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Policy Briefing: Innovation

Our government’s telecommunications policy was not created overnight

On telecommunications policy, our government has indeed been aggressively pursuing policies that deliver more choice, lower prices and better services for Canadian consumers.
We are taking steps to ensure the National Research Council remains a world-class organization. Innovation drives commerce. So, our government is supporting innovation to pursue business-led initiatives that meet private sector needs.
But Canada’s federal researchers share their work broadly with the media and the public through a variety of means.
For businesses, finding the right research expertise is the critical first step for a successful collaboration.
Canada’s economy has prospered despite weak innovation and low productivity growth.
Improving Canada’s innovation record, implementing effective consumer-friendly policies, and building the country’s digital economy are top policy challenges for new Industry Minister James Moore.
Despite all the rhetoric, recent government initiatives are only working to undermine private-sector R&D investment at a time when it is needed most. Major changes to the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program and the National Research Council serve as key examples.
Feds, industry say Canada-E.U. trade deal could kick-start domestic manufacturing, but critics say the government needs to take a more active role in rebalancing economy away from resources

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