Canada’s digital trade performance is below its economy’s capacity and remains too focused on the US, the report argues. Unless Canadian businesses and governments up their game, Canada will remain a marginal player in the global digital economy.
A clear and coherent Canadian digital trade strategy would rest on three pillars:
- Reliable and inclusive access to high-quality digital infrastructure at competitive prices internationally.
- Enhanced digital capacity through the adoption of well-established and advanced digital technologies, especially for SMEs, and the development of digital skills among Canadian workers, managers and entrepreneurs.
- The reduction, if not elimination, of non-tariff barriers to international digital trade.