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Accenture Report (Mar 2021): Collaborating to win in Canada’s fintech ecosystem

Accenture | Vikas Shreedhar | Mar 15, 2021

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The Canadian fintech ecosystem

Despite the challenges brought about by the global pandemic, 2020 remained an exciting year for Canadian fintech. New partnerships were forged while international recognition continued to rise. Although investment slowed relative to 2019’s record highs, venture capitalists remain optimistic about future industry prospects, particularly given the country’s strong talent base and cross-border appeal.

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The Greater Toronto area continued to lead other Canadian hubs in terms of 2020 fintech deal and dollar volume, with hubs such as Montreal and Calgary accelerating their growth as well. Incumbents and startups alike found innovative ways to use their platforms to assist clients and the public at large during the pandemic as digital adoption among Canadians grew. As leading fintech hubs around the world roll out their innovation frameworks, Canadian policymakers and industry players continue to discuss a prudent and appropriate path forward.

Global fintech ecosystem benchmarking

Among 20 international fintech hubs examined, Canadian cities ranked amongst the fastest growing in the world in terms of investment. Our global benchmarking study found that Canadian hubs are also leaders when it comes to the primordial elements necessary to grow and sustain a successful innovation ecosystem, such as accommodative government business policies and strong talent.

Key themes for future ecosystem growth

  1. Coming Together to Win: working together at the intersection of respective strengths, developing shared standards, and investing in talent.
  2. Advancing the Innovation Agenda: investing in programs to encourage the growth and commercialization of Canadian innovation, while reducing and streamlining potential barriers.
  3. Striving for Global Ambitions: capitalizing on increasing global interest in Canadian fintech, and approaching the future with a “borderless” mentality.

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