Digital Canada 150

Transcript: Digital Canada 150

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Digital Canada 150


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April 4, 2014
Waterloo, Ontario

(Shots of OpenText location in Waterloo and the registration desk and footage of attendees mingling before the event begins.)

(Pan of audience)

(Minister Moore at podium)

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The Honourable James Moore
Minister of Industry

Digital Canada 150 is a bold plan to guide Canada's digital future.

There are five pillars, 39 new initiatives, one national plan for 35 million Canadians.

The first pillar: Connecting Canadians. Connecting Canadians is about ensuring that Canadians across this country have access to wireless technologies and high-speed networks at the most affordable and competitive prices.

So what's new in Digital Canada 150?

(Image 1—Connecting Canadians. Map of Canada and graphic depicting rural area with the following text: We will enhance broadband service to a target speed of 5 megabits per second for up to an additional 280,000 Canadian households, which expands coverage to 98%.)

Digital Canada 150 will connect over 98 percent of all Canadians with high-speed Internet services with download speeds of at least five megabits per second. Canadian households, mostly rural and northern households, will very often have high-speed Internet access for the very first time.

The second pillar: Protecting Canadians. Protégeons les Canadiens.

(Image 2—Protecting Canadians, which includes the following text: What's New: Stronger laws to better protect online privacy; Cyberbullying legislation; Securing networks and devices; Anti-spam law. There is also a graphic of a laptop, the symbol indicating a computer virus and the following text: In 2012, 32% of computers worldwide infected with malware. Source: PandaLabs Annual Report 2012 Summary.)

As we encourage more and more Canadians to go online in their personal lives, in their academic lives and in their business lives, we have to make sure that Canadians have confidence that their online presence and their online transactions are secure, that their privacy is protected and that their families are safe from online threats and cyberbullying.

So connecting Canadians, now protecting Canadians online. The third of the five pillars is digital economic opportunities for Canada.

(Images of the Business Development Bank of Canada website)

Digital Canada 150 has a number of new initiatives, including 200 million new dollars to help small and medium-sized businesses adopt digital technologies. And we will invest an additional 300 million dollars in venture capital for digital companies across this country.

And the fourth of the five pillars is to make Canada, the Government of Canada, make us walk our talk when it comes to the digital world.

(Images of participants at the Canada Open Data Experience—or CODE—appathon and of Treasury Board President Tony Clement presenting winning team, Electric Sheep, with a $25,000 cheque.)

Many of you have been involved in the Canada Open Data Experience and the appathon. Many people here in this room, I know, were involved in that process. The Open Data Experience and the appathon had over 900 app developers from across Canada use raw Open Government data—and through the Open Data Portal—to create apps. And the experience was a fantastic one. It was led by Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

But beyond that, we want to build on that success and open up government to be more digital and accessible to Canadians.

Now comes the fun stuff, the important stuff, of telling Canadian stories to one another as we go into our 150th birthday in 2017. By merging the Canada Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund into the Canada Media Fund and making it an A-base project for the Government of Canada, a hundred million dollars in new funding every single year funds apps and video games, television shows, documentaries and shorts, and mandates that they be made available on digital platforms, engaging the entirety of the world.

(Graphic showing arrows made of film strip pointing to various countries on a map of the world, which includes the following text: In 2010, more than 150 CMF-funded projects were sold across 6 continents. Source: Canada Media Fund, International Sales.)

It is a remarkable accomplishment and an important ingredient to ensuring that Canadian digital content is available all across Canada and indeed around the world.

(Graphic of the five pillars of Digital Canada 150, which are as follows: 1. Connecting Canadians; 2. Protecting Canadians; 3. Economic Opportunities; 4. Digital Government; 5. Canadian Content.)

Five pillars, 39 new initiatives, one national policy for 35 million Canadians. That's Digital Canada 150.

Thank you all very much.


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Tobi Day-Hamilton
Institute for Quantum Computing

Tobi: Today's announcement was a terrific announcement, not only for Canada but for the region of Waterloo as well, in terms of digital technologies, in terms of quantum technologies. The Institute for Quantum Computing is very proud of the support that the Government has provided us so far. We look forward to transforming along with the Government all the things that we can do in the technology world.

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Colin McKay
Google Canada

Colin: We think that the strategy is a tremendous step forward, encouraging Canadian businesses to adopt digital technologies and look to innovative ways to develop our economy. It's a fantastic move and we fully support it.

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Karna Gupta
Information Technology Association of Canada

Karna: As the ITAC, we represent all of the Canadian technology companies, and the platform was just perfect for us. I mean, it is—all of the five key elements that were spoken about are—very consistent with where our companies are, our employees are. And we're looking forward to working with the Government going forward.


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