CanCode funding Code Mobiles to give young Canadians digital skills needed for jobs of the future

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The mobile truck fleet will travel across Canada teaching more than 140,000 young Canadians and their teachers how to code

April 27, 2018, Mississauga, Ontario

Coding and digital skills are essential tools for the well-paying middle class jobs of today and tomorrow. That’s why the Government of Canada has made a historic investment to help more than one million young Canadians and their teachers learn digital skills like coding.

During a visit to Whitehorn Public School in Mississauga today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, joined by Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Learning Code, celebrated the launch of a cross-country tour by Canada Learning Code’s Code Mobile fleet.

The Code Mobile is a computer lab on wheels and is equipped with laptops, robotics kits and invention kits. Thanks to support through the Government of Canada’s $50-million CanCode program, Code Mobile was able to expand its fleet from one to 13 vehicles and will teach over 140,000 Canadian students from kindergarten to grade 12 and their teachers coding and computational thinking.

The Code Mobile is one of many funded CanCode initiatives now rolling out across Canada.

CanCode is one of the many digital skills programs offered by the Government of Canada to help Canadians access digital technology and the training to use it. It aligns with the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs and ensure Canadians have the skills to succeed.



“Launching the Code Mobile fleet is literally putting innovation into motion! Our government is committed to investing in our number one asset: our talent. We want young Canadians to succeed, so we are helping equip them with the right skills for the middle-class jobs of the future.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“We’re hitting the road in a big way. Thanks to the investment from the CanCode program, we’re launching a fleet of 13 Code Mobiles with one bold mission: to introduce more than 140,000 youth and educators across Canada to the power of tech. Book your visit at today!”
– Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Learning Code

Quick facts

  • CanCode will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017–18, to provide almost one million young Canadians, from kindergarten to Grade 12, with opportunities to develop their coding and digital skills.
  • The program aims to encourage more girls, Indigenous Canadians and other under-represented groups to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • It will also equip more than 63,000 teachers across the country with training and tools to teach digital skills and coding.
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Government of Canada launches Intellectual Property Strategy

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Canada’s Intellectual Property Strategy will boost middle-class jobs and help our innovators compete on the global stage

April 26, 2018, Ottawa ON

Intellectual property is a key component of an innovation economy. It helps Canadian innovators reach commercial success, further discovery and create middle-class jobs by protecting their ideas and ensuring they reap the full rewards of their inventions and creations.

That is why the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, launched Canada’s Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy today at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards in Ottawa.

Canada’s IP Strategy will help Canadian entrepreneurs better understand and protect intellectual property and also get better access to shared intellectual property. Canada is a leader in research, science, creation and invention, but it can do more when it comes to commercializing innovations.

The IP Strategy will help give businesses the information and confidence they need to grow their business and take risks.

The IP Strategy will make changes in three key areas:


  • The IP Strategy will amend key IP laws to ensure that we remove barriers to innovation, particularly any loopholes that allow those seeking to use IP in bad faith to stall innovation for their own gain.
  • The IP Strategy will create an independent body to oversee patent and trademark agents, which will ensure that professional and ethical standards are maintained, and will support the provision of quality advice from IP professionals.


  • As part of the IP Strategy, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will launch a suite of programs to help improve IP literacy among Canadians.
  • The IP Strategy includes support for domestic and international engagement between Indigenous people and decision makers as well as for research activities and capacity building.
  • The IP Strategy will also support training for federal employees who deal with IP governance.


  • The IP Strategy will provide tools to support Canadian businesses as they learn about IP and pursue their own IP strategies.
  • The government is creating a patent collective to bring together businesses to facilitate better IP outcomes for members. The patent collective is the coming together of firms to share in IP expertise and strategy, including gaining access to a larger collection of patents and IP.

Taken together, these measures, along with the Innovation and Skills Plan, will help Canadian innovators maximize the value of their creations and enhance further innovation from coast to coast to coast.



“We know IP is a critical ingredient in helping Canadian businesses reach commercial success. Canada’s IP Strategy will make sure Canadians know the value of their intellectual property and how to leverage it to innovate, increase profits and create middle-class jobs.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Minister Bains has been a tireless champion of innovative Canadian companies, and I’m delighted that, under his leadership, ISED put in place this most significant pillar for an innovation strategy. Raising sophisticated domestic capacity in IP ensures Canada will improve the commercialization of our ideas globally.”
– Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO of Research in Motion and Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators

“Minister Bains has followed through on Budget 2017’s commitment to implement practical and important reforms to the Canadian IP system. The IP Strategy will strengthen the position of Canadian innovators to develop made-in-Canada technology and marketing strategies. The investment made in the federal government’s IP Strategy in IP education and standard setting, as well as the revision of Canadian IP laws to create a level and competitive playing field for Canadian firms, delivers on the federal government’s promises to advance innovation in Canada for the benefit of Canadian firms, employees and consumers. The Pilot Patent Collective offers an innovative response to the need to keep patents available to Canadian firms. The pilot is carefully designed, is open to all and allows the market to determine what is valuable. The fact that this is a pilot will allow the community to evaluate results and, if proven successful, to expand on it in future years. I am delighted to see that the federal government is providing support to Indigenous communities to help shape Canadian and international rules around not only the protection of their culture and genetic resources, but in increasing their involvement in the innovation economy in a way that is respectful and protective of their values and culture.”
– Dr. Richard Gold, Professor of Law, McGill University

Quick facts

  • Small and medium-sized businesses that hold formal IP are:
    • three times more likely to engage in product innovation than those without IP,
    • two times more likely to engage in other types of innovation,
    • four times more likely to export, and
    • 64 percent more likely to be high growth.
  • IP-intensive businesses pay 16 percent more, on average, than businesses with little or no IP.
  • Businesses using IP in patent-intensive industries have about 8 to 10 times more revenues than those not using IP.
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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.
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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.
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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.”

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