June 2013—From products to services, industrial design is everywhere. World Industrial Design Day promotes awareness of the contribution designers and academics have made to the discipline and the collaborations that help improve economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life.
May 2013—World Accreditation Day raises awareness around the globe of the importance of accreditation-related activities. If you are a Canadian organization looking to tap into export markets, you won't want to miss the Standards Council of Canada's (SCC) World Accreditation Day 2013 event. Register now to join the SCC on June 4 and discover the importance of accreditation and certification procedures.
May 2013—Data analysis of the latest Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing reveals a continued increase in business lending activity. In total, lenders disbursed approximately $75 billion in new loans to Canadian businesses between July and December 2012, compared with approximately $70 billion in new loans disbursed between January and June of that year.
May 2013—Deciding to take on a mortgage rather than paying rent is one of the most important, yet difficult, decisions a consumer will make. The Office of Consumer Affairs at Industry Canada has developed a useful online calculator to help potential homebuyers make this big decision.
April 2013—April 26, 2013, marks World Intellectual Property Day. This annual worldwide celebration promotes the importance of creativity, innovation and intellectual property in economic growth and prosperity.
March 2013—Reminder: The Canadian Intellectual Property Office invites Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises to attend roundtable discussions in March, 2013. The two final sessions will take place March 27 and 28 in Quebec city.