Where is Ontario’s mobile action plan?

Ontario needs a five-year action plan to become a leading mobile jurisdiction.

According to a report from IT World Canada, that’s the demand the Ontario College of Arts and Design (OCAD), a university with a heavily digital-focused curriculum, is making of the provincial government. In a new report, OCAD U notes that Ontario is home to over 700 mobile companies and, with a government-led strategy to harness that critical mass, Ontario’s economy could reap significant benefits.

“The quality of life and economic well-being of Ontarians can be radically transformed in the next decade with the possibilities that mobile technologies, networks and applications offer,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president of OCAD U and co-principal investigator, said in a statement.

OCAD U wants a five year plan to make Ontario a mobility powerhouse.

Among the asks from OCAD U are creating an Ontario Centre of Excellence for mobility, supporting mobile learning projects, and considering expanding the mandate of the ORION research network beyond just researchers and education institutions.

Source | Taking Ontario Mobile (PDF)

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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