The announcement was made by Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs responsible for the Outaouais region, on behalf of Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), while he toured the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais campus.
“As Canada begins to emerge from the global recession, investments in science, research and innovation are essential to creating and securing well-paying, skilled jobs, both now and in the future,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan demonstrates the government’s commitment to creating jobs and strengthening our knowledge economy, here in Quebec and across Canada.”
The federal government is said to also be investing $200.5 million in the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Leading Edge Fund and New Initiatives Fund, which will be drawn from a $600 million investment in research excellence as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The funding in those two programs is to support the “renewal and expansion of research infrastructure across Canada that will support exceptional researches and improve labs and facilities,” said the release.
“Our government is investing in science and technology to strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “This significant investment will help develop, attract and retain the world’s best researchers at Canadian universities while strengthening Canada’s long-term economic competitiveness.”
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