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
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.
- Proposal to help the Canadian Federal Government to modernize, digitally transform and migrate to the Cloud
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.
- Governments Embracing Cloud: An Opportunity for Modernization, Innovation and Transformation
- L’adoption du nuage par l’État Perspectives de modernisation, d’innovation et de transformation
Federal Budget 2019
- ITAC 2019 Federal Budget Response – National News Release
- ITAC 2019 Federal Budget Highlights
- ITAC 2019 Federal Pre-Budget Submission
Ontario Budget 2019
- ITAC 2019 Ontario Budget Response – National News Release
- ITAC 2019 Ontario Budget Highlights
- ITAC Ontario 2019 Pre-Budget Submission
Federal Budget 2018
- ITAC 2018 Federal Budget Response – National News Release
- ITAC 2018 Federal Budget Highlights
- ITAC-2018-Federal Pre-Budget-Submission
Federal Budget 2017 – March 22, 2017
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:
- Modern Digital Economy Innovation Paper (September 2016)
- Competitiveness and Trade Innovation Paper (September 2016)
- Modern Digital Government Innovation Paper (October 2016)
- Talent and Skills Development Innovation Paper (December 2016)
Innovation Starts Here – ITAC-Innovation-Agenda-Release-Final
- ITAC 2017 Federal Pre-Budget Submission – Final
- itac-oecd-english-leave-behind-final (Innovation Fundamentals)
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.
2016 Hill Day
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:
- The Honourable Bardish Chagger P.C., M.P. – March 2016
- The Honourable Judy Foote, P.C., M.P. – March 2016
- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, M.P. – March 2016
- Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk – March 2016
- Minister Navdeep Bains – March 2016
- The Honourable Rona Ambrose, M.P. – March 2016
- Mr. Michael Wernick – March 2016
- Celina Caesar-Chavannes, M.P. – March 2016
- Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary, ISED
- Leona Alleslev, P.C., M.P. – March 2016
- Terry Beech, MP – March 2016
- Ron Parker, SSC – March 2016
- Jennifer Dawson, TBS – March 2016
- David Lametti., M.P. – March 2016