In 2017, the Canadian government challenged businesses and other institutions in the country to work together on a challenge. The challenge is to provide strategies to make the economy stronger and create what they call "superclusters of innovation." The goal is to have regions in the country be as innovative as Silicon Valley in the United States.
The plan they came up with is called the Innovation Superclusters Initiate. It’s now a part of Canada’s bigger Innovation and Skills Plan, which hopes to prepare Canada for innovative jobs in the near future. One of these superclusters is called Digital Technology Supercluster (DTS). It includes businesses and institutions of all sizes in healthcare and technology-related industries.
Together, they are working to solve upcoming problems in technology that Canada faces. About 13,500 new jobs across British Columbia and broader Canada should be created and $5 billion added the Canadian economy.
Small business owners could benefit from this initiative. Research and development projects should create better digital services for everyone to use. Startups and small businesses will get help connecting to resources and investors. And, training for people working outside of technology is available.
You can submit an application for your business to join the DTS by completing a form online at the digitalsupercluster.ca website. Membership is open to any organization interested in data-driven innovation.
Overall, the DTS is a new initiative that brings together various businesses and organizations with the common goal of driving innovation in Canada over the next decade. Businesses of all sizes can join and benefit from the group’s activities. If your company is involved in technology in any way, it might be a group to look into further.