Innovation and ICT
The majority of innovation and digital news in Budget 2019 is focused on education and skill development, particularly for Canadian youth including $60M over the next two years to support CanCode.
Following the National Space Strategy and the announcement that Canada will participate in the Lunar Gateway project, the budget re-announced the $2B over 24 years for space research and robotics development, including $150M over five years towards a Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program that will help small and medium-sized enterprises develop new technologies to be used and tested in lunar orbit and on the Moon’s surface in fields that include artificial intelligence, robotics, and health.
Cybersecurity was one of the biggest winners from this budget. To strengthen the cyber security of Canada’s critical infrastructure, Budget 2019 builds on 2018 investments and proposes $144.9 million over five years, starting in 2019?20, including $22.9 million from within existing Communications Security Establishment resources.
This investment will help to protect Canada?s critical cyber systems including in the finance, telecommunications, energy, and transport sectors. Funding will also support the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security in providing advice and guidance to critical infrastructure owners and operators on how to better prevent and address cyber attacks.
Budget 2019 proposes to invest $30.2 million over five years to implement a number of new measures to protect Canada’s democratic institutions from cyber attacks, the Government is proposing to provide the Communications Security Establishment with additional funding of up to $4.2 million over three years, starting in 2019 – 20, to provide cyber security advice and guidance to Canadian political parties and election administrators.
Canada’s highly skilled workforce and world-class universities means that Canada is primed to lead in cyber security research, innovation and talent development. To promote collaboration between Canadian cyber security centres of expertise, Budget 2019 proposes to provide $80 million over four years, starting in 2020?21, to support three or more Canadian cyber security networks across Canada that are affiliated with post-secondary institutions.
The networks to be selected through a competitive process?will expand research, development and commercialization partnerships between academia and the private sector, and expand the pipeline of cyber security talent in Canada. Additional
details on this program will be announced in the coming months.
Since 2015, the Government has invested nearly $2 billion to build new public water systems in First Nations communities, and for repairs and upgrades to existing systems. Since then, more than 80 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted, and the Government is on track to eliminate all of the advisories by March 2021.
Budget 2019 builds on this effort by announcing an additional $739 million over five years, with $184.9 million per year ongoing for urgent repairs to vulnerable water systems, water operator training and other support programs, so that First Nations communities can effectively operate and maintain their public drinking water.
The majority of investments are aimed at improving health and education outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Budget 2019 proposes to invest $39.2 million in 2020-21 First Nations young people living on reserve face unique
challenges to enter the labour force. This funding provides services for young people to acquire pre-employment skills, access training, and overcome barriers to employment.
This budget also invests $969.4 million over five years for school infrastructure to support primary and secondary education on reserve in order to improve education outcomes of First Nations young people.
Budget 2019 proposes to invest $327.5 million over five years to renew and expand funding for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program while the Government engages with communities on the development of long-term First
Nations-led post-secondary education models.
You can read the complete Budget 2019 document at the link below
Budget 2019: Investing in the Middle Class