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Digital Policy Salon: The Changing Role of Technology in Healthcare

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: The Changing Role of Technology in Healthcare
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #61 • View online
Welcome to the 61st issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing.
Our policy updates this week cover new program funding announcements across the country, as well as novel environmental regulations in the United States. We’re also featuring a new policy brief of findings from ICTC’s fall health and technology roundtable. Tune in to a perspective piece on intellectual property and open access hosted by Tech Policy Press, as well as our “what we’re reading” column, which brings you featured articles including a history of spytech and a deep dive into the global semiconductor shortage.
Last but not least, we’re inviting our readers to join us at a Montreal community engagement session, as well as an industry-focused roundtable on educational technology procurement. Reserve your spot today!
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Government of Canada introduces first green bonds totaling $5 billion
The Government of Canada introduced its first green bonds this week, a measure suggested by ICTC in 2020 in its Economic Resiliency in the Face of Adversity white paper. The earnings from green bonds will be set aside for climate projects, such as updating infrastructure, installing electrical vehicle charging stations, improving public transit, and launching reforestation projects. Canada follows the lead of 23 countries that have already introduced green bonds.
Government of Canada announces support for Canadians amid rising inflation
Governing parties have reached an agreement to help Canadians meet their basic needs and deal with the growing cost of living. Delivering for Canadians Now, a Supply and Confidence Agreement establishes a plan for the next four budget cycles and commits to expanding public healthcare services, improving affordability, taking steps to tackle climate change, and recommitting to reconciliation.
SEC introduces draft rules for the disclosure of climate-related risks
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published draft regulations to govern corporate disclosures of climate-related risks. If adopted, large corporations would be required to disclose direct and indirect emissions, and take measures to improve their climate impact. Some firms already disclose emission targets and climate risks; however, the regulations would provide clear, universal rules for businesses to follow. Smaller companies would be exempt from the new disclosures.
Quebec releases 2022-2023 budget
On Tuesday, the Government of Quebec released its 2022 budget, which commits $22 billion to new program spending including support for immigrants looking for work, and support for regional economic goals. The budget proposes several innovation-related measures, though some commentators suggest it could go further in addressing the province’s skilled talent shortage. The funding will implement Quebec’s Research and Innovation strategy, which seeks to promote collaboration, competitive infrastructure, and innovation that can be commercialized or used for social impact. The province is also renewing the Quebec Life Sciences Strategy.
Research and Analysis
Smart Health and Wellbeing: A Canadian Policy Roundtable
Our Perspective
Ideas That Shape Our Lives: Intellectual Property and Open Access
Special Events
Montreal Smart Cities Engagement Session
Roundtable on Educational Technology Procurement - Industry
What We're Reading
The Birth of Spy Tech: From the ‘Detectifone’ to a Bugged Martini
Too close for comfort: Body cameras are moving into British retail
The Myth of the 'First TikTok War’
Russia's attack on Ukraine halts half of world's neon output for chips
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