Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy: Frequently Asked Questions

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Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy Consultation

What is the purpose of this consultation?

We are seeking the thoughts and views of Canadians on how to strengthen our science, technology and innovation (ST&I) strategy.

Our goal is to develop a strategy for harnessing both discovery-driven and applied research to propel further innovation; create high value jobs, and contribute to our long term prosperity. We want to ensure that Canada remains well positioned in the global arena for excellence, talent, and prosperity.

Don't we already have a Science and Technology Strategy? Why is this needed?

In 2007, Prime Minister Harper announced the Government of Canada's Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, which identified People, Knowledge and Entrepreneurial advantages.

The Government of Canada remains focused on setting the right conditions to build knowledge, support great ideas, and ensure economic growth and long-term prosperity. The 2007 Strategy has served Canadians well. Recent achievements have transformed the National Research Council, doubled the investment in the Industrial Research Assistance Program, supported research collaborations through the federal granting councils and created the new Venture Capital Action Plan.

However, the global landscape has changed in the past seven years. That is why, as announced in the 2013 Speech from the Throne, we are updating our strategy, to provide a new framework that more adequately reflects today's global economy and guides federal ST&I investments and priorities to further build on Canada's core strengths in research.

Who is being consulted and when?

All Canadians are invited to participate in this process and share their thoughts and views.

Through this consultation process, we are also seeking the views of a wide-range of stakeholders from all sectors of the ST&I system, including universities, colleges and polytechnics, the business community, and not-for-profit research institutions.

How do I provide my comments?

You can read the consultation paper and discussion questions.

Responses can be sent by email to, or through the mail to:

Industry Canada
Science and Innovation Sector
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

All comments must be received by .

How will my comments be taken into account?

All written submissions will be reviewed and will be considered in updating the Strategy. They may also help inform the development of future government science policy.

When will the new Strategy be released?

Following the consultation phase, we will review and consider all comments. The updated Strategy will be released in the months following the end of the consultation phase.