Cleantech sees $23 million worth of investments in Ontario and Québec in 24 hours
announced almost $18 million in public funding, alongside $5.2 million in private sector investments for clean technology projects in Ontario and Québec last Thursday. The funding will support 30 new cleantech projects across Québec, by Québec entrepreneurs, and establish the Trent Enterprise Centre, a new accelerator for cleantech companies.
New Zealand establishes new Algorithm Charter for government agencies
Twenty-three government agencies signed off
on the newly established Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand
on Tuesday. The Charter will govern the use of algorithms by government, while establishing a commitment by government agencies to strike the right balance between privacy and transparency, prevent unintended bias, and reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
CAN Health Network celebrates one-year anniversary as integrated markets are considered for other sectors
The CAN Health Network, an integrated market established to connect Canadian health-tech companies with Canadian healthcare providers celebrated its one-year anniversary
—and 10 commercialization projects underway—last week. In an associated interview with BetaKit
, Minister of Small Businesses, Export Promotion, and International Trade Mary Ng discussed using the model elsewhere, in industries such as Cleantech or Agtech.
Beta testing begins for Canada’s government sponsored tracing app
Beta testing began in Ontario
for Canada’s government-sanctioned contact tracing app last week. Ongoing feedback from beta users will help identify bugs and other issues and will inform future iterations of the app for its eventual public release.
CRA facing pressure to update its work-space-in-the-home expenses program
The federal government is facing increased pressure
to make changes to its work-space-in-the-home expenses program
to more easily accommodate workers and companies impacted by the pandemic. The program requires eligible workers to work from home more than 50% of the time, or use their home workspace exclusively for work purposes, but also requires employers to file T2200 forms for each individual employee. Despite dropping slightly in recent months, just over 3.3 million
Canadians worked from home in April, suggesting significant bureaucratic weight next spring. - Mairead Matthews