On November 4, 1995, the Canadian Space Agency launched the RADARSAT-1 satellite into orbit. This marked the beginning of the RADARSAT Program, which has continued to deliver outstanding service to Canada and the world for 15 years and counting.
The Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP) is a new initiative that aims to promote innovation and development in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Canada. The program, beginning this fall, is open to Canadian innovators with pre-commercialized products and services in the fields of safety and security, health, the environment, and enabling technologies. The CICP will award contracts to Canadian innovators with qualified innovations and match them with end-users in the government. Government departments will test the products and services and then provide feedback to the innovators.
The November 2010 issue of the Small Business Quarterly features an article highlighting some of the major findings of the latest financing profile on women entrepreneurs in Canada. Additional articles include recent financing activities of Canadian high growth firms and trends in job creation, business insolvencies and self-employment. Data on the impact of the recession and recovery on small and medium-sized enterprises employment are also presented.
Four PhD students conducting research at the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) have received student scholarships from Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame. The awards were presented at the 2010 Telecom Laureate Awards Gala in Ottawa on November 10, 2010.
Pulling together in the spirit of cooperation and teamwork, Industry Canada gathered with some of its portfolio partners to discuss innovation, research and economic development at the first Atlantic Research Forum in November in Halifax, N.S.
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 (GEW) is a worldwide initiative promoting entrepreneurship through local and national activities. The Canadian Youth Business Foundation is the Canadian host for GEW. For more information on activities throughout Canada, visit www.gewcanada.com.
Although homeowners know their residences inside and out, they often find the real estate process complicated. This is where Ken LeBlanc and Jeremy Demont of Property Guys step in and make simplifying the real estate process their business.
The Government of Canada has launched a comprehensive review of federal programs that support business innovation. As announced in Budget 2010, a six-member expert panel will provide recommendations on maximizing the effect of federal programs that contribute to innovation and create economic opportunities for business. The panel will seek submissions from interested parties and conduct focused research to support its work. It will report back in one year to the Minister of State (Science and Technology) with concrete recommendations. Details to follow in future issues of IC Headlines.
For more information, please consult the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development website.
Industry Canada has been selected as one of the nation's top 100 employers, by the editors of the well-known Canada's Top 100 Employers competition. This special designation recognizes public and private sector organizations that offer an exceptional workplace.
The Prime Minister's Awards (PMA) honour outstanding Canadian educators in a range of disciplines, from preschool to secondary school. Now is your chance to nominate an outstanding educator in your life!
This collaborative analysis between Industry Canada, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Canadian Services Coalition (an affiliate of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce), Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, and the Program for International Competitiveness at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management is intended to help Canadian business executives and policy makers enhance their understanding of current market trends, the latest key performance indicators, and best practices in customer relationship management that improve domestic and international competitiveness across industries.
Mary Carman, CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, recently signed agreements relating to Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot projects with Finland, Germany and Spain. The three new PPH pilot projects will commence on October 1, 2010, for a period of two years ending on September 30, 2012.
For more information on the pilots, visit the PPH web page, email the PPH Project Manager or call the CIPO Client Service Center at 819-934-0544 or toll-free at 1-866-997-1936.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently signed an agreement with India's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that will allow patent examiners to access the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL).
The TKDL is a representative database containing approximately 220 000 formulations selected from various classical texts of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Yoga systems of medicine. To date, 150 original texts (approximately 30 million pages in total) have been translated into English, German, French, Japanese and Spanish from the original Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and Urdu, and placed in the database.
Following audits performed by national and international technical experts, the technical competency of Measurement Canada's Approval and Calibration Services Laboratory (ACSL) was certified by the National Research Council (NRC) Calibration Laboratory Assessment Service (CLAS) and received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certification.
The Venture Capital Monitor provides current information about the venture capital (VC) industry in Canada. This issue covers VC investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the second quarter of 2010 during the period from April to June.
October is Small Business Month
A special issue of IC Monthly Headlines will be coming your way during Small Business Week (October 17 to 23) to mark the event. We are pleased to bring you two Canadian success stories of entrepreneurs who have benefited from Industry Canada programs: the Canada Small Business Financing Program and the exciting Small Business Internship Program.
Terri-Ann Cormier is quick to recognize a great opportunity when it comes around. After learning about the Small Business Internship Program (SBIP) at a networking event, she knew it was just what she needed to launch the online portion of her business.
Small Business Week, an event created and organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), will provide Canadian entrepreneurs with many opportunities to share success stories and exchange innovative ideas.
Conferences, seminars, information sessions, luncheons, trade fairs, etc. — SBW 2010 has a lot to offer to entrepreneurs eager to learn and network!
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From October 17 to 23, I invite you to join me in celebrating Small Business Week (SBW) in Canada. This special week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our country's small businesses to the nation's economy. Today, there are over one million small businesses across Canada that employ almost half of our private sector workforce.
As the Internet has grown and evolved, so too has the philosophy behind providing government services to Canadians. Governments at all levels are moving away from using their websites as digital libraries, opting instead to look at how they can better serve Canadians online.
This paper describes the recent financing activities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) majority-owned by women in Canada. General business characteristics and financial growth performances are compared with SMEs majority-owned by men to highlight past and current gender differences. An update of a 2004 report on women entrepreneurs, this paper is part of the SME Financing Data Initiative, a program intended to build a comprehensive knowledge on SME financing in Canada.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) administers Canada's IP system and granting IP rights. Encouraging invention and creativity, CIPO proudly celebrates the successes of Canada's SME business community, salutes the creative potential of Canadian entrepreneurs, and serves as a primary source of IP information to Canada's SME.
In the 2009 Budget, the Government of Canada introduced a temporary tax measure to support Canadian businesses and provide direct stimulus to the economy. Now is a good time to buy new computers for your business because there is a temporary 100% capital cost allowance (CCA) write-off available on computers bought after January 27, 2009, and before midnight, January 31, 2011.
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is a financial institution wholly-owned by the Government of Canada. For over 65 years BDC has aimed to promote entrepreneurship by providing financing and support to Canadian businesses, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The BDC does not offer grants or subsidies; rather, it has a commercial mandate to seek to earn a return from the business financing it provides while extending financing into market niches that would not otherwise be served.
Buy and Sell is the Government of Canada's new procurement Web site that provides one location for government buyers and businesses who sell goods and services to find the information, services and tools they need to do business together. For news on this new initiative, visit www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca or visit www.buyandsell.gc.ca to see what everyone will be talking about.
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This spring, the Government of Canada began fulfilling its promise to close the digital divide between urban and rural Canadians, meaning access to broadband services may soon be coming to those parts of Canada where dial-up over phone lines is currently the only option for getting online.
Do Canadians turn to self-employment during times of recession? The August 2010 issue of the Small Business Quarterly highlights findings from a Statistics Canada study of employment. The study investigates whether the job losses that occurred among individuals in paid employment during the recent economic downturn were linked to the subsequent increase in self-employment. This issue of the Small Business Quarterly also includes articles on the economic impact of the Canada Small Business Financing Program, recent trends in job creation, self-employment and the number of business establishments by firm size and region.
Birtch Farms and Estate Winery of Woodstock, Ontario, was unsure how to improve its web presence until it received funding from the Small Business Internship Program to hire a student for a 12-week internship. The student, working with the company's web designer, helped to redesign the Winery's website and brought innovative ideas to its new online store.
This collaborative analysis between Industry Canada and the Retail Council of Canada is intended to help Canadian retail sector executives as well as decision makers enhance their understanding of current market trends, the strategic significance of retail sector innovation and practices that improve business competitiveness across industries.
Why do some small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) prefer not to seek financing? An Interpretation of Discouraged Borrowers Based on Relationship Lending is a working paper based on data from 2004. This paper is part of the SME Financing Data Initiative, whose objective is to build a comprehensive knowledge base of information on SME financing in Canada.
With advances in electronic communications, consumer privacy has become an increasingly important issue. By taking some simple precautions, you can go a long way towards guarding your privacy, protecting your personal information and creating peace of mind. For information on guarding your privacy and personal information, visit the 'Consumer Privacy' section of the Canadian Consumer Handbook.
On August 30, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that the Governor in Council has approved the Proposed Amendments to the Patent Rules – Package #1. The Rules Amending the Patent Rules will come into force on and will clarify certain provisions in the Patent Rules on the basis of legality and procedural aspects. These amendments also bring greater legal certainty and reduce the administrative burden for applicants.
Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar will leverage his celebrity status in India to promote Canada as a premier four-season destination in his new role as the Canadian Tourism Commission's (CTC) Ambassador for India.
On June 2, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, introduced legislation — Bill C-32 — to modernize the Copyright Act.
Key Small Business Statistics is a semi-annual publication which provides information on the most frequently asked questions pertaining to small businesses in Canada. Fully 98% of businesses in Canada are considered small and they employ 48% of the labour force. Updated sections include data on the number of businesses in Canada, job creation, earnings by business size, the number of self-employed workers as well as the contribution of small businesses to Canada's gross domestic product.
Winner of last year's NRC Technology Innovation Award and a world leader in sonar software and advanced acoustics technology, Marport's innovative systems can be configured for undersea intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as many other applications suited for commercial fisheries, offshore energy and ocean science.
As the school year is about to return this fall, tuition payments are due, books need to be purchased and consequently many students will be carrying debt. The Office of Consumer Affairs provides an online tool to help better understand and deal with debt. The online tool also provides information on making a budget, budget counselling, collection agencies, credit and credit repair.
On June 20, 2010, Minister of Industry Tony Clement and Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear were at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, to formally welcome Professor Stephen Hawking to Canada.
The first of Canada's 17 new CC-130J Hercules tactical airlift aircraft landed at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario on June 4, 2010, before a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers, with Canada's Minister of Defence waving a Canadian flag from its cockpit.
The OCA is pleased to announce the launch of the interactive Canadian Consumer Handbook which can be found at www.ConsumerHandbook.ca. The Handbook was created by a joint committee of federal, provincial and territorial consumer protection officials to help consumers become better-informed and more confident. It includes a directory of useful contacts and offers information on a wide range of topics such as online shopping, contracts, housing, home renovations, identity theft and collection agencies.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, this paper investigates the economic impact of the Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) by using the 2004 edition of the Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises. Based on this analysis, the CSBFP contributed to approximately 10 percentage point growth in salary, employment and revenues of its participants between 2004 and 2006. Furthermore, CSBFP participants created 0.63 jobs per loan over this period.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the Venture Capital Monitor provides current information about the VC industry in Canada. This issue presents the venture capital (VC) investment and fundraising trends in Q1 2010. It also describes recent federal and provincial government measures that support VC. Finally, it includes an article on the many entrepreneurship boot camps in Canada that help develop innovative start-ups.
As part of the ongoing regular process of updating the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP), a draft revised Chapter 16: Computer-Implemented Inventions was released for public consultation on .
Chapter 16 provides guidance and examples in order to clarify how the requirements for patentability apply to computer-implemented inventions; the proposed chapter revisions will provide greater detail for these requirements.
Stakeholders will have until August 19, 2010, to provide comments on the draft chapter.
What should a digital Canada look like? The Government of Canada is seeking the views of all Canadians on the priorities of, and proposals for, a digital economy strategy. The digital economy is a strong driver of innovation, which is essential to future growth across the entire Canadian economy.
As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada provided $225 million over three years, beginning in 2009–10, for Industry Canada to develop and implement a strategy to extend broadband coverage.
On April 26, 2010, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, was at York Street Public School in Ottawa to deliver the one millionth refurbished computer donated by the Computers for Schools program. The program provides students with access to technology by donating computers to classrooms across Canada.
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is developing a new initiative that would expedite the examination of patent applications related to green technology. The Expedited Examination of Patent Applications Related to Green Technology initiative will enable rapid prosecution of specific applications.
Environmental claims come in a variety of forms to help consumers identify eco-friendly products and services. The Office of Consumer Affairs offers a guide which explains some of the common green claims and labels consumers will see in Canada.
Say hello again to the team with the Midas touch. A glittering array of Canadian athletes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games has joined the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) for a domestic travel marketing program this summer. The aim: inspire Canadians to seek out exotic experiences at home.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the May 2010 issue of the Small Business Quarterly features an article that highlights some of the findings from a recent survey that quantifies the extent of the paperwork burden on the competitiveness of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada. Additional articles cover recent trends in job creation, business insolvencies, and the most recent self-employment figures.
In today's complex business environment, the extent to which firms invest in product design and development (PD&D) is a key determinant of their competitiveness. Industry Canada has partnered with the Design Exchange (DX) and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) to produce Canada's first State of Design report.
This report provides insights on:
Current pressures driving firms to invest in PD&D;
PD&D investment by industrial sectors in 2008;
Growth forecast of PD&D outsourcing up to 2012;
PD&D service industry profile;
Skills and employment;
Adoption of advanced PD&D technologies and processes; and
Business benefits of adopting advanced PD&D technologies and processes.
This year, the Canada Research Chairs Program is celebrating 10 years of fostering research excellence in Canadian universities across the health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and natural sciences and engineering.
