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Digital Policy Salon: Prioritizing Sustainability in the Digital Economy

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: Prioritizing Sustainability in the Digital Economy
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #63 • View online
Welcome to the 63rd issue of the Digital Policy Salon newsletter.
This week, we’re pleased to bring you a new paper on the relationship between the digital economy and environmental sustainability, a complex topic in Canada and around the world. Our policy updates also feature Government of Canada measures supporting consumers and businesses in the transition to zero-emission vehicles.
As a part of an ongoing series on gender and technology, ICTC’s Maryna Ivus interviews Marissa Hill of the Indigenous Innovation Institute. Meanwhile, “Our Perspective” offers a new study overview, highlighting key findings from research into educational technology and distance education challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last but not least, don’t miss our career opportunities! ICTC continues to hire in a variety of engaging roles in capacity building and research across the country.
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Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Government of Canada wants to make it easier for Canadians to switch to electric vehicles (EVs)
The Government of Canada announced steps to meet its zero-emission goals by investing in and helping Canadians make the move to EVs. Key measures include investments that will add 50,000 charging stations across Canada. The government has also set a sales target of 60% of passenger vehicles electric by 2030, and continues to provide purchase incentives of up to $5,000. For businesses, the government will invest $547.5 million in an incentive program to support the switch to zero-emission vehicles.
Ontario passes electronic monitoring bill to protect workers
The Government of Ontario first introduced Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022 in February. The government has since passed the legislation, becoming the first province in Canada to introduce a policy on electronic monitoring in the workplace. This legislation would require Ontario employers to provide a notice to employees that also states the purpose for monitoring. The best practice for employers is to write electronic monitoring processes into policy.
Alberta releases its technology and innovation strategy
On April 12, 2022, the Government of Alberta announced the details of Alberta’s Technology and Innovation Strategy. In Budget 2022, the province committed $73 million in new funding over three years to the Alberta Technology and Innovation Strategy to create 20,000 new jobs and generate $5 billion more in revenue by 2030. The goals and initiatives identified in the strategy include:
  • Working with post-secondary and training institutes to build a strong workforce
  • Supporting early-stage and start-up capital investments and attracting new investments
  • Helping ensure Alberta’s tech sector remains competitive and build products and services that can be used globally
  • Improving efficiencies and responding to ecosystem needs
  • Strengthening Alberta’s reputation as a technology and innovation leader
Further details on funding allocations will be announced in the coming months.
British Columba announces intellectual property partnership
In a new partnership between British Columbia, the Innovation Asset Collective (IAC), and Innovate BC, the province is taking part in a national intellectual property (IP) strategy to help businesses protect their ideas and products. This partnership will provide resources and education to help businesses based in British Columbia with IP-related matters. The initiative also includes consultations with the province’s technology sector to help inform the IP strategy. 
Research and Analysis
Thinking Green: Building a Sustainable Digital Economy for Canada
Interviews in the Field
Indigenous Women in Tech: “We Belong Here.”
Our Perspective
Overview | Uncharted Waters: A World-Class Canadian E-Learning Paradigm
What We're Reading
The End of Astronauts—and the Rise of Robots
How Canada Accidentally Helped Crack Computer Translation
A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
ICTC Career Opportunities
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