Government of Canada committed to supporting research and innovation

FERGUS – Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, today announced $1,596,500.00 in federal funding for research at the University of Guelph. The funding is provided through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program.

The funding will support the University of Guelph in researching multiple stressors and cumulative effects in the Great Lakes. The project will help the next generation of scientists and policy-makers in understanding, addressing, and developing policy for the future sustainability of the Great Lakes.

“Our government is investing in tomorrow’s leaders in science and technology for the future prosperity of Canada,” said Chong. “By supporting initiatives that strengthen young people’s professional skills, we renew and expand Canada’s supply of highly qualified people.”

As a result of this funding, young researchers will be provided with the training opportunities necessary to help them transition from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce, and, as a result, their expertise will help fulfill the needs of the private sector.

On August 12, 2013, the government announced an investment of more than $24 million over six years in 15 initiatives through the CREATE Program to help science and engineering graduates add to their academic achievements the valuable job skills necessary in today’s labour market. In its first three years, CREATE has involved 58 teams of researchers and has supported more than 2,400 students and post-doctoral fellows through funding and training.

Since 2006, the government has provided nearly $9 billion in new funding for science, technology and the growth of innovative firms. Of this amount, over $6 billion is in support of science and technology activities at post-secondary institutions. This funding has helped to make Canada a world leader in post-secondary education research and to create the knowledge and the highly skilled workforce required for a more prosperous economy.

More information on the initiative is available on NSERC’s website.

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