The i-CANADA Vision
To making all Canadian communities – large and small, urban and rural – into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable prosperity and full digital enablement.
‘First the community, then the country’, is the motto that i-CANADA uses to visualize the evolution of Canada into one of the world’s Intelligent Nations.
What Is i-CANADA?
i-CANADA is a not-for-profit movement of concerned Premiers, Mayors, and business, technology and research leaders, who want to build social ecosystems where:
- Global companies locate here thanks to the unparalleled quality of place and advanced low cost open access ultra broadband communications;
- Canada will have reclaimed her crown as one of the world’s leaders in telecommunications.
- Canadians living in the north, or in aboriginal communities, and throughout Canada will have access to our best interactive and diagnostic health services, learning and training services, and business development services …….. all available without leaving home.
- Open access ultra broadband will allow our new health caregiver support systems to dramatically expand their support for patients with cancer, diabetes and other debilitating ailments.
- Ageing well in the home through enhanced caregiver support becomes a reality and our healthcare costs per capita decline significantly.
- Intelligent Transportation becomes a reality with reduced environmental impacts, improved service, shorter travel times and fewer accidents
- Teachers are teaching English as a second language from their own homes to students in other countries like South Korea where ultra broadband is a reality today.
- Intelligent buildings are substantially reducing the carbon footprint of our communities.
- Film editors are working from their homes or community business centres and providing film editing services to directors working in other ultra broadband countries.
- Educators are providing a more engaging learning experience to meet the diverse needs of learners making the dream of “classrooms without walls” a reality. Virtual collaboration between parents and teachers really works.
- “IMAX” to the home and other advanced forms of entertainment and information services are easily connected to community home entertainment centres presenting new ways to watch the Paris Opera, the Super Bowl, Wimbledon Tennis and hundreds of other events.
- Business is collaborating with our arts and cultural communities and achieving new frontiers in digital media, thanks to a competitive blend of creativity and technology that produces new products, services, investments, international trade and employment opportunities for all Canadians.