Today, the Prime Minister is participating in an armchair discussion with Tobias Lütke, Founder and CEO of Shopify, and one the chairs of our government’s Economic Strategy Tables. We’ve asked Tobias and five other industry leaders to help guide our efforts in supporting innovation in high-growth sectors: digital, clean technology, agri-food, advanced manufacturing, bio-sciences, and clean resources. The sectors that drive innovation are where the middle class jobs of today and tomorrow will be created. Shopify is a Canadian success story and an example of entrepreneurship paving the way for the future of Canada’s economy. As part of our Innovation and Skills Plan, our government is working with entrepreneurs and innovators like Tobias to generate new business opportunities, strengthen the middle class, and equip Canadians with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
Our plan to grow the economy is working. Canadians have created over 600,000 jobs since we took office, and the unemployment rate is near historic lows. Our government recognizes the key role that innovators, researchers, and entrepreneurs play in creating good jobs and growing our economy. We recently launched Canada’s IP Strategy, which will help Canadian entrepreneurs better understand and protect intellectual property and also get better access to shared intellectual property. Through our Innovation and Skills Plan, we are making strategic investments in Canadian companies; bringing broadband connections to rural and remote communities; investing in tech adoption and growth in rural Canada, leveraging the power of government procurement to help Canadian innovators; investing in the venture capital ecosystem; and increasing the availability of growth capital for clean-tech companies. We know that by investing in innovators, in their capacity to grow the economy and drive real change, that we will see returns on investment that will benefit Canadians everywhere.