Stratford Report 2011 Calls for Action to Bolster Innovation, Canadian
WATERLOO, ON, May 3 /CNW/ - Canada's adoption and development of digital
media technology and practices compared to other developed countries
continues to slip as the conversation - but not sufficient action -
continues, a new report prepared by The Stratford Institute reveals.
The study, titled The Stratford Report 2011, will be unveiled tomorrow
at the Canada 3.0 2011 forum, Canada's premier digital media event
which has the goal of making Canada a digital nation by 2017.
"The old caution remains: vision without action is hallucination," said
Ian Wilson, Executive Director of the Stratford Institute who will be
presenting the report Wednesday afternoon. "A compilation of
comparative statistics gleaned from authoritative sources, especially
international studies, indicates that Canada continues to decline as a
digital nation, contrary to the goals of all of us working hard to
improve the country's competitive position."
Wilson said that while there have been consultations such as the one
launched by Industry Minister Tony Clement at last year's Canada 3.0
forum, what is required is targeted action supported by unprecedented
collaboration between all levels of government, universities and the
Government is not setting the example for Canada to achieve the Canada
3.0 forum goal of becoming a digital nation, given that Canada's
ranking of government procurement of advanced technology products puts
the country in 26th place compared to other developed nations. This means that government
at all levels is not helping drive investment and innovation in the use
of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). Similarly, lack
of private sector investment in ICT is limiting Canadian productivity,
"We've seen spending on bridges, sewers and other physical
infrastructure, but a dismal lack of investment in the new digital
economy. Investing in technology innovation and in our content will
have returns outlasting buildings. An educated workforce, together with
our accumulated intellectual resources, are the real capital in the
competitive global knowledge economy of the 21st century," Wilson said.
The report also highlights a dichotomy between the amount of time
Canadians spend on-line - 43.5 hours per month versus the worldwide
average of 23.1 hours per month - and what we do with that time.
"Canadians are well connected - to foreign content. Studies show that
Canada is one of the best connected countries, extending broadband
connectivity to rural areas, but we're connecting to foreign content
because only 1% of Canadian audio visual content and 13% of our print
content is available on-line which is totally unacceptable," said
Wilson praised the some 2,000 people who participated in the Canada 3.0
2011 forum this week for trying to make a difference to Canada's
"This is all about ensuring that as Canadians, we recognize that the
future is digital and we need to inspire action to ensure productivity
and prosperity for this country," said Wilson.
Canada 3.0 is organized annually by the Canadian Digital Media Network,
and brings together industry, government, public sector and academic
communities of interest with the common goal of advancing Canada's
competitiveness in digital media. The forum focuses on a goal called
the Moonshot by which anyone in Canada can do anything online by 2017,
Canada's 150th birthday.
Follow Canada 3.0 2011 on Twitter @can3_0
About the Stratford Institute for digital media
The Stratford Institute for digital media is a forward looking digital
media policy research centre. The Institute will conduct research,
encourage debate, organize consultations and encourage initiatives at
the local, regional, national and international levels related to
Canada's future prospects as a digital nation. The think tank has been
established through a partnership of the University of Waterloo, the
City of Stratford, OpenText Corporation, the Canadian Digital Media
Network and with support of the Government of Ontario.
SOURCE Stratford Institute
For further information:
University of Waterloo Stratford Campus