Calgary, Alberta, August 22, 2012—The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today announced an investment in Evans Consoles Corporation from the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) delivered by the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and recognized Evans Consoles Corporation as a Canadian Innovation Leader for its success in developing innovative products and services for the modular console furniture industry worldwide.
"The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Paradis. "In every sector of the economy, digital technologies allow companies like Evans Consoles Corporation to be more innovative, productive and competitive."
Toronto, Ontario, June 5, 2012—The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, spoke at the Canadian Telecom Summit today about the Harper Government's measures to enhance competition, increase adoption of digital technology and strengthen Canada's digital economy.
"Canadian companies are world class, and our government is providing the tools they need to succeed," said Minister Paradis. "Together we can capture the potential of the global digital economy. We can create its technology, make the best possible use of its potential and reap its benefits."
Ottawa, Ontario, May 16, 2012—The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, delivered a keynote address at the annual Research Money conference today. He outlined the Economic Action Plan 2012 initiatives that are aimed at bolstering the innovation performance of Canadian businesses.
"Canada's long-term economic competitiveness depends on encouraging research that can be commercialized and used to fuel the high-growth companies of tomorrow," said Minister of State Goodyear. "By focusing on the drivers of growth and job creation, the measures announced by our government are strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit of this great country."
Ottawa, Ontario, May 7, 2012—The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced an investment of up to $1,947,250 that will help three Ottawa-area start-up businesses get their innovative products and ideas to market faster, and create jobs and economic growth in southern Ontario.
The investment will allow these businesses to leverage a total of $3.9 million in additional private sector investments from venture capital and southern Ontario angel investors. These projects are expected to create 40 high-quality jobs in the information technology sector in southern Ontario over the next two years.
Montréal, Quebec, May 2, 2012—The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces that Optech Montréal has been granted financial assistance for the acquisition of specialized equipment to strengthen its technology transfer capabilities in the area of optics and photonics.
"The Government of Canada is giving another surge to economic growth and job creation with this concrete support to Optech Montréal, a Quebec establishment that is devoted to innovation and is a catalyst for wealth and prosperity," says Minister Lebel.
Stratford, Ontario, April 24, 2012—Speaking at the Canada 3.0 Digital Media Forum, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, challenged Canadian industry to take risks, invest, think creatively and act boldly to ensure Canada's success in the global digital economy.
"We need a growing information and communications technology sector that drives product and service innovations and propels them into every corner of our economy," said Minister Paradis. "We need to make Canada a world leader in the creation and use of digital technologies. That is where our future lies. To get there we must invest, adapt and innovate."
Waterloo, Ontario, April 20, 2012—The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology and for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, was at OpenText Corporation's headquarters today to deliver congratulatory remarks at the company's 20th anniversary celebration.
"OpenText has been a shining example of Canadian innovation for 20 years, not only investing in its future by funding research and developing new products but also serving as an inspiration to companies throughout Canada," said Minister of State Goodyear. "Economic Action Plan 2012 builds on our positive record of achievement to help further unleash the potential of Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and thrive in the modern economy."
Vancouver, British Columbia, April 20, 2012—Starting and running a business in ten British Columbia communities just became easier thanks to BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.
Today, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with the Honourable Pat Bell, British Columbia's Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, and George Hunter, CEO of Small Business BC, welcomed the launch of BizPaL in the following communities: the districts of Central Saanich, Delta, Mackenzie and Sechelt; the cities of Langford, Nelson, New Westminster and Port Moody; the Village of Valemount; and the Town of Smithers.
Regina, Saskatchewan, April 12, 2012—The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor, unveiled Canada's Open Government Action Plan during a speech at the Regina Chamber of Commerce. Building on the achievements to date, the Action Plan advances the three streams of Open Government: Open Data, Open Information, and Open Dialogue.
"The Government of Canada is committed to advancing Open Government through the implementation of the Action Plan. This plan offers Canadians greater opportunities to learn about and participate in our democratic process, the economy, and government," said Minister Clement.
Toronto, Ontario, April 10, 2012—Seven universities in southern Ontario will soon be using high performance and cloud computing infrastructure for research to help solve the world's most complex problems, including resource management, urban infrastructure, and neurological disorders, thanks to a Government of Canada investment of up to $20 million. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), accompanied by Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie.
March 22, 2012—Today, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), addressed rural Manitoban entrepreneurs at an information technology forum. The event brought government representatives, academics and stakeholders together to discuss solutions to the challenges small business owners face.
"How do we make sure small business is a big success in Dauphin and throughout rural Canada?" Minister of State Bernier asked. "By having the best business environment possible for entrepreneurs to do what they do best: create jobs and wealth for this country."
