Investing in research creates jobs for Canadians in the Niagara Region

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Government of Canada supports stronger partnerships between industry and researchers

August 16, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

When we invest in our researchers, we can rely on a steady stream of new knowledge and innovations that help create new job opportunities and a stronger economy. That’s why the Government of Canada included more funding for research than ever before in our country’s history in Budget 2018.

That was the message delivered today in Ontario’s Niagara Region by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. Minister Duncan spoke with members of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, highlighting the government’s commitment to strengthening science, innovation and Canada’s bottom line.

Prior to her speech at the chamber, Minister Duncan announced the funding recipients in Round 9 of Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). Seven projects received a total investment of $21 million: $6.7 million in federal funding through Genome Canada and $14.3 million from partners including provincial governments, industry and not-for-profit organizations.

The Minister made the announcement at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which is part of a research cluster receiving more than $2 million to harness the power of genomics to further disease resistance in greenhouse vegetables. The result of this research partnership will help farmers reduce their losses while increasing the yield of vegetables that are a staple for so many Canadians.

In addition to her speaking engagements, Minister Duncan encouraged youth at a science-focused summer camp to continue exploring and discovering through STEM-related activities. She then met with the 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society and toured the St. Catharines Rowing Club. 


“Our government is delivering on its promise to strengthen science in Canada. When researchers have the tools and support they need, they are able to work in partnership with industry to develop made-in-Canada solutions that will help drive our economy.”

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport 

Quick facts

  • In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada proposed a historic investment of nearly $4 billion over five years in research and the next generation of researchers.

  • The Genomic Applications Partnership Program connects researchers with industry and the public sector to develop solutions across a range of sectors that will lead to social, economic and health benefits for Canadians. 

  • It has been estimated that a one-time investment of $1 in basic science research will return 20 cents per year for the next 40 years. The money comes back to Canadians in the form of higher wages, new jobs and sales.

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Ann Marie Paquet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science and Sport

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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