New infrastructure program invests in innovation and sustainable growth at Canada's post-secondary institutions

News Release

$2-billion fund will create jobs, expand research and innovation

April 7, 2016 – London, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Video: Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund

Canada's post-secondary institutions are at the forefront of excellence in science, research and innovation. They help to train the workforce of tomorrow and create the knowledge and insights needed by the private and public sectors to build a clean, sustainable economy.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today launched the application process for a $2-billion fund designed to improve research and innovation infrastructure at universities and colleges across the country.

Announced in Budget 2016, the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. Consultation with the provinces and territories as well as work to implement the initiative as quickly as possible are already under way.

The targeted, short-term investments under the Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada's universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.

Quotes

"Canada's post-secondary institutions are front-line agents in fostering science and research excellence. They help to train the workforce of tomorrow and create the knowledge and insights necessary for the private sector and policy makers to build a thriving, clean economy. These investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering economic growth for years to come."

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada's climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.
  • The Government of Canada will cover up to 50 percent of a project's eligible costs. The remaining funding will come from other partners, including provincial and territorial governments and the institutions themselves.
  • The program will support projects that:
    • improve the scale or quality of facilities for research and innovation, including commercialization spaces;
    • improve the scale or quality of facilities for specialized training at colleges focused on industry needs; and/or
    • improve the environmental sustainability of research- and innovation-related infrastructure at post-secondary institutions and college training infrastructure.
  • Applications are due by May 9, 2016.

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Contacts

Philip Proulx
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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