The new Canada Innovation and Investment Agency faces daunting challenges and will need political autonomy, be free to take risks in picking companies and sectors for funding, and have strong private sector support to succeed in increasing business R&D investment and innovation, say innovation and policy experts.
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The Liberals latest federal Budget takes aim at Canada’s perennial innovation problem with billions in new funding, including a new $15-billion Canada Growth Fund.
Canada needs to reimagine its science advisory apparatus to take a more strategic, ecosystem approach, say Paul Dufour, Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and Jeff Kinder, Executive Director, Science and Innovation, at the Institute on Governance, in an op-ed.
The first Speech from the Throne delivered by Governor General Mary Simon included just a single mention of innovation and made zero references to science or research and development, leaving STI tea-readers bereft.
Canada’s 44th Parliament will have a Standing Committee on Science and Research as a result of a motion spearheaded in the House of Commons by Deputy House Leader and former science minister Kirsty Duncan. It passed with unanimous support last Wednesday.
The Liberal government’s elimination of the Minister of Science from its new Cabinet has set off intense speculation over how — or whether — the party’s public commitments on science, research and innovation will continue into a second term.
The Liberal government is being encouraged to complete its overhaul of Canada’s science advisory ecosystem, to ensure that the country captures more of the economic and societal benefits of S&T, according to a new position paper by the Royal Society of Canada.
This article is part of our Fast Policy Facts online series By Paul Dufour December 12, 2018 With the news that the Trudeau administration is apparently terminating the former Mulroney administration’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Programme and replacing it with a new scheme, a 30-year-old experiment has come to a close. No rationale or…
Shortly after naming a new Cabinet lacking a science or innovation minster, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative premier Doug Ford has reportedly fired the province’s first chief scientist, Dr Molly Shoichet.
Last month, Québec tabled its 2018 budget, which includes more than $1 billion for research, innovation and economic growth, reflecting several recommendations made by the Advisory Council on the Economy and Innovation.