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Digital Policy Salon: Happy Holidays from ICTC
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #56 • View online
Welcome to the 56th issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing.
As we round out the year, we’re pleased to bring you our last few releases for 2021, including a new study on educational technology in Canada, the kickoff of a new women in technology interview series, and a recap of our Fredericton, NB Smart Cities engagement event. Don’t miss “what we’re reading” and our biweekly policy update, both of which dive into important new proposals from the federal government
Thank you for sticking with us in a year of digital content overload: we hope our readers all take a much-needed break from screens over the next two weeks. In the interim, sincere best wishes for a lovely holiday season and new year.
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister tables fall economic update
The federal government tabled its first fall economic and fiscal update on Tuesday, which focused on continuing the government’s COVID-19 pandemic response and strengthening Canada’s economic recovery. According to the update, real GDP growth of 4.6% is expected for 2021, moderated by ongoing challenges with supply chains and in the housing market. The federal, provincial, and territorial governments outperformed fiscal projections for 2020-2021, and the projected debt-to-GDP ratio is now 4 points lower than in Budget 2021. In terms of policy and financial commitments, the government has proposed to:
  • Provide $85 million to process more permanent and temporary resident applications, reduce processing times, and ensure Canada meets its labour force goals
  • Launch a call for proposals to relieve supply chain congestion and reduce inflationary costs
  • Finalize Canada’s first climate change National Adaptation Strategy by the end of 2022
  • Introduce a carbon capture, utilization, and storage investment tax credit in Budget 2022
  • Extend the work-from-home tax deduction by two years and increase the deductible amount
  • Expand the educator school supply tax credit to include electronic devices, tools used for remote learning and in online classroom environments
Canada-US tensions increase in response to electric vehicles tax credit
The United States is close to passing a proposed tax credit of up to $12,500 for the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) that are manufactured in the US. The tax credit is a significant threat to the Canadian automotive industry, which has been working hard to become a world class supplier of EVs. The federal government has indicated that Canada would have no choice but to forcefully respond if the tax credit is implemented—imposing tariffs on key exports from the US, beginning a dispute settlement process under CUSMA, or reversing existing trade concessions that provide the US access to Canada’s dairy market. Similar concerns have been raised by Mexico and the EU.
Ontario passes new labour legislation banning non-compete agreements, with some exceptions
New labour legislation passed by the Government of Ontario on December 2nd set out to increase competition and improve worker mobility by explicitly banning nearly all non-compete agreements in the province of Ontario. While passed, the legislation was recently amended so that businesses can use non-competes for executive employees, such as chief information officers or chief technology officers. The legislation also regulates recruiters and temporary help agencies and requires employers with 25 of more employees to develop “disconnecting from work” policies.
UK Intellectual Property Office launches consultation on standard essential patents and innovation
The UK Intellectual Property Office launched a call for views on standard essential patents last week as part of its UK Innovation Strategy. The consultation, which will be open until March 1, 2022, will look at whether the standards essential patents framework is functioning efficiently, promoting innovation, and striking the right balance for technology sector stakeholders. - Mairead Matthews
Latest Podcast Episode
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Interviews in the Field
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What We're Reading
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Our Research
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Twitter Highlights
On Feb 2, 2022, our President and CEO, Saeed El-Darahali, will be talking at ICTC Horizon as part of its "Trade in a Digital Era" track! To listen in, register at #OnTheHorizon
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