Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF)

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Funding decisions are being announced throughout winter 2017. See project announcements.

The prosperity of Canadians relies on the ability of the country to attract and retain talented people, boost innovation and build a sustainable economy.

The quality of infrastructure at Canadian post-secondary institutions plays a key role in these efforts. Much of Canada's post-secondary infrastructure is over 25 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. This presents an opportunity to invest in greener and more innovation-friendly spaces.

The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) is providing up to $2 billion over the next three years, starting in 2016–17, for infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions to enhance and modernize research and commercialization facilities, as well as industry-relevant training facilities at colleges and polytechnic institutions.

These investments will promote economic activity across the country and will benefit the Canadian economy and Canadian society well into the future.


As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that will support the country's best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that encourage lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators. See the positive impacts in communities across Canada.

Taylor Crosby

 We learn so much more when we’re able to get out and try the things we’re learning in class and then carry them through the lab. This new research space will offer even more opportunities, not only to put theory into practice, but to work alongside our professors which is the most valuable learning experience of all. 

– Taylor Crosby, Student at Mount Allison University

Mark White

 An investment in Sexton Campus infrastructure isn't just an investment in a building. It's an investment in the people that are here. It's a human investment. So it's an investment in the innovators, the designers, the engineers, the architects, and the planners that are all emerging from Dalhousie's downtown campus. 

– Mark White, Student at Dalhousie University

Madi Fuller

 With the new Brock LINC, students will be able to have more experiences because now the resources will be endless and innovation will grow immensely. Students will now be able to connect with the Niagara community and even with the globe. 

– Madi Fuller, Student at Brock University

Project examples

The fund supports the following types of investments:

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New infrastructure program invests in innovation and sustainable growth at Canadian post-secondary institutions

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