Increasingly, the players of today and tomorrow’s economies will be those countries that can outpace their rivals in the fields of innovation and technological development.
Canada’s capacity to keep up and overtake competing countries depends on its ability to give companies access to technology and innovation.
We’re already doing well: 98% of Canadians have access to high speed networks and wireless broadband services. This is impressive in a country of almost 10 million square kilometres.
But the future is data driven. Big data and the internet of things will increasingly push demand for faster networks with higher capacity. The speed and bandwidth of our digital infrastructure is increasingly a factor for global companies when making investment decisions.
We must also be able to continue to support technology start-ups and foster innovation within companies. To continue to compete, Canada’s digital infrastructure must be second to none.
In our election platform A Canada That Wins, we have identified access to technology and innovation as one of the four economic priorities that are essential to Canada’s competitiveness.
This is the message we sent to the federal political parties during a press conference held this morning at Ryerson University’s DMZ, a tech incubator that is supporting 450 innovators working in 84 start-ups.
The next federal government needs to support Canadian entrepreneurs as they pave the way to a technologically creative and innovative economy by giving them the infrastructure and tools on which to build their businesses.
So, what plan does each of the federal parties have to improve access to technology and innovation?