Building an Inclusive and Innovative Canada

Building an Inclusive and Innovative Canada

June 14, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canada is at its most prosperous when all Canadians have a fair chance at success. That is why Canada must focus on innovation to deliver real change for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today put forward a vision to build Canada as a global centre of innovation—one that focuses on strengthening the middle class by creating jobs, driving growth across all industries and improving the lives of all Canadians.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, supported Minister Bains' vision to make innovation a national priority. All three ministers will lead specific activities as part of a government-wide approach aimed at building an inclusive and innovative Canada.

To achieve this vision, the Government of Canada will focus on six areas for action:

  • promoting an entrepreneurial and creative society
  • supporting global science excellence
  • building world-leading clusters and partnerships
  • growing companies and accelerating clean growth
  • competing in a digital world
  • improving ease of doing business

These six action areas, which form the Government of Canada's Innovation Agenda, will be the focus of a summer-long period of public engagement that will result in an action plan. Central to this plan will be a call to action to all sectors of society. Clear outcomes and targets will be used to measure progress toward the vision of positioning Canada as a global leader in skilled talent as well as the development of new products, services, business models and markets across all industries.

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