Government of Canada

Government of Canada

May 15, 2009 14:00 ET

Government Supports Science Promotion for Youth Across Canada

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 15, 2009) - Member of Parliament (MP) Rod Bruinooge, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced $1.9 million in new funding for 52 organizations across Canada working to engage young Canadians in science and engineering.

"By supporting those who cultivate young people's passion for science and engineering, these grants will help ensure a bright future for Canada," said MP Bruinooge. "The government is committed to building a competitive advantage for Canada based on excellence in science and technology. Investing in science and technology is crucial for developing highly-skilled people and improving Canada's long-term competitiveness."

The grants are awarded through the PromoScience program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The funded organizations include museums, science centres, universities, non-governmental organisations and other groups from across the country. They offer a wide range of learning experiences in a variety of areas, from encouraging interest in science among Aboriginal girls to chemistry and physics Olympiads, environmental science, mathematics and gene research.

"The grants announced today are an important investment in the scientists and engineers of tomorrow," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. "It's great to see such a wide range of groups from across Canada committed to giving young people an opportunity to discover the exciting world of science and technology."

NSERC's PromoScience program offers up to three years of funding to organizations promoting science and engineering to young Canadians. The new awards were announced at the 2009 Canada Wide Science Fair in Winnipeg.

A complete list of recipients can be found at the following URL:

Contact Information

  • Industry Canada
    Media relations
    Frank Nolan
    Communications and Promotion Officer
    204-984-6301 or Cell: 204-228-0182