Government of Canada

Government of Canada

May 09, 2009 13:30 ET

Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Modernizing Federal Laboratories in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2009) - Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West, today announced more than $10 million in funding, over the next two years, to modernize two federal laboratories in Calgary.

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250-million, over the next two years, to modernize federal laboratories. The funding, one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.

"This program is addressing important maintenance issues in our laboratories and will quickly bring economic stimulus to this region," said Mr. Anders. "This funding will provide jobs for workers as we install equipment that will make these laboratories safe for researchers and improve energy efficiency. With this funding, our scientists and researchers will have healthier and more modern work environments that will enhance research and development, resulting in even better health and safety outcomes for Canadians."

The Calgary laboratories being upgraded in the region are:

- Calgary Laboratory (Canada Food Inspection Agency) - $3,410,000

- Geological Survey of Canada Laboratories (Natural Resources Canada) - $7,204,000.

"Our Government's Economic Action Plan is making important investments in communities across Canada," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. "Canada's science labs are engaged in world-class research that contributes to Canada's economic performance. Today's investment will create jobs immediately and will contribute to improved competitiveness in the natural resources sector in the years ahead."

The Calgary Laboratory of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) provides essential food safety and pesticide residue testing in food.

"The CFIA values scientific rigour and professional and technical competence which play a crucial role in how we make decisions and achieve the mandate of the Agency," said the CFIA's Director of the Western Area Laboratories Network, Dr Mohit Baxi. "This funding will help in upgrading our research facilities and ensure that the safeguarding of Canada's food, animal and plants systems remain a priority."

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations: 613-773-6600
    or
    Natural Resources Canada
    Media Relations: 613-992-4447