Federal Government


Innovation Adoption Program

TECHNATION is proposing a national program that leverages one of the most powerful economic levers that the most powerful economic levers that the Government has – its purchasing power – do drive economic recovery for Canada’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), implement ‘virtual shovel ready’ projects, and transform the way that government serves its citizens.

The Innovation Adoption Program involves four main components:

  1. Defined Needs
  2. Dedicated Funding
  3. Transformed Procurement
  4. Executed Projects.

A multi-departmental, coordinated approach will help to ensure the success of this proposal.

The Innovation Adoption Program: A Proposal for Canada’s Economic Recovery


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 Framework: A four-pillar strategic approach to a modern Digital Government in Canada. An ITAC-ICT Industry Commitment to Change

ITAC, on behalf of its members, offers the Government of Canada a solution that would help provide immediate and long-term solutions to key issues that are holding back their ability to digitally transform, modernize and migrate to the Cloud in a safe and effective manner that saves money, brings real solutions in a short time frame, and would enable government, the ICT sector and other private sector participants to work together to bring real change. This solution is a four-pronged strategic approach are separate but have significant overlap: Developing a Commercial First Approach; Establishing a National Govtech Citizen Accelerator at Bayview Yards; Migrating to the Cloud; and Re-Skilling and Up-Skilling the Federal Workforce.   Details about each will be released over the coming months. Click here for an overview of all four pillars. Be sure to visit our site regularly!

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.

Developing a Commercial First Approach

The Commercial First Act is a concept being tabled by ITAC members based on legislation currently before Congress in the US, developed to address the “build in-house” tendency of the Government of Canada. It would enable the goverment to adopt new technologies to increase efficiencies and competition; leverage data and analytics; and increase cyber security measures. Most importantly, it would require the federal government to procure all products, goods, services and solutions from the private sector whenever possible. Industry and Government should not act as competitors but instead operate as collaborators and business partners.

Migrating to the Cloud

Migrating to the Cloud would enable government to leverage cloud strategies and cloud-based managed service delivery models, minimizing time to digital service delivery. IT would also increase internet connectivity/bandwidth to allow Government departments and agencies to leverage public Cloud services; allow government to innovate, collect insights and evolve; and enable Government to tap into an already specialized market (off-premise, public and private Cloud – and combinations of these) which is becoming the default environment for businesses. Finally, it would also provide opportunities to leverage existing security controls and accreditations that have driven innovation and delivered improved policy outcomes, enhanced efficiencies, higher levels of service quality, greater agility, security, and improved levels of trust with citizens and business.


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Federal 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: