Superclusters! Lessons + Opportunities for Canada

An overview of the federal government's 2017 commitment of $950 million to foster the growth and development of “superclusters”
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Superclusters! Lessons + Opportunities for Canada

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Superclusters! Lessons + Opportunities for Canada is a new discussion paper produced by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) and the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity.

In its 2017 budget, the federal government committed $950 million to foster the growth and development of “superclusters”. This discussion paper provides an overview of why clusters are important and what the role of government is in cultivating them. It also offers advice to the Government of Canada on how to improve the longevity and effectiveness of their commitment.

Cluster strategies are challenging to implement because they require two mindsets sometimes challenging to government: an appetite for risk and a long-term approach to monitoring evaluation. In this discussion paper, we offer advice that will help the federal government to ensure its cluster strategy has the best chance of accelerating Canada’s economic growth and boosting the global competitiveness of Canadian firms.

Read this report to help you:
  • Understand the role of clusters in Canada’s economic growth.
  • Learn about the role of government in developing clusters.
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities that impede the implementation of cluster strategies.
  • Understand measures the federal government can take to maximize the impact of its recently announced cluster strategy.

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Recommendations for the federal government:

  • Develop a clear, long-term cluster strategy based on the existing strengths of the regions in Canada.
  • Encourage the creation of cluster organizations through public-private investments to increase connectivity between cluster actors.
  • Evaluate the success of cluster policy goals.
  • Establish an independent, expert body to track cluster health and advise on program administration.
  • Coordinate with relevant federal policies and with provincial and municipal governments, with a focus on streamlining access to government services and on collecting and sharing data.