ITAC Calls for a National ICT Strategy for Canada

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - ITAC, the Information Technology
Association of Canada, has called for the creation of a national ICT
(information and communications technology) strategy for Canada. And, in a
white paper, it released today, it has outlined some of the measures that it
believes are the essential elements in the formulation of this strategy.
    "Upping our Game: A National ICT Strategy for Canada" addresses the
issues and makes recommendations in several key areas including the formation
of a strong Canadian talent pool, expansion of our innovative capacity and our
use of ICTs, ensuring a competitive tax regime, access to capital and a smart
regulatory regime in Canada. In addition, the paper calls for a 21st century
view of infrastructure that includes electronic components such as broadband
networks, a national electronic health record and the digitization of all
Canadian content.
    "Like many other nations in the world, Canada is currently facing a
challenging economy," said Bernard Courtois, President and CEO of ITAC.
"History has demonstrated numerous examples of hugely successful enterprises
that emerged from periods of economic turmoil. What these companies have in
common is a strategy and the fortitude to make the right investments in
technology to help them outperform their rivals. We've seen this repeatedly in
the marketplace. And we've seen it at the national economic level as well.
Canada already punches above its weight in ICT. But no matter how good they
are, competitors - including competitive economies - generally compete better
when they have a strategy than when they don't. Canada needs a national ICT
strategy now."

    The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is the voice of
the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry. ITAC
represents a diverse ICT community spanning telecommunications and internet
services, ICT consulting services, hardware, microelectronics, software and
electronic content. ITAC's community of companies accounts for more than 70
per cent of the 592,600 jobs, $149.4 billion in revenue, $6.22 billion in R&D
investment, $22.6 billion in exports and $11.8 billion in capital expenditures
that the ICT industry contributes annually to the Canadian economy. ITAC is a
prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada's innovative capacity and for
stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of

For further information:

For further information: Lynda Leonard, Senior Vice President, ITAC,
(613) 238-2250 ext. 223

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