Minister Paradis and Minister Hamad Co-Chair Economic Development Ministers' Meeting on the Digital Economy Held in Montréal
Montréal, Quebec, March 19, 2012—The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, and Sam Hamad, Quebec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and Minister responsible for the National Capital Region, today co-chaired a meeting at which provincial and territorial ministers responsible for economic development discussed their collective efforts to forge a stronger, more competitive Canadian digital economy.
March 14, 2012—Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, announced that the Harper Government will be taking action to provide Canadian families with more choices at low prices for wireless services.
"The Harper Government understands that Canadian families work hard for their money and that they want their government to make decisions that will help them keep more of it," said Minister Paradis. "The measures I am outlining today will ensure the timely availability of world-class wireless services at low prices for Canadian families, including those in rural areas."
Ottawa, Ontario, February 28, 2012—The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor, chaired today the first meeting of an advisory panel of leading experts to provide the Government with advice and guidance on its Open Government activities.
This follows the Government of Canada's recent online consultation that sought the views of Canadians on the priority activities that should be pursued as part of the Open Government Action Plan.
Toronto, Ontario, January 25, 2012—The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today took part in a pre-budget round table discussion with business leaders from the information and communications technologies sector. This is one of a series of pre-budget round tables that has also included a stop earlier this month in Montréal. The Minister's primary focus is to engage private sector stakeholders on how best to ensure that Canada's economy continues to produce jobs and growth in a difficult global economy.
"Budget 2012 will maintain our focus on jobs and economic growth while reducing the deficit and returning to balance in the medium term," said Minister Paradis. "Making Canada a world-leading digital economy remains one of my main priorities and will result in our economy becoming more productive and globally competitive."
Cross-country consultations with members of the government will continue in the weeks before Budget 2012, with venues and details to be announced as they become available.
In order to ensure that all Canadians can participate in this process, the government has also launched online pre-budget consultations. Those wishing to make submissions can do so by visiting the Consulting with Canadians web page.
Ottawa, November 29, 2011—Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, addressed the Annual Conference of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) Canada, where he spoke of the upcoming spectrum auctions and the review of foreign investment restrictions in telecommunications.
"Our government wants to get the decisions before us right, so that Canadian consumers have access to a wide range of products and services at competitive prices," said Minister Paradis. "Given its importance, and the serious impact this will have on the lives of Canadians for years to come, this is not a decision that I, or this government, will be taking lightly."
Ottawa, November 14, 2011—The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, announced an $80 million investment over three years to help accelerate the adoption of information and communications technologies by small and medium-sized businesses. The pilot initiative demonstrates Government support for the digital economy by promoting the adoption and use of digital technologies to foster innovation and productivity and to create jobs and long-term economic growth.
"The Government of Canada is investing in the people and ideas that drive the digital economy," said Minister Paradis. "This new program will help more than 600 small- and medium-sized enterprises integrate innovative technologies into their businesses and create jobs and economic growth."
The Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program will assist Canada's overall productivity and create market growth and opportunity. This Budget 2011 investment in support of Canada's Digital Economy Strategy is the latest in a series of legislative and program initiatives, reflecting the Government's emphasis on the digital economy. It provides a framework to encourage the private sector to adopt new technologies, and to develop the digital workforce of tomorrow.
Ottawa, October 19, 2011—The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), today announced that BizPaL is becoming a permanent service available to small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners.
"The Government of Canada supports SMEs by putting in place initiatives that enable them and entrepreneurs to continue to grow and create jobs," said Minister of State Bernier. "BizPaL is a concrete example of an initiative designed to cut through the red tape that small business owners encounter."
BizPaL is an innovative and cost-effective one-stop online service that provides simplified access to information on permits and licences that entrepreneurs and small business owners need to establish and run their businesses.
Montreal, October 17, 2011—The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) today announced that it is setting aside $200 million for loans to help entrepreneurs gear up with information and communications technology (ICT).
"We now know that ICT has a very real impact on small business productivity, innovation and competitiveness. In fact, much of the productivity problem in Canada can be attributed to insufficient investments in technology," explained Jean-René Halde, BDC President and Chief Executive Officer. "BDC is not claiming that it can solve this problem alone, but we believe that with our support a large number of entrepreneurs can get funds and consulting services to help them better integrate ICT more efficiently in their business model."
"Our government is pleased to announce this initiative as part of its digital economy strategy, which aims to make Canada a global leader. Greater adoption of digital technologies is a key element of our strategy, and their use is an effective driver of productivity and innovation across every sector," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry. "We are committed to ensuring that the right conditions are in place for businesses to succeed, as they continue to create jobs and strengthen our economy."
Barrie, Ontario, September 15, 2011—gShift Labs, a software company that provides better web search engine rankings for its customers, will further develop its innovative product, thanks to a new Government of Canada investment. The announcement was made today by Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
"Our government is committed to making sure the people, businesses and communities of southern Ontario have the tools they need to succeed," said MP Brown. "This investment in gShift will help the company grow and create new jobs."
Québec City, Quebec, August 1, 2011—The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today called attention to the regulations pursuant to Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation that were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 9, 2011, for a 60-day consultation period and celebrated the launch of the Fight Spam website. On June 30, 2011, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) called for comments on its proposed regulations under the Act. The Act will likely come into force early in 2012.
"We are working to make Canada second to none in anti-spam legislation," said Minister Paradis. "This legislation will lead to a safer and more secure online environment, positioning Canada as a leader in the digital economy."
Toronto, Ontario, May 31, 2011—In his first public address as Minister of Industry, the Honourable Christian Paradis reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to a digital economy strategy.
"Our government is focused on what matters to Canadians " creating jobs and economic growth," said Minister Paradis. "That is why our government is ensuring Canada has a globally competitive telecom sector that supplies more markets with more innovative and new products and services."
"Our government considers a digital economy strategy to be one of its most important objectives," said Minister Paradis. "One of my first priorities is to sustain the momentum we have achieved to date."
Read the full text of the Minister's speaking points at the Industry Canada website: speaking points.
Montréal, Quebec, March 11, 2011—The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), together with the Honourable Larry Smith, Senator, today highlighted that the Government of Canada has renewed its investment of $3.5 million to create hundreds of internships for post-secondary students across Canada through Canada's Small Business Internship Program (SBIP).
During 2011, the Year of the Entrepreneur, the Government of Canada has maintained its $3.5 million investment in SBIP to create 400 student internships across Canada for post-secondary students to improve the ICT capacity of SMEs and expose our youth to successful businesses.
Gravenhurst, Ontario, February 19, 2011—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced a Government of Canada investment to improve Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services in the Muskoka region.
"The Government of Canada is working with local organizations such as Muskoka Community Network to establish and expand broadband services that help to create new economic opportunities," said Minister Clement. "Today's announcement is providing communities and businesses in the Muskoka area with the tools they need to compete in world markets, promote tourism and help create jobs."
Muskoka Community Network (MCN) received FedNor funding of $295,000 to support its ongoing operations and implement a Community Atlas Portal.
Ottawa, February 14, 2011—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), announced the winners of Canada's top natural sciences and engineering prizes awarded by NSERC.
"Our government is committed to developing, attracting and retaining the world's best researchers here in Canada," said Minister Clement. "We are proud to support NSERC as we honour our country's top natural scientists and engineers, and highlight the many ways in which their work is improving the lives of Canadians and people around the world."
Among the six prestigious prizes given today was the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, a $1 million grant that was awarded to Geoffrey Hinton, a renowned computer scientist from the University of Toronto.
January 21, 2011—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, along with Terence Young, Member of Parliament for Oakville today announced that patients and caregivers in the region may soon benefit from a new personal, in-home medication technology thanks to an investment in PharmaTrust Inc., an Oakville-based business.
"Our government is pleased to be able to support the inventive work going on at PharmaTrust," said Minister Clement. "Through partnerships like these, we are supporting the development of innovative technologies which not only benefit our Canadian economy, but also help to improve the quality of life for Canadians from coast to coast to coast."
Through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) PharmaTrust Inc. will receive up to $300,000 to develop MedHome, a personal device which will help patients safely and effectively manage their medications. Funding will also contribute to the enhancement of the company's current MedCentre infrastructure which makes use of advanced robotics, scanning and video-conference technology, to connect patients in real-time to a pharmacist in another location.
Saint-Laurent, Quebec, October 25, 2010—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced a repayable investment of $8.6 million in a $61.9 million research and development project being undertaken by Mechtronix Systems Inc. This investment is being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI). From pilot training courseware to full-blown immersive flight simulators, Mechtronix's family of products makes use of the latest digital technologies. The company is an important user of information and communications technologies and promotes their use and adoption by airlines and flight training schools.
October 14, 2010—Today, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) in Toronto and the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veteran Affairs and Minister of State Agriculture (Quebec) in Saguenay launched an independent expert panel to solicit the advice of Canadians and business leaders on how the federal government can cultivate its support of business research and development.
On October 3, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, launched a strategy that will enhance protection from cyber threats for Canadian governments, industries and families from coast to coast to coast. Canada's Cyber Security Strategy delivers on the Government's 2010 Speech from the Throne commitment to boost Canada's cyberspace against the growing threat of cyber crimes.
