Federal, Québec governments invest heavily in broadband infrastructure
The federal and Québec governments are co-investing $826.3 million
to increase access to high-speed internet among 150,000 households in Québec by 2022. According to the Prime Minister, “high-speed internet is becoming a basic utility, like water, or electricity.”
Not-for-profits partner with government to develop Canada’s first open smart city plan
Open North, a Canadian not-for-profit focused on smart city research and advisory services, is collaborating with NewCities to develop Canada’s first Open Smart City Strategic Plan
for Trois-Rivierès, Québec. The open smart city approach
places a strong emphasis on collaboration between residents and civil, private, and public partners to deliver data solutions that are ethical, accountable, and transparent.
Fort Nelson First Nation leading geothermal project in Northern BC
The Fort Nelson First Nation has secured the funds needed
to pursue a 100-million-dollar geothermal, clean energy project in Clark Lake, British Columbia. The project could create up to 15 megawatts of renewable energy, which is enough to power about 14,000 homes, and could also be used to power local greenhouses, improving food security.
Canadian health tech goes public
Maple Corp, an expanding Canadian telemedicine company, is expected to go public this summer. Similarly, Canadian Dialogue Health Technologies Inc
. will do so next week. These are just two of several recent IPOs for similar Canadian companies, not witnessed “since the dot-com boom more than 20 years ago.”