Hon. Navdeep Bains announces Innovation Agenda action areas

June 14, 2016

Ottawa (Ontario), June 14, 2016 – Today the Honourable Navdeep Bains announced six action areas that will guide the government’s development of a national Innovation Agenda. Those areas are:

  • promoting an entrepreneurial and creative society
  • supporting global science excellence
  • building world-leading clusters and partnerships
  • growing companies and accelerating clean growth
  • competing in a digital world
  • improving ease of doing business

The government will be conducting public engagement opportunities throughout the summer, which will be followed by the creation of an action plan later in the year.

Jim Quick, President & CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement:

On behalf of the Board and members of AIAC, I am pleased to see the government’s commitment to prioritizing Canadian innovation as a key means of creating economic opportunity and prosperity. As our nation’s leading industrial investor in research and development and a globally-integrated exporter of highly innovative Canadian products and technologies, Canada’s aerospace industry serves as a shining example of the opportunity that innovative products and manufacturing processes can create. We commend Minister Bains and his colleagues on the development of the Innovation Agenda, and we look forward to working with the government in the months ahead to identify how Canada’s aerospace sector can contribute to a prosperous, innovative Canada for all.

Associated Links:
Government Press Release
Government Backgrounder

About AIAC:
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector.  As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes over $29B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 180,000 Canadians.

For information:
Kristen VanderHoek
Director of Communications
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
613 232-4297 x225
kvanderhoek@aiac.ca