Trudeau’s In, Harper’s Out…But What Does That Mean for Tech?

Unless you have been camping in a remote area of the Arctic circle or fallen in a deep sleep for the past 48 hours, then you’re well aware that we have a new Prime Minister set to lead our country for the next four years. As the most socially savvy candidate, Trudeau has acknowledged that technology and innovation will receive funding, support, and attention — something that many in the tech industry have felt was lacking in previous leadership.

“We’ve fallen behind on innovation. We also lack enough well-financed incubators that provide the advice, office space and access to research and financial support that entrepreneurs need to start dynamic new companies.” ~ Trudeau


During their campaign, the Liberal government said they would provide $200 million each year over the next three years in a new “innovation agenda”. Trudeau pledged this money will go in direct support of business incubators and accelerators as well as research facilities to help small companies grow.

The Liberals also plan to set aside a portion of federal procurement funds for promising new Canadian technology and businesses, particularly in growing the clean technology market place, by investing another $200 million.

“A new Liberal government will invest to kickstart Canadas innovation potential.”


On the tech front, Trudeau believes that Canada should contend with in U.S. and Germany, and claims that the Liberal Party will create stronger relationships between business, government, and post-secondary facilities.

Whether these promises will be delivered remains to be seen, but we’re happy to hear that fuelling tech and innovation is on the Prime Minister’s agenda. What changes would you like to see? Tweet @redacademy and let us know your take.



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Colin Mansell

Colin is the CEO / Managing Director of RED Academy. He originally started his career as a classically trained musician and sound engineer, before switching to the tech industry where he has been working for the past 15 years. While he sounds British, don’t let that accent fool you; his roots are Dutch, and he calls Amsterdam his hometown.

Also the founder of Drive Digital, one of Western Canada’s biggest digital agencies, Colin is inspired by watching people create and seeing them find fulfillment in doing something they believe in. Colin is excited by the idea that the Internet connects us all, increasing transparency and accountability. He strongly believes that purpose is a bigger driver in people than profit, which will lead us to a better, fairer, more conscious world – values that dictate the foundation of RED.

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