Government of Canada invests in Saskatchewan innovation, training and economic development initiatives

News release

April 27, 2018—Regina, Saskatchewan—Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Government of Canada is making investments to help Canadians get the skills they need for good jobs, that contribute to a growing economy and to create innovative technologies that support sustainability and promote inclusiveness.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced more than $10.6 million for 14 projects in Saskatchewan through Western Economic Diversification Canada’s (WD) Western Diversification Program and Economic Development Initiative. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

The investments will support a range of projects throughout the province in the areas of clean energy; advanced manufacturing of vaccines, medical isotopes and innovative materials; technology commercialization; job training; and economic development for Saskatchewan’s Francophone community.

Quotes

“These investments will help drive innovation by supporting the development of new technologies and products, and better prepare Canadians for high-demand skilled occupations. They will help strengthen the middle class and grow our economy.”

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“This Western Economic Diversification Canada funding supports two exciting projects that will help the University of Regina to further work that improves the health of our citizens and grows our economy. Through La Cité, students in the new bilingual option of our existing nursing program will be equipped with the very best resources, helping to ensure patients receive the highest quality of health care in both French and English. The funds will also allow our physicists to develop a next-generation, state-of-the-art plant Positron Emission Tomography system, paving the road for transformative research into more resilient and fertile crops, ultimately contributing to global food security.”

Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Regina

“These major federal investments in three critically important areas—new vaccines, medical isotopes for diagnosing heart disease, and environmentally friendly ‘green’ roof designs—will benefit Canada and the world, while furthering our university’s legacy of transformative innovations in infectious disease, nuclear medicine, and water security research.”

Karen Chad, Vice-President (Research), University of Saskatchewan

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Contacts

Rhonda Laing
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5944
Email: rhonda.laing@canada.ca

Katherine Cormack
Manager, Strategic Communications
University of Regina
Telephone: 306-585-5632
Cellular: 306-536-4312
Email: katherine.cormack@uregina.ca

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