In November, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster submitted its final application to the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative after being shortlisted as one of nine supercluster concepts under consideration.
Canada’s Digital Supercluster will positively impact the Canadian economy from coast to coast. Over a ten-year period, we anticipate that our efforts will generate:
● More than $1.4 billion to fund over 100 collaborative projects involving more than 1,000 organizations;
● An estimated $15 billion in incremental GDP; and
● 50,000 new jobs for Canadians. Canada-wide, these super clusters will advance projects that are guided by defined industry needs and will draw upon capabilities from participants to advance solutions using virtual, mixed and augmented reality, data analytics and quantum computing. Health, natural resources, and industrial applications will be the starting point for our projects – recognizing the strength of these industry sectors in Canada. Here are three examples:
● Secure Health and Genomic Platform will help build the core data infrastructure required to create advanced cancer treatments personalized to the unique genetic makeup of a patient.
● Earth Data Store will facilitate improved data collection, sharing and visualization – enhancing confidence in resource sector project planning and assessments for proponents, Indigenous Peoples, government and communities.
● Digital Learning Factory will help facilitate collaboration on the development of virtual environments that enable design, rapid experimentation, and testing of cost-saving approaches to address the most significant challenges in modern manufacturing.
British Columbia is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Technology has been booming in BC since the 1980, with $26 billion a year generated in revenue, making the Province the fastest-growing technology sector in Canada and the significant geographic advantage as the Canadian gateway to both the Cascadia Innovation Corridor and Asia.
About Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster Consortium
Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is proudly based out of British Columbia, with partners from, and benefits that will be felt across Canada. The consortium includes founding members TELUS, Microsoft, Teck, Change Healthcare, Providence Health Care, and the University of British Columbia . Since being short-listed as one of nine applicants, new members have joined, including: Shoppers Drug Mart, Uniserve Communications, Canfor, GE Digital, The Terry Fox Research Institute, University Health Network (“UHN”) – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, SickKids and over 200 other organizations and post-secondary institutions resulting in over $500 million in committed funding.
For more information see: http://digitalsupercluster.ca