Government of Canada invests in cutting-edge infrastructure for researchers

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Minister Carr celebrates more than $1.3 million for new state-of-the-art equipment at the University of Manitoba

March 3, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today celebrated $1,366,499 in funding for nine projects at the University of Manitoba.

Canada is committed to providing strong support for new research innovation and infrastructure. Our researchers tackle issues that matter to the lives of everyday Canadians—from spinal cord research to near real-time electromagnetic imaging that will expand the capabilities of Canada's healthcare, agricultural, and wireless technology industries.

The investment was made by the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. This fund helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.


“Investments like today’s in Canada’s research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation’s future. They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“These investments will inspire a new generation of young explorers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I would like to congratulate all the Canadian researchers we are celebrating today”.
– The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

“Our government is proud to support research infrastructure that will help our medical community develop research capacity and remain innovative. These diverse investments will support researchers in a wide range of cutting-edge scientific endeavors that will help solve problems and benefit people from this province and beyond.”
 – The Honourable Cliff Cullen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, MLA for Spruce Woods

“Investing today in Manitoba’s research infrastructure builds a stronger, more innovative tomorrow for our province and its people. We congratulate the researchers and their teams on their success and celebrate the diversity of these investments; ranging from developing better treatments for patients with spinal cord injury and improving diagnostic tools for breast cancer to diverting waste from landfills and creating commercially viable products - all with one goal in mind - improving the lives of Manitobans and Canadians.”
– Ms. Christina Weise, Chief Executive Officer, Research Manitoba

“This funding provides important infrastructure to allow the University’s research laboratories to be both state-of-the-art and world-class. It also enhances the educational experience for students by giving them the opportunity to work and learn from some of the best researchers in Canada and, indeed, the world.”
– Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

Quick Facts

  • The University of Manitoba is receiving $1,366,499 in infrastructure funding for 9 research projects.

  • On February 28, 2017, Minister Duncan announced the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s contribution of more than $51 million through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund for 223 projects at 39 universities across the country. 

  • This amount includes close to $12 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

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