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Plastics challenge – Recycled plastic ceiling tiles




Global Affairs Canada is seeking a solution that will contribute to the circular economy by recycling plastic into ceiling tiles and that meet a high safety standard with no chemical emissions. The existing ceiling tiles are drop ceiling mineral acoustical tiles. We need something comparable in acoustical, insulating and fire retardant performance, but made with 100% recycled plastic.

Eligible Applicants

Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

Eligible Expenses

The program will fund projects that proposed solutions to recycling plastic into ceiling tiles:

  1. be a ceiling tile;
  2. be easy to install;
  3. be made entirely out of recycled plastic;
  4. not emit harmful chemicals;
  5. be comparable or lighter weight than standard acoustical mineral tile;
  6. reduce noise by 85%;
  7. be attractive enough for use in government office buildings;
  8. be comparable or better in price to the standard acoustical tile on the market currently;
  9. be comparably or better as a fire retardant  than standard acoustical tile; and
  10. be comparably or better at insulating than standard acoustical tile;
  11. be recyclable

Deadline Date

  Closing date: June 9, 2020 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time


Contact Name: Government of Canada

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