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Ten Opportunities to Improve Canadian Competitiveness

Changes Ahead in 2017

For the last several years, we have published an annual list of the Top 10 Barriers to Canadian Competitiveness. That document listed some of the self-inflicted wounds that have prevented Canada's economy from achieving its full potential and set out our recommendations for change.

In February, we will be releasing a different document. Instead of focusing on barriers, we will outline 10 opportunities to improve our economic success, along with our specific recommendations to advocate throughout the year.


2016 Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness


Barrier 1: Public policies block small companies from becoming bigger

Barrier 2: Canada is vulnerable to cyber crime

Barrier 3: Canada’s trade agenda—new agreements are just the start

Barrier 4: Canadian resources cannot get to world markets

Barrier 5: Poor literacy, numeracy and digital skills are limiting productivity in segments of Canada’s workforce

Barrier 6: Canada needs a more aggressive and effective innovation strategy

Barrier 7: Canada is not ready for climate change

Barrier 8: Internal barriers to trade cost Canadians billions and restrict investment

Barrier 9: Lack of clarity regarding businesses’ responsibilities to Aboriginal peoples constrains investment

Barrier 10: Canada’s brand does not support business competitiveness

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