Throughout its history Canada has built physical infrastructure to enable our collective prosperity: highways and bridges, railroads and skyscrapers, subway systems and safe water supplies.
The new national infrastructure is digital, not physical.
Just as our roads are governed by regulation, policy and construction standards that keep us safe, mobile and connected, Canada needs National Data Infrastructure to ensure our data is being used safely and effectively, increasing public benefit and our global competitiveness.
Canada needs a Digital New Deal.
A Digital New Deal means we recognize that our country’s economic and societal goals can only be met if data is used effectively, responsibly and with the trust of Canadians.
Canada should be the first country in the world to fully harness the private market dynamics of data, and create a system that would apply them to the public good.