Today in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made major changes to his cabinet which will impact the Canadian economy, and technology companies across the country.
In response CCI Director of Federal Affairs Nicholas Schiavo made the following statement on behalf of our members:
“Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to his cabinet. We hope this cabinet shuffle reinvigorates key policy files tied to Canada’s future prosperity in the 21st century economy.
“In particular, our members are keen to collaborate withDominic LeBlancas Canada’s new Minister of Public Safety. With the next generation of the National Cyber Security Strategy expected in the coming months, Minister LeBlanc has important work to do to ensure Canada’s cyber industry is leveraged to protect our citizens, businesses, and institutions from the rising barrage and increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks. Canada’s cyber security industry is world-class but faces regulatory and policy challenges at the federal level, so we look forward to working with Minister Leblanc and his colleagues to address the cyber talent and procurement barriers impeding Canada’s economic and national security in the digital age.
“In recent weeks, we have been pleased to see changes to Canada’s immigration policies to support the tech sector, making Canada a global destination for skilled talent. We are eager to work with Immigration MinisterMarc Millerto build on this success and ensure that our national immigration system is doing everything possible to drive economic growth.
“In conversations with our member CEOs, we consistently hear frustration that Canada’s most innovative companies can sell their technology services to governments around the world, but they are unable to navigate Canadian procurement processes here at home. As Minister of Public Services and Procurement, we are eager to work withJean-Yves Duclosto streamline and modernize federal procurement in ways that propel the growth of homegrown Canadian companies.
“In years past, we have seen a lack of follow-through on priority files, including reform of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit, and a regulatory regime for open banking. With a new Cabinet now in place, there’s a new opportunity for the government to work with Canada’s tech sector in a spirit of collaboration and partnership to improve access to capital, bolster our national data, privacy, and AI regulations, and make good on updates to marketplace frameworks that create the conditions for growth.”