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Canada needs an innovation strategy

By David Crane      

With the automotive industry in the midst of a profound technology revolution, Canada needs to ensure that it is there to share in the emerging opportunities. That will require an innovation strategy.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured on the Hill. David Crane says Canada also needs to focus much more on advanced manufacturing, what’s known as Industry 4.0, the world of robotics, 3D printing, and machine-to-machine communication. Over the past decade, Canada and Ontario have made various stabs at advanced manufacturing programmes but they have lacked focus. Ontario has announced $35-million over five years to three universities—Waterloo, McMaster and Western—to pursue advanced manufacturing research. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CANADA & THE 21ST CENTURY: PART FIVE OF SIX-PART SERIES TORONTO—If the Trudeau government’s promised innovation-led growth strategy is to deliver middle-class jobs it should include a sustainable future for the automotive industry. It is Canada’s most important manufacturing industry and one of its most technologically advanced. Yet Canada has been losing ground in the global automotive industry. Turning this around, at a time when the industry worldwide is in the throes of the most disruptive innovation revolution

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