1 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative FORMAT OF SELF-ASSESSMENT REPORT CHECKLIST ITEMS FOR AREA A: DEVELOPING HUMAN RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH LINKAGE BETWEEN INDUSTRY AND EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS Element Checklist Item Evaluation Criteria Comments 1. Joint research A-1 Are there any targeted research 2 These programs do not and development collaboration programs that involve SMEs Business-Led Networks of Centers of Excellence are target SMEs directly among university- as designated participants of research large-scale collaborative networks that help increase but apply instead to all industry-institutes projects? private sector investments in research, support the businesses. training of skilled researchers and accelerate the timeline involved in transferring ideas from the laboratory to products in the marketplace. Four networks, representing the health, environmental, and energy and natural resources priorities of the S&T Strategy, were selected to receive $39.3 million over four years. A-2 Basic statistics on R&D investment - Canada is an OECD member country. OECD countries are flows: 1) The level of R&D investment exempted to submit the performed by university that is financed by data industry; 2) The level of R&D investment performed by university that is financed by government; 3) The level of R&D investment performed by government research institutes that is financed by industry; 4) The level of R&D investment performed by industry that is financed by government 2 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative 2. Patent or A-3 What proportion of issued patents is Small Entity Fee Uptake - The Canadian Technology transfer owned by SMEs (the patents issued in each % of all % of Canadian Intellectual Property member state’s patent office)? Year Applications Applications Office (CIPO) data is 2005 9,64% 23,63% based on “small entities” 2006 8,47% 21,33% (businesses with fewer 2007 7,53% 18,64% than 50 employees). However, some small businesses for several reasons, do not identify themselves as small business entities so the data may not accurately reflect the number of small businesses that apply for patents. A-4 Does the government provide special 4 incentives or institutional supports to SMEs - The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for patent application? offers special reduced fees to “small entities” (defined as businesses with fewer than 50 employees). These fees are typically 50% less than fees for larger businesses. A-5 Are there mechanisms to promote 1 technology transfer from public research There are no such processes organizations to SMEs? Is there any incentive given to public organizations for licensing publicly own patents?What proportion of public/university patents are licensed to SMEs? 3 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative 3. Utilization of A-6 Are there policies that enable SMEs to 4 human resources consult scientists and engineers in public The objective of the College and Community and research institutes? (including. universities)? Innovation Program (CCIP) is to increase innovation at facilities in the community and/or regional level by enabling universities and Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly SMEs institutes A-7 Are there policies that stimulate public 1 research institutes (including universities) There are no such processes that open research facilities to private sector? Does government provide additional incentives if the users are SMEs? 4. Incentives to A-8 Are there policies to promote and 4 For more information attract young talents teach students entrepreneurial spirits and The Government of Canada supports the Canadian see: cybf.ca to SMEs awards young entrepreneurs? Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) which provides business training, loans and mentoring services to young entrepreneurs. Since 2001, the CYBF has received CAD$47.5 million from the federal government. The CYBF also gives out annual awards to Canada’s top young entrepreneurs. A-9 Are there policies that stimulate SME 4 to hire postgraduate science/engineering degree holders to increase technological The Industrial Research and Development Internship competence of SMEs? (IRDI) program places graduate students and post- doctoral fellows in businesses to undertake research that addresses practical business problems. The program will receive a total of CAD$35 million until 2014 and support 1,000 internships/year. 5 National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Programme (NRC-IRAP) Provides innovative SMEs with financial 4 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative assistance to hire highly skilled science and engineering students. Placements range 6-12 months with a maximum costs of $30,000 towards the salary costs of a graduate intern. Graduates work on innovative projects, contribute to R&D and are involved with the commercialisation of research. 5. Supply of A-10 Are there dedicated education 1 Several Canadian human resources programs customized to SME requests? Is There are no such processes universities and colleges that meet the needs the program operated at the level of a offer courses aimed at of SMEs separate department or at the level of SMEs or at students who additional courses? Does government play want to start their own business (e.g. in the roles in the modification of curriculum? engineering faculty) but these courses are designed by the university/college, not at the SME request. The government does not play a role at all. A-11 Are there government sponsored 3 training programs that train employees to There are no such processes at the federal level upgrade skills? (If so, are they targeted for because much of the skills training is provided by the SMEs?) provincial and territorial governments, not the federal government. However, the federal government does offer taxable cash grants designed to encourage apprentices registered in designated trades to continue and complete their apprenticeship programs and receive their certification. 