On April 4, 2014, Industry Minister James Moore unveiled “Digital Canada 150,” a comprehensive digital policy (click on TEXT of SPEECH and POLICY DOCUMENT). The Government describes the issuance of Digital Canada 150 as the culmination of its public online consultations held over three years ago (in 2010). The Government reviewed 250 submissions from more than 2,000 Canadians who registered to participate in the online consultation. There are a multitude of issues addressed in the Digital Canada 150 Policy, classified under “five pillars”: “Connecting Canadians,” “Protecting Canadians,” “Economic Opportunities,” “Digital Government” and “Canadian Content.” The policy spans a broad range of issues including television unbundling, roaming rate caps, high speed Internet access in remote/rural areas, online privacy and anti-spam. However, much of Digital Canada 150 is not new. Rather, the Government has used this announcement to summarize previous initiatives taken in the area of digital policy, with some hints of future directions. The Government has framed the Digital Canada 150 Policy by reference to two categories, “What We’ve Done” and “What’s New." Among the key elements of the Policy are: “What We’ve Done”
As noted earlier, Digital Canada 150 is to a large extent a summary of the Government's previous initiatives. Some have argued that we continue to lack a clear "vision" for a digital Canada, which would involve a more collaborative approach among partners from the private sector, governments, not-for-profits and academics with a view to a unified national digital policy.
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