Canada’s Innovation Agenda

Recently, the Government of Canada had announced an Innovation Agenda. The purpose of this initiative is to create jobs, drive growth, and improve the lives of all Canadians, which will help Canada become a global innovation leader. In order to achieve this feat, the government is implementing a nationwide call-to-action, asking all Canadians to provide their thoughts and ideas on how we can help build a nation of innovators. The government recognized that a collaborative approach will ensure that everyone from various sectors – private, universities/colleges, not-for-profit, social entrepreneurs and businesses owned by indigenous people – will have a hand in driving the Canadian innovation economy.

According to the Canadian Government, there are six areas for action:

Entrepreneurial and Creative Society – To foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, build skills to embrace global changes, leverage Canada’s diversity and attract top global talent. To do so, the government is asking for your ideas:

  1. How can Canada become the best country in attracting and developing talent?
  2. How do we work together to equip youth with the right skills for the future economy?
  3. What more can be done to cement Canada’s place as a leader in social entrepreneurship?
  4. Submit your innovative idea

Global Science and Excellence – To support world-class research excellence from fundamental to applied science. To do so, the government launched a review of federal support for fundamental science. And now, they are asking you for your ideas:

  1. How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
  2. How can we increase demand for science, technology, engineering and math graduates?
  3. How do we make best use of our science and research strengths?
  4. Submit your innovative idea

World-Leading Clusters and Partnerships – To build super clusters for business innovation and global reach, from idea generation to value creation. To do so, the government is asking you for your ideas:

  1. What is the right model for made-in-Canada innovation clusters led by businesses?
  2. What are the barriers to Canadian participation in global supply chains?
  3. How can businesses, institutions and governments attract talent and investment?
  4. Submit your innovative idea

Grow Companies and Accelerate Clean Growth – To develop start-ups and scale innovative, high-impact small, medium and large firms, growing the next generation of job-creating global companies. To do so, the government is asking for your ideas:

  1. How can Canada support the scale-up of innovative companies?
  2. Which market-based approaches encourage adoption of clean technologies?
  3. What more can be done to increase business enterprise R&D (BERD) spending?
  4. Submit your innovative idea

Compete in a Digital World – To harness the digital economy across sectors to encourage digital adoption and strengthen competitiveness. To do so, the government is asking for your ideas:

  1. What do we need from our digital infrastructure? How fast can we transition?
  2. What are innovative ways to develop stronger digital skills among Canadians?
  3. Submit your innovative idea

Ease of doing Business – To enhance and align agile marketplace regulations and standards, and enable market access so Canadian businesses can thrive globally. To do so, the government is asking for your ideas:

  1. How can regulations be designed to promote innovation across key sectors?
  2. What new approaches could be explored to improve government services to businesses?
  3. Submit your innovative idea

Through Canada’s Innovation Agenda, the government is committed to:

Openness and transparency

  • We will make clear what Canadians have told us.
  • We will listen to ideas and reflect on what we’ve heard.
  • We will set clear objectives.

Deliver, Measure and Grow

  • We will take bold, new measures.
  • We will measure progress against our objectives.
  • We will adapt as required to grow our economy and see Canada take its place as a world leader in innovation.

Learn more about Canada’s Innovation Agenda

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