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Meet me at The Royal

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall chats with Robert and Denise Martel of Meadowview Alpaca Farms during her visit to the Northern Ontario Pavilion at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. The Duchess was told the soft hair from alpacas is used to produce various clothing apparel and blankets. The Martels were among the more than 40 exhibitors displaying and selling their products at the FedNor-supported pavilion.

Attention holiday shoppers!

The holiday season is upon us once again. The Competition Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout this holiday season for scams and other unplanned-for surprises which could make the holiday shopping experience less pleasant.

Have you started your holiday shopping?

Gift cards are a convenient gift option when you don't know what to buy that certain someone on your holiday shopping list. Information on purchasing gift cards and gift card regulations can be found in the Canadian Consumer Handbook's Gift Cards section.

Research by Communications Research Centre Canada highlighted on the Hill

Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) participated in Science and Technology (S&T) Day on Parliament Hill, along with many other federal science departments, on October 19, 2009.

The Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap to hold a workshop on communications and sensors in Montreal (March 9-11, 2010)

Help industry, academia and other researchers from Canada and around the world identify solutions for Canada's soldiers of the future!

Small Business Quarterly, November 2009

Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the November 2009 issue of the Small Business Quarterly explores a recent Industry Canada study to determine whether discouraged borrowers should apply for financing because they have a good chance of being approved. Additional articles cover trends in job creation by firm size and industry; self-employment figures by educational attainment; and recent trends in business financing.

Patent Branch consulting on MOPOP Chapter 9: Descriptions

As part of the ongoing regular process of updating the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP), the draft revised Chapter 9: Descriptions was released for public consultation on November 16, 2009. Stakeholders will have until December 30, 2009, to provide comments on the draft chapter.

Release of revised Chapters 12 and 13, Manual of Patent Office Practice

The Commissioner of Patents is pleased to announce that she has authorised a revised chapter Chapter 12 of the MOPOP on the subject of Subject-Matter and Utility and a revised Chapter 13 of the MOPOP on the subject of Examination of Applications.

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December—Special Edition

Atlantic Canada—At a glance

Atlantic Canada comprises four provinces, the three Maritime Provinces—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island—and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Atlantic Canada—An Economic Overview

Atlantic Canada's economy has traditionally relied on a strong resource sector, including fishing, farming, forestry and mining. The economy has diversified in recent years leading to the development of other sectors including information technology, ocean technology, biotechnology and life science, aerospace and defence, and aquaculture.

Research and development in Atlantic Canada

Research is changing, no longer confined within the walls of any one institution or firm. In Atlantic Canada there has always been a collaborative approach. With a smaller private sector presence, fewer resources and less critical mass, focus in Atlantic Canada, traditionally has always been on cooperation, with networks created, comprised of industry, government and academia.

Atlantic Canada oil and gas activity: Update and outlook 2009

In Atlantic Canada, the oil and gas production industry generates over $6.8 billion in annual revenues and supports over 17,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Broadband in Newfoundland and Labrador

Industry Canada, in 2002, announced BRAND (Broadband for Rural and Northern Development) which led to an investment of $10.6 million in 11 projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, with total projects costs at $22.7 million.

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CIPO launches three new Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Programs

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) launched three new two-year Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programs with Japan, Denmark, and Korea on October 1, 2009.

Small Business Profile 2009

The Small Business Profile 2009, published by Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development, confirms B.C.'s small business sector is strong and vibrant.

Office of Consumer Affairs—Call for submissions 2010-2011

The Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program for Non-Profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations is now open to receive submissions. Applicants have until 23:59 Pacific Time, November 23, 2009 to submit their proposals.

Industry Canada named among the National Capital Region's top employers for 2010

In October, Industry Canada was recognized as one of Canada's top 25 employers in the National Capital Region by editors of the well-known Canada's Top 100 Employers competition.

Financing innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada

Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, this paper examines whether the financing activities, experiences, and terms and conditions of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in accessing financing are different from those of non-innovative SMEs. This paper is part of the SME Financing Data Initiative ─ a program that is intended to build a comprehensive knowledge on SME financing in Canada.

