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The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is the fuel that ignites innovation across all sectors of our economy. As such, ICT needs to be closely aligned to the development of Canada’s Innovation Agenda

Establishing a Government Innovation Hub in Canada

There is a new existing proposal that aims to: help Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs capitalize on a $3.5 trillion global market opportunity; and facilitate the development and adoption of new digital innovations and solutions across the public service, helping to increase the productivity and impact of government for citizens. This new Govtech innovation hub, which is founded on public-private partnership, would establish a global centre of excellence for digital government and transformation.

Budget 2018

Budget 2017 – March 22, 2017

Procurement Event Photos

January 23, 2017 – ITAC launches all papers in book format.

December 6, 2016 – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) delivers home the message to the Government of Canada that the single biggest issue standing in the way of CIO’s achieving their objectives in today’s digital economy is the limited access to skilled talent both locally and globally.  ITAC’s fourth innovation paper, ITAC on Talent, outlines key recommendations from the information and communications technology sector (ICT) to support the Government of Canada’s transformation, modernization and digitization strategies.

October 26, 2016 – ITAC’s third innovation paper, ITAC on Digital Government, outlines key recommendations from the information and communications technology sector (ICT) to support the Government of Canada’s transformation, modernization and digitization strategies – underscoring its importance for not only engaging citizens and businesses but also staying competitive on the world stage.


September 29, 2016 ITAC launches a four-part series addressing fundamental priorities of Canada’s tech sector.  Issued are two innovation papers that underscore the priorities of the information communications technology (ICT) sector. Both papers, ITAC on Digital Economy and ITAC on Trade & Competitiveness, clearly outline recommendations to the Government of Canada on what the ICT sector needs to build a successful Innovation Agenda for Canada.


September 8, 2016  –  ITAC issued an over-arching Innovation Paper  itac-innovation-paper-september-2016-final, that summarized the four papers that will follow. In this paper ITAC also highlights that meaningful, bold changes are needed, such as:

  • A willingness by government to make substantive policy changes;
  • A whole-of-government approach to innovation program and policy development;
  • Involvement from the tech sector throughout; and
  • A circle back with experienced ICT leaders to table plans before they become final.

The focus of the upcoming Innovation Papers will be:

  1. Modern Digital Economy Innovation Paper (September 2016)
  2. Competitiveness and Trade Innovation Paper (September 2016)
  3. Modern Digital Government Innovation Paper (October 2016)
  4. Talent and Skills Development Innovation Paper (December 2016)

Related links:

Innovation Starts Here –  ITAC-Innovation-Agenda-Release-Final

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2016 Pre-Budget Submission

ITAC has made 9 recommendations based on the four themes put forth by ITAC’s Tax & Finance Committee after a broad consultation with members. These nine recommendations have been organized under four themes of Productivity, Infrastructure and Communities, Jobs, and Taxation which is consistent with Government’s mandate letters.

Pre-Budget Submission – February 2016

Letter to The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance – January 2016


2016 Hill Day

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ACTIONS TAKEN:  The ITAC team is now working on its 2016/2017 federal plan. This will form the basis for the Public Sector Business Executive Committee’s engagement with the Government and it will also be sent to the ITAC Board. Our focus is to help Government build a digital first strategy for Canada, understand what investments are required to build and sustain a digital economy.

The target is to ensure this plan is put into motion in time to make an impact before the House rises in June.  And, from immediate tactical perspective actions were taken last week to reach back out to each of the Ministers, thank them for their time and attention, and address the specific issues raised in each of our meetings.  Letters follow:

ENGAGEMENTS C-Suite Executives from 21 member organizations had the opportunity to engage with these delegates.  Link to each follow-up letter: