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North Bay firm MetricAid gets financial boost from FedNor

Software developer receives $216,487 to boost innovation to streamline patient care programs
Les Blackwell, co-founder and the managing director of Metric Aid, says he is excited to receive funding from FedNor to develop the company's software and expand into global markets.

The Federal government is investing in a North Bay-made innovation to help make scheduling for patients and physicians more efficient around the world.

MetricAid received a repayable contribution of $216,487 on Friday to develop software, expand their global reach and increase sales.

The funding was announced today by Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor. As a result of this investment, MetricAid expects to create up to six new full-time, highly-skilled jobs in Northern Ontario.

Specifically, North Bay-based MetricAid will use the FedNor funding to create and market an innovative, safe and secure software product that will help address scheduling challenges facing healthcare providers in the United Kingdom. This initiative represents the first step in an ambitious international expansion for MetricAid and its suite of products.

“This exciting initiative will allow us to capitalize on an immediate opportunity to expand our reach into the United Kingdom by developing and marketing a unique solution to a problem that is affecting their healthcare system, said Les Blackwell, CEO, MetricAid Inc. “We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada through FedNor to introduce new technology that will help us with our ambitious efforts to access global markets.”

The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.