Canada is demonstrating a commitment to growing its economy and creating middle-class jobs for its citizens by moving forward with an Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The initiative will leverage a federal investment of up to $759 million (CAN$950 million) to generate public-private partnerships in innovative industries across the country.
The first phase attracted more than 50 letters of intent, which represented more than 1,000 businesses and 350 other participants from all regions of Canada. The applicants put forward strategies to increase growth and create jobs across a wide range of innovative industries. Nine applicants have been prioritized and up to five will eventually be selected as Canada’s new superclusters:
- Artificial Intelligence-powered Supply Chains Supercluster; Quebec
- Building an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster for Canada; Ontario
- Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster; British Columbia
- Clean, Low-energy, Effective, Engaged and Remediated (CLEER) Supercluster: Powering Clean Growth Through Mining Innovation; Ontario, with Quebec and British Columbia
- Mobility Systems and Technologies for the 21st Century (MOST21) Supercluster; Quebec, with Ontario, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada
- Ocean Supercluster; Atlantic Canada
- Protein Innovations Canada (PIC) Supercluster: Unleashing the Potential of Canadian Crops; Saskatchewan
- Smart Agri-food Supercluster; Alberta
- Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (SSRI) Supercluster; Alberta
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the nine successful supercluster applications during a cross-country tour. “Our government’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative has started conversations and created solid partnerships between government, the private sector, academia and communities,” said Bains. “In today’s knowledge-based economy, this collaboration is essential. Together, we are building the economy of the future, creating the jobs of today and tomorrow, and gearing up for global success that will benefit all Canadians.”
While many cities are looking at localized or regional cluster efforts, Canada leads the way with a national vision to develop competitive advantage. With a national plan they can focus resources on cluster objectives and integrate industry supercluster across the nation and potential globe. With national representation, at the highest levels, leading the way it sets a precedent in terms of both approach and potential of advancement for the nation. It also great a clear vision as a global brand to the industries they are looking to partner and lead in.