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Introducing the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program

November 2011—As part of the Government of Canada's digital economy strategy, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has been selected to deliver the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP).

Nominate an outstanding educator! Nominations for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence close January 9, 2012

December 2011—If you know an outstanding educator who deserves national recognition, please consider submitting a nomination for the 2012 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence. Educators selected to receive the award will receive a certificate, a pin and a letter signed by the Prime Minister, along with a cash award of up to $5,000. The Recipients' schools are also honoured for their contribution to the educator's achievement. Nominations will be accepted until January 9, 2012.

Investing in innovation creates financial opportunities and improves patient care at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital

December 2011—The information technology group at Mount Sinai Hospital developed a software solution that increases the amount of time medical staff can spend with patients—creating a potential new revenue source for the hospital!

Move your national and international patent applications into the fast lane with the Patent Prosecution Highway

December 2011—The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) enables Canadian patent applicants to fast-track the examination of their eligible patent applications in participating countries.

Helping Canadian wireless companies innovate and prosper

December 2011—The Government of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence seeks to mobilize Canada's best research and development talent through programs such as the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research Program. This program provides resources to small and medium-sized enterprises including connecting them with university researchers, with commercially viable innovations. Recently the program helped Wavefront, a not-for profit centre focusing on the commercialization of wireless companies in Canada.

Ocean technology continues to grow in Atlantic Canada

December 2011—The ocean technology sector continues to grow in Atlantic Canada, especially in the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. With the recent launch of the Halifax Marine Research Institute and the continued growth of OceansAdvance, a cluster of more than 50 ocean technology sector companies, the Atlantic Region is benefitting from significant developments in the sector.

Business innovation and strategy: A Canadian perspective

December 2011—Industry Canada has released Business Innovation and Strategy: A Canadian Perspective. This report is based on the Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy and was presented at the Insights from the Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy workshop at the University of Toronto earlier this fall.

Celebrating World Standards Day 2011: Canada's standardization network creates confidence globally

December 2011—On October 14, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) welcomed industry experts, government representatives and members of the public to a panel discussion to celebrate World Standards Day and to explore this year's theme: International Standards—Creating confidence globally.

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Introducing the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program

November 2011—As part of the Government of Canada's digital economy strategy, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has been selected to deliver the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP).

Small Business Quarterly November 2011

November 2011—The November 2011 issue of the Small Business Quarterly features an article indicating that recovery in the lending market is taking hold. Using data from a recent survey of small businesses conducted for Industry Canada, this article highlights that both debt financing request rates and debt financing approval rates have increased from 2009 to 2010. This issue also includes articles on job creation, self-employment and business insolvencies.

A streamlined manufacturing sector web presence

November 2011—Industry Canada has launched its new Manufacturing Sector Gateway. This website focuses on bringing Canadians and businesses the most up-to-date and complete information on the manufacturing sector.

Handle with care: Protecting your intellectual property before doing business abroad

November 2011—An easy 8-step tool is now available to quickly guide your exporting business through the processes required to protect and leverage your trade-marks, patents, and industrial designs abroad.

Outstanding Canadian Educators honoured with Prime Minister's Award on World Teachers' Day

November 2011—Recipients of the 2010-11 Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education were announced on October 5, 2011, World Teachers' Day. The Awards were presented on behalf of the Prime Minister by the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

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New Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act in Force

October 2011—Long-awaited legislation aimed at streamlining the regulatory burden on Canada's not-for-profit sector came into force on October 17, 2011. The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act encourages confidence in the marketplace by introducing clear, modern regulatory frameworks at all levels of the Canadian economy.

Venture Capital Monitor—Q2 2011

October 2011—This issue of the Venture Capital Monitor reviews VC (venture capital) investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the second quarter of 2011. In addition, this issue examines recent government activity by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and provincial governments in support of VC as well as a recent survey completed by the National Angel Capital Organization on investment habits by angel investor groups across Canada.

