Who We Are

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as Integrated Innovation®.

One of the largest impact-first investors in Canada, Grand Challenges Canada has supported a pipeline of over 1,400 innovations in over 100 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1.78 million lives and improve up to 64 million lives by 2030.

Grand Challenges Canada is hosted in Toronto at the University Health Network.

Strategic Plan to 2025

Our Mission

To catalyze innovation that saves and improves the lives of the most underserved in Canada and low- and middle-income countries.


Our Vision

A world in which innovation accelerates the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.


Our Values

– We take ownership and pride in our actions, ensuring accountability and transparency while upholding the highest ethical standards.

LearningWe move toward reconciliation by acknowledging we are visitors; take actions that show respect for local customs, values, and protocol; and support the right to self-determination.

Diversity & InclusionWe treat all people with respect, dignity and fairness. We advance gender equality and address inequities and power imbalances.

ExcellenceWe aspire to the highest level of performance and create a space and process to learn from both successes and failures.

Boldness & CreativityWe transform the status quo through action and enable others to do the same. We are innovative and take considered risks to achieve transformational impact.