Media advisory - Information Technology Association of Canada

    OTTAWA, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ -

    WHAT:  Finance Minister James Flaherty will table a
           Federal Government Budget on Monday, March 19. The Budget follows
           months of consultations by the Minister and the House of Commons
           Standing Committee on Finance regarding key fiscal priorities. The
           Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) has focused
           its recommendations on the need to improve Canada's productivity
           and its capacity for innovation. Specifically, ITAC has
           recommended: Incentives for the adoption, especially by small
           business, of productivity enhancing technology. Reform of the
           SR&ED tax credit program and measures to ensure that Canada's
           personal income tax structure permits Canadian knowledge-based
           companies to compete for talent, especially in the market for
           highly qualified people. ITAC is also a member of the Canadian
           Manufacturing Coalition which has called for the full adoption of
           the February 2007 report of the House of Commons Standing
           Committee on Industry Science and Technology.

    WHO:   ITAC President and CEO, Bernard Courtois, will be available for
           comment following the release of the Budget.

    About ITAC

    The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is the voice of
the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry in all
sectors including telecommunications and Internet services, ICT consulting
services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. ITAC's
network of companies accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 579,000 jobs,
$137.6 billion in revenue, $5.2 billion in R&D investment, $22.6 billion in
exports and $11.5 billion in capital expenditures that the industry
contributes annually to the Canadian economy. For further information

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Nicole
Helsberg, ITAC Communications, (905) 602-8345 ext. 240; Lynda Leonard, ITAC
Communications, (613) 238-4822 ext. 223

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