NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 6, 2013) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today addressed delegates at CONNECT 2013, a national conference on learning and technology. The event, co-hosted by the District School Board of Niagara and Brock University, was aimed at improving education through greater use of technology.
Minister of State Goodyear spoke about the Harper Government's wide-ranging efforts to promote innovation and, specifically, to lay the groundwork for future scientists through programs for young Canadians.
"The next generation of Canadians can be world leaders in their fields if we continue to encourage risk taking, competitive spirit, creativity and bold new approaches to traditional challenges," said Minister of State Goodyear. "By supporting programs that promote science and technology, our government is preparing our youth for the jobs of the future, creating a stronger economy and improving the quality of life of all Canadians for years to come."
The Harper Government has an array of programs to stimulate youth interest in science-based careers. These programs include the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's PromoScience program, the Youth STEM Initiative (Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provided through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, and the National Research Council of Canada's work with Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada, a national biotechnology-focused competition.
Since 2006, the Harper Government has provided more than $9 billion in new funding for initiatives to support science, technology and the growth of innovative firms. Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on this strong foundation, helping to position Canada for sustainable, long-term economic prosperity and provide a higher quality of life for Canadians.