"The Strategy complements the efforts of the digital economy strategy in Canada and builds upon legislation introduced by the Government, such as anti-spam legislation set out in the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act and amendments to the Criminal Code to create new offences related to obtaining, possessing and trafficking in identity documents or identity information", said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry.
New funding to promote ICT workers' foreign credentials
September 28, 2010—The Government of Canada is funding a project that will make it easier for internationally trained information and communications technology (ICT) professionals to find work in their field. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) will receive over $2.4 million in Foreign Credential Recognition Program funding for its IMPACTS Initiative.
September 16, 2010—The operating room is going increasingly high-tech and making use of information and communications technologies. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, was at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) of McGill University on Wednesday, September 15, to open one of seven new virtual reality neurosurgery training centres that will be set up across the country.
Submissions on Foreign Investment in the Telecommunications Industry now Online
Ottawa, August 9, 2010—Submissions made as part of Industry Canada's public consultation on foreign investment restrictions in the telecommunications sector are now online at Spectrum Mananagement and Telecommunications. The consultations were announced by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, on June 11, and ran until July 30, 2010. The consultation paper is also posted on the site. It outlines the current restrictions, describes how Canada compares with other countries and presents the following three options for consideration:
- Increase the limit for direct foreign investment in broadcasting and telecommunications common carriers to 49%;
- Lift restrictions on telecommunications common carriers with a 10% market share or less, by revenue; or
- Remove telecommunications restrictions completely.
Reviewing restrictions on foreign investment is consistent with the government's approach to relying more on market forces and less on regulation in the telecommunications industry. Telecommunications is a critical part of the digital economy—a key government priority.
June 18, 2010—The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is hosting a consultation with Canadians on the topic of cloud computing and its impact on the privacy of consumers. The consultation, the third in a series, will take place on June 21, 2010 in Calgary. Journalists are welcome to attend. The event will also be broadcast live on the Web, and media and the public will be able to submit questions via e-mail and Twitter.
Issues with Idea Fora Voting Resolved
On Thursday, June 10, there were technical issues with the voting function in the Idea Fora on the Digital Economy Online Consultation website. These issues have now been resolved. Thank you to the users who brought this matter to our attention.
Ottawa, June 11, 2010—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced the launch of a public consultation on foreign investment restrictions in the telecommunications sector. Additional information on how to submit your views and the consultation paper can be found at www.ic.gc.ca/telecominvestment.
Toronto, Ontario, June 8, 2010—Yesterday, June 7, Minister Clement opened the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit with a keynote speech that addressed two main themes in the digital economy strategy consultation process: the adoption of digital technology and the future of digital networks. He also announced that the government will consult Canadians this summer on the issue of foreign direct investment in the telecommunications sector.
SSHRC offers funds for study of digital economy
Montreal, Quebec, June 7, 2010—The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) today announced a Presidential Fund Initiative aimed at engaging academics in research on the digital economy. The new initiative offers a funding opportunity up to $25 000 for researchers who provide analysis of the current state of knowledge about the digital economy and identify knowledge gaps in one or more of the five discussion themes in the digital economy strategy consultation paper.
ITAC's Courtois talks strategy in G&M's online Q&A
On Thursday, June 3, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC's) president and CEO Bernard Courtois talked with readers of The Globe and Mail about the importance of the digital economy strategy. For more than an hour, Mr. Courtois fielded questions on next-generation networks, the need to retain Canadian-trained talent, cloud computing and more.
Montreal, Quebec, June 2, 2010—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the introduction of legislation to modernize the Copyright Act. This legislation is a key pillar in the government's commitment in the 2010 Speech from the Throne to position Canada as a leader in the global digital economy.
Ottawa, May 27, 2010—After two days of meetings at World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2010 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today promoted Canada to key representatives of the world's information and communications technology (ICT) sector as an ideal business and investment environment and invited them to Montreal for WCIT 2012.
May 27, 2010—The European Commission introduced its own digital agenda for Europe on May 19. In it, the Commission—which represents 27 countries and serves as the executive arm of the European Union—identified seven priority areas or goals pertaining to the use of information and communications technologies.
MaRS connects to Canadian Digital Media Network
May 20, 2010—The MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto is the latest node to be added to the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), the two organizations announced on May 20. The CDMN is the organizer of the Canada 3.0 2010 digital media forum, which featured the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, as opening keynote speaker earlier this month. Read the full release on the MaRS website.
Ottawa, May 10, 2010—The Government of Canada today unveiled a national consultation aimed at building consensus among governments, the private sector, academia and the Canadian public in developing a digital economy strategy for Canada. The commitment to developing the strategy was outlined in both the government's Speech from the Throne and Budget 2010 and is aimed at positioning Canada for leadership in the global digital economy.
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