Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs
Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 27, 2005 11:00 ET

Minister Volpe Announces 39 New Canada Research Chairs in Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - The Honourable Joseph Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced $31.5 million in funding for 39 new Canada Research Chairs in Ontario. Funding for university researchers in Ontario from the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $27.6 million, while an additional $3.9 million has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

This funding is part of a $62.9-million investment to support 79 new Canada Research Chairs at 31 universities across Canada, which was announced today at the University of Prince Edward Island.

"The Government of Canada is continuing to build a world-class research environment in Canada by investing in new ideas and innovation, and the people who produce them," said Minister Emerson. "Today's funding will support research that is crucial to improving our environment, advancing our health care, protecting our natural resources, and making Canadians more productive and competitive, now and in future generations."

Of the 79 new Canada Research Chairs, 33 are either expatriates returning to Canada or researchers coming to Canada from abroad. So far, the Canada Research Chairs Program has attracted 475 researchers from other countries. The program was designed to attract and retain the best and brightest minds from around the world.

"Ontario's universities are among the best in the world, and our innovative researchers are making important contributions to scientific, medical and social advances," said Minister Volpe. "These awards will help our institutions continue to recruit and retain top researchers from around the world."

One of Ontario's newest Chairholders is Denise Spitzer of the University of Ottawa. Appointed Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health, Dr. Spitzer is examining the reasons for changes in the health of immigrants and refugees, especially women, after they arrive in Canada. Her research is identifying the social, cultural and economic factors behind this phenomenon and, in the process, she is developing practical strategies to promote immigrant and refugee health as well as recommendations for more effective social programs and policies.

Today's investment also includes $8.1 million from the CFI to fund essential research infrastructure, ranging from computer equipment for information databases to housing for laboratory facilities. For a complete listing of CFI contributions, please visit the Foundation's Web site at

The Canada Research Chairs Program has created 1509 research positions at 73 Canadian universities since it was launched in 2000. The program helps universities attract and retain the best researchers and achieve research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences and social sciences and humanities.

For more information on this announcement, including the list of recipients, please visit our Web site at

Contact Information

  • Canada Research Chairs Program
    Heloise Perron
    (613) 996-8373
    (613) 371-3783 (cell)
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Alastair Sinclair
    (613) 996-3160
    Office of the Honourable Joe Volpe
    Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
    Stephen Heckbert, Director of Communications
    (613) 954-1064
    Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson,
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001