New report and ecosystem data from the Canadian Robotics Council
80+ robotics experts from industry, government, and academia gathered at the Canadian Robotics Council Symposium in Ottawa last fall to address the key barriers to robot adoption in Canada. This report synthesizes insights from Symposium participants, and provides a first snapshot of Canada's robotics ecosystem based on data commissioned by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
Manufacturing robotics is the largest segment of Canada's robotics sector. There is a major opportunity to translate this success to other parts of the country and other sectors of the economy, but knowledge networks are needed to make this happen. Canada ranks only 18th among peer nations for robot adoption.
Recommendations include building a library of successful robot deployments, and lowering barriers to entry through the creation of knowledge networks and government incentives that support employee upskilling and equipment upgrades.