A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live, learn and work. From wide-open spaces to the most cosmopolitan places, Canada offers beauty, variety and an enviable quality of life. It is a place where people can make their dreams come true, where families can enjoy a standard of living second to none, and where businesses have a competitive edge.
Strong and Free
Canadians are hard-working, ambitious people who are proud of their successful, independent country. They want a better life for themselves, their children and future generations. They believe in tolerance, justice and providing a helping hand to the less fortunate. Equality is not an empty promise; it is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in their country’s Constitution, thus guaranteeing freedom and fairness for all.
Equality and Multiculturalism
Canada is a large country in both size and spirit. It ranks first among the G7 countries in providing equal opportunities for individuals, whether native-born or newcomers. Canadians welcome immigrants from around the globe. Almost all of the world’s ethnic groups are represented in Canada, creating one of the world’s most culturally diverse and multilingual societies, with over 100 languages spoken. Canada is also a world leader in integrating newcomers, with progressive immigration laws that highly encourage hiring foreign workers.
Commitment to Each Other
Canadians place a premium on health and well-being, and are proud of their universal health system and social security network that ensure equitable opportunities for citizens to participate in the life of their communities and country. This approach is both a social and economic asset. For instance, the GDP spent by Canadians on health care is significantly less than that spent by their US neighbours. This is translated into cost benefits that provide Canadian businesses a competitive advantage.
WHERE SHOULD CANADA FOCUS ITS EFFORTS?
Canadians can compete with the very best and win. However, competition is global and they must be able to compete in all regions and sectors of the Canadian economy. Most of Canada’s larger companies and many SMEs can no longer survive by focusing solely on domestic customers.
Canadian companies face stiff competition when trying to increase their global market share.
Canada cannot stand still. Countries that are behind are trying to overtake it and those that are ahead are determined to stay there. If Canada is going to compete, it needs to move faster and work smarter than its competition.
This requires a strategic and systematic approach. Equally important, it requires a culture that values excellence and entrepreneurship.
To improve Canada’s innovation performance in the world, it must face four basic challenges.
Encourage Canadian firms to reap more benefits from creating knowledge and bringing ideas to market. It also means that all sectors in Canada should increase their investment in R&D.
Ensure that in years to come, Canada has enough highly qualified people with the skills for a dynamic knowledge-based economy.
Modernize business and regulatory policies to promote investment and innovation excellence.
Promote innovation at a local level so that communities continue attracting investment and opportunities.
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