Government of Canada Releases 2021 Budget (April 19, 2021)

This afternoon, the Government of Canada released its first budget in two years. We are pleased to see that digital transformation and innovation remain an essential priority for Canada and a key part of our future economic success.  

Budget 2021 allocates $60 million over two years to the Innovative Supercluster Initiative, specifically noting “that the Digital Technology Supercluster allocated resources to projects that used digital technologies and artificial intelligence to help facilitate faster, more accurate diagnosis, treatment, and care of COVID-19 patients. To help ensure those superclusters that made emergency investments to support Canada’s COVID-19 response and others can continue supporting innovative Canadian projects.” 

We remain steadfast in our commitment to accelerating Canada’s ability to grow a digitally powered economy that is inclusive and for the benefit of all Canadians. Our progress to date has been exceptional and is a result of the incredible outcomes of our Members, project teams and the people at the heart of our organization.  

Our Supercluster is having transformative impacts on some of the most important issues facing Canadians today. Together with our Members, we are: protecting the health and safety of Canadians; mitigating against the impacts of climate change; improving the sustainability of our natural resource industries; and ensuring Canadians have the digital skills they need for the rapidly evolving global digital economy.  Our progress to date has been exceptional and is due to the passion and collaborative efforts of our Members, project teams, supporters and the people at the heart of our organization. 

We thank the Government of Canada and specifically, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, for the ongoing support and commitment to bold, innovation policy.  

The 2021 Budget can be found here.