Software Development – Digital Nova Scotia – Leading Digital Industry

We are seeking pre-commercial innovative prototypes that can be tested in real life settings and address a variety of priorities within the Government of Canada.

Problem statement

Quantum technologies are at the cutting edge of science and innovation, both in Canada and worldwide. As an enabling platform, quantum is leading to a new suite of technologies in computing, sensors, secure communications and advanced materials. These technologies will support the growth of key sectors such as computing, communications, health care, transportation logistics, navigation and cybersecurity.

While Quantum computing is still in its infancy as a field and awaiting readiness for practical applications, Quantum hardware companies are currently trying to scale up their quantum computers and include enough qubits to reach quantum advantage. The Government of Canada (GoC) faces a challenge in being “quantum ready” to leverage technologies as they are developed to commercial readiness. ISC is soliciting proposals calling for a variety of quantum computing hardware and software solutions that can help improve departments’ existing quantum computing stack and better prepare the GoC for the eventual integration of quantum computing solutions into its operations.


Quantum computing stack: The quantum computing stack is everything that lies between a user and the physical qubits. The stack needs to perform essential functions; for instance, it must facilitate user interaction, turn inputs into hardware manipulation, and correct for numerous error sources.

Quantum Computer: A quantum computer is any device for computation that makes direct use of distinctively quantum mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. A functional quantum computer requires the holding of an object in a superposition state long enough to carry out various processes on it.

Quantum Software: Any programs or applications capable of running on a quantum computer.


Innovations must meet at least ONE outcome to qualify under SC4 and up to FOUR to score full points under PR7

ISC will NOT accept (out of scope):

Post Quantum Cryptography solutions;
QKD solutions; and
Solutions that do not advance the state-of-the-art or prospects for scalable, commercial applications of Quantum computing, OR allow GoC readiness to solve problems using Quantum computing.