Yearly Archives: 2016


2016-2017 Business Consulting Services for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

By |September 1st, 2016|Productivity, SME|

Productivity and Innovation Lab (Pi Lab) of Niagara College School of Business, as part of its business productivity initiative, has received funding from Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of National Research Council Canada (NRC) to offer assistance to local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). We understand that financial constraints, particularly a lack of free [...]

Productivity in Canada: Concepts and Issues

By |April 14th, 2016|Productivity|

Productivity is an indicator that can be used to measure the economic performance of a worker, a business, an industry or a geographic region, such as a province or a country. This background paper summarizes the key basic concepts related to productivity and its determinants. It then looks at how productivity has changed in Canada, [...]

To boost productivity, Canada needs to focus on innovation

By |April 14th, 2016|Productivity|

Canada’s economic growth will slow in the years ahead as a result of the country’s aging population. One critical way to offset the impact of aging demographics is through faster productivity growth, supported by enhanced innovation. But Canada’s track record on productivity is dismal. Productivity (at its simplest, output measured in dollars per hour worked) [...]

Productivity into profits: A guide to digital technology adoption for SME productivity leaders

By |April 14th, 2016|Productivity|

Productivity into profits: A guide to digital technology adoption for SME productivity leaders To compete with foreign companies that produce goods at lower labour costs, Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to improve their productivity. They can do this by cutting the input costs (time, material and labour) of the products and services they [...]

Making Canada’s SMEs more productive

By |April 14th, 2016|Productivity|

It is no secret that Canadian businesses have fallen far behind foreign counterparts in competitiveness. Despite ranking ninth in the world in terms of digitization (what Booz & Company calls the mass adoption of connected digital technologies and applications by consumers, enterprises and governments), productivity levels in the private sector are considerably lower than in [...]