Minister Bains joins Brampton MPs to Announce Government Support for New World‑Class Cybersecurity Hub

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$10-million investment will support Ryerson University-led hub to deliver skills training, research and talent development, supporting over 790 jobs

June 14, 2019 – Brampton, Ontario

Canada’s post-secondary institutions develop highly qualified people, perform world-leading research, and generate breakthrough ideas. As we drive towards a more connected, digitally enhanced society, these institutions play a key role in developing training and skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, joined Members of Parliament Sonia Sidhu (Brampton South), Ruby Sahota (Brampton North), Kamal Khera (Brampton West), and Ramesh Sangha (Brampton Centre), to announce that FedDev Ontario is investing $10 million in Ryerson University’s Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. This investment will support a new national centre for innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity, located in downtown Brampton.

Working in close partnership with governments and industry partners, the Catalyst will offer specialized training programs to address the high demand for skilled workers in the growing cybersecurity sector. In addition, it will establish 40 partnerships, and bring together researchers and industry to develop innovative solutions to protect Canadians from cyber threats. This investment will also support the creation of a unique small business accelerator to grow Canadian cybersecurity firms, and will ultimately assist 60 companies to commercialize new products and enter new markets.

Over 790 skilled jobs will be created and maintained—including 600 industry job placements through training and certification; 180 jobs through commercial business acceleration; and 13 jobs for project management and delivery at the Catalyst.

In addition to the investment by FedDev Ontario, Rogers Communications, Royal Bank of Canada and the City of Brampton will also make major investments, totalling $20 million, to advance the mission of the new hub.

Today’s investment builds on the Government of Canada’s Digital Charter. The Charter’s 10 principles outline how we can address the challenges that come with a digital world, while leveraging our unique talents and strengths to harness the power of this transformation. The second principle is specifically focused on ensuring Canadians’ safety and security online, which are underpinned by modern cybersecurity technologies.


“Safeguarding Canadians’ digital privacy and security is essential to ensuring continued trust in the digital world. At the same time, the data-driven economy represents limitless opportunities for innovators to improve the lives of Canadians. By leveraging expertise from our post-secondary institutions, like Ryerson, and drawing from a strong pipeline of Canadian talent, our government is ensuring that our workers have the right skills to seize the opportunities of this new economy and help protect Canadians’ privacy and security online.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario

“FedDev Ontario’s support for the Cybersecure Catalyst is a demonstration of the growth and talent that Brampton has to offer. We commend Ryerson for showing leadership in this important field, and for creating the training opportunities and resources Canadians need to overcome cybersecurity challenges and develop the skills needed for the jobs of the future. We are incredibly excited about this project and all of the benefits it will bring to the Ryerson community, Brampton and the entire country.”
- Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South
- Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament for Brampton North
- Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament for Brampton West and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development
- Ramesh Sangha, Member of Parliament for Brampton Centre

“Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst will provide training, commercial acceleration, support for applied R&D, public education and policy development, all with a focus on helping make Canada a global leader in cybersecurity. We are extremely grateful to FedDev Ontario and to all of our founders for their generous support for the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. We look forward to working with them, and with collaborators across industry sectors and in many other post-secondary institutions, to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities of cybersecurity in this fiercely competitive global economy.”
- Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University

“The City of Brampton is very excited about this announcement and about being recognized as a contributing founder to the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. This investment will foster an ecosystem in cybersecurity right here in Brampton aimed at tackling an $800 billion per year global cybersecurity threat. I would like to thank the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, as well as Rogers and RBC for their foresight, and to congratulate Ryerson for its vision in bringing this important initiative to Brampton.”
- His Worship Patrick Brown, Mayor of the City of Brampton

“Today’s unprecedented technological advancements are changing the way we protect clients from cyber threats and, in turn, the way we partner with government and academic institutions to help build the skills needed in the future. We are proud to be working with FedDev Ontario, Ryerson University and the other founders to help grow Canadian cybersecurity talent, upskill workers and bring more diversity and inclusion to this critical field.”
- Laurie Pezzente, Senior Vice-President and Chief Security Officer, Royal Bank of Canada

“We share the government’s goal of building the workforce of the future with the right skills to ensure Canada leads in the digital economy. Together, with our partners, we will train the next generation of young people to support the possibilities of our increasingly connected world.”
- Joe Natale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications

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Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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