Digital Canada 150 sets clear goals for a connected and competitive Canada
April 4, 2014 – Waterloo, Ontario – Industry Canada
Industry Minister James Moore today unveiled Digital Canada 150, an ambitious path forward for Canadians to take full advantage of the opportunities of the digital age. Digital Canada 150 encompasses 39 new initiatives that build on our government's successful measures for a more connected Canada. It is based on 250 submissions that were received from more than 2,000 Canadians who registered to participate in online consultations held over three months in 2010.
There are five key principles guiding Canada's digital future:
- Connecting Canadians
- Protecting Canadians
- Economic Opportunities
- Digital Government
- Canadian Content
Under Digital Canada 150:
- Over 98 percent of Canadians will have access to high-speed Internet at 5 megabits per second—a rate that enables e-commerce, high-resolution video, employment opportunities and distance education.
- Canadians will have confidence their online transactions are secure, their privacy is protected, and their families are safe from cyberbullying and other online threats.
- We will work to secure the communications networks and devices that connect Canadians from foreign threats, which will protect the privacy of families, businesses and governments.
- Wholesale domestic wireless roaming rates will be capped and wireless companies that break the rules will be penalized.
- Significant new investments will be made to help small and medium-sized businesses adopt digital technologies and to provide digital companies with access to venture capital.
- Canada will be a leader in the use of digital technologies and open data, making it even easier for Canadians to access government services online.
- New measures to promote Canadian content online will enable Canadians to better celebrate our national story and what it means to be Canadian.
Digital Canada 150 is the result of extensive consultations with industry, businesses and individual Canadians. It is designed to be inclusive, capable of responding to the demands of fast-changing times, and able to provide Canadians with the tools, the protections and the skills they need to fully embrace the opportunities of a digital future.
Office of the Minister of Industry