Health Canada

Drug Checking Technology Challenge

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Process & Prizes

The following timeline may change during the challenge.

  • Consultation Phase Opened

    July 17th, 2018

  • Consultation Phase Closed

    August 17th, 2018

  • Challenge Launched

    October 2nd, 2018

  • Application Deadline

    February 1st, 2019

  • First-Stage Screening: Up to 10 applicants chosen

    April 2019

  • Incubation Period

    April to September 2019

    Selected applicants further develop prototypes

  • Second-Stage Screening: Up to 5 finalists chosen

    December 2019

  • Pilot-Phase

    January to August 2020

    Prototypes piloted

  • Grand Prize Winner Announced

    October 2020



Grand Prize Winner

The grand prize winner will receive an estimated prize of $1,000,000 to further develop and build their product.


Up to 5 Finalists

Applicants chosen after the second-stage screening (selected from the semi-finalists) will receive an estimated prize of $100,000 to pilot their prototypes.


Up to 10 Semi-Finalists

Applicants chosen after the first-stage screening (up to 10) will receive an estimated prize of $25,000 to further develop their prototypes.

Applicants are encouraged to solicit additional funds from other resources.

Challenge details

Key Dates

  • Challenge Launch: October 2nd, 2018
  • Application Deadline: February 1st,  2019
  • First Selection Phase - Semi-Finalists Announced: April 2019
  • Incubation Period: April to September 2019
  • Second Selection Phase - Finalists Announced: December 2019
  • Pilot-Phase: January to August 2020
  • Grand Prize Announced: October 2020

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