Canada’s aerospace industry is calling for a national strategy for the sector and more government support for innovation. But critics argue that aerospace is already one of the most subsidized industrial sectors in Canada and, if can’t survive in the global marketplace without continuous public funding, should be allowed to die.
Research Money is tracking the parties’ pledges on research and innovation for the upcoming federal election. The Green Party was the latest party to release its platform, which includes promises to increase funding for the granting councils, create a $1-billion Green Venture Capital Fund and establish a new innovation agency.
The federal government’s new national security guidelines for research partnerships raise numerous concerns that range from discouraging research collaborations to potentially interfering with academic freedom, says Dr. Alex Navarre, PhD, a research associate at Université du Québec, in an op-ed.
Petronas Energy and Itochu Corporation consider exporting blue hydrogen from Alberta, a UWaterloo engineering team gets backing to secure Canada’s critical energy infrastructure, FedNor grows up, and more.
Ottawa and partners commit $60 million to natural resources and environmental genomics projects, applied research funding at Canadian colleges gets a boost, and more.
A CBRE report shows Canada has some of the fastest growing tech talent pools In North America, UBC joins a global network to personalize autism care, and more.
The Innovation Asset Collective, Canada’s first patent collective, more than doubled its membership in its first six months and has awarded two rounds of grants to its member companies to help them own, access and use intellectual property.
The superclusters should be assessed by a broad innovation policy framework and with a longer time frame than their initial five-year mandate, says John Knubley, the former deputy minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada who was responsible for the creation of the superclusters initiative.
Nearly $3.4 billion in federal spending through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) during the last three years has failed to improve Canada’s “disastrous” innovation performance and productivity, say some innovation and policy experts. An analysis by Research Money of SIF data shows that Ontario, Quebec and foreign-based firms have received the lion’s share of SIF funding.
Research Money asked Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to respond to four questions about criticisms of the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) program. In response, ISED says SIF is producing “significant benefits” for Canadians, including new jobs created, co-op placements and investment in R&D and new technologies.