The Canadian government says it’s planning to increase spending on computer science education, citing the growth of the Internet of Things and the need to maintain its position as a world leader in technology.
The budget announced Thursday is aimed at boosting spending on a new generation of computers called the Canada 2020 computer, which will be based in a new facility in Waterloo.
“We are also investing in the Canadian innovation ecosystem by building new research centers, bringing in experts from across the country and investing in new technologies to help Canada stay competitive,” said Canada 2020 president and CEO Jean-Christophe Brinon in a statement.
The $4.4-billion budget includes a budget for computing and IT infrastructure, including new computing and communications equipment.
It also includes funding for new computer science programs, including for the Canada2020 computer, as well as a $10-million research grant to create new high-performance computing technologies.
Brinon said the money will be used to upgrade Canada 2020’s computer science facilities, as part of a larger plan to boost the country’s competitiveness in the digital age.
“The budget reflects our long-term commitment to a competitive position in the global digital economy,” he said.
“It also provides significant new funding for the Canadian Innovation ecosystem, including a new Computing Innovation Fund that supports Canadian universities to develop cutting-edge technology and expertise to help them develop new business models.”