Conservatives’ election year budget gets lukewarm reception from industry observers and critics

In an election year, the Conservative government delivered a federal budget with the first surplus Canada has seen since the recession while finding some new money to invest in high-tech research and innovation. Finance

Published on: April 21st, 2015 Brian Jackson

Federal budget puts $3M towards Open Data Institute

With $3 million in funding and the blessing of the federal government, a mix of public, private, and academic organizations will be creating an Open Data Institute in Waterloo, Ont. During Tuesday’s budget

Published on: February 12th, 2014 Candice So

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on: January 29th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod