Organization: Statistics Canada

Canadian R&D funding and spending stagnant for 2014

A 6.9% decline in federal funding of R&D is the main contributor to a stagnant year for Canadian R&D in 2014, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The agency released a brief report on a projected $30.6 billion in Canadian R&D spending this year, down marginally from $30.7 billion in 2013. Federal performance…

StatsCan data show most common performance indicators

Statistics Canada has released more data from its 2012 Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy, showing that 76.7% of firms surveyed use sales and income growth as their most common performance indictor. The second most common — used by 60.2% of firms — is gross margin and operating margin growth. Large firms are more apt…

Third StatsCan business strategy report released

The third and final report derived from Statistics Canada‘s 2012 Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy shows that long-term business strategy is the main focus of 87.7% of enterprises while 12.2% focus on low price and cost leadership. The survey examines human resource management practices, competition and business strategies, and competition from new competitors in…

Industrial R&D projected to increase 5% in 2011

Statistics Canada is reporting that industrial R&D is projected to increase 5% in 2011 from 2010 levels to $15.646 billion. The top six performing industry sectors are projected to increase 7%, driven by a 21.4% increase in R&D spending on communications equipment. All other sectors are slated to increase by 3.1%. The top performing sectors…

Ottawa ranked second to San Jose in S&E employment

A Statistics Canada study shows that Ottawa was second only to San Jose CA in the percentage of its workforce employed in science and engineering (S&E) work just as the technology boom began to collapse. The study covered the period between 1980 and 2001and examined 316 Canadian and US cities with populations greater than 100,000.…

CATA says flood of foreign acquisitions false

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has released data it says refutes recent contentions that Canadian firms are being bought by foreign interests at a greater rate than Canadian companies acquiring non-domestic businesses. CATA says that between 1999 and 2003, Canadian software companies made foreign acquisitions whose value exceeded those of Canadian firms bought by…