Canada’s innovation ranking over the past two decades has not improved, according to the latest OECD data. Let me express alarm in the situation as publicly funded research is an important contributor to innovation.
Organization: Statistics Canada
In what may be well be remembered as Canada’s first truly 21st century research and innovation Budget, the Liberal government has committed to investing more than $6.4 billion in scientific research, technology and business innovation assistance.
Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has completed a comprehensive inventory of federal programs aimed at supporting business innovation and clean technology. The inventory captured 20 organizations and 92 program streams (business-facing programs), with the top five accounting for more than two-thirds of the $2.379 billion total.
In Statistics Canada’s annual report on industrial R&D characteristics, the collapse of oil and gas prices and resulting downturn in the sector is cited a major contributor to the decline in in-house industrial R&D spending, which dropped 5.8% between 2014 and 2015 from $18.2 billion to $17.2 billion.
Environmental and clean technologies are contributing to the Canadian economy, accounting for 3% of the gross domestic product and employing more than a quarter of a million, according to the first ever set of data released by Statistics Canada last month.
Higher education spending in R&D rose 3.4% to $11.8 billion in FY15-16 from $11.4 billion in FY14-15, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. This growth – as measured in constant 2007 dollars — indicates a change in direction after decreases of 1.1% and 1.2% in FY14-15 and FY13-14, respectively.
A key underpinning of Canadian innovation is continuing to slide with the latest data on gross expenditures on R&D (GERD) showing a 1.7% decline in 2015. Statistics Canada reports that GERD dropped $600 million to $33.9 billion from $34.5 billion in 2014 and its latest survey shows that weak performance was unlikely to change in 2016.
The share of federal spending on S&T conducted in-house by government departments and agencies declined to its lowest level in 35 years as federal spending intentions for 2017-18 are projected to decline 1.2% to $11.3 billion, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The drop to 44% of the total is largely attributable to a sharp (6.7%) decline in related scientific activities (RSA) spurred by the absence of StatsCan Census Program survey which was last conducted in 2016 and occurs every five years.
Business in-house R&D spending totalled $16 billion in 2013, $700 million lower than pre-recession levels in 2007 as increases by resources-based firms failed to offset major declines in R&D outlays by Ontario-based manufacturers, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.
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…