Government of Canada further strengthens science and encourages scientists to speak about their work
“It is critical that our scientists are free to undertake their work, to collaborate with one another, and to speak to the media and the public. This model integrity policy is an important step in strengthening Canadian science and evidence-based decision making. It builds on our commitment to ensuring freedom in science in Canada.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
“Federal scientists must be free to share their publicly funded expertise and research with an engaged and informed Canadian public. It’s fundamental to promoting a free and open democracy, and this model policy is a major step forward in pursuing this shared goal of the Government of Canada, federal unions and the research community.”
– The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
“Scientific integrity is important for building public trust in the evidence that informs decision making. That is why I am delighted to provide the government with a model policy that outlines responsibilities for scientists and government alike. It ensures that scientists are free to speak about their work—and free from interference in their research. I look forward to continued collaboration with the union, the research community and the government as we work toward implementing this policy and building a more scientifically informed society.”
– Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada
The model policy is based on existing best practices within the federal government and lessons learned from studying other international scientific integrity policies.
All federal departments and agencies with 10 or more employees engaged in science or research-related activities are required to develop scientific integrity policies and procedures.
All federal departments and agencies are expected to have their own scientific integrity policy in place by December 31, 2018. Departments and agencies must report annually on progress toward policy implementation, and the Chief Science Advisor, Secretary of the Treasury Board and President of PIPSC will meet annually to take stock of progress and decide if corrective actions are needed.
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Ann Marie Paquet
Office of the Minister of Science
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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