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Canadian Government Hesitation To Significantly Support The Technology Sector Will Cost Us All

June 11, 2020

  This OpEd is provided courtesy of the CATA Alliance.  For additional information please visit their website https://cata.ca/ and our prior piece on their work. Canadian Government Hesitation To Significantly Support The Technology Sector Will Cost Us All The impact of COVID-19 on economies around the world has been massive. How governments are dealing with […]

CATA Memo – Save Canada’s Way of Life. Funding for science and technology centric businesses. #economy

June 9, 2020

Original Article Save Canada’s Way of Life. Funding for science and technology centric businesses. #economy Our future, Canadian way of life, our social, healthcare, education and arts and culture programs need healthy Canadian revenues to fund. Getting Canada back to work when it’s safe, securing a future for younger generations depends upon smart decisions made TODAY.  Drawing on […]

The Hill Times – We’ll need the capability to restart the economy once pandemic fades

We’ll need the capability to restart the economy once pandemic fades This means ensuring that we have the companies ready to drive future growth—ensuring they survive the pandemic world to help lead growth and job creation in the post-pandemic world. TORONTO—The first priority is to do everything we can to protect the health of Canadians. […]

RESEARCH MONEY – New portal aims to accelerate procurement opportunities for Canadian firms

May 13, 2020

Original Article By Jessica Galang Published on May 13, 2020 Canada’s national ICT business association has launched a new portal in an effort to streamline the procurement process for both tech companies and the government. The Tech2Gov Innovation Exchange, launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis, allows users to search by area of specialization (such as personal protective equipment), […]

The Hutchinson Group – Fast track Canadian small business tech funding to save the economy.

May 6, 2020

President of the first Canadian owned computer systems manufacturer and a Founder of CATA in 1978, supports CATA’s proposal to fast track Canadian small business tech funding to save the economy. To read Bill Hutchinson’s full letter to the Prime Minister click this link.  

RSM Canada – Government urged to fast track small tech businesses funding to save economy

May 5, 2020

SUBJECT: Government urged to fast track small tech businesses funding to save economy Earlier this month, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) wrote to you proposing ways to immediately help Canadian owned small business tech companies affected by COVID-19.  My name is Danny Ladouceur and I am writing to you today in full support of CATA’s […]

mondaq – Canada: COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions For Technology And Emerging Companies

May 2, 2020

Original Article Last updated: Friday April 23, 2020 If you’d like to receive further updates, sign up for our Technology and Emerging Companies Group Bulletin General Business How do I apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy? On April 21, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the CRA would begin receiving applications from employers for the Canada […]

Ottawa Business Journal – Op-ed: Preventing COVID-19 from hollowing out Ottawa’s tech sector

April 29, 2020

OBJ Original Article The coming few months will be critical for Canada’s economy. A nation’s most innovative and high-flying firms are often at the edge of financial success or failure and an event like the COVID-19 crunch is going to put the future of many firms at real risk. Here in Ottawa, we’ve seen similar […]

betakit – SR&ED CLAIMS REDUCED DUE TO FEDERAL COVID-19 ASSISTANCE

April 28, 2020

Original Article Aweek ago, CEO of Venbridge Garron Helman wrote an article on how the recent government incentive programs could affect SR&ED claims. For weeks now we have both listened to many companies that were concerned all these emergency subsidies may be eating up their future claims. Companies cannot ‘double-dip.’ Assistance received under either subsidy program reduces the eligible […]

START UP Canada: David Lowe – Canada Needs To Invest In Its Small And Medium Technology Firms Right Now

Start Up Canada original article  Opinion: Canada Needs To Invest In Its Small And Medium Technology Firms Right Now  ENTREPRENEUR VOICES: DAVID LOWE  Three weeks ago, the CEO of a to-date low profile, but large impact organization, called the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) wrote to the Prime Minister recommending that the COVID-19 pandemic demands […]

The Hill Times – We’ll need the capability to restart economy once pandemic fades

April 27, 2020

This means ensuring that we have the companies ready to drive future growth—ensuring they survive the pandemic world to help lead growth and job creation in the post-pandemic world. The post-pandemic world will be difficult and there will be no overnight recovery—it won’t be V-shaped. But one thing we can do now is to make […]

Automotive News CANADA – Auto start-ups pivot to join COVID-19 fight amid fears of lost momentum

April 22, 2020

Original Article Only weeks ago Polish entrepreneur Slawek Potasz was preparing to relocate his vehicle-scanning company to Toronto in April, where a berth awaited in a prestigious business-accelerator program. Then the full impact of Covid-19 hit worldwide, grounding indefinitely Potasz’s flight to Toronto and his plans to join Canada’s burgeoning transportation-technology sector. How long can […]

NEWS CHASTIN – Réaction mitigée des milieux technologiques à l’examen plus minutieux des investissements étrangers, les acheteurs étrangers ayant manifesté leur intérêt