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November—Special Edition

Take charge of your debts

Having problems with debts? The Office of Consumer Affairs provides an online tool to help you better understand your debt problems and some options that are available to you. The online tool also provides information on making a budget, budget counselling, collection agencies, credit and credit repair.

Canadian Consumer Handbook 2008-2009

Being a wise consumer is the best protection you can have in today's marketplace. The Canadian Consumer Handbook offers a wealth of information on the differences between proper and improper business procedures.

Know when to say when

Getting into debt is easy. Getting out can be hard. Here are some tips to avoid getting in over your head.

Tips to protect yourself from fraud

Fraud by telephone, mail and Internet is a serious international problem. It steals your money, your identity and even your self-respect. You can protect yourself by learning to recognize the signs.

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Information guides for private sector H1N1 Influenza Pandemic planning

It is likely that a second wave of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic will arrive in Canada sometime during the upcoming fall and winter of 2009-10 and the Government of Canada is making resources available to ensure Canadians are prepared.

CTC campaign outstrips expectations: More than two million page views and 450,000 site visitors, boosts industry across Canada

The results are in and it's official: the Canadian Tourism Commission's (CTC) LOCALS KNOW campaign is the runaway success story of the summer. From its launch on June 1 to July 31, the site clocked up some astonishing figures: nearly half a million visitors looking at more than 4,000 secret spots.

Check out the Canadian Consumer Handbook!

Looking for helpful consumer information on everything from managing your debt to dealing with telemarketers? If so, check out the Canadian Consumer Handbook. It offers tips, questions and advice on consumers' rights, along with contacts for help with common problems. It even helps you with how to make an effective complaint.

Venture Capital Monitor

Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the Venture Capital Monitor provides current information about the VC industry in Canada. This issue presents the venture capital (VC) investment and fundraising trends in Q2 2009. It also summarizes recent government initiatives related to the support of the VC industry in Canada.

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October—Special Edition—Small Business Week


The right government information and services for you. Customize your search for financing options, permits and licences, preparing to export… and more.

Lending a hand to your business

Need financing? The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.

Stimulating innovation in Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises

Regarded as one of the best programs of its kind, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services, along with potential financial support, to innovative Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Your online source for business permits and licences

BizPaL is an online service that benefits Canadian businesses by helping them identify which permits and licences are required from all levels of government and how to obtain them.

Intellectual property: Your business ally

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office grants, registers, and administers intellectual property rights. Intellectual property—patents, trade-marks, copyrights and industrial designs—enables creators and innovators to increase the value of their products and services.

How can you benefit from e-business?

The Survey of Electronic Commerce and Technology by Statistics Canada revealed that in 2007 only 7% of small and medium businesses were selling online. The global market will be $600 billion in 2010 and taking advantage of this is key to growth for businesses today. The Small Business Internship Program can help you move your e-commerce goals a step forward.

Are you thinking of incorporating?

Corporations Canada provides leading-edge resources, tools and information designed to make it easy for entrepreneurs to file for federal incorporation.

Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.

Financial difficulties?

Whether you are a debtor (you owe money) or a creditor (you are owed money), the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy wants to help you understand the bankruptcy and insolvency process and provide you with the information you need to best manage your situation.

BDC pays tribute to Canadian entrepreneurs during Small Business Week®

Small Business Week provides entrepreneurs with training, and creates a forum for networking. With the assistance of public and private sector organizations, BDC branches play an active role in planning and publicizing a variety of activities as part of Small Business Week.

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Prime Minister announces new Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially launched the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) August 13th. The launch is the final step in fulfilling a key commitment in the Harper Government's Economic Action Plan.

Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap to hold Power/Energy/Sustainability Workshop in Vancouver (September 21-23)

Help industry, academia and other researchers from Canada and around the world identify power, energy and sustainability solutions for Canada's future soldiers!

Canadian Industry Statistics

In August 2009, the Canadian Industry Statistics website was updated with the latest data from Statistics Canada and also with new features to make the site easier to use. Canadian Industry Statistics provides business owners, investors and students with relevant annual industry statistics on a number of topics as well as analysis of industry trends.

