Hashtag Trending – Government to invest in 5G; Sidewalk Toronto holds first public roundtable; Tesla’s moment of reckoning?

The federal, Ontario, and Quebec governments are scheduled to announce a major investment in 5G technology. Google affiliate Sidewalk Toronto is holding its first public roundtable on the smart neighbourhood it’s building on

Published on: March 19th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Belgium’s state visit to Ottawa brings tech delegates along with royals

Belgium may still be a year away from ratifying the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but that didn't stop technology entrepreneurs that are part of a royal delegation from making stronger ties

Published on: March 14th, 2018 Brian Jackson

2018 federal budget stifles tech industry growth, CATA says

The federal government's 2018 budget takes some admirable steps toward securing Canada from cyber criminals, but is otherwise a fiscally irresponsible, red-tape happy document that will stifle, rather than encourage, growth in the

Published on: March 2nd, 2018 ITBusiness Staff

Q&A: Smart Cities Challenge director on building a better application

If you’re interested in submitting, supporting, or contributing to an application for the Smart Cities Challenge, you’ll want to read this. As Director General of the Smart Cities Challenge team at Infrastructure Canada,

Published on: February 22nd, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

What is needed to sustain momentum and success in Canada’s innovation superclusters?

By Andrea McPhail Last Thursday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains introduced the five winners of the federal government's Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI), officially bestowing five of Canada's fastest-growing sectors

Published on: February 20th, 2018 ITBusiness Staff

Ottawa’s $100M procurement program ‘great,’ but only a first step – analyst

A new program that will see the federal government spend $100 million to procure technology from Canadian startups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is an excellent boost for Canada's technology sector, but

Published on: December 19th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

CATA urges feds to reconsider tax changes to passive income, saying it benefits tech SMBs

Despite the outsize reputation of companies such as BlackBerry Ltd. and Shopify Inc., the majority of Canada's technology sector consists of startups and small and medium-sized enterprises, with a few large companies thrown

Published on: November 1st, 2017 IT Business Staff

PM Trudeau pitches Canadian cities for second Amazon HQ, dissenting voices speak up

Amazon announced its intentions to build a second headquarters location just a few weeks ago, and the sweepstakes are heating up as the deadline to submit bids ends at midnight on Oct. 19.

Published on: October 19th, 2017 Mandy Kovacs

Supercluster bids react after learning about success or failure

The Canadian government’s supercluster initiative shortlist has been revealed, and the reactions have been positive, both from those with successful bids and from those who were unsuccessful. For the nine consortiums that made

Published on: October 18th, 2017 Mandy Kovacs

Looking for new markets? Consider China, Jack Ma and Justin Trudeau tell businesses

TORONTO – Canadian businesses – small, medium, and enterprise alike – looking for new markets should consider the 300 million middle class Chinese eager to purchase high-quality products from the Great White North.

Published on: October 2nd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

CATA wants the Liberals to ‘press the reset button’ to improve Canadian business growth

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) thinks Canada's federal government needs to seriously reconsider its economic agenda, and isn't afraid to say so. On Thursday the organization, which lobbies Canada's governments to enact

Published on: September 29th, 2017 ITBusiness Staff

Are SR&ED tax changes another punch in the teeth for Canada’s tech sector?

Canadian governments are fond of making grand pronouncements that "technology innovation and the jobs it brings are key to future economic prosperity," yet conversely their actions are punishing small tech companies. How can

Published on: August 29th, 2017 Jim Love

The government wants CATA’s advice on how to improve SR&ED funding

That didn't take long. Less than a week after the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) officially released a report breaking down how the federal government - both Liberal and Conservative - reduced innovation

Published on: July 31st, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

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