Local MP Terry Sheehan announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister for Fednor, an investment of $588,000 in RBB Innovations Ltd. in the form of a repayable contribution.
RBB Innovations, now known as One Human Service Network, is a Social Purpose Enterprise that builds and supports highly secure, integrated cloud based software systems for all levels of government and multi-enterprise human service organizations.
Darryl Buck, President and CEO of the One Human Service Network said this contribution will be used to undertake applied research and development activities over the next two years to advance RBB’s One Human Service Network platform to new and larger markets. The government of Canada has also made a CanExport contribution of $50,000 to RBB Innovations, to allow them to explore opportunities in the U.S.A. This contribution will also help to create 23 jobs, 18 of them here in the Sault.
“We’re using technology, in partnership with our government clients, to connect all of the service providers with all of the families,” Buck said. “When you have complete visibility across all sub-client demand, you start to get data you never had before, which informs future investment and future need of where to invest.”
Buck said the idea for this creative business initiative started in 1996, when they were involved with government agencies in doing some technology solutions for special needs children. In 2005, they recognized that licensed childcare is a key component of special needs resource agencies, resulting in their involvement in licensed childcare in 2008.
The SSM Innovation Centre developed the initial prototype here in the Sault around allowing families to apply to licensed childcare centres, which RBB then purchased, and have since commercialized, starting in 2010. Since then, they’ve sold this platform to 26 municipalities, or consolidated service managers, in Ontario. Some of the Northern Ontario municipalities include SSM, Thunder Bay and District DSAAB, The City of Greater Sudbury, and the District of Nipissing.
Buck said it’s exciting to be able to expand this service further.
“Our mission is to help families and to help the service providers that serve those families through technology and partnership,” he said. “So it’s very exciting to see in different communities when we roll out, that we’re not only a marketing tool that help families very easily find and apply to the licensed centres and homes that they’re interested in, but we also provide tools to the government service providers around subsidy special needs coordinations, etc., that use the platform as well.”
Sheehan said he’s excited to be able to support this company, as it “fits perfectly in with what this government is trying to do in supporting the innovation economy.”
“This also supports middle-class families. Middle-class families that need to find childcare that’s critical for them to be able to function,” he said.
Sheehan said this also goes “hand-in-glove” with the Federal Government’s Canada Child Benefit, which is “more generous than the previous CCB”, helping 9 out of 10 more families and lifting 300,000 children out of poverty.
“So now childcare is more affordable,but you’ve got to find it,” he continued. “People can rely on this solution to sit behind a computer 24//7/365 and be able to find childcare. It’s absolutely critical for families to be able to succeed.”
For more information on OneHSN, check out their website here.