Government of Canada protects personal information of Canadians

April 18, 2018, Ottawa, ON

The Government of Canada believes that Canada must balance technological innovation and a strong economy with Canadians’ peace of mind knowing that their data is safe and their privacy is respected.

Today, the Government of Canada published new requirements to ensure the personal information of Canadians held by a private entity is protected and secure. The regulations, to come into force on November 1, 2018, will be implemented under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act(PIPEDA), Canada’s private-sector privacy law. The Act applies to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information in the course of a commercial activity.

The regulations detail how businesses will alert Canadians if their personal information is lost or stolen as a result of a data security breach and how they can protect themselves and their information. The regulations also outline the financial penalties a company must pay if it fails to report.


“Our government is committed to making sure that Canadians’ personal information is protected and secure.  While digitization has empowered critical innovation, it has also presented us with new and uncharted opportunities and challenges. The new regulations will make companies more accountable and empower Canadian consumers.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • PIPEDA was amended in 2015 to add new requirements for mandatory data breach reporting. These provisions will be brought into force on November 1, 2018, with the accompanying regulations published today.
  • The statutory requirements under the Act encourage organizations to implement better information security practices and ensure that consumers are notified of breaches that may pose a risk of significant harm.
  • The new regulations provide further details on how organizations must comply with the mandatory reporting obligations by:
    • specifying the minimum requirements for providing a data breach report to the Privacy Commissioner;
    • specifying the minimum requirements for notifying affected individuals of a data breach; and
    • confirming the scope and retention period for data breach recordkeeping.
... read more
Navdeep BainsGovernment of Canada protects personal information of Canadians

New Canadian partnership in next-generation wireless technology

Industry-led partnership with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec to develop 5G-enabled technologies

March 19, 2018 – Ottawa ON

Imagine a world where you start off the day right because your refrigerator has tracked how much food you have and ordered replacement items for you. Your commute is safer and more productive because you are in a self-driving car. You can easily navigate traffic in a smart city, tolls are automatically collected and it’s easier to find a good parking spot.

As demand for all things connected increases, our wireless technology infrastructure needs to keep pace. That’s why we are about to see a shift from fourth-generation to fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology—a leap that will unlock massive innovation potential and create thousands of well-paying jobs across Canada.

The Government of Canada, along with the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, today announced the first public-private partnership aimed at increasing economic growth driven by 5G technology. This $400-million project will secure over 4,000 good middle-class jobs, including 1,800 specialized 5G jobs, over the next five years, leading to new innovations in wireless telecommunications. In addition, the project is expected to create jobs at SMEs across Ontario and Quebec.

The ENCQOR project will be led by five global digital technology heavyweights (Ericsson, Ciena Canada, Thales Canada, IBM Canada and CGI).

The governments, small and medium-sized businesses, and academics will collaborate on 5G technology development through linked research facilities and laboratories located in Ontario and Quebec. This network will provide access to advanced technologies such as programmable broadband networks, the Internet of Things, silicon photonics, big-data analysis and cloud computing.

5G has download speeds up to 100 times faster than current 4G technology. ENCQOR will provide Canadians with the ability to innovate by testing their products and services on 5G equipment. The capabilities developed through ENCQOR will enable businesses to compete in the global marketplace. An estimated 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses will be able to plug into the 5G platform to access the research and technology that will help them innovate and create jobs.



“Technology is changing the way we live, work and engage with one another, and we are in a global innovation race. To prepare for the future, we must be bold, visionary and decisive. That’s why our government is investing in 5G technology. This investment in next-generation wireless technology will help make Canada a global innovation leader and secure 4,000 jobs.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“This exciting 5G initiative will help our businesses here in Ontario—and across Canada—capitalize on the vast potential of high-speed communications technology to expand their horizons, accelerate their innovation, and transform the way we all live and do business.”

