Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 01, 2011 13:00 ET

Federal Investment in Research Spurs Growth and Innovation

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2011) - Canadians suffering from cancer are among those who will benefit from new investments in research infrastructure by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, joined by the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), today announced new funding in researchers and universities to provide them with the cutting-edge equipment and facilities to be the best in the world and stay the best in the world. This funding from the Canada Foundation for innovation (CFI) will support leading-edge research and recognizes the importance of knowledge and innovation in today's global economy.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, improve the quality of life of Canadians and strengthen the economy," said Minister Ambrose. "This investment will make sure that our scientists have the tools they need to be successful and help Canada develop, attract and retain the world's best researchers."

This $4.9-million investment through the CFI's Leaders Opportunity Fund will support 18 projects at the University of Alberta. Three of the projects will focus on areas related to cancer treatment options, cancer virus interactions and cancer cell data collection.

Getting more from research investments

The Canada Foundation for Innovation will invest $53 million to create the knowledge, solutions and new products and services that Canada needs to compete globally. This investment, made under the CFI's Leaders Opportunity Fund, will support 207 projects at 42 Canadian research institutions across Canada. These projects will deliver real results that improve the health, well-being and security of Canadian families, communities and businesses.

The CFI's funding is awarded through a rigorous, objective, merit-based funding competition process. A full list of the funded projects is available on the CFI website (

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation builds our nation's capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians through investments in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions.

Contact Information

  • Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada

    Yves Melanson
    Coordinator, Media Relations
    Canada Foundation for Innovation