What We Do

We undertake important policy and advocacy work to support and promote the Canadian tech sector.

TECHNATION actively engages with political leaders and government officials at all levels to inform them why it is important to maintain a strong, innovative, and growing tech industry in Canada and the importance of a close alignment around the development of Canada’s innovation agenda.

We work closely with the federal government as it transforms, and as it and procures more modern innovative technology. As a result, our input is consistently sought and heard by government – a tribute to our thoughtful policy formulation and our effective advocacy of well-founded industry positions. As information and communication technology becomes increasingly important to the Canadian economy, we must help government to anticipate the tech trends with policy initiatives that serve to strengthen our economy and our industry.

Innovation Adoption Program

TECHNATION is proposing a national program that leverages one of the most powerful economic levers that the most powerful economic levers that the Government has – its purchasing power – do drive economic recovery for Canada’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), implement ‘virtual shovel ready’ projects, and transform the way that government serves its citizens.

The Innovation Adoption Program involves four main components:

  1. Defined Needs
  2. Dedicated Funding
  3. Transformed Procurement
  4. Executed Projects.

A multi-departmental, coordinated approach will help to ensure the success of this proposal.

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Transforming & Modernizing the Federal Government

TECHNATION has developed a multi-faceted strategic approach that is individually and collectively focused on bringing real and impactful change. This includes: the development of a Commercial First Approach – a proposal to help government modernize and digitally transform; a strategic approach to helping government migrate to the Cloud; and a plan to help re-skill and up-skill the federal workforce.

Commercial First

The Commercial First Approach would enable the government to adopt new technologies to increase efficiencies and competition; leverage data and analytics; and increase cyber security measures. Most importantly, it would require the federal government to adopt a ‘Buy, not Build’ philosophy where it procures all products, goods, services, and solutions from the private sector whenever possible. Industry and Government should not act as competitors but instead operate as collaborators and business partners.

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Migrating to the Cloud

Migrating to the Cloud would enable government to leverage cloud strategies and cloud-based managed service delivery models, enabling improved citizen l service delivery. Increased internet connectivity and bandwidth would allow Government departments and agencies to leverage public Cloud services; allow governments to innovate, collect insights and evolve; and enable Government to tap into an already specialized market (off-premise, public and private Cloud – and combinations of these) which is becoming the default environment for businesses around the world. Finally, it would also provide opportunities to leverage existing security controls and accreditations that have driven innovation and delivered improved policy outcomes, enhanced efficiencies, higher levels of service quality, greater agility, security, and improved levels of trust with citizens and business.

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Re-Skill and Up-Skill Federal Workforce

A plan is currently underway to help re-skill and up-skill the federal workforce. This approach would enable federal workers to update skills to leverage new technologies to deliver state-of-the-art digital services. Combined with Commercial First, this approach would shift the focus away from building technology in-house, to purchasing and applying the newest technology solutions and tools.


Developing A Commercial First Approach


Government’s Embracing The Cloud


L’Adoption Du Nuage Par l’État


The Innovation Adoption Program (IAP)


Federal Budget

Read more about the Federal Budget for digital transformation and TECHNATION’s pre-budget submissions (past and present)

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Read more TECHNATION’S efforts around procurement modernization.

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