Canada has a proud tradition as a digital innovator. Canadian ICT manufacturers were leaders in developing key digital technologies such as satellites, fibre optics, digital switches, wireless devices and networking equipment. Canada's telecommunications and cable companies were leaders in deploying broadband networks and services to businesses and homes.
In recent years, our performance has slipped in some key dimensions. Growth rates have declined in the Canadian ICT sector in the face of increasing international competition, and we lag other countries in the adoption and use of digital technologies. On the other hand, Canada is building an international reputation in emerging areas such as e–gaming, animation and special effects software.
To prosper in the global digital economy, Canada must build on its many strengths and foundations to seize new opportunities and regain its digital leadership. Other countries have set clear targets and timelines for reaching these targets.
- Should we set targets for our made–in–Canada digital strategy? And if so, what should those targets be?
- What should the timelines be to reach these targets?
Developing and implementing a digital economy strategy will require the active engagement of all stakeholders, including ICT producers, consumers, researchers, teachers and users. It will also require cooperation between governments.
Moving forward, we welcome your input to shape the development of a digital economy strategy that positions Canada to compete globally and succeed.