February 11, 2021

BOLTON, ON - David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin–Caledon is pleased to announce that Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has awarded a contract in the amount of $590,233 under the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) to IONICS Mass Spectrometry Group Inc. of Bolton, Ontario, for its innovation—the 3Q 320, a laboratory detection tool.

IONICS develops and produces innovative mass spectrometers, which detect trace amounts of chemicals present in samples. Mass Spectrometers are state of the art analytical instruments that require extensive R&D to design and produce. IONICS is the only Canadian manufacture among a very limited number of global providers. The company has received the BCIP contract for its product, the 3Q 320, which isolates and identifies early signs of disease in patients’ biological samples, such as blood, skin or hair, with up to 10 times more sensitivity than the industry standard.

Quick Facts

  • The BCIP was created in 2012 to help businesses move their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.
  • A total of $40 million is dedicated to the BCIP annually.
  • Under the program’s standard component, innovations can be eligible for contracts up to $500,000, and up to $1 million under the military component. 
  • Federal departments can test innovations that fall within the following priority areas: 
  • Standard component:
    • Environment
    • Health
    • Safety and security
    • Enabling technologies
  • Military component: 
    • Command and support
    • Cyber-security
    • Protecting the soldier
    • Arctic and maritime security
    • In-service support
    • Training systems

As of February 11, 2015, 87 contracts had been awarded under the BCIP, bringing Canadian companies one step closer to moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.
Since the program was established in 2012, 27 companies have sold their innovations in the marketplace.
Under the BCIP’s fifth Call for Proposals, 74 innovations were pre-qualified and made available for testing by federal departments.


“This contract is great news for IONICS from Bolton, Ontario. It is an example of how the Government of Canada is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity in the region through access to innovative goods and services.”

The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Public Works and Government Services

“Innovative companies like IONICS from Bolton are the backbone of our economy. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is helping them get their innovative goods and services from the lab into domestic and international markets.”

David Tilson
Member of Parliament for Dufferin–Caledon