2016-17 Departmental Results Report - minister’s message

 

I am pleased to report progress made on making Canada a world-leading centre for innovation and science, helping create good, well-paying jobs, and strengthening and growing the middle class.

The work of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Portfolio includes promoting innovation and science; supporting the commercialization of more research and ideas; providing more Canadians with the skills to participate in a global and digital economy; helping small businesses grow through innovation, access to capital and trade; promoting increased tourism in Canada; and supporting scientific research and the integration of scientific considerations in our investment and policy choices.

This year, the Portfolio organizations continued their work to deliver on the Government’s Budget 2017 commitment to develop an Innovation and Skills Plan. The plan’s focus on people and addressing the changing nature of the economy is a focus for the Portfolio’s programs.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency promotes economic development in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses innovate, grow and compete and communities prosper, and by working with federal and provincial partners to implement the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

This bold, results-based strategy is putting Atlantic Canada on the path to a more innovative, diverse and globally competitive economy – one that will create well-paying middle class jobs for Atlantic Canadians now and in the future.

It is my pleasure to present the 2016-17 Departmental Results Report for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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