN Demonstration Zone.

The OVIN Demonstration Zone provides a real-world environment that fosters collaboration to advance the commercialization of automotive technologies and accelerate smart mobility innovation. These technologies have the potential to improve quality of life, while generating new economic opportunities for Ontario.

The Demonstration Zone will operate in sites across the York Region, home to Canada’s largest automotive parts and electronics manufacturing hub, most of which are located in Markham and Vaughan.

The Zone will operate with the support of key partners, including SmartCentres, Rogers Communications, Syntronic, Honda Canada, AMD, IBM, Qualcomm, Microart Services Inc., Remington Group, PSP Services, York Region, York Region Transit, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), York University, Alectra, and Seneca-HELIX.

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Support for
SMEs

In addition to technology integration and demonstrations, the OVIN Demonstration Zone provides support for SMEs, including

Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)

A Hub for Automotive and Mobility Innovation

OVIN is an initiative of the Government of Ontario, led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), designed to reinforce Ontario’s position as a North American leader in advanced automotive technology and smart mobility solutions such as connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles and electric and low-carbon vehicle technologies.

Driving the Future of Ontario

Through resources such as research and development (R&D) support, talent and skills development, technology acceleration, business and technical supports, and demonstration grounds, OVIN provides a competitive advantage to Ontario-made automotive and mobility technology companies.

OVIN’s Impact in Numbers

4,640
Jobs created and/or retained
$150,3M
In revenue growth for catalyzed for Ontario SMEs
558
Ontario SMEs supported