Celebrating award winning Canadian research

First Banting Postdoctoral Fellows Awarded

October 2011—The first 70 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients—each exploring a new frontier of science, engineering or the humanities—were formally announced this September. Whether researching tuberculosis-resistant genes or the causes of heart disease, exploring alternative energy sources through solar-to-hydrogen conversion or examining the appropriate management of intellectual property in the digital era, Banting Fellowship recipients are pursuing groundbreaking work that will directly affect the lives of Canadians.

2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

October 2011—Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients will help spark the creation of new products, services and policies that support Canada's economic competitiveness, strengthen social foundations, sustain the environment and improve the quality of life.

Grand opening of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute

October 2011—With the official opening of the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute, Canada has become home to the world's largest theoretical physics centre devoted to research, training and education outreach.

World-class research facility to open in Saskatchewan

October 2011—The International Vaccine Centre (InterVac), a state-of-the-art vaccine research centre and one of the largest of its kind in the world, will be up and running at the University of Saskatchewan in early 2012.

ARCHIVED—Taking action on child road safety

October 2011—Each year, approximately 130 Canadian children under the age of 15 die as a result of traffic injuries. Road collisions remain the single highest cause of preventable death for children in Canada. The Government of Canada is acting to reduce the number and severity of injuries children experience as a result of traffic accidents by funding research and public education designed to keep our children safer whether they are riding in cars or walking or cycling in their neighbourhoods.

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Top 12 smart consumer tips

September 2011—Practical advice to help you stretch, save and protect your money, brought to you by the Consumer Measures Committee. Representing the federal government, as well as every province and territory, members of the Consumer Measures Committee work together to improve consumer protection across Canada.

Small Business Quarterly, August 2011

September 2011—The August 2011 issue of the Small Business Quarterly highlights private sector employment by business size, both during and after the recession. This issue also includes an article on trends in business lending from 2000 to 2010. Additional articles include recent trends in business locations, job creation and self-employment figures.

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The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada launches an initiative against bankruptcy abuse and fraud

August 2011—The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) added a new section to its website to help educate the public and stakeholders on bankruptcy compliance. The section outlines the duties of an individual declaring bankruptcy, examines the consequences of abuse and fraudulent activity, addresses what to do if fraud is detected and presents examples of actual penal and criminal cases.

Young Canadians get passionate about science and engineering through hands-on learning

August 2011—The Government of Canada announced that it will provide $2.9 million over three years to 58 organizations that promote science and engineering to young Canadians through the 2011 competition of the PromoScience Program, an initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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Key Small Business Statistics

July 2011—Key Small Business Statistics is a semi-annual publication that provides information on the most frequently asked questions pertaining to Canadian small businesses. In Canada, 98% of businesses are considered small, and they employ 48% of the labour force. Updated sections include data on the number of businesses in Canada, job creation, firm survival, share of high-growth firms, earnings by business size, the number of self-employed workers, as well as the contribution of small businesses to Canada's gross domestic product and to exports.

Q1 2011 Venture Capital Monitor

July 2011—The Venture Capital Monitor provides current information about Canada's venture capital (VC) industry. This issue includes reports on venture capital investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the first quarter of 2011, as well as recent federal activity in support of VC. Those involved in business start-ups will be interested to read the article on the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program. The 22 centres of excellence created under this federal program help innovative start-ups access valuable resources, expertise and financing.

Canadian aerospace industry soars at the 2011 International Paris Air Show

July 2011—The 2011 International Paris Air Show, held at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, is considered the world's leading aviation and space event. A forum where representatives from the industry's top firms meet to showcase their latest technologies and ink contracts, the show is the highlight of the year for Canadian aerospace companies.

Government of Canada supports our most promising researchers: Announcing the results of NSERC's 2011 grants and scholarships competition

July 2011—At the beginning of the summer, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the results of the 2011 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grants and scholarships competitions. This investment in the country's most promising researchers helps ensure that Canada continues to create jobs and prosperity through new ideas and innovative thinking.