The Office of Consumer Affairs presents the Consumer Research Post

Are you interested in receiving information on Industry Canada consumer news, developments in the Canadian consumer movement, upcoming national and international conferences in the consumer interest or marketplace developments of interest to consumer policy professionals? If so, check out what the Consumer Research Post has to offer!

Small Business Quarterly, August 2009

Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, the August 2009 issue of the Small Business Quarterly examines the performance of businesses by firm size during economic downturns. Additional articles cover the survival rates of venture capital-backed firms; trends in job creation and business establishments by firm size, province or territory; and self-employment figures by occupation.

Work that matters

Industry Canada plays many important roles in delivering key elements of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The people working diligently behind the scenes are committed to making a difference through public service. However, more than a quarter of them will be eligible to retire by 2012. Offering diverse challenges and opportunities to be involved in work that matters to our economy and to our country, Industry Canada is seeking new employees to be involved in meaningful work. Be sure to check out our career opportunities available during this fall's recruitment campaign in late September 2009. It's all about Work That Matters.

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September—Special Edition—Ontario

Ontario ICT Sector profile: Beyond "dot coms"

Did you know that Ontario's 16,000 information and communications technology (ICT) firms earn over $75 billion in revenues annually? That's about half of the country's ICT firms earning half of the country's ICT revenues. It goes without saying that ICT makes a significant contribution to Ontario's economy.

Ontario Economic Overview: Taking the pulse of Ontario's economic health

For the past few years, the Policy, Analysis and Intelligence (PAI) directorate of Industry Canada's regional office has developed an Ontario Economic Overview (OEO). It is prepared four times a year.

BGSY takes a road trip

Business, Government Services and You (BGSY) grew out of an earlier model of successful science and technology focussed outreach (Business, Science, Technology and You—BGSY) held in 2007.

What's old will be new again!

In the spirit of environmental consciousness, on June 12, 2009, representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, along with stakeholders from the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC), were proud to celebrate the groundbreaking of a project slated to be at the forefront of green technology.

Royal Botanical Gardens: An institution dedicated to the environment and education

This summer, students, adults, campers and those just looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors have been taking advantage of the newly expanded and rejuvenated Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington, Ontario.

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Tourism receives a $100 million boost through the Marquee Tourism Events Program

Jugglers, acrobats, musicians—these are not normally images that come to mind when one thinks of Industry Canada's range of programs and services, but thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan, the department is now taking part in these activities.

Welcome to Canada

CTC, Canada Border Services Agency put out the welcome mat, encourage travel—before, during and after 2010 Winter Games.

Canada's North becomes a new tourism partner for CTC

Agreement allows three tourism groups to collaborate on projects, programs, communications, promotion and other special events.

Come explore Canada's eastern shore

Thousands of tourists come to the Atlantic Region each summer to marvel in the endless beaches, fresh sea air, plentiful seafood and hospitality that its four provinces have to offer. In addition to all this, each of our provinces also has countless summer festivals which are sure to make you a repeat visitor!

Quebec Region—"La Belle Province" indeed!

To learn more about the wonderful cities of Quebec: Val-d'Or, Saint-Rémi, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, Québec, Gatineau, and Montréal, take the opportunity to play tourist and discover a new corner of the country!

There will be tourists

The 2010 Winter Games will generate a lot of tourism revenue.

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Small Business Internship Program

The Small Business Internship Program provides small and medium-sized businesses financial support to hire a post secondary student intern to assist them in their adoption of information and communications technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness.

Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap

Help identify soldier systems technologies for the future! Industry, government, academia and other researchers from Canada and around the world will participate at the front end of Canada's soldier modernization efforts.

Making a complaint: Can be beneficial to both consumers and business

The Office of Consumer Affairs offers tools and information to help consumers learn how to complain effectively.

CIPO releases its 2009–2010 Business Plan

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office's 2009–2010 Business Plan is now available online. The Business Plan sets out CIPO's key activities for the upcoming year and reflects changes that will enable us to be more responsive to our clients and the business community in a volatile and difficult economic climate.

