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Canada signs Joint Statement on Science, Technology and Innovation with Switzerland

January 25, 2018 – Davos, Switzerland

Canada and Switzerland signed an agreement today on science and innovation that would promote growth and middle-class jobs.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, along with Swiss Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, signed the Joint Statement on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) strengthening collaboration between the two countries.

The joint statement promotes collaboration between Canadian and Swiss institutions in relation to science, technology, innovation research and education. While Canadian-Swiss relations are strong and diversified, there is an opportunity to deepen collaboration in the areas of sustainability and the Arctic, as well as in life sciences, clean tech and advanced manufacturing—areas that Canada has identified as key sectors for growth.

The signing took place at the World Economic Forum following a round table between officials of the two countries.

 

Quotes

“This new agreement gives us the opportunity to deepen an already strong relationship as two innovation nations. With Canada’s strong performance on jobs and growth, and Switzerland’s leadership on innovation and stimulating business research and development, we each have a great deal to offer the other. As a result of this new agreement, Canadian and Swiss companies will also have greater opportunities to collaborate and innovate by having access to leading technologies and scientific advances.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Strengthening bilateral cooperation with Switzerland ‎reinforces the ability of our scientists, engineers, technicians and those employed across the entire innovation ecosystem to work together. By enhancing cooperation with the Swiss, Canadians will profit on existing collaborations in clean tech, renewable energy, information and communication technologies, Arctic research, and advanced manufacturing. Collaboration in science is the foundation of discovery and the key to creating more jobs at home.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

Quick Facts

  • Canada and Switzerland enjoy a strong and diverse commercial relationship that covers the full spectrum of trade, investment and innovation.
  • Canada has the highest annualized GDP growth rate in the G7.
  • In 2017, for the seventh consecutive year, Switzerland was ranked as the world’s most innovative country by the Global Innovation Index.
  • The Joint Statement on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) encourages the sharing of best practices; access to technology, market and talent; advanced R&D collaboration; commercialization; and the integration of stakeholders from both countries into global value chains.
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Government of Canada helps innovators and entrepreneurs find funding simply and quickly

Innovation Canada makes it faster and easier to find what the government can do for them

January 23, 2018, Ottawa ON

From providing funding to giving expert advice to driving new collaborations, many levels of government offer a wide variety of programs and services designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. But if businesses can’t find them, they can’t take advantage of them. That is why the Government of Canada has created Innovation Canada, a one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Innovation Canada website is able to match users with the programs and services that will best meet their needs. The website is part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan. Announced in Budget 2017, the plan aims to position Canada as an innovation leader.

 

Quotes

“Time is money in business, and our government knows innovation moves quickly. That’s why we’re making government funding and services that help Canadian innovators, businesses and entrepreneurs as simple as possible to find. With Innovation Canada, opportunity is now only a click away.”

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

“Too often, hard-working small business owners tell me that they do not have the time, or the expertise, to find the right government programs to help them grow and create good middle-class jobs. Thanks to this impressive new tool, that process just got much easier. This is great news, not only for hard-working small business owners but also for our economy.”

– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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Giving young Canadians the digital skills needed for jobs of the future

CanCode program to benefit more than 1 million young Canadians and their teachers

January 22, 2018 – Mississauga, Ontario

Learning digital skills like coding and understanding new technologies are essential for the 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 Microsoft in Mississauga today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, joined by fellow Mississauga members of Parliament, announced the successful organizations that will deliver CanCode initiatives across the country.

CanCode is a $50-million program that will give over 1 million teachers and students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, the opportunity to learn digital skills like coding. This includes giving thousands of Canadian teachers the know-how to incorporate new digital skills and technologies into their classrooms.

The program aims to encourage more girls, Indigenous Canadians and other under-represented groups to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

CanCode is one of the many digital skills programs offered by the Government that seek to bridge the digital divide and help Canadians access digital technology and develop the skills they need to use them. 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.

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“Coding is the next big job. Industries ranging from automotive and agri-food to the life sciences and clean technology need coders, given their increasingly digital nature. That’s why our government is equipping Canadian youth with the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. By teaching kids to code today, we’re positioning Canada for future success across all industries and sectors.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • CanCode will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017–18, to provide almost 1 million young Canadians, from kindergarten to Grade 12, with opportunities to develop their coding and digital skills.
  • 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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Federal government stimulating economic growth and supporting more than 2,600 middle-class jobs in Canada’s automotive sector

11 companies in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia receiving $41 million to advance automotive tech

January 17, 2018 – Windsor, Ontario

The Government of Canada is creating well-paying, middle-class jobs and supporting long-term economic prosperity by investing in Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced an investment of $41 million from the Strategic Innovation Fund to create or maintain over 2,600 jobs in Canada’s automotive sector. The funding was announced at Lakeside Plastics near Windsor, Ontario, which will benefit from a $1-million investment that will contribute to creating 60 new skilled jobs. The company is one of 11 recipient companies located in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

The funding will support advancements in automotive technologies to develop safer vehicles that are more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

This investment is made through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a new program to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy.