– The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

“The Government of Quebec is proud to contribute to the success of the ENCQOR project, which will create an important synergy between businesses—particularly businesses in the information and communications technologies sector—and the research and innovation community. We are banking on such collaborations, like those also made possible by the Quebec Digital Strategy and the 2017–2022 Quebec Research and Innovation Strategy, to make Quebec a leader in innovation and the development of cutting-edge digital technologies. Boldness, creativity and an innovative spirit are the hallmarks of Quebec, and it will now have a strong presence in the new reality brought on by 5G.”

– Dominique Anglade, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy

Quick facts

  • Mobile data traffic is expected to increase seven-fold between 2016 and 2021, and 5G will enable widespread adoption of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and smart applications based on the Internet of Things.
  • The information and communications technologies (ICT) sector is an important part of Canada’s economy, contributing $76 billion to the GDP in 2017.
  • Ericsson, Ciena Canada, Thales Canada, IBM Canada and CGI employ about 40,000 Canadians and spend more than $1 billion annually on R&D in Canada.
  • ENCQOR stands for Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation.
  • The governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec will each contribute $66.7 million to ENCQOR for a combined investment of $200 million. This will be matched dollar for dollar by the private sector, for a total of $400 million.
  • ENCQOR is one of the first projects to be funded under the Government of Canada’s $1.26-billion Strategic Innovation Fund.
... read more
Navdeep BainsNew Canadian partnership in next-generation wireless technology

Statement by the Prime Minister on International Women’s Day

Ottawa, Ontario
March 8, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on International Women’s Day:

“Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women everywhere and reaffirm our collective commitment to gender equality.

“This year’s theme, #MyFeminism, reminds us that everyone has the power to lead and carry us closer to gender equality. It also recognizes feminists, from early suffragettes to activists today, who have paved the way towards justice and equality, and worked tirelessly to advance the rights of women and people with diverse gender identities. Their vision and determination have brought us a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

“Around the world and here in Canada, women continue to face barriers to achieving their full potential – from discrimination, to harassment and gender-based violence, to a lack of opportunity, freedom, and support. Not all women experience the same challenges, and certain women and girls, including Indigenous women and others whose identities are historically marginalized, face particular and disproportionate obstacles.

“None of us can move forward if half of us are held back. That is why this year, the Government of Canada released a historic federal budget that, for the first time in Canadian history, puts gender equality at its core. Budget 2018 has gone through a full gender-based analysis plus. This approach factors in the lived experience of women – half of our population and workforce – and looks closely at how different groups of women, men, and gender-diverse people may experience decisions and policies.

“Budget 2018 will make a concrete difference in the lives of women of all backgrounds, in communities across Canada. It lays the groundwork to close the gender wage gap, and promotes equality by helping more parents take parental leave. It includes investments to support women entrepreneurs and women-owned business, help women enter and succeed in the trades, and end gender-based violence, including on university campuses.

“Beyond our borders, Budget 2018 provides for major new investments – $2 billion over five years – to strengthen the impact of the Feminist International Assistance Policy, which puts the empowerment of women and girls at the centre of all our international assistance. Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment is also one of the five key themes of Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency. To that end, we announced yesterday the members of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, chaired by Isabelle Hudon, Canada’s Ambassador to France, and Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This new council will recommend concrete actions on gender equality and women’s empowerment across all areas of the G7’s work.

“Every single one of us – no matter our gender identity – has a role to play in achieving gender equality. On International Women’s Day, and every day, let us celebrate women’s contributions, stand up for women’s rights, and listen to women’s voices. Together, we can build a world where women and girls no longer face high walls and glass ceilings, and are free to realize their full potential.”

... read more
Navdeep BainsStatement by the Prime Minister on International Women’s Day

Budget 2018: Equality and Growth for the Middle Class in Waterloo

February 28, 2018 – Waterloo, Ontario

The Government of Canada is building on its successful long-term plan that focuses on people and on the things that matter most to Canadians.

