Program Highlights 2012–2013

2. Supporting the Government of Canada's Science and Technology Strategy

In May 2007, the Government of Canada released its Science and Technology (S&T) strategy entitled: Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.

The Strategy focused on creating a business environment that encourages private sector innovation while ensuring that public funds are invested wisely. It recognized the important role that the private sector and others play in the Canadian economy, and committed to investing in R&D. Since 2006, the government has provided $9 billion in new funding for science and technology and the growth of innovative firms.

SADI is an important part of the S&T Strategy. With a focus on Canada's aerospace and defence industries, the program directly supports the federal government's commitments to R&D, leveraging other investment and encouraging strategic partnerships and collaboration among companies and research institutions. These commitments are key components of Industry Canada's Business Plan 2012–13, which sees science and technology, knowledge, and innovation as effective drivers of a strong Canadian economy.

By making repayable contributions in strategic industrial and pre-competitive R&D projects, SADI helps create a supportive environment in which Canadian companies can develop advanced technologies, products and processes. These efforts benefit not only the company conducting the R&D, but also other companies throughout the aerospace and defence supply chain and the Canadian economy as a whole through technology transfer and other spill-over benefits.

Economic Action Plan

Priorities 2013

Connecting Canadians with Available Jobs

Helping Manufacturers and Business Succeed in the Global Economy Creating a new Building Canada Plan

Investing in World-Class Research and Innovation

Supporting Families and Communities

At the same time, by nurturing private sector R&D at home, SADI helps Canadian companies of all sizes remain competitive in the global economy.

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Industry Canada

Strategic Outcomes

The Canadian marketplace is efficient and competitive

Advancements in science and technology, knowledge and innovation strengthen the Canadian economy

Canadian businesses and communities are competitive

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Industrial Technologies Office

Mission Statement

To accelerate innovation by Canadian industries through support of research and development that results in social and economic benefits for Canadians

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Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative

Program Objectives

To encourage strategic R&D that will result in innovation and excellence in new and improved products, services and processes

To enhance the competitiveness of Canadian A&D companies

To foster collaboration between research institutes, universities, colleges and the private sector

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