Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

May 01, 2009 10:15 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Federal Government Delivers Nuclear Research Funding to Canadian Universities

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2009) - Thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada, 23 research projects at universities across the country will receive funding to develop advanced nuclear energy systems. These projects will encourage technology innovation, create jobs and boost Canada's economy.

"Investing in clean-energy research in Canadian universities is a win-win," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, who made the announcement at an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the McMaster University nuclear reactor. "By funding these university programs, we are training our future leaders in world-class research facilities, encouraging job creation and stimulating our economy."

Natural Resources Canada, in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and in collaboration with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), will provide almost $6 million in grants over the next three years to fund the 23 Generation IV (Gen IV) research projects at universities from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

Through support for the new program, the Government of Canada is fulfilling part of its commitments as a charter member of the Generation IV International Forum. The Forum is a multi-national research initiative aimed at developing the next generation of nuclear energy systems with a focus on improving safety, reducing waste, lowering costs and increasing resistance to proliferation.

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Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt announced that the Government of Canada will provide almost $6 million for a new program to fund and coordinate Generation IV nuclear research at Canadian universities. Twenty universities will participate in research over the next three years aimed at developing the next generation of safe, nuclear reactors for clean energy generation.

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Contact Information

  • Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Jasmine MacDonnell
    Director of Communications
    613-996-2007
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    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
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