Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, the Government of Canada's science and technology (S&T) strategy, sets out a multi-year policy framework to improve Canada's long-term competitiveness and quality of life by fostering three interrelated S&T-based advantages. The strategy encourages an “Entrepreneurial Advantage” to strengthen private-sector commitment to R&D and innovation vital to productivity and competitiveness, a “Knowledge Advantage” to ensure Canadian universities and colleges sustain their world-class research excellence, and a “People Advantage” so that Canada has access to the highly-skilled researchers and innovators it needs.
The Government of Canada (GOC) is committed to helping strengthen the links between the colleges and the private sector. Based on the success of NSERC’s 2004 College and Community Innovation Pilot Program (see the Mid-Term Review), which supported research collaborations between companies and colleges, the GOC announced in Budget 2007, and in the S&T strategy, that the program will become permanent in 2008-2009. The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program will advance the S&T strategy’s “Entrepreneurial Advantage.”