April 21, 2020

Les réactions des membres de la communauté technologique canadienne ont été mitigées en ce qui concerne la décision du gouvernement fédéral, la semaine dernière, de renforcer la surveillance des investissements étrangers dans les entreprises canadiennes pendant la pandémie. « CELA POURRAIT ÊTRE DANGEREUX SI CE N’EST PAS GÉRÉ EFFICACEMENT … MAIS CELA POURRAIT AUSSI SAUVER DES […]

betakit – TECH REACTION MIXED TO INCREASED SCRUTINY ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS AS OVERSEAS BUYERS EXPRESS INTEREST

Original Article  Reactions from members of the Canadian tech community have been mixed in regards to the federal government decision, last week, to tighten oversight of foreign investments into Canadian companies during the pandemic. “It could be dangerous if not managed effectively … but it could also save Canadian companies.” – Elaine Kunda, Disruption Ventures […]

itBusiness.ca – Canada’s economic relief efforts are a good start, but tech scale-ups demand clarity around eligibility

Original Article Canada’s economic relief efforts are a good start, but tech scale-ups demand clarity around eligibility Some parts of Canada’s economic relief efforts are receiving a lukewarm response from technology scale-ups, according to a new report that also says cash flow remains a top concern during COVID-19. Published by the Innovation Policy Lab at […]

Canadian Science Policy Centre – Government Assistance – Let’s Not Play Games as We Seek Assistance

Original Article By:Russ Roberts, PhD Senior Vice President, CATAAlliance Some 11,000 plus Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPCs) claim Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentives. They include small- and medium-sized private firms that use Canada’s Refundable SR&ED tax credits each year. Canada puts over $1 billion a year into helping these firms develop their […]

NEWS CHASTIN – La Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance exhorte le gouvernement fédéral à débloquer les fonds de RS&DE en souffrance

April 17, 2020

Original Article La Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) soumet une proposition de financement « d’urgence » au gouvernement fédéral pour aider à préserver les emplois et les entreprises technologiques pendant la pandémie COVID-19. L’organisation exhorte le gouvernement fédéral à débloquer immédiatement 200 millions de dollars de demandes de recherche scientifique et de développement expérimental (RS&DE) en attente […]

BNN Bloomberg – Small tech firms urge Ottawa for aid amid pandemic

Suzanne Grant, CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), discusses why the group is urging the federal government to create a $3.6-billion emergency fund that would provide zero-interest loans to “innovative companies.”    

Automotive News Canada – Auto tech sector wants financial aid from feds during COVID-19 pandemic

April 14, 2020

A fast-growing part of Canada’s auto industry is at risk unless the federal government broadens financial aid in the Covid-19 pandemic, a trade group has warned. “What we see is that daily, companies are dropping. And once they drop they’re gone,” Suzanne Grant, CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) told Automotive News […]

CANADIAN STARTUP NEWS – SR&ED Payments Beginning to Flow to Canadian Tech Following Delay Caused by COVID-19

Funds from the federal government’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program that have not been released due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now starting to flow. “It might just buy them enough time for the federal government to get the 75 percent wage subsidy right.” The COVID-19 crisis reportedly delayed nearly $200 […]

Bloomberg News – Business leaders urge Ottawa to make changes to 75% wage subsidy

A group of business leaders, including prominent figures from Canada’s tech sector are calling on Ottawa to revise the rules around Ottawa’s new 75 per cent wage subsidy for Canadian business to ensure more companies are able to receive funds for their employees. John Ruffolo, vice-chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators and former CEO […]

itBusiness – CATA asks PM to assist tech firms with rapid emergency aid: Pragya Sehgal, ITBusiness.ca

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) says the federal government confirmed late last week that it has restarted the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) funding program in order to mitigate some of the economic strain facing Canadian businesses during COVID-19. In an open letter to Justin Trudeau last week, CATA proposed a solution to […]

itBusiness.ca – CATA asks PM to assist tech firms with rapid emergency aid

April 13, 2020

Original Article *This story has been updated to include comments from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) says the federal government confirmed late last week that it has restarted the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) funding program in order to mitigate some of the economic strain facing Canadian businesses […]

Globe and Mail – Tech industry calls on CRA to release funds critical for innovation economy

April 12, 2020

More than $180-million in tax refunds for sector delayed as Ottawa deals with pandemic. from Report on Business – The Globe and Mail Read The Rest:theglobeandmail…

Research Money – “Tens of thousands” of Canadian SMEs could go under without faster government help, innovation and business groups warn: Mark Lowey, Research Money

April 9, 2020

The federal government needs to expand its emergency wage subsidy program, suspend R&D tax credit audits and get money out the door faster, or many thousands of SMEs – from “Main Street” service businesses to scaling tech firms – will go under, say innovation and business group executives. “I can’t imagine there being any fewer […]

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