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Digital Policy Salon: Wildfire-Fighting Technologies and Other News

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: Wildfire-Fighting Technologies and Other News
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #65 • View online
Welcome to the 65th issue of the Digital Policy Salon newsletter.
We’re excited to announce the release of new research on Québec’s growing Electric Vehicle (EV) industry. The study examines the sector and relevant labour market needs in the province. For a detailed overview of the work, join ICTC and Propulsion Québec at the in-person launch event in Montreal on May 27. This week’s issue also highlights a new interview article on a Canadian organization that researches wildfire-fighting technologies, while our policy updates cover a new international collaboration to monitor quantum technologies as well as local updates.
Last but not least, check out our open job opportunities at the bottom of the newsletter, and get in touch with us to ask any questions about this publication or working with ICTC.
- Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Government of Canada continues to announce policy changes aimed at improving economic immigration streams
In May, this included an announcement about expanding settlement services across the prairies, a move which will help regionalize immigration of skilled workers. In addition, in April 2022, the Government announced its intention to offer an extended open work permit for international students, among other initiatives.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) lists first ‘made-in Canada’ sustainability changemakers
SDTC has announced a list of its inaugural Canada’s Sustainability Changemakers. The distinction will be awarded annually to portfolio companies that are leaders in sustainable technologies across the country. The Changemakers for 2022 are: Anaergia (ON), CarbonCure Technologies (NS), Enerkem (QC), Hifi (AB), KEY DH Technologies (ON), NanoXplore (QC), RecycleSmart (BC), Saltworks (BC), Semios (BC), and Vive Crop Protection (ON).
Venture capital slows down after the record-breaking two-year run during the pandemic
In 2021, $14.2 billion in venture capital investments were made in Canada, a surge that is now seeing a decline. High interest rates, inflation, and the invasion of Ukraine have caused economic uncertainty leading to a more conservative venture capital sector.
Countries meet to discuss international cooperation for quantum technologies
On May 5th, the White House led a conversation with representatives from Canada, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK on the importance of international cooperation for quantum information technologies. At the meeting, the group discussed principles of openness, transparency, equity, objectivity, and affirming democratic principles. The White House also published its National Security Memorandum (NSM) on Quantum Computing, which lists the benefits and risks of quantum information sciences. The NSM also calls for continued engagement and cooperation among international partners.
Research and Analysis
Recharging Quebec’s Transportation Sector
Interviews in the Field
Green Tech: Fighting Wildfires with Innovation - Digital Think Tank by ICTC
Special Events
Join Us in Montreal
What We're Reading
Ask an Environmental Expert: What’s the Carbon Footprint of the Internet?
How the metaverse could change the purpose and feel of cities
Immigrant entrepreneurs struggle to get funding. Some investors see that as an opportunity
ICTC Career Opportunities
The vast majority of ICTC roles can be performed remotely. Consider applying even if you are not in the municipality listed.
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