Minister Morneau Highlights Canada-U.S. Life Science Partnership at American Chamber of Commerce Event in Toronto

News release

November 15, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

Canadians' drive to understand and to innovate is creating new jobs and export opportunities across sectors and borders. Collaboration on this front with our closest ally, the United States, has led to groundbreaking research and discoveries that will benefit Canadians and people around the world now, and for generations to come.

Speaking in Toronto at the U.S.–Canada Life Sciences Synergies Symposium hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Finance Minister Bill Morneau highlighted key accomplishments that have come from this important partnership, and spoke about how scientific collaboration benefits people and the economy – delivering a better quality of life, and helping to create more good, well-paying jobs.

The United States is Canada's most important research and innovation partner. The collaboration between the two countries drives investment and growth in a variety of sectors, including life sciences, information communication technology, sustainable technologies, pharmaceuticals, energy, environment, forestry, space, and Arctic research.


"The U.S. is not only Canada's most important trading partner, it is also our most important research and innovation partner. When we work together, when we innovate together, we can achieve incredible results that make a real difference in the lives of people, including the middle class and people working hard to join it."

Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

Quick facts

  • A key example of Canada-U.S. collaboration is the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory that led the discovery of neutrino oscillations, demonstrating that neutrinos have mass. For this discovery, Canada's Dr. Arthur McDonald received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

  • The Ebola vaccine designed by scientists at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg underwent successful clinical trials at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, marking a significant step forward in curbing future outbreaks of the disease.

  • Nearly half of Canada's internationally co-authored publications in natural sciences and engineering are co-authored with Americans.  


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Pierre-Olivier Herbert 
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Office of the Minister of Finance 

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Department of Finance Canada

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