SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 29, 2005 12:00 ET

Minister Regan Announces $1.7 Million for New SSHRC Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships for Nova Scotia Students

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Honourable Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced $1.7 million in funding to support 57 fellowships and Canada Graduate scholarships in Nova Scotia. This funding is provided through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Minister Regan made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for SSHRC, who today announced a total investment of $96 million in 55 universities across the country to support the appointment of over 2,300 fellowships and scholarships.

"This investment is allowing more than 2,000 Canadian students to carry out research at universities across Canada and around the world," said Minister Emerson. "These students will become our next generation of leaders, applying the knowledge and insight they gain through research to sharpening Canada's competitive edge in all sectors of society."

Corey Toews of Dalhousie University is among the recipients of a SSHRC graduate scholarship. Toews' research project will examine multicultural planning for the city of Halifax, with the hope of improving the attraction and retention of new immigrants in the region. Immigration continues to play a pivotal role in Canada's growth, and historically has resulted in a diverse, multicultural nation. However, only 0.7 per cent of total immigrants to Canada settle in Nova Scotia, and the low retention rate is of equal concern. With a better understanding of immigrant perception of adapting to a new life in Halifax, this research will help achieve a more comprehensive approach to multicultural planning within the greater region.

"The research funded today demonstrates the creativity, innovation and expertise that exists in this country and in this province," said Minister Regan. "Canadians from all walks of life will draw on this knowledge to better understand our most pressing economic, political, social and cultural issues."

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 aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

For more information on SSHRC, please visit www.sshrc.ca.

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