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Government of Canada Conducting a National Consultation to Renew Federal Strategy

January 8, 2014 – Ottawa – Department of Industry

Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology (S&T), announced the launch of a consultation that will seek input from Canadians on a new federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy. As part of the approach to updating the 2007 S&T Strategy, the government has released a discussion paper that solicits the public's ideas and recommendations on how best to shape federal policy on science, technology and innovation.

Quick Facts

  • Industry Canada is accepting written submissions in response to the questions posed in the consultation paper, which, along with submission guidelines, can be found at www.ic.gc.ca/science-tech-innovation-consultation. Interested parties are invited to provide a submission before February 7, 2014.
  • In the October 2013 Speech from the Throne, the government announced that it would release an updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and committed to continue targeted investments in science and innovation.
  • Recent achievements have transformed the National Research Council, doubled the investment in the Industrial Research Assistance Program, supported research collaborations through the federal granting councils and created the new Venture Capital Action Plan.
  • The government will release its updated strategy following consideration and careful review of input received during the consultation period.

Quotes

"The views and thoughts of Canadians on their future and how they perceive science, technology and innovation are crucial in helping us build on Canada's strengths and guiding us in moving forward on our national strategy that more adequately meets our needs as a country and overcomes the challenges of an ever-changing global economy."

– Minister of State (Science and Technology) Greg Rickford

"Our goal is to develop a strategy for harnessing both discovery-driven and applied research to propel further innovation, create high-value jobs and contribute to our long-term prosperity. We want to ensure that Canada remains well positioned in the global arena for excellence, talent and wealth."

– Minister of State (Science and Technology) Greg Rickford

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