Promoting Canada's signature tourism experiences

July 2011—The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched the Signature Experiences Collection—an innovative new program that will highlight authentic Canadian travel experiences, increase awareness of Canada abroad and help grow our share of international visitors.

OCA adds new content to the Canadian Consumer Handbook

July 2011—The Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) recently updated the Canadian Consumer Handbook with three new chapters on Insurance, E-Waste and Home Renovations. New information has also been added to the existing chapters on Vehicle Purchase, Identity Theft and Warranties. The Handbook helps consumers better protect themselves by encouraging them to examine product and service offerings before purchasing. Visit the Handbook—there's a lot of practical information and advice on how to be a savvy consumer!

Canadian Small Business Exporters—June 2011, Special Edition: Key Small Business Statistics

July 2011—Canadian Small Business Exporters, a special edition of the Key Small Business Statistics, includes: Key Statistics on Small Business Exports which provides information on exports by firms size, by industry, destination, province and commodity exported, Financing Profile of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Exporters which presents a profile of SME exporters including their financing activities and perceived obstacles to growth, and SME Involvement in Global Value Chains.

Small Business Quarterly, May 2011

July 2011—The May 2011 issue of the Small Business Quarterly features an article that discusses the findings of the forthcoming report Small Business Financing Profiles: SMEs in Tourism Industries. This issue highlights the top export destinations of Canadian small businesses in 2009, recent trends in business insolvencies, job creation and self-employment figures.

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Government of Canada commits $15 million to fight breast cancer, respiratory disease and other diseases affecting Canadians

June 2011—Minister of State Gary Goodyear announces a $15-million commitment to 17 universities across Canada to support research that will lead to health benefits for all Canadians.

Important information about the National Household Survey

June 2011—ne in three households is being asked to participate in the new National Household Survey as well as the 2011 Census.

CREATE program funding for young scientists and engineers

June 2011—The Government of Canada will invest $29.6 million to help young scientists and engineers acquire the skills they need to make a successful transition into the workplace and keep Canada's economy growing.

BDC support provides real value to SMEs

June 2011—The BDC's Marketing Booster Program pilot project comes at the mid-point of the Year of the Entrepreneur and is focused on the Okanagan Valley because of the large number of small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.

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Q4 2010 Venture Capital Monitor

April, 2011—The Venture Capital Monitor provides current information about the venture capital (VC) industry in Canada. This year-end issue covers venture capital investment and fundraising activity in Canada for the year 2010. It also summarizes recent government initiatives related to supporting the Canadian VC industry, including the announcement of federal funding for five new Canadian Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Looking for a new home this spring?

April, 2011—Preparing to buy or rent a new home is an enormous undertaking requiring considerable time and preparation. Visit the "Housing" section of the Canadian Consumer Handbook for helpful tips and information on finding your perfect home.

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March - Special Edition

Fraud Prevention Month

March 4, 2011—This March, the Competition Bureau is leading the 8th annual Fraud Prevention Month. Whether it's online, mail fraud or deceptive telemarketing, fraud is a serious issue. The 2011 campaign theme is Internet Fraud. Canadians spend more time surfing the Internet than people from any other country. With 80% of the population online in 2009, the Internet is now a popular vehicle for scammers to carry out their criminal activities. Fraud: Learn more about how to recognize it, report it and stop it!

Recognize it! Report it!

March 4, 2011—Watch out for fraudsters who attempt to reach out to you! By increasing your awareness of the vast array of scams, you can learn how to recognize fraud and familiarize yourself with the easy steps you can take to protect yourself. By reporting their schemes, you help prevent others from becoming fraud victims.

Victim letters

March 4, 2011—Every year, the Competition Bureau receives approximately 20,000 requests and complaints. These include complaints regarding mass marketing fraud, which can be fraud by mail, telephone and Internet. Here are some examples of the kinds of complaints received by the Competition Bureau. Names and certain details have been changed to protect the identities of the victims.

Fraud quiz

March 4, 2011—In today's difficult economic times, fraudsters are aggressive in their attempts to defraud innocent victims. Increase your knowledge of how fraudsters operate and what to be wary of if they try to contact you. Take our quiz on fraudulent practices and see how you score.