Providing all Canadians with opportunities to participate fully in the economy is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do, and it will lead to stronger growth for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

Now is the right time to build an economy that truly reflects the diversity of our country, where all Canadians can contribute to—and share in—Canada’s prosperity.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was in Waterloo to highlight Budget 2018, Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class, the Government’s people-centred plan to strengthen the middle class and support economic growth.

Minister Bains spoke to students at Wilfrid Laurier University and discussed how the Government is making new investments through Budget 2018 that ensure every Canadian has an equal chance at success.

Through Budget 2018, the Government will:

  • make significant progress toward equality by supporting equal parenting, addressing the gender wage gap, taking action against gender-based violence and introducing a new Women Entrepreneurship Strategy;
  • put more money in the pockets of those who need it the most by improving access to the Canada Child Benefit and introducing the new Canada Workers Benefit (a strengthened version of the Working Income Tax Benefit);
  • support science and innovation by renewing the Government’s commitment to the next generation of research and researchers, providing record investments for researchers and equipment, and reforming business innovation programs to make it easier for Canadian businesses to get the information and support they need to succeed at home and abroad; and
  • advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples by investing to close the gap between the living conditions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, ensuring First Nations children are safe within their communities, and supporting the recognition of rights and self determination.

By building on the Government’s plans to invest in the middle class, Budget 2018 takes additional significant steps to ensure everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in the Canadian economy, leading to economic growth that works for all.



“It’s time to build an economy that truly reflects the values we share as Canadians. Together, we can create an economy that works for all of us and a country where differences are recognized not as a barrier to success but as a source of strength, and where we all have the same opportunity to succeed.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

... read more
Navdeep BainsBudget 2018: Equality and Growth for the Middle Class in Waterloo

Helping women entrepreneurial leaders establish a business presence in India

February 20, 2018 – Mumbai, India

It can be challenging for start-up companies to establish contacts in new markets and understand how best to operate in other countries. That’s why we are committed to creating opportunities to help start-up companies expand beyond Canada’s borders.

Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Government of India, up to 100 companies—50 from Canada and 50 from India—will benefit from a two-year pilot project that will promote women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in both countries.

During a visit to the Ryerson Futures facility at the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced a $500,000 contribution from the Government of Canada for this two-year pilot project.

Ten women-led software start-ups from Canada and 10 from India will be selected each year to participate in the Zone Startups India program, a partnership between Ryerson Futures Inc. and the Bombay Stock Exchange. The program aims to help them overcome globalization challenges and establish relationships in the Canadian and Indian marketplaces.

In total, 20 Canadian start-ups will be selected to go to Mumbai over the course of the two-year project, while 20 Indian start-ups will be selected to come to Toronto. The women leading these start-ups will benefit from access to mentors and advisors, invitations to local start-up events and meetings with Indian and Canadian government officials to learn about the process of setting up and running a business in their host country.

Each year, Zone Startups will also offer intensive two-day seminars in both Toronto and Mumbai for 30 additional firms that are interested in collaboration between the two countries. This will benefit an additional 60 firms in both countries over two years.

“Innovation is about finding solutions, and great ideas can come from anywhere and anyone. We cannot ignore half of our world’s population as we strive to find solutions to the problems of today and create the jobs of tomorrow. Canadian companies are increasingly exploring India as a destination for investment, and we are proud to participate in a partnership that will help even more start-ups expand beyond Canada’s borders.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Women entrepreneurs and business owners represent a significant source of untapped talent and potential for greater economic growth and new jobs in Canada and abroad. Unlocking this potential is a priority of our government. That is why we are supporting this program and helping women start and grow businesses by improving access to financing and promoting women in international trade.”
– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Quick Facts
Established in 2013, Ryerson Futures Inc. is a start-up accelerator currently operating multiple programs in Canada and India. It helps developing software companies validate their market and identify potential customers and sources of funds.

The Government of Canada’s contribution represents half of the cost of the pilot project. The remainder will come from the Government of India.

... read more
Navdeep BainsHelping women entrepreneurial leaders establish a business presence in India