Archived — 2014–15 Report on Plans and Priorities

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Minister's Message

Photo of the Honourable James Moore Canada is poised to enjoy continued economic stability in 2014–15, with a focus on balanced budgets. The country's strong consumer-driven marketplace, world-class research hubs, educated and productive workforce, strong financial institutions, and transparent and predictable regulatory environment are just a few of its many competitive advantages.

As Minister of Industry, I am pleased that the Industry Portfolio is building on these strengths by encouraging innovation, modernizing Canada's marketplace policies, and effectively managing programs and services.

In further developing the federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, the Industry Portfolio aims to strengthen the private sector's participation in Canadian science and technology, knowledge and innovation. This year, small and medium-sized enterprises will also be better served by improved access to information, programs and services offered by Industry Canada, the portfolio partners and the Government of Canada.

As the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario enters its second mandate, it remains committed to improving the economic climate for innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration. The recently launched Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives, Advanced Manufacturing Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Program, coupled with the Agency's role as a convenor, highlight the government's continued support in the region for the areas of technological innovation, business development and community economic development.

In support of the government's efforts to return to fiscal balance, the Industry Portfolio will continue to ensure financial and human resources are managed responsibly and efficiently.

This year's Report on Plans and Priorities defines our approach to supporting a competitive marketplace; facilitating advancements in science, technology and innovation, and their resulting economic and social benefits; and driving the competitiveness of Canadian businesses and communities. On behalf of the Industry Portfolio, I am confident we will meet our objectives and fulfill the promise of another successful year.

The Honourable James Moore
Minister of Industry

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