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Policy Briefing: Innovation

We can’t afford to put off e-prescribing

Opinion|Michael Green
Now is the time to build upon the investments Canada made 15 years ago to establish Canada Health Infoway and take the next logical step in digital health solutions for Canadians: a multi-jurisdiction e-prescribing solution.
Opposition parties are calling on the government to put more into Canada's innovation policy than just grants and tax incentives.
Opinion|Tessa Hebb
All levels of governments from municipal, provincial to federal, need to shift their infrastructure lens to include our largest private investors. Because while $125-billion is a big number, we are going to need these partners to meet all our infrastructure needs. Let’s offer them opportunities to invest in Canada.
Opinion|Denise Amyot
Investing in college infrastructure is one of the best ways to stimulate the economy while supporting innovation. It should be fairly straightforward as well, since there are currently more than 800 ready-to-go deferred maintenance projects awaiting funding at colleges and institutes across the country.
The federal government collects less than $3-billion a year, or about one per cent of its total revenues, from capital gains taxes. That’s the equivalent of two or three Bombardier bailouts, just to get rid of a tax that is very costly. Several countries with dynamic, innovative economies, such as Switzerland, have no such tax. We should emulate them, instead of doing more of the same old interventionist policies.
Opinion|David Crane
We have a new government that must take on the challenge of building an innovation nation if we are to create wealth and jobs for the future while meeting the needs of an aging population without sacrificing the needs of the young. Unfortunately, the Liberal platform is largely about income redistribution rather than the innovation needed to create a bigger pie to share.
Feature|Denis Calnan
If the government wants a Canadian company to become a global player in the aerospace sector than it will have to pony up the cash to help it along, because that’s the nature of the business, according to some industry watchers.
Opinion|Brian Masse
Will the new government rise to the challenge and act quickly to strengthen Canadian innovation? Or will they continue to oversee the sell-off of Canadian champions of innovation to foreign interest and the stagnation of business investment in R&D?
Feature|Denis Calnan
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is either exactly what the country needs to aid innovation or will forever ensure that this country underperforms and becomes a laggard in technology.
Innovation incubators and hubs, run by universities and companies, are springing up across the country and are essential to building an environment conducive to fostering invention and startup companies.
China’s emerging technology sector is both an opportunity and competitor for Ottawa’s innovation business community, and a recent trip by some of the capital’s business and political leaders aims to attract some investment into the sector here.
Opinion|Mario Pinto
Fresh thinking about how innovation works and how players in the system can work together is required to solve this challenge. The potential benefits for Canadian businesses and society are substantial.
Opinion|Navdeep Bains
What I’m most interested by—and it is a challenge faced not just by Canada but every advanced economy around the world—is the question of how a government can cultivate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. How can we put in place the right conditions for innovation? Specifically, how can we do it in a way that ensures that the Canadian economy remains at the leading edge?
Opinion|Alan Shepard
Clean Energy Canada reports that the global market for clean energy technology and services was valued at C$790-billion in 2014, and is expected to reach $1.8-trillion by 2022. Germany, China, the U.S. and others are already reaping benefits. Canada’s 2014 share? A mere $7-billion—far below our G7 economy’s weight. Since 2005, we have dropped from 14th to 19th in clean-tech exports. Our share of this rapidly-growing pie is shrinking.
Opinion|Marc Leroux
Solving Canada’s innovation challenges calls for a long-term approach that begins by identifying gaps.

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