A collaborative fight against fraud

March 4, 2011—The Competition Bureau is Chair of the Fraud Prevention Forum, a group of over 100 private sector firms, consumer and volunteer groups, government agencies and law enforcement organizations concerned with fighting fraud aimed at consumers and businesses. Through its partners, the Forum works to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud by educating them to recognize it, report it and stop it. Businesses and organizations who take part in the Fraud Prevention Month also initiate a series of activities aimed at informing and educating consumers on how to recognize and deal with fraud. If you would like more information about these events, please consult the Fraud Prevention Month calendar of events.

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Profile of mid-career entrepreneurs

February 2011—Profile of Mid-Career Entrepreneurs: Career trade-offs and income appropriation of high human capital individuals is a report that provides a profile of mid-career entrepreneurs in Canada. The report is based on 14 case studies of individuals who have been working for large companies and who have decided to launch their own businesses at the midpoint in their careers. This report identifies the corporate practices that either promote or hinder the success of mid-career entrepreneurship and reveals whether prior know-how is a key determinant of entrepreneurial success.

Small Business Quarterly

February 2011— The most recent issue of Small Business Quarterly features findings from the Survey of Regulatory Compliance Costs, which quantifies the impact of the paperwork burden on the competitiveness of small-and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Canada. Additional features look at the results of the entrepreneurship report recently released by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and trends in job creation, self-employment, exporting and financing activities of SMEs.

Canadians have reason to celebrate…Even one year later!

February 24, 2011—Celebrations took place in B.C.'s Lower Mainland and Whistler to mark the first anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which began February 12, 2010.

The power of tourism

February 24, 2011—The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), launched the Canadian Tourism Commission's (CTC) new video, the Power of Tourism, earlier this month at Canada-e-Connect 2011 in Toronto. This event, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, looks into online and web-based trends, tools and technologies that can help drive growth in the tourism sector.

2011: Year of the Entrepreneur

February 24, 2011—Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared 2011 the Year of the Entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs create jobs and drive growth. To help, government is cutting taxes and red tape, improving access to business financing, making substantial investments in training, research and development, and opening new markets to Canadian entrepreneurs.

Introducing the Red Tape Reduction Commission

February 24, 2011—On January 13, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of the Red Tape Reduction Commission. The Commission, chaired by the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), will be tasked with finding effective and lasting ways to reduce the burden of federal regulatory requirements on Canadian enterprises.

Minister Clement attends the Canadian and North American International Auto Shows

February 24, 2011—The automotive industry in Canada is competitive, healthy and breaking new ground. This is a measure of the Government of Canada's success through the Economic Action Plan and the restructuring financing provided to the automotive industry in Canada.

Saint Mary's University McNally building renewal

February 24, 2011—Saint Mary's University has created an Internet microsite dedicated to the most prominent building on its campus—the McNally Building. The microsite presents the history of the McNally Building from the time it was a combined residence and school, through recent renovations, to its current status as the central hub of the campus.

Canadian companies capitalizing on trend toward 3D thanks to CRC

February 24, 2011—The Communications Research Centre (CRC) is recognized globally for its research in communications technologies, including broadcast technologies. This expertise is vital to government regulators, broadcasters, manufacturers and others in the Canadian hi-tech community. Research also results in technologies that can be commercialized by Canadian industry.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office produces educational case studies

February 24, 2011—The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is responsible for the administration of intellectual property rights in Canada and for promoting the IP system and its value. CIPO recognizes the importance of targeting students in universities and colleges, teaching them about IP, its importance and their rights before they start their working lives.

Collaboration is king

February 24, 2011—Genomics helps us understand the building blocks of all living things, including things that are essential to our economy like fish, potatoes and trees. And Genome Atlantic, the not-for-profit organization that helps Atlantic Canada reap the benefits of genomics, thinks there is a lot of opportunity in the region, if everyone works together.

