Startup visa pilot program to become permanent, federal government reveals

A four-year-old pilot program aimed at helping immigrants launch startups in Canada is becoming permanent, the federal government announced Friday. During a conference held at the Ryerson DMZ, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees

Published on: July 28th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Government essentially cutting billions from innovation funding, CATA says

For years, Russ Roberts has argued that despite its much-vaunted "innovation agenda," Canada's federal government has functionally reduced innovation spending by billions of dollars by reducing Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax

Published on: July 27th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Ottawa announces $1.2 billion Strategic Innovation Fund

Ottawa is launching a new $1.26 billion Strategic Innovation Fund that's available across all sectors, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains announced today in Hamilton, Ont. https://twitter.com/NavdeepSBains/status/882637052227014658 The fund is intended

Published on: July 5th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Silicon Valley North: How Canada plans to become a leader in AI

In this pilot episode of ITWC podcast Silicon Valley North, associate editor Eric Emin Wood discusses a few of Canada's efforts to become a leader in the artificial intelligence (AI) space. Give it

Published on: June 19th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

New Toronto AI research centre to get financing from all levels of government, private sector

Toronto’s push to become a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) is finding support from all levels of government, academia and private businesses. The University of Toronto’s newly unveiled Vector Institute for Artificial

Published on: March 31st, 2017 Mandy Kovacs

Why eBay’s leading the charge to increase Canada’s de minimis threshold

Note: Updated on Feb. 22 to incorporate comments from the Retail Council of Canada. Few business expenses annoy Sudbury, Ont.-based eBay store owner Christine Deslauriers more than the import fees she's forced to

Published on: February 21st, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Spur more startups in schools, Minister Bains told on innovation tour stop

Just days before students head back to class, Navdeep Bains sat down Wednesday for a lesson on how many Canadian schools are failing to foster innovation. The new federal minister of innovation, science,

Published on: September 1st, 2016 Christine Wong

Privacy Commissioner’s office weighs in on proposed data breach regulations

Canadian businesses that fall victim to data breaches will soon be required to notify users that their personal data has been compromised, if Canada's privacy commissioner has his way. The commissioner's office recently

Published on: July 23rd, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Modernizing Canada’s web presence gets underway as Service Canada partners with Adobe

If you ask most people about their experience navigating government services, it's rare to hear words like "easy," "consistent," or "accountable," but that's exactly what Service Canada hopes to achieve with the new

Published on: June 29th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Canada’s innovation strategy must play to its strengths and embrace diversity

The federal government has done its diagnostic on the state of Canada’s economy and now it’s beginning the investments it believes will spark innovation going forward. That’s the message Minister of Finance Bill

Published on: June 10th, 2016 Gary Hilson

Justin Trudeau helps open Google Canada’s new R&D headquarters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stepped into Google Canada's new Kitchener, Ont.-based office for a morning of playing with 3D printers, leading students on a virtual reality tour of Parliament Hill, playing video games,

Published on: January 14th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Canada’s new trade minister wants to be your CMO and here’s what she’s offering

Newly elected Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland told a group of small businesses gathered in Waterloo yesterday "I am your chief marketing officer," according to a report on Communitech's website. So what does

Published on: January 6th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Federal government uses CODE2015 to boost open data’s profile in Canada

The federal government kicked off its promotion of an open data hackathon in Toronto on Wednesday night, encouraging people to use publicly available data provided by government departments to build new apps. Now

Published on: January 15th, 2015 Candice So

Tony Clement reinforces promise of funding for startups in upcoming budget

Funding promised for Canadian accelerators and incubators isn't at risk despite dropping oil prices making a surplus in the next federal budget less likely, says Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board for the

Published on: January 15th, 2015 Candice So