Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation 2014 – Summary

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Prime Minister's Message

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Prime Minister of Canada

Stephen Harper

The success of our economy, the prosperity of our communities and the well-being of our families depend on advancing cutting-edge science, technology and innovation in Canada.

While our Government has already significantly ramped up support for Canada's quest for knowledge, we recognize that remaining competitive in the global marketplace of ideas demands a long-term commitment and strategy.

That is why we are launching Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation, a new strategy that leverages the expertise and resources of post-secondary institutions, industry and government to translate brilliant theories and ideas into applications that will improve the day-to-day lives of Canadians and generate economic growth and jobs across the country.

For years Canadian researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs have expanded the boundaries of knowledge and experience, building a proud, progressive and strong country. As Canada approaches the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our Government is proud to build on that remarkable foundation through new investments in science, technology and innovation that will be of benefit to this generation and an invaluable inheritance for generations to come.

Minister of State's Message

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Minister of State (Science and Technology)

Ed Holder

Today, science, technology and innovation drive the prosperity of nations. Canada has great strengths in this regard including many of the world's brightest minds; as a result, Canada is well-positioned to seize its moment on the world stage, ensuring long-term jobs, opportunities and prosperity for Canadians.

Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has made record investments in science, technology and innovation to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and opportunities, and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

While the global economy remains fragile, Canada has come a long way. We boast a welcoming and predictable business environment thanks to low taxes, a sound banking sector and a modern regulatory framework.

In Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation, our government is delivering on our commitment to renew Canada's science and technology strategy with a vision to strengthen Canada's position as a global leader in scientific research and innovation.

The renewed strategy builds on two existing pillars, People and Knowledge, and introduces a third pillar, Innovation.

People Pillar: We will inspire, develop, attract and retain the highly talented researchers needed to meet the demands of the modern global economy both in the lab and in the boardroom while encouraging young Canadians to seek rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Knowledge Pillar: We will tackle national and global challenges by supporting world-leading research through legacy investments like the Canada First Research Excellence Fund for the long-term economic benefit of Canada.

Innovation Pillar: We will encourage greater partnerships among Canadian businesses, universities and colleges to drive innovation and encourage the adoption of new processes and technologies that help Canadian businesses prepare to compete and win in the global marketplace.

Our government's renewed science, technology and innovation strategy will strengthen Canadian science and business to ensure they remain world-leading. I look forward to sharing the excitement of new Canadian discoveries, breakthroughs and innovations along with the boundless promise they hold for Canadians.

Canada's future in science, technology and innovation is bright. Canada and Canadians must be prepared to lead and to remain at the frontier of discovery. Together, we will seize Canada's moment.

Moving Canada Forward

As we approach our 150th anniversary, Canada stands at the threshold of a new era of opportunity and achievements as a nation that has established a quality of life envied around the globe. In a fast-changing world driven by science, technology and innovation, we aspire to lead with our people, knowledge and innovation:

People: Canada will be a place where curiosity is encouraged, our youth are inspired by science, technology and innovation, and where the best and brightest minds from around the world come to share in our aspirations of pushing the frontiers of knowledge and making ground-breaking technology advancements to help Canada succeed in the global economy.

Knowledge: Canada will continue to be recognized world-wide for its research excellence and knowledge infrastructure. We will be a nation where our talented researchers and entrepreneurs can pursue their aspirations and ideas for the benefit of Canadians and people around the world.

Innovation: Drawing on the skills and knowledge of Canadians as well as our strong research capacity, Canada will be a place where businesses embrace innovation and successfully compete on the world's stage. Businesses will adopt the latest technological advancements and foster partnerships within the science and technology community to bring ideas from the lab to the global marketplace.

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Canada's new science, technology and innovation strategy, Seizing Canada's Moment, provides a road map for how Canada will build on its world-leading strengths and begin its next 150 years of scientific achievement, discovery and economic success. It is based on four principles:

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Moving People Forward: Growing Canada's Talent

Canada has a legacy of innovative people who, decade after decade, have contributed their ideas, curiosity and know-how to create products, knowledge and services that have benefited the world. People are at the heart of discovery and innovation, and they will remain our greatest asset and the source of our ability to lead in the knowledge economy.

Building on Strength

What We've Done

What We Will Do

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Moving Knowledge Forward: Maintaining Canada's Leadership in Science and Technology

Science and technology are essential to Canada's prosperity and improving our quality of life. Research and discoveries shed light on the world around us and open doors to new possibilities. Canada's global research excellence, supported by world-class research facilities, pushes the frontiers of science and technology and has helped attract leading researchers to Canada from around the world.

Building on Strength

What We've Done

What We Will Do

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Moving Innovation Forward: Strengthening Canada's Business Innovation

Canadians have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have shown how to bring ideas to life. Supported by a capacity for world-class research, Canadians have become agents of change. Canada must now leverage those strengths and embrace a broader business innovation culture—experimenting with new technologies and processes and exploring new business horizons. We are on the right path to unlocking Canada's potential to become a global leader in innovation.

Building on Strength

What We've Done

What We Will Do

How We Got to Where We Are

In 2006, our government set out to make science, technology and innovation a source of Canadian advantage. In the years since, we have built a legacy of achievement.

Seizing Canada's Moment

In the globally competitive race to advance science, technology and innovation, Canada is well positioned. It has:

A Legacy of Innovation

Throughout our history as a nation, Canadians have been pioneers in scientific and technological achievement. We have turned research and ideas into products, jobs and a healthier, safer world. Here are some of Canada's successes:

Having built on these achievements, Canada now stands at the threshold of a new era. We can leverage the many advantages that stem from a strong, stable and vibrant science, technology and innovation ecosystem. Together, we will seize this moment and build a brighter future for all Canadians.
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