Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

August 29, 2011 14:24 ET

Government of Canada Supports Aquatic Research in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2011) - New federal funding for the University of British Columbia (UBC) was announced at today's grand reopening of the West and South Wings of the Biological Sciences Complex.

Nearly $1.7 million is being provided through the Western Diversification Program (WDP) for UBC to purchase and install equipment needed to establish the Initiative for the Study of the Environment and its Aquatic Systems (InSEAS).

"Investing in science and research is vital to Canada's future economic growth," said Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "Our government's investment in new and renovated research and academic facilities has created jobs, while giving researchers and students in British Columbia the tools they need to become the best in the world."

The investment will go towards the completion of InSEAS's 2044 m2 state-of-the-art aquatics laboratory. To maintain the lab's complex functions, WD is funding crucial equipment including: recirculating aquatic life support systems, and systems for seawater and freshwater delivery, monitoring and control, and effluent treatment. These components will allow researchers to study the basic biology of almost any fish species and further the development of sustainable aquaculture practices.

"We are grateful to the federal government for their continued support for research that not only answers fundamental scientific questions but have real-world applications in today's knowledge-based economy," said UBC President Stephen J. Toope.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

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Contact Information

  • Jaime Burke
    Regional Communications Manager - British Columbia
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-1318

    Brian Lin
    Acting Associate Director - Public Affairs Office
    The University of British Columbia
    604-822-2064

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