Federal budget has ‘good solid items’ for small businesses, startups

With the federal budget for 2014 now in play, Canadian small businesses and startups are cautiously optimistic towards what Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has promised for the fiscal year to come. Releasing the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 12th, 2014 Candice So

VCs and accelerators get some love from Budget 2013

In a federal budget characterized by a minimum of new spending and investment, the small business and startup communities of Canada did receive some attention from finance minister Jim Flaherty on Thursday. Research,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 21st, 2013 Jeff Jedras

Industry Canada encourages private R&D investment in small firms

The federal government has updated the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) policy to encourage firms receiving major government defence and security contracts to in turns partner with small businesses, it announced yesterday. The

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 21st, 2013 Brian Jackson

PayPal welcomes penny’s demise

Digital payment company PayPal is not crying ouch over the news of the Canadian penny getting pinched.“We think getting rid of the penny is good news for Canadian business,” said Nicky Mezo, head

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 30th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Small businesses spared in federal budget cuts: analysts

Analysis of the Conservative government's federal budget delivered yesterday afternoon in the House of Commons continues to pour in from financial experts.Consultant firm KPMG says the budget is focused on innovation, something that

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 30th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Federal budget diverts research funding to commercial innovation

The Conservative government has earmarked a sizeable amount of money in the federal budget for new technology research and development but is also shifting its focus to commercialization of existing tech companies.The move

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 29th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Over $400M for early stage funding in federal budget

Ottawa is earmarking $400 million dollars in this year's federal budget specifically to boost startups and also spending $67 million to shift the National Research Council's focus to more business-led innovation.In the budget

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 29th, 2012 Christine Wong

Small biz hope federal budget doesn’t harm R&D funding, hiring credits

In a few hours the Conservative government is set to release its federal budget for this year. Massive cuts are already expected but technology startups and small businesses are hoping that programs they

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 29th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Small biz seeks SRED improvements in federal budget

Streamlined research and development tax credit paperwork and centralized government IT procurement programs were at the top of the wish list of a business and technology organization yesterday as its members awaited the

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 26th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Deja vu: Federal budget seeks to cut red tape for small business

Small businesses will get some help cutting through red tape via government-funded Web tools, but will have to say goodbye to the recession-era 100 per cent capital cost allowances on IT investments, as

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 6th, 2011 Brian Jackson

Budget ‘removes obstacles’ to foreign investment in Canadian tech firms

Reactions to the 2010 federal budget announced yesterday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty were wide and varied in Canada's business and IT community.While some praised the budget for removing obstacles to foreign investment

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 5th, 2010 Joaquim P. Menezes and Brian Jackson

Experts disagree on budget’s ability to stimulate tech innovation, job growth in Canada

See related story: Federal budget falls short of tech industry hopesSignificant funds allocated to Canada's science and technology infrastructure in the 2009 budget could stimulate future job growth and innovation in the high-tech

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 29th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Federal budget betrays hands off approach to Canada’s IT sector

There isn't much in the recent Federal budget that Canadian IT professionals and companies can feel really excited about. In part, this is due to finance minister Jim Flaherty's decision to put $10

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 3rd, 2008 Brian Jackson

Canadian tech industry seeks bailout package in Federal budget

Despite indications of a bare bones budget release today, technology industry insiders are hoping the Canadian government will provide a bailout package for companies hit by the near-crisis caused by a high flying

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 26th, 2008 Nestor Arellano