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Polytechnics and colleges, natural allies to businesses, deserve more access to government funding

By Sarah Watts-Rynard and Denise Amyot       

It’s at polytechnics and colleges where businesses experiment with new technology, processes, and software. These institutions often put students to work on real-world business challenges.

Canada’s colleges and polytechnics tend to fly under the radar as hubs of innovation and research and development. Yet, their campuses host some of the most cutting-edge facilities in applied research in Canada, write Sarah Watts-Rynard of Polytechnics Canada and Denise Amyot, CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada. Photograph courtesy of Unsplash

Canada is at an innovation crossroads. Productivity measures have long lagged behind our international counterparts and, as a country of small businesses, our firms often lack the internal resources to fulfill their potential.  

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