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Information and communications technology
Science and technology

Information and communications technology

On May 21, 2007, the 11th meeting of the OECD Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society (WPIIS) will take place in London. It will be followed on May 22 by a joint workshop with the Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) on Economic and Social Impacts of Broadband Communications: From Measurement to Policy Implications. The workshop is designed to review studies of the impacts of broadband on economic performance as well as studies of social and distributional impacts of broadband. Statistics Canada will present an overview of the work undertaken by the Information Society section, including social outcomes and impacts of ICTs. The outcomes of the workshop will feed directly into WPIE work on economic and social impacts of broadband for the 2008 OECD ministerial meeting.

On May 28 and 29, 2007, Statistics Canada will hold its annual Socio-economic Conference. As part of the first day, two sessions have been organized on Indicators and Impacts of a Digital Society;

Session I-F will focus on indicators and will include the following presentations:

Factors influencing Internet use in Canada: Does urban size matter? (Anthony Noce, Industry Canada and Larry McKeown, SIEID, Statistics Canada)

The development of Internet use in Canada, 1997 to 2003: Use variables and economic policy (Ji-Youn Kim, Marc Gendron and Anthony Noce, Industry Canada)

The development of Internet use in Canada: Exploring Canadians’ Engagement with the Internet (Catherine Middleton and Jordan Leith, Ryerson University)

Session II-G will focus on impacts and will include the following presentations:

Connecting with Canadians: Assessing government on-line (Cathy Ladds, Treasury Board Secretariat and Cathy Underhill, SIEID, Statistics Canada)

Isolation, cohesion or transformation? How Canadians’ use of the Internet is shaping society (Carsten Quell, Canadian Heritage, Ben Veenhof, SIEID, Statistics Canada and Barry Wellman and Bernie Hogan, University of Toronto)

Reconciling Canadian e-Commerce estimates: A review of definitional and measurement issues (Jeff Corman and Anthony Noce, Industry Canada and Bryan van Tol and Mark Uhrbach, SIEID, Statistics Canada)

For more information regarding this conference or to register please go to: / and click on workshops and conferences or go directly to: /conferences/socioecon2007/index-eng.htm

Telecommunications and broadcasting

Annual Survey of Telecommunications Service Providers
The processing of 2005 data is on-going.

Quarterly Survey of Telecommunications Service Providers
Selected statistics on telecommunications services industries for the third quarter of 2006 were released March 5, 2007.

Annual Surveys of the Radio, Television and Cable Industries
The collection and processing of 2006 data for the radio, television and program distribution industries is on-going. The release of statistics is planned for the July to September period.

Canadian Internet Use Survey
No updates to report.

Survey of Electronic Commerce and Technology
Final results from the Survey of Electronic Commerce and Technology 2006 were released April 20, 2007.

Science and technology

Two sessions at the Statistics Canada Socio-economic Conference 2007 will focus on several issues in science and technology. A session entitled R&D and Innovation in a Global Economy includes the following presentations:

Characteristics of firms that participate in global supply chains: Evidence from the Survey of Innovation 2005 (Susan Schaan, SIEID, Statistics Canada)

Make, buy and sell as an organizational learning strategy in research and development: Evidence from Canadian business sector, (Julio M. Rosa and Antoine Rose, SIEID, Statistics Canada, Pierre Mohnen, University Maastricht)

Main indicators of R&D in the services sector: A Canada – U.S. comparison (Horatio Sam-Aggrey, SIEID, Statistics Canada)

Developing statistical indicators of venture firms (Cindy Bennett, SIEID, Statistics Canada) will also be presented in a separate session.

Science and technology activities

Research and development in Canada
The service bulletin 'Research and Development (R&D) Personnel in Canada, 1995 to 2004' (Catalogue no. 88-001 Vol. 31, no. 1) was released on January 16, 2007.

The service bulletin 'Science Statistics' (Catalogue no. 88-001 Vol. 31, no. 2) was released on March 30, 2007.

Industrial research and development
The service bulletin 'Nature of Research and Development, 2000 to 2004'(Catalogue no. 88-001 Vol. 30, no. 8) was released on December 15, 2006.

Federal science expenditures
The service bulletin 'Distribution of federal expenditures on science and technology by province and territories, 2004/2005', (Catalogue no. 88-001 Vol. 30, no. 9), was released on December 15, 2006. A working paper titled 'Provincial Distribution of Federal Expenditures and Personnel on Science and Technology, 2000/2001 to 20004/2005' (Catalogue no. 88F0006XIE2006, no. 012) was released on December 22, 2006.

Higher education sector research and development
No updates to report.

Human resources and intellectual property

A working paper titled 'Where are the scientists and engineers?' (Catalogue no. 88F0006XIE2007, no. 002) was released on April 16, 2007.

Federal science expenditures and personnel, intellectual property management annex
No updates to report.

Intellectual property commercialization in the higher education sector
No updates to report.


Innovation in manufacturing
The production of tables of national and provincial results from the Survey of Innovation 2005 continues. They are being made available through CANSIM.

A researcher database for the Survey of Innovation 2005 has been created. External researchers with approved facilitated access projects can now analyze the micro data from the survey.

Innovation in services
A special SIEID project to improve understanding of firms in Scientific Research and Experimental Development Services (NAICS industry group 5417) continues.

Innovation in advanced technologies
Questionnaire design for the Survey of Advanced Technology 2007 has been completed. Activities are underway in preparation for data collection which will start in September 2007.

Community Innovation
No updates to report.

A feasibility study is currently being conducted on the commercialization of innovation with a view to provide insights on the challenges associated with commercialization. The feasibility study will also provide material for an upcoming survey on commercialization of innovation. A report on this feasibility study will be available this spring.


Preliminary data from the Biotechnology Use and Development Survey 2005 were released on January 30, 2007.
Data collection for the BioProducts Development and Production Survey 2006 is on-going.

A second session at the Socio-economic Conference 2007 entitled The Bio-economy will include the following presentations:

Bioproduct development and government funding (Johanne Boivin, MCED, Statistics Canada)

Transition to a bio-economy: A community development strategy discussion (S. Albert, Laurentian University)

Technological change
No updates to report.

Knowledge management practices
No updates to report.