Polytechnics Canada outlines priorities for 2013 federal budget

August 13, 2012

In its pre-budget submission, Polytechnics Canada concentrates its policy recommendations in 2 areas relevant to Canadian productivity: the innovation needs of Canadian firms and the talent needs of the country. The organization proposes several measures to boost the number of apprentices in Red Seal trades, including making the current Apprenticeship Incentive and Completion Grants tax-free. Polytechnics Canada states that through re-allocating funds to industrial applied research, the federal government can help more businesses overcome the "death valley" of commercialization and become competitive. Specific actions include increasing funds for the College Community Innovation Program to $50 million per year to address unmet demand from companies for innovation solutions and expanding the eligibility of NSERC's Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards program to include college undergraduate students. Pre-Budget Submission