Want to learn how to recognize and better protect yourself from spam, phishing and spyware? The Office of Consumer Affairs offers information to help you recognize the signs of spam, phishing and spyware, and provides tips on how to better protect yourself, your computer and your email.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch using data from the 2005 and 2008 Statistics Canada Survey of Regulatory Compliance Costs, this paper examines several aspects of paperwork burden (red tape) and sheds light on elements such as cost savings, reinvestment, paperwork volume, use of information and communication technologies, and external service providers to assist with compliance. The findings should help policy makers gain a clearer understanding of the magnitude of the paperwork burden imposed on businesses and prove useful for developing meaningful reduction initiatives.
Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day 2010 — 10th Anniversary
World Intellectual Property Day, April 26, is an annual celebration linking intellectual property and creativity. It is an opportunity to celebrate and promote innovation and economic growth. This year's theme is "Innovation — Linking the World". For more information, visit www.cipo.ic.gc.ca.
How important is tourism to Northern Ontario's economy? What do overnight visitors from Canada, the United States and overseas like to do and how much do they typically spend while in Northern Ontario? Answers to these questions and more are found in An Overview of Tourism in Northern Ontario, a report commissioned by FedNor in 2009.
On , two new provisions of the Competition Act came into force. The changes to the Act allow for more effective criminal enforcement against the most serious types of cartel agreements, while providing businesses with more freedom and flexibility to benefit from legitimate alliances with their competitors. The Competition Bureau encourages businesses to learn more about their responsibilities under the law. For more information on the new changes to the Competition Act, please visit the Bureau's Web site.
Are you interested in receiving information on Industry Canada consumer news, developments in the Canadian consumer movement, upcoming national and international conferences in the consumer interest or marketplace developments of interest to consumer policy professionals?
If so, check out what the Consumer Research Post has to offer!
The Nickel City struck gold at the 2010 Olympic Games by creating an unprecedented level of awareness for Les Jeux de la Francophonie, an event designed for francophone youth in Canada that will be held in Greater Sudbury, Ontario in July 2011.
Produced by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, in collaboration with professors Eileen Fischer (York University) and Rebecca Reuber (University of Toronto), this report provides a portrait of the state of entrepreneurship in Canada. It charts entrepreneurial activity in Canada over time and compares it with leading countries. The report also defines the profile of the owners of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Finally, the report identifies areas of strength, areas for improvement, and important areas that cannot currently be addressed.
It was truly a global event. The Japan office of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) teamed up with Japan's government broadcaster NHK to host an event over two days in the heart of Tokyo. A high-def TV screen on the main stage beamed the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Games at BC Place stadium in Vancouver, B.C.
Every time you sign on the dotted line make sure you understand everything in the contract first. The Canadian Consumer Handbook's section on Contracts offers valuable information to consider before signing a contract, including information on special contracts such as joining health clubs and timeshares.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the Key Small Business Statistics is a semi-annual publication that answers the most frequently asked questions pertaining to small businesses in Canada. The January 2010 special issue provides information on the Growth Map of Canadian Firms. It examines the distribution of all Canadian firms according to their growth rate (positive or negative) in terms of employment and revenue. An analysis by firm size and industry, as well as employment created and revenue generated by firms is also included.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the February 2010 issue of the Small Business Quarterly includes a feature article on the state of entrepreneurship in Canada, as well as an article on entrepreneurship education across Canadian universities and colleges. Additional articles include recent trends in job creation, business establishment, and in the accessibility of business financing.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announces the launch of IN Partnership, an e-mail bulletin showcasing the benefits of Research and Development (R&D) collaborations involving business and higher education researchers. Designed to raise awareness about the value of higher education-industry research partnerships, IN Partnership presents stories about the positive impacts of investments by NSERC and industry in collaborative R&D. It will also keep readers abreast of key developments and new funding initiatives relevant to industry.
This year, the Competition Bureau is launching the 7th annual Fraud Prevention Month. Whether it's Internet or mail fraud, deceptive telemarketing or identity theft, fraud is a serious problem. The 2010 campaign theme is Online Fraud. Learn more on how to recognize it, report it and stop it.
All Canadians are at risk of being victimized regardless of age, education or income. The most important thing you can do is learn how to recognize the signs of fraud, and know how and where to report it so that our law enforcement agencies can do their work.
