Canada’s continued poor performance in innovation and business productivity is due to a failure to link publicly funded research and innovation programs to an industrial strategy based on the country’s strengths, say innovation experts. Meanwhile, studies by University of Toronto researchers show the federal innovation agenda has negatively impacted funding for basic, investigator-driven research but hasn’t addressed the underlying problem of industrial innovation in Canada.
Topic: Applied Research
Surveillance border study at Toronto’s airport continues to track international travellers for COVID-19; the Canadian Space Agency supports the launch of two lunar technology payloads to the moon.
The federal government has created several initiatives since 2018 to bolster new knowledge generation, facilitate commercialization and support technology transfer at post-secondary institutions. Ottawa also has introduced five separate initiatives under Canada’s first-ever National IP Strategy, launched in 2018.
Canada’s innovation superclusters are proving their value during the COVID-19 crisis and are well positioned to help lead the post-COVID economic recovery, the five superclusters’ CEOs told a Research Money webinar.
The Short Report: New Parliamentary standing committee proposed for science and research; new Protein Industries Supercluster projects; Alberta cuts post-secondary education funding while Ontario increases it; boosting competitiveness of Canada’s mining sector; creating research internships for students; Canadian science for the Moon; developing small nuclear reactor technology; and more.
The Global Institute for Food Security is providing $675,000 to the University of Saskatchewan for interdisciplinary social science research aimed at accelerating innovation-to-commercialization in Canada’s agri-food sector. The research will look at why some innovative technologies don’t get implemented and used, and how to improve social acceptance of new technologies.
Equipment manufacturers in Canada aren’t using the SR&ED tax credit nearly as much as they should. Why? The answer comes down to the difference between an “intuition” and a “hypothesis.”
Canada can build its 5G networks wthout Huawei, but the Chinese telecom giant’s participation would likely improve innovation, price and delivery. A federal decision on Huawei’s potential role is expected soon. Meanwhile, Rogers Communications, which has partnered with Swedish equipment supplier Ericsson, lit up Canada’s first 5G network last week.
Alberta Innovates has launched a $15-million international competition to capitalize on the global carbon fibre market, which is projected to reach US$7.8 billion by 2024. Eventually, more than 100,000 barrels of bitumen could be used daily to produce carbon fibre.
Alberta and Saskatchewan partner on a feasibility study of commercial-scale carbon capture and storage at a cement plant — a North American first for the cement industry.