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Policy Briefing: Innovation Policy Briefing
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, pictured at a March 2018 event announcing a public-private partnership aimed at development and installation of a 5G wireless network across Quebec and Ontario. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Bains says funding agreements for superclusters, aid for firms hurt by U.S. metal tariffs to likely be made in coming weeks

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says he will focus his final mandate year on considering recommendations made in seven recently-released reports by a government-struck panel of industry leaders and national consultations on digital and data transformation.
Two key actions will be crucial: first of all, get as much 3500 MHz spectrum as possible to auction as quickly as possible; and secondly, deal with transition issues, i.e., pre-existing usage in this band.
The tables, composed of dozens of industry representatives, recommended more emphasis on scaling-up firms through an 'Own the podium'-style funding program, cutting red tape, and establishing new networks between businesses and investors.
Forty years ago, SSHRC established the foundations for doing research with impact. RIC has been active maximizing the impact of research for the public good in local and global communities.
Unfortunately, opposite views seem to hold sway in Canada. Those views would have us weaken our intellectual property regime, lest Canada become too productive or the market prove itself. Research in no way supports such views.
'For businesses, an IP plan—choosing some mix of patent, trademark, copyright or confidential information, or even opting for non-protection in an open science model—is a conscious strategy to maximize its economic potential given its unique characteristics.'
Opinion|Paul Preston
Yet significant challenges and hurdles remain if the initiative is to truly move the innovation needle in this country.
Opinion|Sarah Doyle
Inclusive growth needs to be about more than expanding participation in Canada’s economy. It’s about the nature of the economy itself.
Now is the time for Canada to be bold and ambitious, to showcase our creativity and secure our competitive advantage through research.
To be truly innovative, Canada will also have to pay continuous attention to the impact of the country’s tax regime and its implications for firm growth and competitiveness, and remove barriers to competition that protect incumbents from innovators in many sectors.
Banks are ready to continue funding fossil fuels and related infrastructure while missing out on the enormous economic opportunities presented by clean-tech.
The only way this will happen is if this government takes immediate action to position Canada globally as a leader while still balancing privacy protections. We need that clear set of rules for Canadians that are strong and fair.

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