Innovation for a better Canada
Innovation and Skills Plan
The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is a new funding program that will help strengthen Canada's most promising clusters and accelerate their growth, leading to new business opportunities and well-paying middle-class jobs. Learn more about how together we will mobilize to make Canada better.
We are building a better Canada so that everyone has the jobs,
skills and learning to solve global challenges and strengthen communities.
An innovative and prosperous Canada for you, for your children and for all of us—
that's innovation for a better Canada.
And we've already started creating better jobs, better skills and better learning opportunities:
Strengthening the foundations of Canadian research
Free trade for a Better Canada
Faster processing times for work permits to help companies access global talent
$2B to accelerate infrastructure projects at colleges and universities
Bringing high-speed Internet for Canadians in rural and remote communities
$950M to support innovation networks and clusters
Supporting greater diversity and inclusion in Canadian universities
Keeping businesses competitive in low-carbon economy
$17.6M investment to expand Canada's leadership in satellite tech
Better positioning Canada to create jobs and compete globally
$50M to help businesswomen access capital
$3.15M in support Indigenous Tourism businesses
Innovation Success Stories
It's already happening
It all started with a question:
How can we make Canada more innovative?
And, Oh Canada, did you answer…
We enlisted 10 engagement leaders to represent every sector of society—from the business community to universities and colleges, the not-for-profit sector, social entrepreneurs and Indigenous business leaders—because we can only do better together.
Senior Vice-President, Natural Resources, Industries and Consumer Goods at Fonds de solidarité FTQ
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary
Chief Innovation Consultant at The Pivotal Point
Distinguished visiting professor at the University of Toronto
Co-founder and CEO of Blockstream
Director of Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University
Executive Director and CEO of the Global Institute for Food Security
Founder of Brookmere Management Group
CEO of MaRS Discovery District
Co-founder and CEO of Sequence Bio
Conversations across Canada
From Whitehorse to St. John's, our engagement leaders brought
400 of you to 28 roundtables.
It started with one question: "How can we make Canada more innovative?" We focused your answers into six areas of action. See what you had to say.
In the end, you visited, tweeted, emailed, called and posted over 119,000 times.
And it all comes down to this…
You've told us you want to see innovation for a better Canada.
We've reviewed all your ideas and focused them into three priority areas to spur innovation:
You told us we need better ways for more Canadians to get the skills the global economy demands.
- Helping young Canadians build coding and other digital skills
- Encouraging Canadians to develop science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) skills to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow
- Making sure that we have diverse Canadians represented in STEM fields
- Developing our own talent, attracting international talent, and keeping it all here in Canada
You told us we can do better in harnessing emerging tech that would create industries and jobs that never existed before as well as reinvigorate existing ones.
- Encouraging breakthroughs in science and tech that will enhance the well-being of all Canadians
- Creating and supporting globally competitive innovation networks and clusters that will benefit Canada and the middle class
- Taking more risks and sponsoring "moon shots" to keep Canada at the forefront of advancing science and tech
You told us we can do better in encouraging more Canadians to start and grow companies that are competitive in the global economy.
- Improving access to capital that will allow Canadian companies to grow and scale up
- Leveraging the Government of Canada's buying power to support innovative companies
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The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining and creating good middle-class jobs, growth and long-term prosperity by keeping Canada's automotive manufacturing sector globally competitive and innovative.
By increasing access to high-speed Internet, the Connect to Innovate program enhances our rural and remote communities' ability to innovate, participate in the digital economy and create jobs for middle-class families. This investment will improve the daily lives of Canadians.
Low growth does not have to be Canada's fate. We can seize the future and position Canada to outperform the rest of the world. An innovation economy that creates good-paying jobs for the middle class is within our grasp.
Government cannot act alone if Canadians expect to see meaningful results. That's why we are inviting Canadians to offer their solutions on how to foster a culture of innovation. By making innovation a national priority, we ensure that Canada's middle class continues to thrive, with good-paying jobs for a highly skilled and educated workforce.
Our government must ensure its support for fundamental research is coherent, effective and agile enough to keep pace with the dynamic nature of contemporary science. I encourage all Canadians to participate in this review by submitting their thoughts to this esteemed panel. Science, after all, is everybody's business.
Canada's post-secondary institutions are front-line agents in fostering science and research excellence. They help to train the workforce of tomorrow and create knowledge and insights necessary for the private sector and policy makers to build a thriving, clean economy
Ready to innovate? We can help.
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