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Policy Briefing: Innovation

In Canada, we have a unique story to tell

Opinion|Navdeep Bains
Our government’s investments under the Innovation and Skills Plan ensure that we will compete globally for the most talented people, the newest technologies, and the fastest growing companies.
Opinion|Paul Dufour
As Canada prepares for the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que., it should build on this ongoing attention to inclusive innovation and knowledge creation.
The Smart Cities Challenge is a federal government initiative to encourage innovation. The 2017 federal budget announced $300-million for the challenge, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference in June.
Opinion|Vivek Goel
Coupled with a renewed investment in curiosity-based research as envisioned by the Naylor report, the supercluster program is a once-in-a-generation chance to develop and retain our Canadian expertise and research prowess and to create economic opportunity for everyone.
The Trudeau government's $1.26-billion Strategic Innovation Fund will benefit Canadians through the development of new technologies and the corresponding 'economic spin-offs,' says Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.
The only way that we could even come close to winning this competition would be for all three levels of government to support a proposal and that would require 'picking winners,' which Canadian governments will not do when it comes to industrial policy.
The government renewed the Space Advisory Board in 2016 to advise on long-term objectives for space and to engage with Canadian stakeholders on the state of the Canadian space sector.
One innovation advocacy group said the fund, which offers money to businesses of all economic sectors, may be ineffective if difficult applications processes and high taxes work against businesses, while a taxpayers advocacy group is worried it amounts to 'corporate welfare.'
Representatives from three bids described their bids as largely industry-wide or cross-industry collaborations in which their entire sector can expand together.

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