5 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative CHECKLIST FOR AREA B: ACCESS TO SPECIALIST ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE Element Checklist Item Evaluation Criteria Comments 1. Assessing B-1. Does your 1 technical government regularly There are no regular meetings; challenges meet with facing SMEs representatives from innovative SMEs, and discuss their needs? 2. Consulting B-2. Does your economy - Report the latest UNCTAD ICT statistics in - The data is available from SMEs have broadband following categories: http://www.unctad.org (click statistics digitalization connections widely · Proportion of enterprises using computers; statistical databases on line ICT statistics) available to your · Proportion of enterprises using Internet; businesses? If not, is · Proportion of enterprises with a website; · Proportion of enterprises receiving orders there a plan on over Internet; introducing more · Proportion of enterprises placing orders over broadband connections Internet; to businesses? · Proportion of enterprises accessing Internet by ISDN, Fixed line connection under 2 Victoria Mbps and over 2 Mbps; B-3 Does your 1 economy’s government offer advice to your SMEs on how best to digitalize their businesses B-4. Does your - 4 In spite of a delayed start-up in its first year economy also offer The Small Business Internship Program (SBIP) (2009-2010), there has been a good uptake and financial and/or tax provides SMEs with financial support (i.e. a strong response of the program by SMEs and assistance for SME wage subsidy to hire a post-secondary student expected results are that over 80% of intern to assist them in their adoption of contributions allocated for youth salaries and 6 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative digitalization? information and communications technologies mandatory costs will be utilized and that over (ICT) to increase their productivity and 350 ICT internship projects will be completed. competitiveness. 3. Research B-5. Does your 1 equipment economy maintain No such programs are offered; and human programs for making resources required equipment search system available to innovative SMEs? B-6 Does your 1 economy’s government No such databases are available to SMEs maintain a database of expert consultants who would be useful for innovative SMEs, and can innovative SMEs access that database to find experts that they need? 4. Expanding B-7 Does your economy 4 public service provide consulting The Business Development Canada (BDC) benefits services for SMEs offers customized consulting services in concerning technical, operational efficiency, transition programming, entrepreneurial, legal innovation, market development, business planning and management. BDC consulting or tax issues? services are delivered by 99 consulting managers with a physical presence in 60 branches, supported by a network of more than 500 BDC-registered external consultants. 7 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative National Research Council Industrial Research Program (NRC-IRAP) provides trust advisory services and technical expertise delivered by over 240 qualified Industry Technology Advisors (ITAs) 5. Innovation B-8. Does your No such federal programs exists There are not-for-profit groups that work with education for economy encourage high school and university students like Junior SME high school and college Achievement (http://www.jacan.org/) and employees educational programs Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship dealing with running (http://www.acecanada.ca/) to promote entrepreneurship. innovative businesses? B-9 Does your No such program exists economy have programs to encourage SME employees to get further education? 6. Others B-10. Does your 5 economy have any other National Research Council Industrial Research programs to facilitate Program (NRC-IRAP) provides trust advisory specialist assistance services and technical expertise delivered by and advice to innovative over 240 qualified Industry Technology Advisors (ITAs) SMEs? 8 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative CHECKLIST FOR AREA C: ENHANCING AVAILABILITY OF CAPITAL TO INNOVATIVE SMES Element Checklist Item Evaluation Criteria Comments 1. Providing C-1. Are there R&D grant 5 In terms of the effectiveness, analysis financial programs for innovative SMEs, National Research Council Industrial suggest that NRC-IRAP clients have incentives for and if such programs exist, what Research Program (NRC-IRAP) – provides experienced growth, both in real and innovative are their amounts and financial support to qualified innovative comparative terms. Sales grew on SMEs effectiveness? SMEs to help them develop technologies. The average by just over 28%, overall firm program operates on a shared-risk model, employment grew by 30%, and providing cost-shared financial assistance for company assets grew on average by R&D projects that meet both the firm and 15%. project assessment criteria. Financial support may be provided for an eligible R&D project, supporting up to 100 percent of salary costs associated with the project, or up to 75% of the contractor fees. C-2. Are there tax incentive 2 Usage statistics show that it is mostly programs for innovative SMEs, The SR&ED (scientific research & large firms who use the SR&ED tax and if such programs exist, what experimental development) program is a credit as opposed to SMEs. The ratio are their amounts and federal tax incentive