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September 15, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Leading Research at Universite Laval

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2010) - Researchers from Université Laval will examine how innovations in the workplace can help strengthen the country's economic performance and improve the quality of life of Canadians at work. Speaking at the university, the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the region of Québec announced funding for the new study, as well as for two training programs that will help graduates increase their skills so they will be prepared to enter the workforce.

"These investments will help maintain Quebec's position as a world-leading centre for research and help develop the next generation of top scientists," said Minister Verner. "Our government is investing in science and technology to strengthen the economy and create jobs."

The study is a research project that will receive funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) program. The Innovation, Training and Social Protection in Employment and Work project will be conducted over a six-year period and will receive $1 million. Led by Paul-André Lapointe from the Industrial Relations Department at Université Laval, it will seek to better understand modern working environments in the province of Quebec and develop best practices for creating a modern, flexible, healthy work environment. Announced on February 4, 2010, by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), CURA provides funding of up to $1 million each over six years for 20 large-scale research projects that bring communities and universities together in partnerships to build knowledge in areas affecting Canadians.

The two training programs will receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program. The Training Program in Biophotonics will be led by Paul De Koninck from the Institut de recherche en santé mentale de Québec (Quebec institute of mental health research) and Université Laval and will receive $1.65 million. His colleague, Yves Pouliot of the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods at Université Laval, will be leading the Training Program in the Health Foods and Related Technologies Sector, which will also be receiving $1.65 million. These programs are expected to train a new generation of highly qualified personnel to develop tools and approaches to study biological and environmental problems. The CREATE Program will fund 20 projects at universities across Canada for a total of $32 million over five years. This program will help recent science and engineering graduates upgrade their skills to make a successful transition to the workplace. It will help attract highly qualified students, increase their mobility nationally and internationally, and establish links that will further their chosen careers.

During her announcement, Minister Verner also took the opportunity to recognize another funding partnership between Université Laval and the Government of Canada, originally announced by Minister of State Goodyear on August 30 in Iqaluit.

This project, led by Université Laval's Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research and in partnership with researchers from universities and colleges across Canada, will also be receiving $1 million over six years through the CURA program to study the unique nature of Inuit leadership and culture. This project will be led by Université Laval professor Frédéric Laugrand, who was in attendance for today's announcement.

These announcements help strengthen the Université's partnership and student recruitment efforts, according to Denis Brière, Rector of Université Laval. "All university researchers work to advance knowledge in their field," said Mr. Brière. "Support like that announced today encourages researchers to develop strong relationships with local and regional populations that are facing increasingly complex social, cultural and economic issues. At the same time, such support creates a research environment that is conducive to the recruitment and training of the next generation of leading researchers. It is in this way that Laval contributes to our society's progress." 

For a full list of announcements through the CURA and CREATE programs, please visit both the SSHRC ( and the NSERC ( websites.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Universite Laval
    Media Relations
    Martin Guay
    Director of Communications
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
    Trevor Lynn
    Manager, Communications
    613-302-9879 (cell)
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
    Shannon Cobb
    Media Relations and Public Affairs Officer