Canada and the EU are engaged in a strong historical partnership - willing to be reinforced by the recent Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), signed by both parts on October 30th, 2016.
Canada has developed a large and promising cluster & supercluster community, supported by ambitious governmental policies in favour of research and innovation. Key sectors: advanced manufacturing, clean technologies and energies, digital economy, agri-food, health and bio-sciences. The Canadian government has decided to concentrate its action by supporting the five superclusters thanks to a $950 million CAD investment for 5 years, as of 2018.
Economic and political context and framework
Canada is considered as one of the most attractive countries in terms of business environment, with an easy access to business investments, in a particularly stable political context. The current government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is looking towards strong policies to support research and innovation, in high value-added sectors such as advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technologies and digital industries.
For the period 2017-2022, the Innovation Superclusters Initiative will be at the heart of cluster policies. This competition providing a $950 million investment budget will help giving an accurate typology of Canadian clusters and superclusters by rewarding few of the best initiatives across the country. Read less.
Cluster to cluster cooperation opportunities and potential interest from European clusters and SMEs
Cluster cooperation between the EU and Canada is not led by a specific bilateral convention, however the enforcement of cooperation policies and an increasing number of bottom-up initiatives contribute to a global collaboration process. International partnerships involving businesses are already supported by local initiatives, such as the Enterprise Canada Network, or European ones, like the Enterprise Europe Network.
In October 2018, a delegation of 13 members from Vitagora and Wagralim took part in a partnership mission to Canada, on the occasion of BENEFIQ, the healthy food event in Québec city, and thanks to the support of Natural Products Canada, the NFIF local partner.
Over four months, Atelier du Fruit (FR) had been actively engaged in the mission preparation. As a first step, a diagnosis had been completed for the company’s internationalisation to understand the needs and the relevant support to be implemented to access the market. Next, the profile of targeted partners was identified, which...