program, administered is approximately 90:10. effectiveness? by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada. It is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial R&D. The SR&ED program gives claimants cash refunds and/or tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D work done in Canada. C-3. Are there public 2 The CICP is still under development procurement programs for The Canadian Innovation Commercialization and expects to be launched later in 9 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative innovative SMEs, and if such Program (CICP) was announced on the 2010. programs exist, what are their March 2010 Budget. It is a $40 million, 2- amounts and effectiveness? year pilot project through which federal departments and agencies will adopt and demonstrate the use of innovative prototype products and technologies developed by SMEs. Maximum award per project will be CAD$500,000. 2. Providing C-4. Are there policy-loan 1 There are programs for SMEs generally SMEs with programs for innovative SMEs, There are no such programs but not for innovative SMEs Policy loans and if such programs exist, what based on are their amounts and technological effectiveness? competence or feasibility evaluation C-5. Are there evaluation 1 processes of technological There are no such processes competence and feasibility in policy loan programs? 3. C-6. Are there special SME banks 4 - BDC client revenue 9% to 59% Establishing or financial institutions which are Business Development Canada – BCD has higher for combined BDC financing an institution established for providing policy- two financing programs: (a) long-term and consulting clients versus non- dedicated to loans for SMEs, and if such financing and (b) subordinate financing. BDC clients long-term financing is designed to support - There is on average a 41.5% increase providing banks or institutions exist, what business growth, start-ups and innovation in employment for BDC financing SMEs with are their amounts and strategies, and to offer equipment financing clients following BDC support guaranteed effectiveness? for modernization purposes. BDC also offers - Clients that received financing in loans subordinate financing of $250,000 to $10 fiscal year 2009 sustained 510,875 million for 5-7 year terms, providing a hybrid jobs; for of financing that combines both elements - 82% of BDC financing clients of debt and equity financing to more mature surpassed a 5-year survival rate and growing businesses with excellent - BDC is completely self-sustaining, 10 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative potential. Overall, BDC has $4 billion in with a reported $90.6 million dividends financing activity per year and 76.5% of its to the Government of Canada since support is directed to SMEs with less than 20 1997. employees. Export Development Canada (EDC) provides EDC has provided $14 million in loans designed to help Canadian companies financing, generating $57.8 billion to provide their customers with flexible Canada’s GDP, 572,000 jobs and $522 financings, tailored to meet evolving market billion in exports of goods and conditions throughout the world. Financing is services. provided to support international transactions 4. C-7. Are there loan guarantee 1 Strengthening programs for innovative SMEs, There is no such program support for and if such programs exist, what guarantee are their amounts and effectiveness? C-8. Are there government loan 4 On average, the Program helps SMEs guarantee institutions which are The Canada Small Business Financing access 10,000 loans worth more than established for providing Program (CSBFP) is a loan-loss guarantee $1 billion each year. The average size guarantees for SME loans and if program. Under the CSBFP, Industry Canada of the loans in 2008-2009 was $116 and commercial lenders share the risk of 800. such programs exist, what are providing small businesses with term loans their amounts and effectiveness? for acquiring real property and equipment and The CSBFP recently underwent a making leasehold improvements. The federal review and evaluation. Some of the government will pay the lenders up to 85 key findings include: percent of eligible losses on defaulted loans registered under the program. The maximum In several key areas, CSBFP borrowers loan amount guaranteed under the program is outperform comparable SMEs who CAD$350,000 or CAD$500,000 for real have not received a CSBFP loan. property purchases. SMEs who are CSBFP borrowers have consistently higher levels of business survival compared to non-CSBFP borrowers. They are able to increase 11 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative their business investments (total assets) at a faster pace when compared to non-CSBFP borrowers. Their companies also experience higher levels of sales growth. CSBFP borrowers experience greater employment growth compared to non- CSBFP borrowers, and their employment levels increase at a faster pace. There does not appear to be an impact on profits as a result of obtaining a CSBFP loan. The CSBF Program, as it is currently structured, is not cost recoverable when administration and registration fees are the only revenues used in the calculation. However, it can be considered cost-recoverable over the study period when incremental federal income taxes and GST(goods and services tax) generated by CSBFP borrowers are considered. For more information, please see: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ae- ve.nsf/eng/03101.html 5. C-9. Do banks have special 1 Streamlining programs for streamlining SMEs’ There are no such programs SME financing procedures, and if such financing programs exist, what are their procedures amounts and effectiveness? 