Category: ITAC

National ICT industry association welcomes Future Skills Centre and Council

Mississauga, ON (Feb.15, 2019) – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) welcomes today’s announcement by The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance regarding the launch of the Future Skills Council and the Future Skills Centre. Future Skills will help Canadians prepare for, get and keep jobs as technology and business innovations continue to transform the labour market.

ITAC has been a strong advocate for investment in skills development in the face of growing demand for technology professionals, as well as changes across the Canadian economy. The Association has called for a near doubling of the growth rate of the highly qualified professional information, communications and technology (ICT) workforce, to expand it from 550,000 in 2018 to 750,000 by 2025. ITAC also projects accelerating demand for mid-skilled technicians and related professionals – currently 300,000 strong..

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ITAC supports launch of Government of Ontario’s Data Strategy Consultations; continues to advocate for needed collaboration between ICT sector and government

Mississagua, ON (Feb. 5, 2019) – Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it will seek input into a provincial data strategy. Canada’s national ICT industry advocate, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) has long called for Canada’s (municipal, regional and federal) governments to develop a balanced framework to data governance, one that establishes a value framework for data, protects individual privacy, encourages sharing and collaboration, and incentivizes innovation.

“We are pleased that the Ontario Government is looking at ways to develop a strong data-digital economy in the province, and that it is seeking input,” said Denise Shortt, acting president and CEO, ITAC. “The Ontario Government’s data strategy needs to take into consideration that Ontario competes in a global digital marketplace. The data strategy should be leveraged to attract investment and allow Ontario firms to compete internationally; and Ontario’s Government must find the right balance ..

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