Canadians benefit from new jobs, skills and business opportunities through innovation

News Release

Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan creates the middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow

September 19, 2017 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canadians will benefit from new jobs, skills and business opportunities as a result of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to turn more promising ideas into market-ready innovations.

That was the message delivered by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, at The ONE National Conference—a gathering of chartered professional accountants and senior financial leaders from across the country to discuss issues of importance to the profession and to the public, presented by CPA Canada and CPA Ontario.

Through the Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government is supporting the growth of Canadian companies by encouraging the public and private sectors to collaborate in bringing more early-stage research to market. Specifically, the Government is:

By providing more direct support for business innovation, the Government plays a key role in creating entirely new industries as well as companies that have the potential to become global brands. And as these companies grow, they will create more middle-class jobs for Canadians.


Quotes

“Where innovation happens is where the middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow are created. Our government is making smart and responsible investments in innovation that will result in better jobs and opportunities for all Canadians and help equip Canadians with the in-demand skills for the jobs of today and into the future. That’s how innovation leads to a better Canada.”

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

“Innovation and skills development play key roles in building a strong and resilient economy, one that values sustainability and social development. Collaborating with employers and other stakeholders, including governments, allows us to adapt and evolve our education programs and professional development offerings to ensure that the knowledge and skills of our members continually meet the needs of the marketplace. Change is rapid. As new technologies and issues emerge, our profession is playing an active role in helping organizations stay ahead of the curve and achieve long-term success.”

– Joy Thomas, President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Contacts

Follow Minister Bains on Twitter: @MinisterISED

Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca


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