Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 17, 2009 10:07 ET

Treasury Board President Vic Toews Celebrates New Research Partnership for Red River College

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - Manitobans and local businesses will benefit from a new research partnership that will bring together Red River College and industry. The partnership will support innovation and help move new discoveries, developed on campus, into the marketplace, where Canadians and people around the world can benefit from them. The initiative was celebrated at an official event at the college today by the Honourable Vic Toews, President of Treasury Board.

"Our government supports innovation because it creates jobs, improves the quality of life of Canadians and strengthens the economy," said the President Toews. "This new partnership will provide skills training for Winnipeg, position the Red River College as a destination for international research talent and give local businesses access to the knowledge and resources they need to innovate."

Red River College was one of nine colleges selected across Canada, following a peer reviewed competition, and will receive $2.3 million over five years. The campus project will focus on establishing a research group that will work with industry to develop improved building and construction technologies.

Funding for the partnership comes from the federal government's College and Community Innovation Program (CCI), administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Established as a permanent program by the government in Budget 2007, the program enables colleges to develop or expand knowledge transfer activities in their communities through partnerships with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. The program is supported as part of the government's Science and Technology Strategy launched by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2007.

"The CCI Program builds on other initiatives that foster collaboration between industry and post-secondary institutions," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. "The partners will be working on important, multifaceted Canadian projects with direct impact on their local communities. We look forward to helping them achieve their maximum potential and impact."

NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators to the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 28,000 students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,800 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

More information on the CCI Program and the Red River College project is available in the backgrounder.


College and Community Innovation Program

The College and Community Innovation Program (CCI) provides institutions with funding to stimulate applied research transfer in their communities. CCI supports projects in environmental science and technology; natural resources and energy; health and related life sciences and technology; and information and communication technology.

The program, a joint pilot project of the three federal granting agencies, is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Acknowledging the pilot's success, the Government of Canada made CCI a permanent program in Budget 2007. The program currently supports 22 projects at 21 colleges across Canada.

Projects are selected through a rigorous peer review process that includes assessment by a Private Sector Advisory Board, comprised of leaders from the Canadian business R&D sector. The nine recipients in this third CCI competition will receive an average of $2.238 million and a total of $20.1 million over five years, from fiscal year 2009-2010 to fiscal year 2013-2014.

Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba: The college will establish a Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group to build on the experience of the Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure, the college's first applied research centre. The group will work with Manitoba's emerging sustainable infrastructure cluster on collaborative applied research projects to provide project-related work experience for co-op students and interns, personnel exchanges and/or secondments for faculty and industry professionals, and knowledge transfer to SMEs and other players. This project will increase the number of graduates with applied research experience, create new and enhanced partnerships and improved building and construction technologies, and reduce energy consumption and waste/greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft- Director of Communications
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
    Martine Perreault
    Media and Public Affairs Officer