Innovation Canada, IP, and Dependence Upon the Standards Council of Canada

266 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2018 Last revised: 10 Oct 2019

Date Written: January 23, 2018


This text describes and analyzes the following issues:

The importance of national and international standards for: promoting innovation; superclusters like Silicon Valley, California; intellectual property (IP often being worth more than the rest of an organization’s property); the effectiveness of legislation that regulates electronic technology, in particular, electronic records management systems (ERMSs technology);

That connection between “Innovation Canada,” as declared in the federal government of Canada’s “Budget 2017” in March 2017, to promote intellectual property, innovation, the “knowledge economy,” superclusters for innovation, and national standards, in preparation for the next federal election on October 21, 2019;

The important lessons to be learned from the improper process that created the faulty National Standard of Canada, Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence CAN/CGSB-72.34-2017 (pdf), declared by the Standards Council of Canada to be a National Standard of Canada on March 1, 2017;

The duties of an agency that declares standards to be national standards, such as Standards Council of Canada, to be able to enforce the foundation principles of standards-creation and quality control procedures, upon standards development organizations such as the Canadian General Standards Board;

The importance of the “public review stage” to the standards-creation process;

The resulting complaint and appeal procedures and decisions produced by the government agencies in regard to the government-controlled creation of the above national standard;

But, “Evidence Based Upon National Standards Might Thereby Be Unreliable” (Slaw, February 2, 2017); and, The views of the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada as to that standards-creation process.

Keywords: intellectual property, Innovation Canada, records management systems, national standards, knowledge economy, intangible property, clusters and superclusters, software errors, imaging, standards development organization, Standards Council of Canada, Canadian General Standards Board

Suggested Citation

Chasse, Ken, Innovation Canada, IP, and Dependence Upon the Standards Council of Canada (January 23, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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