 

Quotes

“To get to the cars of the future, we have to start today! Our government is supporting Canada’s strong and vibrant automotive sector and the middle-class Canadians who are employed in it. Fostering automotive technology is essential to the Canadian economy, and we will continue to make Canada a global centre for talent, innovation and technological advancements. We’re creating safer, more environmentally friendly vehicles, and that’s good for all Canadians.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“We are proud of the work we do here at Lakeside Plastics, and we are continuing to push the envelope and innovate to help supply the automotive industry with high-quality products. I want to thank the Government of Canada for its support, which is helping us create jobs, improve our processes and continue producing world-class quality products.”
– Dana Leavitt, CEO, Lakeside Plastics Limited

Quick Facts

  • The automotive manufacturing sector contributes $19 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product.
  • The Canadian automotive sector is one of Canada’s largest manufacturing sectors. It employs over 530,000 people directly and indirectly, and for every job created on an assembly line, six additional jobs are created in other sectors of the economy.
  • Canada’s automotive industry produces more than 2.4 million vehicles every year. This translates into one car being manufactured every 13 seconds.
  • The Strategic Innovation Fund is a flexible program that reflects the diversity of innovation in all sectors of the economy.
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Federal government investment to create 1,500 new jobs and secure more than 8,000 others in Guelph

$49 million will help Linamar Corporation’s advancements in AI and advanced manufacturing

January 15, 2018 – Guelph, Ontario

The Government of Canada is maintaining and creating well-paying middle-class jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity by investing in Canada’s automotive manufacturing sector, and this support is also ensuring that the sector remains globally competitive and innovative.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced an investment of $49 million in automotive parts manufacturer Linamar Corporation. Minister Bains was joined by the Honorable Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth, and Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph.

Minister Bains made the announcement before heading to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, where he will meet with global and Canadian executives to discuss Canada’s important role in North America’s auto industry.

The funding will help create 1,500 new Canadian jobs and maintain more than 8,000 by supporting advanced manufacturing processes—including artificial intelligence and 3D printing—and cleaner automotive technologies. Canadians will directly benefit from these advancements through more efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles. Linamar will also open a new innovation centre in Guelph, Ontario, dedicated entirely to research and development.

The federal government is supporting innovation in the auto industry and is committed to attracting investment in this important sector of the economy. Canada is uniquely positioned to be the home for the design, development and manufacturing of the car of the future. To secure this place, the government is investing in the technology, talent and infrastructure needed to shape the future of mobility.

This is the first project announced under the Strategic Innovation Fund, a new program to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy.

 

Quotes

“Our government is investing in automotive innovation, one of Canada’s leading sectors. This investment will create and maintain middle-class jobs in southern Ontario and drive economic growth in the area. Investing in these projects also means that Canadian manufacturers can remain globally competitive and leaders in technological advancements.”

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

 

“Ontario’s auto industry continues to attract investment, which proves our foundational strength when it comes to building and developing new vehicles. Partnerships like this one support our long-term competiveness and help Ontario continue to lead the way in transformative vehicle technologies.”

 

– The Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth

 

“Guelph and Linamar together play a key role in Canada’s auto industry. With continued innovation, Linamar will continue to support thousands of well-paying middle-class jobs in our community.”

– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

“We are thrilled by the support shown today by both our federal and provincial governments for our significant investment in innovation. Innovation is the single most important thing we can do in terms of product design, process design and material development to solve global problems and create opportunities for us all to succeed. To have our government support us in that endeavour is fantastic, further cementing the fact that Canada is a great place for advanced manufacturing to thrive.”

– Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corporation

Quick Facts

  • Linamar Corporation employs more than 25,700 people worldwide, with more than 9,300 in Canada.
  • Linamar has 59 manufacturing locations, 6 R&D centres and 21 sales offices in 17 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Linamar generated sales of $6.0 billion in 2016.
  • Canada’s auto sector employs over half a million Canadians, and for every assembly job, six spinoff jobs are created. There are close to 700 automotive parts suppliers operating in Canada.
  • The Strategic Innovation Fund is a flexible program that reflects the diversity of innovation in all sectors of the economy.
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Navdeep BainsFederal government investment to create 1,500 new jobs and secure more than 8,000 others in Guelph