(From left to right) Jason Kealey (President, LavaBlast Software), The Honourable Christian Paradis (Minister of Industry) Yesterday, the Minister of Industry announced a new grant pilot program (DTAPP) offering up to $99,999 in financial support to Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate the adoption of digital technologies. The announcement featured FranchiseBlast as an example of such a digital technology and was made inside one of the Boomerang Kids stores, our newest franchise client (see photo).

This pilot program is great news for Canadian franchises as it includes the adoption of business systems (franchise management, customer/work order management, inventory management, etc.). In the context of a franchise, these are often customized systems ensuring the uniformity of their proprietary business processes across all franchisees. Off-the-shelf hardware and software are not covered by this grant, but the following are:

  • Internal labour costs: franchisor’s time spent elaborating the system
  • Contractors: technology firm helping the franchisor adopt the technology
  • Travel & Training
  • Hiring of recent college graduates as a part of the adoption process

The new grant program is managed by NRC-IRAP. As with all NRC-IRAP grants, the process starts with the franchisor developing a relationship with an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA). Over 240 ITAs, located all over Canada, will work with you to determine the best course of action for your business, whether is be via the new Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) or one of the numerous existing grant program­s.

As our specialty is creating franchise-specific software solutions, we’ve gone through the process in the past. Our team can work with both you and your ITA to establish the scope and requirements for your project.

For more information about DTAPP, please visit this site and call toll-free 1-855-453-3940 to be assigned an ITA in your area.