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Canada needs a more comprehensive innovation framework

By Harry Sharma & Mike Burt      

The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Innovation Report Card gives Canada a 'C' grade and ranks it 12th among 16 international peers.

We believe that incorporation of internal firm capabilities in the assessment framework will help us expand the lens and better understand Canada’s innovation challenges. Newly identified challenges will lead to development and implementation of new policies, programs and networks and improve Canada’s lagging innovation performance and make it a more globally competitive economy. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Canada has an innovation challenge. For decades, growth in our productivity, or what we are able to produce with our available resources, has lagged behind that of most developed countries, and innovation is a key driver of productivity growth. This poor performance matters, as it limits our competitiveness and our ability to raise living standards over time. It is also an indication that our policies designed to improve innovation have not been effective. As such, there is a strong need for a new approach.

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