Release of revised Chapter 9 of the Manual of Patent Office Practice

February 24, 2011—The Commissioner of Patents is pleased to announce that she has authorised a revised Chapter 9 of the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP) on the subject of The Description.

Consultation on MOPOP Chapter 14: Unity of Invention

February 24, 2011—As part of the ongoing regular process of updating the Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP), the draft revision of Chapter 14: Unity of Invention was released for public consultation February 7, 2011. Chapter 14 deals with the requirements for unity of invention and for the filing of divisional applications. The chapter has been revised to reinforce that Canadian standards for unity of invention are equivalent to standards under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), to clarify the dispute resolution mechanism in the case of an impasse regarding unity of invention, and to provide specific guidance to ensure a more consistent and predictable application of the correct standards. Stakeholders may comment on the draft chapter until April 7, 2011.

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Researchers discover a new planet in another solar system

January 18, 2011—An international team of astronomers has discovered a fourth giant planet, named HR 8799e, outside our solar system. The new planet joins the three others that were the subjects of the first-ever images of a planetary family orbiting a star other than our sun. The planets orbit the star HR 8799, which lies about 129 light years from Earth and is faintly visible to the naked eye.

Minister of Industry Clement and Minister of State Moore highlight government support for small businesses at Innovation 2010

January 18, 2011—The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), addressed small business leaders at Innovation 2010, Canada's R&D Partnership Conference, held in Ottawa on December 5-7, 2010.

Government makes major investments in Canadian aerospace

January 18, 2011—In December, the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) was at the centre of two major announcements aimed at promoting innovation in Canada's aerospace sector.

Take Charge of your Debt

January 18, 2011—The Office of Consumer Affairs offers tips on managing your money to help get you started on the right financial track.

Communications Centre Research team awarded for work on radio interoperability

January 18, 2011—Interoperability between emergency radios can pose a huge problem for military and public safety personnel, particularly when various forces have to coordinate their efforts. The Communications Research Centre (CRC) has been at the forefront of the development of a solution – Software Defined Radio (SDR).

The teaching and practice of entrepreneurship within Canadian higher education institutions, December 2010

January 18, 2011—This report investigates how entrepreneurship is supported and delivered within Canadian Higher Education Institutions. The survey, conducted across Canadian universities and colleges, revealed that Canadian higher education institutions are active in offering entrepreneurship education as well as in providing a network of practitioners to support students interested in entrepreneurship. Two areas of concern were uneven access to entrepreneurship education across faculties and limited support for early-stage entrepreneurship on campus.

Q3 2010 Venture Capital Monitor

January 18, 2011—The Venture Capital Monitor provides current information about the venture capital (VC) industry in Canada. This issue covers venture capital investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the third quarter of 2010. It also summarizes recent government initiatives related to the support of the VC industry in Canada, including the announcement of new federal funding for Ontario venture capital financed start-up companies.

Analysis of regulatory compliance costs: Part II – Paperwork time burden, costs of paperwork compliance and paperwork simplification, December 2010

January 18, 2011—Using data from the 2005 and 2008 Statistics Canada Survey of Regulatory Compliance Costs, this paper examines several aspects of the burden red tape creates for businesses and sheds new light on elements such as paperwork time burden, productivity drag, total and average compliance costs, and paperwork simplification. The findings should help policy-makers gain a clearer understanding of the magnitude of the paperwork burden imposed on businesses and prove useful for developing meaningful reduction initiatives.

Panel seeking views on federal support to business R&D

January 18, 2011—The independent expert panel reviewing federal support to R&D has launched its consultation process and will be accepting written submissions until February 18, 2011. The Panel recently released a consultations document outlining questions to assist in its dialogue with Canadians. Consultations are a key component of the panel's work, which will ultimately culminate in advice on how the government can enhance the economic benefits stemming from its support for business R&D. The six-member panel was created last October to examine federal programs in support of business R&D and to identify opportunities for improvement, following through on a commitment made in Budget 2010. The panel's consultation paper and guidelines for submissions can be found by visiting

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