SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

November 08, 2005 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces Research Initiative in the Social Economy at the University of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) - The University of Saskatchewan will receive $1.75 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to support a major research initiative on the social economy. The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry.

This funding is part of a $9-million investment in five universities across the country announced today. The funding will support research networks studying how community groups, the volunteer sector and co-operatives have created and continue to contribute to the social economy.

"The social economy plays a very important role in helping Canadians and improving their quality of life," said Minister Goodale. "The funding announced today will fuel innovative thinking aimed at achieving targeted objectives in many important areas, including health care, housing, poverty and the impact of globalization."

Dr. Lou Hammond Ketilson, with the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, will lead Canada's largest research project on co-operatives. This Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario network will study the role of co-operatives in northern communities and their involvement in health, housing, childcare and neighbourhood development, as well as the economic needs of low-income, urban and rural groups.

SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and help develop better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

Note to editors: SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-reviewed competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

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