12 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative C-10. Are there governmental 1 promotion programs for There are no such programs streamlining SMEs’ financial procedures? 6. C-11. Are there government 3 The BDC program does not apply only Considering venture capital programs for Business Development Canada (BDC) to innovative SMEs but rather to all SMEs outside innovative SMEs, which can be provides subordinate financing of $250,000 SMEs who qualify. policy either direct equity financing to $10 million for 5-7 year terms, providing a support programs or hybrid-funds with hybrid form of financing that combines elements of both debt and equity financing to private venture capital, loans and more mature and growing businesses with if such programs exist, what are excellent potential. For the 12 months ending their amounts and effectiveness? March 31st 2010, BDC authorized $68.3 million in subordinate financing. Further, BDC provides VC for every stage of a company’s development cycle, from seed through expansion, with a focus on early- stage and fast-growing businesses. It also invests indirectly through investments in other VC funds. Currently BDC has $4 million committed in 95 active companies – 24% life sciences, 10% telecommunications, 13% information technology – and has $265.1 million committed in 22 funds (constituting approximately 39% of VC allocations). The BDC’s VC activity constitutes 4.6% of all VC activity in Canada. It has been ranked 49th in the world in the Red Herring Top Global VC Funds Ranking and number 1 in Canada. C-12. Are there policy programs 1 There are no such programs 13 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative for promoting networks of venture capitalists, which are often called as business angel networks (BANs)? 14 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative CHECKLIST ITEMS FOR CRITERIA D: NETWORK AND CLUSTERING FOR INNOVATIVE SMES Element Checklist Item Evaluation Criteria Comments 1. Policy for D-1. What kinds of policies 4 For more information on Canada’s clustering SMEs exist that provide incentives innovation clusters, please visit: by region for the regional clustering of The National Research Council (NRC) has http://www.nrc- firms? Are there policies established a substantial presence in 11 technology clusters across the country. As part of NRC’s cnrc.gc.ca/eng/locations/index.html specifically designed for clustering initiatives in these communities, the facilitating regional networks organization’s research institutes act as hubs, between public research offering cluster players state-of-the-art, federally institutes and SMEs? funded labs and equipment, incubation space and critical business development mentoring. The 2010 federal budget provided $135 million over the next two years to build on the success to date of the cluster initiatives. D-2 Are there special 4 All 13 provinces and territories subsidies / policies for SMEs There is such mechanism, and it is effective offer SME support programs. prepared by regional Some municipal (local) governments? governments also offer programs. They are too numerous to list here. 2. Policy for D-3 Does government pay 4 clustering SMEs special attention to the The only national SME association in Canada is the by industry industrial associations Canadian Federation of Independent Business comprised mainly of SMEs? (CFIB). However, its members are from all sectors of the Canadian economy. It has been successful in the past in influencing federal policy, most notably in the area of red-tape reduction. 15 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative D-4 Does government 1 provide benefits for SMEs of There are no such mechanism local supply chain by setting up industrial districts? 3. Policy for D-5 How many public Please see attached annex promoting incubating centers are clustering SMEs operated and how much resources are invested for its operation? - Please provide financial support level of government in terms of the absolute amount and relative share of funding (public/ private). D-6 Are incubating centers Canada’s incubating centres are mainly located in mainly located at university universities. campuses, private sector buildings, or government research institutes? 4. Strengthening D-7 Are there policies to 2 These programs do not target network among promote knowledge sharing Business-Led Networks of Centers of Excellence are SMEs directly but apply instead to clusters between different clusters or large-scale collaborative networks that help increase all businesses. between industrial private sector investments in research, support the associations (mainly training of skilled researchers and accelerate the timeline involved in transferring ideas from the comprised of SMEs)? laboratory to products in the marketplace. Four networks, representing the health, environmental, and energy and natural resources priorities of the S&T Strategy, were selected to receive $39.3 million over four years. 16 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative D-8 Are there policies that 1 link the SME clusters There are no such mechanisms internationally? Does government sponsor international SME centers to encourage global operation of SMEs? 17 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative CHECKLIST ITEMS FOR AREA E: ESTABLISHING APPROPRIATE LEGAL AND REGULATORY STRUCTURE Element Checklist Item Evaluation Criteria Comments 1. Providing E-1. Does your economy have a There is no legal definition. There is no legal definition of an Legal legal definition of an innovative Statistics Canada (the federal statistics SME in Canada but Statistics Canada Support for SME? If not, does your economy agency for Canada), in its surveys on generally uses the following Innovative have a widely used working manufacturing uses the following definition definition: SMEs definition