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.
The fund supports the following types of investments:
- Improving the scale and quality of medical research facilities by repairing and replacing laboratories to ensure safety and continued operations.
- Building engineering labs, incubation spaces for hardware start-ups and collaboration spaces for the development of entrepreneurship among students and researchers to advance research in clean-tech, advanced manufacturing and ocean technologies.
- Accelerating major renovations and expansions of learning, research and commercialization facilities for culinary institutes to address the region's market needs in culinary tourism and food product development industries.
- Construction of a discovery centre for research, education and culture to support and enhance the ability of Indigenous people in areas such as governance, innovation, and commercialization opportunities.
- Renovating and modernizing space to promote research and training to advance science-based policy-making in areas such as digital analytics, bioscience, water security and health.
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