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Digital Policy Salon: Spotlight on Budget 2022

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: Spotlight on Budget 2022
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #62 • View online
Welcome to the 62nd issue of the Digital Policy Salon newsletter.
Budget 2022 was released yesterday, and we use this week’s issue to highlight key proposals for innovation, technology, the environment, and talent in Canada. We’re also pleased to feature a new report on how European municipalities have implemented Smart City concepts, as well as an interview with a Canadian start-up that’s trying to help podcast listeners break out of content curation bubbles.
Last but not least, be sure to scroll down and check out ICTC’s many job opportunities: we’re featuring roles in communications and data science.
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Policy Updates 🇨🇦
The new Canadian federal budget, released yesterday, has made headlines for its commitment to improve housing supply, provide a national dental care program, and bring defense spending closer to NATO targets. It also promises additional funding for housing, access to health care, and infrastructure in Indigenous communities, and commits to a federal LGBTQ2 action plan, in addition to funding for a federal anti-racism strategy and support for Black-led and Black-serving community organizations. Other key proposals include:
Talent, Education, and an Equitable Rebound
Canadian employment rates have recovered beyond pre-pandemic levels, but some businesses still struggle to find workers. To address talent supply, the budget proposes to:
  • Expand the Foreign Credential Recognition Program to help more skilled newcomers secure jobs in healthcare
  • Improve the Temporary Foreign Worker program to remove administrative barriers for employers and improve the quality of employer inspections
  • Invest further in early learning and childcare, job training opportunities, and access to post-secondary education
Budget 2022 addresses evidence that not all workers and households have recovered equitably from the pandemic. To support workers, the budget:
  • Extends EI temporary support for seasonal workers until October 2023
  • Commits $84.2 million to the Union Training and Innovation Program to support apprentices that are underrepresented in the skilled trades
  • Earmarks $272.6 million for an employment strategy for persons with disabilities (administered by Employment and Social Development Canada, ESDC)
  • Implements a labour mobility tax credit of up to $4000 per year for relocation expenses for tradespersons and apprentices
  • Creates a new advisory table of unions and trade associations to inform federal policy (administered by ESDC)
Climate Change and Environmental Policy
Budget 2022 highlights emission reductions in on-road transportation. Among other policies, it:
  •  Incentivizes electric vehicle uptake for Canadian consumers and invests in charging and refuelling infrastructure in urban, sub-urban, and remote communities
  • Mandates that at least 20% of new light-duty vehicle sales are zero-emission by 2026; 60% by 2030; and 100% by 2035
Budget 2022 announces new investments into existing sector-specific climate change mitigation programs such as the Agricultural Clean Technology Program and the On-Farm Climate Action Fund. It also includes a focus on innovation in Clean Technology. To this end it:
  • Commits to a tax credit for businesses that spend money on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)
  • Promises to establish an investment tax credit of up to 30% that will focus on net-zero technologies, battery storage, and clean hydrogen
  • Invests in grid modernization and smart renewables projects through Natural Resources Canada (NRC), as well as small modular reactor R&D
  • Announces a new role for the Canada Infrastructure Bank in clean technology investment
The budget also outlines further investments into the Low Carbon Economy Fund, Green Procurement, and protection of natural areas.
Innovation and Support for Canada’s High-tech Industries
Budget 2022 signals the government’s intention to establish two large investment vehicles, which it will begin consultations on shortly:
  • The Canada Growth Fund will mobilize $15 billion over 5 years through debt, equity, guarantees, and specialized contracts to help reduce Canada’s emissions, grow low carbon industries, and restructure critical supply chains
  • The Canadian Innovation and Investment Agency will invest $1 billion starting in 2022-23
Building a critical minerals supply chain in Canada is a core focus of Budget 2022. The budget:
  • Earmarks up to $1.5 billion for infrastructure projects that develop Canada’s critical minerals supply chains and redirects funding from the Strategic Initiatives Fund to critical minerals projects
  • Introduces a 30% critical mineral exploration tax credit and instructs government agencies to provide public access to datasets that can inform critical mineral exploration and development
  • Sets aside $25 million to support the involvement of Indigenous communities in the development of a critical minerals strategy
Budget 2022 includes numerous targeted measures to help grow high tech Canadian industries, including:
  • Funding for the NRC and ISED to support the development and supply of semiconductors and research on Canada’s semiconductor industry
  • $30 million to encourage the adoption of made-in-Canada health technology solutions and expand the Coordinated Accessible National Health Network to Quebec, the territories, and Indigenous communities
  • Extending the innovation superclusters program for an additional six years while introducing some program changes
Building on the fall economic update, intellectual property is discussed throughout the Budget. Budget 2022:
  • Announces the government’s intention to review the SR&D tax credit program to ensure it is modern, simplified, and encourages the development and retention of IP
  • Earmarks funding for ISED to help students and researchers take their work to market and help Canadian businesses access IP services, and for Global Affairs Canada to continue the CanExport program
  • Proposes to implement the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, which were developed in July 2021 to protect federally funded research from national security threats
Research and Analysis
Lessons from Abroad: Smart Cities Developments from the European Region
Interviews in the Field
“Content curation is broken,” but here’s one way to fix it
What We're Reading
Federal Budget 2022: Ottawa bets on a new federal agency and a new ‘growth fund’ to try and bridge Canada’s innovation deficit
Canada needs $100b more annually to reach net-zero goal: budget 2022
ICTC Career Opportunities
ICTC’s Digital Think Tank is looking for a Jr. Data Scientist to join their team on a 6-month contract. The job of the Jr. Data Scientist is to perform in a demanding, high-energy environment requiring flexibility and innovative technical solutions to the challenges of cleaning, processing, interpreting, and analyzing unstructured data. The Jr. Data Scientist will work with the Data Team to design and apply algorithms to extract insights from large quantities of imprecise unstructured data. The role reports to the Director of Data Science.
Our Communications team is looking for a Director of Public Relations and Communications to join them! Are you looking for your next career challenge? This role would have you overseeing strategic and operational communication activities and working with all executives and functional areas of ICTC. You will be responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring initiatives that expand and support the organization. Can you see yourself maintaining and developing stakeholder relationships, reaching out to key policy makers (industry and governments) to cultivate relations, build synergies and heighten the discourse on advancing Canada’s advantage in a global context? Does the thought of expanding ICTC’s relations and sphere of influence across Canada and internationally sound like the role for you? Then apply today to join a fantastic team!  
The ICTC team is also hiring for the following:
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