of an innovative SME? of an innovative manufacturing firm: - product innovation: a firm has introduced - small business has fewer than 100 to the market a new good or service or a employees significantly improved good or service. - an SME has fewer than 500 - process innovation: a firm has employees implemented a new or significantly improved production process, distribution method or support activity for its goods or services E-2. Are there mechanisms to 2 - The SME outreach initiative is explain IPR laws to SMEs, and The Canadian Intellectual Property Office currently underway so it is not help SMEs make the most of rights (CIPO) has launched an awareness possible yet to assess its and protection as specified in the campaign to make SMEs more aware of effectiveness national IPR laws? Canada’s IP system and of how to use IP strategically. E-3. Are there processes in place 2 The CDSR only applies to regulation to consider the effects of The Cabinet Directive on Streamlining (not legislation) and covers business legislation on SMEs? Regulation (CDSR) includes a requirement broadly (not specifically SMEs) to assess the positive and negative impacts of regulation on business. Regulators are asked to mitigate the negative effects on business. E-4 How efficiently does your In Canada there are 36 procedures to economy enforce private complete, it takes on average 560 days and contracts? the cost is usually 22.3% of the claim. For 18 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative the enforcement of private contracts, Canada ranks 58th in the world. E-5 Does your economy have a 1 comprehensive plan to assist There is no such comprehensive plan innovative SMEs, and are they set in legislation? 2. Promoting E-6. Are there official processes or 1 public mechanisms to introduce There are no such processes or mechanisms; institutions’ innovative SME products to public purchases of institutions who may be potential SME customers? products E-7. Are there official rules or 1 guidelines encouraging public There are no such rules or guidelines institutions to purchase from SMEs? E-8 Are there official rules, 1 guidelines or programs There are no such rules or guidelines best encouraging public institutions to practice. purchase from innovative SMEs? 3. Enhancing E-9. Does the technical standards 1 support for and conformance system contain There are no such provisions technically provisions which give due competent consideration to difficulties faced SMEs by SMEs? If so, what are they? Are there any indicators of effectiveness? E-10. Does the technical 1 standards and conformance There is no such assistance authority or the SME authority offer assistance to SMEs applying 19 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative for technical standards, or conformance certification? If so, what are they? Are there any indicators of effectiveness? E-11. What other support does None your economy offer for technically competent SMEs? 4. Enhancing E-12. Are there support and See C-2 support for incentives for R&D, and are SMEs the R&D eligible? If there are area performance indicators for such incentives (such as amount disbursed or number of projects), report or refer to them in the IAP 5. Others E-13. Does regulatory review See E-3 and reform system exist, and does it explicitly take problems of SMEs into account? E-14. Does the regulatory review 1 and reform system give due The regulatory review and reform system consideration to the introduction does not explicitly give due considerations of new products and processes? for new products and processes E-15. In the area of legal and regulatory structure, what other relevant measures are in place? 20 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative CHECKLIST ITEMS FOR AREA F: ESTABLISHING A MARKET CONSISTENT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT Element Checklist Item Evaluation Criteria Comments 1. F-1 Are there programs, 1 Strengthening which promote There are no such programs; cooperation partnerships between between large innovative SMEs and companies and appropriate large SMEs businesses? 2. Facilitating F-2 Are there programs to See B-4 digitalization of facilitate digitalization of SMEs SMEs? 3. Supporting F-3 Are there programs to 3 SMEs to make support innovative SMEs The Trade Commissioner Service of For more info, please see: inroads into exporting to foreign Canada offers assistance to businesses http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/home.jsp overseas markets? who wish to invest and/or trade abroad. markets Export Development Canada (EDC) is None of these programs target innovative SMEs Canada’s export credit agency, specifically. supporting a broad range of exporters across Canada. Its mandate is to support and develop Canada’s export trade and Canadian capacity to engage in that trade as well as to respond to international business opportunities by ensuring that Canadian companies have access to financing, risk management and intelligence services. In terms of products and services, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) provides lines of credit, loans, 21 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative project financing and loan guarantees designed specifically to help Canadian companies provide their customers with flexible financing to meet evolving market conditions throughout the world. EDC also provides an array of insurance products designed to protect policy holders against various types of risk and provides contract bonding to help Canadian companies post or secure sureties, guarantee bids, performance bonds, and other obligations related to export trade. EDC additionally provides intelligence support to Canadian companies through EXPORT Check, where SMEs can obtain valuable financial and credit