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Digital Policy Salon: COVID-19 and the Global Economy

Welcome to the second issue of the new Digital Policy Salon briefing. We hope you are all taking care
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Digital Policy Salon: COVID-19 and the Global Economy
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #2 • View online
Welcome to the second issue of the new Digital Policy Salon briefing. We hope you are all taking care of yourselves and remaining safe in the face of current events.
While this is intended to be a bi-weekly publication, we’re releasing a quick issue this week to respond to the rapidly unfolding events around COVID-19.
The last several weeks have provoked a range of headline-grabbing developments across Canada and the globe. COVID-19 was recently declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and with this announcement, it will inevitably continue to threaten supply chains worldwide. In the backdrop of COVID-19, other events like Brexit, blockades, the recent election in Canada, and upcoming elections abroad have played and will continue to play significant roles in reshaping our economy in the near term.
Our research team spent the last couple of weeks doing a deep dive into what this all means and how well-crafted policy can be deployed to ease this anxious time for all. Keep reading to learn more.
If you find any of the stories you read in this Digital Policy Salon briefing particularly interesting, you can click the share button below each article to keep friends and colleagues on social media informed—it’s the 2020 version of sending a newspaper clipping.

Our Perspective
COVID-19's Impact on the Digital Economy
Canadian Policy Responses: Rate cuts, COVID-19 Response Fund and More
Special Events
Join Us For a Virtual Panel Discussion
Interviews in the Field
James Rees, Chief Information Security Officer at Energie NB Power
James Rees, Chief Information Security Officer at Energie NB Power
What We're Reading
Tracking the Coronavirus: How Crowded Asian Cities Tackled an Epidemic
Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, and How to “Flatten the Curve”
Research Visualized
Manufacturing claims Canada’s foreign direct investment (FDI) crown.
In 2018, manufacturing was the most significant sector for FDI in Canada, accounting for 23% of all FDI. Investments in the manufacturing sector were partly directed at lean manufacturing and clean technologies, as well as chemical and food manufacturing, which overlaps significantly with other high-technology sectors like biotech and food tech.
FDI stock in Canada by major industries, 2013-2018 - Source: A New Partnership with the EU (ICTC-CTIC) and Statistics Canada
FDI stock in Canada by major industries, 2013-2018 - Source: A New Partnership with the EU (ICTC-CTIC) and Statistics Canada
While many industries contain elements of ICT or digital solutions, the ICT sector specifically attracted between 1.4% and 3% of the total inflow of FDI stock during 2013-2018. Although this figure is significantly lower than the above-noted industries, investment in this sector is on the rise. From 2013 to 2018, FDI stock in the ICT sector increased by C$6.5 billion or 68%; and from 2017 to 2018, FDI stock increased by C$2.8 billion or 21% to reach a total of C$16 billion.
Our Research
A New Partnership with the EU: CETA and Digital FDI Opportunities for Canada
Twitter Highlights
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Tune as ICTC's @TheDianaBarbosa, shares her insights from the #CyberTitan program and what it will take to make the transition from “#digital literacy” to simply “literacy” with @C1audiu on @voicEdcanada podcast! https://t.co/rmTX88yyWR https://t.co/2Ns3loeqH8
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