How it Works

The Connected Vehicle/Automated Vehicle (CVAV) Program encourages businesses and academic institutions to develop and commercialize innovations in connected and automated vehicle technologies that focus on projects demonstrating strong potential for commercialization.

The program is a partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Connected vehicles use wireless technology to connect with other vehicles, transportation infrastructure and mobile devices to give motorists the information they need to drive more safely. Automated vehicles, also known as self-driving vehicles, rely on sensors and computer analytics to sense their environments and navigate without human input.

Helping the province's transportation industry grow and succeed is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people and infrastructure and to support a dynamic and innovative business climate. This program builds on the success of the Connected Vehicle/Automated Vehicle (CVAV) Pilot Program launched in 2014. Substantial interest in this sector resulted in many applications from which 15 projects were funded. Thirteen of those projects were funded in the amount of $50,000 and two projects were provided $250,000 to advance their research and commercialization efforts. With this phase of the project, an additional $1 million will be allocated with substantial additional monies leveraged through matching funds from small, medium and large companies. Projects can involve a single company, partnerships between companies, or partnerships between companies and academic research institutions in Ontario. In this phase of the CVAV program, OCE will once again fund projects up to $250,000 over a maximum of 18 months. The focus of the program is on developing technology and demonstration projects in two streams: up to $50,000, and up to $250,000.

Projects will be in the area of Connected and Automated Vehicles and should demonstrate an immediate enhancement to either the vehicles themselves or the surrounding infrastructure in which they operate through the development of novel products or services. Potential benefits include:

  • Increased road safety
  • Better collection and analysis of transportation-related information
  • Better road condition monitoring and
  • Innovative new products and services to reduce driver distraction. 

The program aims to develop and commercialize innovative technologies in Ontario and to facilitate partnerships. New CVAV innovations that are developed, demonstrated, and/or piloted in Ontario should be dynamic and innovative with significant potential to attract interest from media to build upon Ontario’s goal of being recognized as a  leader in connected and automated vehicle technology.  

This program focuses on the areas listed below. Projects that have multiple focus areas may receive higher consideration for funding, as will projects that bring together two or more project partners for collaboration:

Human Factors - The Development of Products, Services and Standards to reduce Driver Distraction

As vehicles become more connected, drivers will be inundated with available information regarding the health of the vehicle, the surrounding infrastructure, nearby vehicles, road conditions and information systems. Project content  takes into account human factors analysis, context aware computing and information analytics to assess incoming information for risk and relevance to the driver while driving as well as incorporate display methods and standardization. A main objective should be demonstrating how increased connectivity results in greater road safety.

Communications Management

Project content involves the development of products and services that address the integration and management of mobile communications hardware, in-vehicle systems, sensors and fixed communications infrastructure while taking into account automotive life cycles, security and privacy concerns, and future generation mobile connectivity to cost-effectively deliver improved safety and road infrastructure utilization.  

Data Management

Project content focuses on new and innovative methods that transform the collection, analysis and application of  transportation-related information for connected and automated vehicles, as well as for transportation authorities and the private sector. Consideration should also be given to data sharing and intellectual property concerns, and how a data commons could be realized where appropriate. 

Connected and Automated in-Vehicle Infrastructure or Technologies

Project content focuses on the development and demonstration of technologies, components, products, systems and software inside connected and automated vehicles.

Improving Traffic Management and Operations

Project content addresses connected/automated vehicle technologies that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of road traffic management and operations. Examples include projects that reduce reliance on public infrastructure-based traffic and road condition monitoring and products and services that will be required by public authorities in a connected/automated vehicle environment.

Green Technology and Sustainability

Project content addresses the application of technologies that will benefit the environment and create sustainability for connected and automated vehicles. Examples could include reduction in fuel/emissions through the use of wireless technology, reduction in kilometers travelled or changes to the transportation infrastructure that provide travellers with more information that allows them to make safer and more sustainable decisions. 

Benefits include:


  • Increased road safety
  • Better collection and analysis of transportation-related information
  • Better road condition monitoring
  • Innovative new products and services to reduce driver distraction
  • Reduced environmental footprint

Companies and Academic Institutions:

  • Development of relationships with researchers to extend company R&D
  • Creation of marketable solutions to meet current industry challenges
  • Development of public/private partnerships
  • Commercialization of Ontario-made technologies

Projects can be led by a single company or involve partnerships between companies, and/or partnerships between companies and academic research teams in two streams:

  • Stream 1: up to $50,000 in OCE funding 
  • Stream 2: up to $250,000 in OCE funding

Please note that applications to this program are currently closed. ​​