information on US and foreign customers using an online database F-4. How easily can Canada ranks 38th innovative SMEs export their products? F-5. Are there programs to 3 The Trade Commissioner Service of Canada’s facilitate foreign The Trade Commissioner Service of programs are not targeted at innovative SMEs but investment (inward and Canada offers assistance to businesses rather are available to all businesses outward) by innovative who wish to invest and/or trade abroad. SMEs? For more info, please see: http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/home.jsp F-6 What is the level of Simple tariff rate: 214 tariff lines, with a your trade barrier? What simple average tariff rate of 5.0% (2009) is the simple and import- 22 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative weighted average tariff Trade-weighted tariff rate: 5.2 rate for your economy? What is the variance of the tariff rate for your economy? What is the level of non-tariff barriers for your economy? F-7 What is the level of - Canada’s Inward FDI in 2008 was barriers for FDI for your $44.712 billion economy? - FDI Performance Canada attracted 3.2 per cent of the world’s FDI in 2008 and accounted for 1.9 per cent of world GDP, receiving a 2007 performance index of 1.855. Although this is impressive, Canada is lagging behind the top global performers. - Relative to its peer countries, Canada gets a “C” grade in the most recent period – i.e. Below Potential - FDI Potential – Canada has been classified as having a high FDI potential; however, its performance has been below potential. 4. Facilitating F-8 How easy is it to - Ranked 2 for starting a business SME establish and close a - Ranked 4 for closing a business restructuring business in your economy? F-9 Are there programs to 1 facilitate SME There are no such programs restructuring in your economy? 5. Others F-10 When formulating 1 and implementing There are no such processes and 23 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative competition policy in your mechanisms economy, are there processes and mechanisms, which consider the problems faced by SMEs and innovative SMEs in particular? F-11 Did your economy See Annex on macro indicators maintain a relatively stable macroeconomy? F-12 In the area of establishing a market Too broad a category to answer correctly consistent economy, what other relevant measures are in place? 24 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative CHECKLIST FOR AREA G: DEVELOPING METHODOLOGIES FOR EFFECTIVELY MEASURING PROGRESS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INNOVATION PROGRAMS FOR SMES. Element Checklist Item Evaluation Criteria Comments 1. G-1. Are there proper channel of 1 Customer- consultation and communication - There are no such channels oriented involving key actors from private SME sector in order to represent evaluation SME interest from the drafting system stage of SME legislation and policy? G-2. Are Regulatory Impact 1 Assessments, involving key actors There are no such programs from private SME sector in order to represent SME interest, applied to monitoring and assessing the impact of SME support measures? 2. SME G-3. Are there SME-specific single 4 A fact-seeking online survey on the policy on-line portal which is dedicated The Canada Business web portal provides Canada Business website was disclosure to disseminating information on information on government services, completed in March 2010. In total, 601 and SME policies and allows programs and regulations relevant to existing participants participated in the survey. evaluation interaction (request of information and potential business The survey found that: - 77.8% of respondents were able to system and applications by SMEs) Canada Business does not allow for direct find all, most or some of the between SME administration and application for permits or licenses. information they were looking for; SMEs? - 83.7% planned to use the website again; and, - 76.9% would refer someone to the site. G-4 Are there statistics -4 - The data is of a high quality and is 25 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative measuring innovative SMEs’ - Statistics Canada measures the innovation updated regularly which allows activities and performances, and performance of manufacturers through a policy makers to track progress. for evaluating SME innovation survey. It also measures R&D policies? expenditures by firm size. G-5. Are there policy learning 1 systems for SME innovation There are no such systems policies based on the cycles of policy experimentation, evaluations, adaptations and reviews and how effective are those programs? G-6. Are there SME policy 1 The Minister of Industry has statutory implementation agencies, which is There are no such institutions responsibility for small business in the main body for SME strategy Canada but in practice, almost every and policy proposal, evaluation, federal departments has policies or implementation and reporting? programs aimed at SMEs. 3. SME G-7. Are there international 1 - policy cooperation and benchmarking There are no such programs comparing programs for SME innovation policies, which fosters learning system from good practices, and how effective are those programs? 4. SME G-8. Are there on-line/off-line 1 . There are no such systems 26 Assessment Framework for the Daegu Initiative policy policy proposal systems for SMEs, proposal and what are the number of system proposals and adaptations on an annual basis? G-9. Are there organized-and- 4 independent SME associations and craft associations operating at See D-3 national level, which have capacity to conduct constructive and regular policy proposals on a wide range of SME policy issues, and what are their activities?
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