Every year, the Competition Bureau receives an average of 20,000 requests and complaints. These include complaints regarding mass marketing fraud, which is fraud by mail, telephone and Internet. Here are some examples of the kinds of complaints received by the Bureau. Names and certain details have been changed to protect the identities of the victims.
In today's tough economic times, fraudsters are as aggressive as ever in their attempts to defraud innocent victims of their hard earned cash. Decrease your chances of falling victim to fraud by increasing your knowledge of how fraudsters work and what to be wary of if they try to contact you!
The Fraud Awareness for Commercial Targets (FACT) campaign is an outreach and education initiative that provides businesses and not-for-profit organizations with the facts necessary to avoid becoming victims of fraud, which costs them millions of dollars annually.
Thousands of visitors arrived in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and they brought equipment that operates on a wide range of frequencies. Managing the assignment of power, radio frequency and geographic area of use is important, especially to avoid harmful interference affecting the transmissions of broadcasters or safety and emergency services.
The Government of Canada in BC answers the call to encourage its employees to use sustainable means of transportation during the Games: 95% of federal employees working in Vancouver's downtown core indicate they will not use personal vehicles to get to and from work.
Olympians-visit-Canada part of CTC's 'Connecting with Canadians' program
When you're on a special trip, capturing favourite memories means there's always someone who has to be the one behind the camera. Not this time. It was a particular treat for the international Olympians, Paralympians and their families on the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)'s 'Connecting with Canadians' program to have a film crew doing all the work.
An enjoyable holiday begins with careful preparation long before you pack your bags. The Office of Consumer Affair's Canadian Consumer Handbook's travel section offers a wealth of information from learning about your destination, choosing a travel agent, checking insurance needs to travelling by air.
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) acknowledges the importance of Canada's agreement with China on Approved Destination Status (ADS) for Canada and our tourism industry. According to a Conference Board of Canada survey, ADS is expected to boost the yearly rate of travel to Canada from China by up to 50 per cent by 2015.
Since 1993, Computers for Schools has turned computers donated by businesses and governments into valuable learning tools for schools, libraries and other not-for-profit organizations. The program will celebrate a major milestone in 2010. Learn more, including how to donate or request a computer, here.
In the wake of the October 16, 2009 approval of ATSC-M/H for Mobile and Handheld — the North American standard for mobile digital television (DTV) approved by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) — the Communications Research Centre (CRC) has teamed up with industry partners Rohde & Schwarz and Moseley Broadcast to establish a test bed for evaluating mobile DTV in the Ottawa area.
The Competition Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for "get rich quick" and business opportunity type scams. Scam artists are well organized and eager to use the latest technologies and strategies to lure unsuspecting victims who are trying to make a little extra cash.
You should always check the fine print of rebate offers to ensure you are getting the deal you think you are. The Competition Bureau and the Office of Consumer Affairs suggest you have a look at the pamphlet entitled Rebates: The Real Deal, which contains information to help consumers make more informed decisions about rebates.
Marketing magazine has awarded the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) its prestigious Marketer of the Year award, highlighting work including a ground-breaking social media strategy through videos posted to CTC's YouTube channel and the highly successful LOCALS KNOW web campaign.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the 2009 edition of the KSBFS presents a number of statistics on the financing of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises, such as credit requests and approval rates, the average value of loan requests and the intended use of financing. Some statistics are presented according to the demographic characteristics of the owners (e.g., women and visible minorities) and by region, industry and firm size.
Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, this paper examines the relationship between demand, supply and importance of trade credit, and financing constraints for Canadian small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This paper is part of the SME Financing Data Initiative — a program that is intended to build a comprehensive knowledge on SME financing in Canada.
This report provides strategic information on using design for environment practices to help Canadian product design and development service providers and their supply chain partners introduce new and innovative product concepts, and compete both domestically and internationally.
With increased consumer interest in environmental impacts, green supply chain management is becoming increasingly important for Canadian retail chains and consumer product goods business partners. This report provides unique insights to help Canadian retail and consumer products supply chain executives understand the current trends and to recognize the benefits of adopting GSCM practices in distribution activities.
This report provides Canadian manufacturers with insights on the internal and external pressures involved in adopting green supply chain management (GSCM) practices, specific GSCM practices that manufacturers use, business benefits gained by Best-in-Class manufacturers, and the GSCM technologies and processes used to achieve them.
Canadian distribution service firms must continuously introduce new and innovative business processes to remain competitive. This research report identifies industry perspectives, issues and drivers for green supply chain management practices, and thus helps inform logistics and transportation executives of current and future industry needs.