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Policy Briefing: Innovation

It’s time to put knowledge to work in Canada

The benefits of technological development and commercialization increase significantly when a sound knowledge of human thought and behaviour, as provided in the range of social science and humanities disciplines, is central to the knowledge-transfer process.
Canada’s capacity for research has given us an advantage. Let’s not lose it.
If we can send messages to Commander Chris Hatfield in space, book travel, and rekindle decades-old friendships at the click of a button, then surely Canadians deserve—and are up for the challenge of—achieving similar gains in health care.
Economic experts say opening up Canada’s market to more competition would better stimulate innovation within the industry.
The clean-tech market in Canada is succeeding, but more must be done.
It may well be time for Canada to step up and readjust its international commerce and foreign policy compass to integrate science more fully into the mix.
Success requires insight and innovation. It is built on flexibility, speed and access to the right resources at the right time.
Canada’s economy needs greater innovation. And our commitment to reduce greenhouse gases needs a burgeoning clean-tech sector. These goals, environment and economy, are mutually supportive.
The stark reality, however, is that Canadian productivity has plummeted under the Harper government’s Conservatives, costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars.
NSERC reports a 60 per cent increase in business-post secondary partnerships since 2009.
Since 2006, our government has resolutely been building Canada’s capacity, providing $8-billion in new funding for science, technology and innovation.
More than two years after holding online consultations on a strategy for Canada’s place in the digital economy, Industry Canada still hasn’t produced a plan.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis and junior science minister Gary Goodyear make major funding announcements as part of innovation push, but critics say it’s not enough.

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