The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development responds to Cloud First for Canada Campaign
August 14, 2013

Dear Mr. Reid:

        I am writing in response to your email of May 31, 2013, addressed to my predecessor, regarding building a public cloud service and a “cloud first” policy for Canada.  I appreciate your taking the time to share your views.

        Cloud computing is a technology that holds great promise for productivity improvement in all sectors.  Additionally, it provides affordable options for small and medium-sized enterprises that find it more difficult to invest in digital technologies. 

        As part of our work on the digital economy, the Government of Canada has been encouraging the adoption and use of digital technologies across the economy through initiatives, such as the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program and the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Smart Tech website.  These programs support all types of digital technology adoption, including cloud computing.

        When it comes to information and communications technologies (ICT), Canada is at the forefront of innovation and is a leading source forworld-class ICT products.  Our government has been supporting the growth of this industry through investments, such as Budget 2013’s announcement of $60 million over five years for high-potential incubators and accelerator organizations to better support entrepreneurs.  Incubators and accelerators are helping companies take advantage of cloud computing; Wavefront, for example, offers cloud­based services to support mobile application testing.

        Given your interest in the government’s role in the use of cloud services, I have taken the liberty of forwarding your email for consideration to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, in light of her responsibility for government procurement and the transformation of government information technology services through Shared Services Canada.

        I appreciate your support, and that of your organization, in making Canada a stronger and more competitive digital economy.

        Please accept my best wishes.

                    The Honourable James Moore, P.C., M.P.