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Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day

On April 26, CIPO celebrates the successes of those Canadians whose intellectual property (IP) assets contribute to our global economy. IP is an increasingly important business asset, enabling Canadian innovators and creators to enhance the value of their products and businesses. Celebrate World IP Day, by respecting the IP rights around you.

Financing innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada

This profile is part of a series of profiles on small business financing published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch. Using data from the SME Financing Data Initiative Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises, 2004, this profile describes innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs) along a range of characteristics and examines whether they differ from non-innovative SMEs in terms of access to financing, financing terms and conditions, and obstacles faced in accessing financing.

Twenty percent cut in red tape for businesses

The federal government reached its goal of reducing the paperwork burden for businesses by 20 percent. Thirteen federal departments and agencies worked together to achieve this target by streamlining regulations, eliminating duplicate requirements, getting rid of overlapping obligations, and reducing how often documents need to be filed. Government will continue to work with the private sector, including the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, to implement meaningful change for businesses in Canada.

Q4 2008 Venture Capital Monitor

Published by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, this year-end issue discusses Canada's venture capital (VC) activity during 2008, a year characterized by declining VC investments across nearly all regions, sectors and types of investors. The feature article highlights the findings of Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) study of the economic impact of VC investment. The "In Focus" article discusses Manitoba's VC industry and diverse technology sectors.

Trade Data Online

Looking for trade information? Trade Data Online can provide you with the latest statistics on Canadian and U.S. export and imports. Canadian and U.S. import and export data are now updated to January 2009 and the Canadian data for the year 2008 has been revised.

Thinking of moving this spring?

"For Sale" signs, "For Rent" signs, and moving company advertisements are sprouting like crocuses! Springtime is always known as the peak season of home buying, renting and preparing to move. Preparing to purchase or rent a home and move are some of the biggest decisions you will make in your life and it's very easy to take a wrong, frustrating and costly turn. Here are some helpful tips and information to ensure a smooth transition.

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Key Small Business Statistics, January 2009

Produced by the Small Business and Tourism Branch, this semi-annual publication provides information on the most frequently asked questions pertaining to small businesses in Canada. Fully 98% of businesses in Canada are considered small and they employ 48% of the labour force. Updated sections include data on the number of businesses in Canada, survival of small businesses, job creation and characteristics of the self-employed.

State of Logistics: The Canadian Report 2008

Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) partnered with Industry Canada to undertake the first Canadian State of Logistics Report. This strategic information can be used to identify best practices, develop benchmarks, justify investments and innovation decisions, monitor industry performance, and become more competitive in global value-chains.

Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and around the world. As chair of the Fraud Prevention Forum, the Competition Bureau works with its partners to raise awareness among consumers and businesses about the dangers of fraud by educating them on how to recognize it, report it and stop it.

New "Work that matters" employer brand

Industry Canada launched its new "Work That Matters" employer brand last September by attending career fairs across Canada aimed at recruiting post-secondary graduates and raising awareness of the interesting and important work we do.

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March—Special Edition—Fraud Prevention Month

Launch of Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month, a month-long education campaign aimed at addressing the issue of fraud and ensuring confidence in the marketplace. Throughout the month, the Competition Bureau raises awareness among consumers and businesses about the dangers of fraud by educating them on how to recognize it, report it and stop it.

Fraud quiz

In today's tough economic times, fraudsters are as aggressive as ever in their attempts to defraud innocent victims of their hard earned cash. Decrease your chances of falling victim to fraud by increasing your knowledge of how fraudsters work and what to be weary of if they try to contact you!

Victim stories

In 2008, the Competition Bureau received over 15,000 complaints regarding mass marketing fraud, which is fraud by mail, telephone and Internet. Here are some examples of actual complaints received by the Bureau. Names and certain details have been changed to protect the identities of the victims.


The Fraud Awareness for Commercial Targets (FACT) campaign is an outreach and education initiative that provides businesses and not-for-profit organizations with the facts necessary to avoid becoming victims of fraud, which costs them millions of dollars annually.

Tips to protect yourself from fraud

Fraud by telephone, mail and Internet is a serious international problem. It steals your money, your identity and even your self-respect. You can protect yourself by learning to recognize the signs.

Consumer Identity Theft Checklist

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