Bridging the digital divide: Canada can’t afford not to invest in digital economy, new Chamber report finds
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is lending its support to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce report, Positioning Canada to Excel in the Information Age. Many members of HHCC have identified internet capacity and connectivity as a huge barrier to success. As such, it is an issue our advocacy team will be looking into on a local, provincial, and federal level.
Businesses and communities will never reach their full potential unless Canada addresses inefficiencies in its digital infrastructure, says a new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
“Coverage gaps in Canada’s rural and northern areas result in lost productivity and stifle innovation. Other major economies are looking at advanced network technology and the business opportunities that lie therein. We can’t afford not to invest in a more inclusive and competitive digital economy,” said Perrin Beatty, CEO and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber’s report, titled Positioning Canada to Excel in the Information Age examines the challenges facing Canadian companies in a rapidly changing digital economy and makes recommendations to improve access and advancements throughout the country.
“Government must prioritize infrastructure investments to keep businesses connected and make sure they’re at the forefront of innovation,” Mr. Beatty said. “As MPs tour Canada this summer making infrastructure announcements, we need to ask, are these investments being spent in the right places?” he concluded.
Positioning Canada to excel in the Information Age is part of a larger report, Stuck in Traffic for 10,000 Years: Canadian Problems That Infrastructure Investment can Solve outlining several infrastructure challenges that government must target to place Canada on a more equal playing field.
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