ITAC undertakes important policy and advocacy work to promote the growth of the information and communication technology industry. Our input is consistently sought and heard by government - a tribute to our thoughtful policy formulation and our effective advocacy of well-founded industry positions. As information and communication technology becomes increasingly important to the Canadian economy, we must help government to anticipate the changing world with policy initiatives that serve to strengthen our economy and our industry.
An Alternative for Extending Refundability of SR&ED Tax Credits in spite of the fact that Canada claims to have most generous tax incentive program for research and development in the world. We rank at mid-tier in terms of business enterprise research and development (BERD) investment compared to other nations. Since 2002, ITAC, through the leadership of its tax and finance committee, has called for reforms to the twenty-year old program that would improve access to all SR&ED credits to all investors in R&D.
Lynda Leonard, Senior Vice-President, Leonard@itac.ca
ITAC Health is the Health Division of ITAC.
The Canadian healthcare system is part of the "Canadian Identity"; it's a part of what makes Canada... Canada. Annual Canadian healthcare expenditures exceed $112 Billlon - 9.8% of our GDP. We are renowned worldwide for our innovation, research and advanced technologies - the most "wired country in the world".
Today, Canadian healthcare organizations spend less than 2% of their operating budget on ICT each year. Through the implementation of provincial and other EHR initiatives such as Canada Health Infoway, this is expected to grow by 0.5% in the coming year, and to north of 4% over the next few years. In the words of Mazankowski "We must move healthcare from a 19th century cottage industry to a 21st century service industry."
ITAC Health believes that the Canadian healthcare Information and Communications Technology industry can and should - even, must - play a responsible, responsive, cooperative and leading role in this transition.
Related Resources: ITAC Health
ITAC 2007 Pre-budget Submission
Tax Measures to Mobilize Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage. The primary focus of our 2007 submission is the two issues either deferred or not addressed in "Advantage Canada". Click here to read the full submission
Canadian businesses should be leaders in the use of ICT for competitive advantage, productivity and growth. Use of ICT by small and medium enterprises should increase towards that of our US counterparts. By partnering with other associations, and with Government, as well as by reaching out effectively to Canadian SME's we ensure public policy supports these goals.