Winners and losers: Liberal government’s picks for $950 million in supercluster funding

Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) Navdeep Bains announced the winners of the $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative on Thursday morning. There were nine consortia of businesses, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations

Published on: February 15th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Government grants – are they right for you?

Many people are surprised to learn that Canada gives out more grants to businesses, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in particular, than most other countries. When we compare grant funding for businesses in

Published on: February 12th, 2018 Brian Cookson

Salesforce investing $2 billion into Canadian business

Ahead of a meeting between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff in California, the company has made a major announcement about the future of its Canadian business. Salesforce, a

Published on: February 8th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

Government of Canada unveils move to public cloud

The time has finally come for the Canadian federal government to move to the cloud. In an announcement on Feb. 7, Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and minister responsible for

Published on: February 7th, 2018 Mandy Kovacs

Vancouver and Surrey join forces for Smart Cities Challenge

The City of Vancouver and its neighbour Surrey are collaborating on a joint application for Infrastructure Canada's Smart Cities Challenge. Like the City of Toronto, both municipalities are seeking input from residents, entrepreneurs,

Published on: February 7th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

Ontario PC Party adds ransomware to list of troubles

Following a tumultuous week that saw both its leader and its president resign in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party may now face a cyber security crisis.

Published on: January 30th, 2018 Brian Jackson

Why Amazon HQ2 would be bad for Toronto

One of the shiniest gems dangled by Amazon’s HQ2 is the prospect of bringing 50,000 new well-paying, knowledge-sector jobs along with it. Critics of the idea of setting up Amazon’s new headquarters in

Published on: January 22nd, 2018 Brian Jackson

Why Amazon HQ would be good for Toronto

In addition to 50,000 new well-paying, knowledge-sector jobs, a new Amazon headquarters in Toronto would bolster local talent and encourage other companies to follow suit, proponents of the project suggest. But Amazon HQ2

Published on: January 22nd, 2018 Alex Coop

Amazon reveals shortlist for HQ2 – and it includes Toronto

It looks like Toronto's collaborative, incentive-free strategy for courting Amazon.com Inc. paid off. The Seattle-based tech giant, which announced that it would be soliciting bids for a second headquarters to equal its home

Published on: January 18th, 2018 Eric Emin Wood

SMBs can rely on IRAP funding, contrary to Brian Cookson’s recent blog, NRC exec says

By Andrew McNaughton The following was sent to IT World Canada editorial director Brian Jackson as a letter to the editor. I would like to clarify a number of statements that were made

Published on: January 16th, 2018 ITBusiness Staff

A look at SR&ED in 2018 and beyond

Some background and context The SR&ED tax credit program has been in existence since 1985. The Budget Papers published in 1985 stated that the purpose of the program was to keep Canadian businesses

Published on: January 4th, 2018 Brian Cookson

City of Brampton’s innovation lead on building a ‘world renowned’ tech ecosystem

The city of Brampton is dedicated to making innovation and technology central to its economy – and has the municipal government department to prove it. Since August 2017, the city’s innovation and tech

Published on: December 11th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Google’s Eric Schmidt is really impressed by Canada’s innovative ecosystem

TORONTO - World leaders do not intimidate Eric Schmidt. As Google's CEO between 2001 and 2011 and executive chair of its parent company, Alphabet Inc., since its creation in 2015, Schmidt has been

Published on: November 3rd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood