The Government of Canada and STEM
Canada has emerged as a world leader in many science, technology, engineering and math fields, and many new jobs and career opportunities that have emerged in recent years are STEM-related. As more and more businesses and organizations seek to innovate and to modernize and grow their businesses, the demand for people who can fill STEM-related jobs will only continue to increase. We need to ensure that our workforce can meet the challenges of the future.
The Government of Canada and its federal partners have put forward several initiatives aimed at increasing the participation of Canadians in STEM, including under-represented groups such as women.
Government of Canada STEM initiatives
The Government of Canada and its partners have put many initiatives in place to help Canadians become involved with the STEM fields. These useful links provide some excellent resources and materials to get you started on your journey or motivate you to continue:
PromoScience Program (NSERC)
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's PromoScience Program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering (including mathematics and technology).
Science and Technology Awareness Network
Canada's Science and Technology Awareness Network enhances the profile and influence of the science and technology education and public awareness sector.
Canadian museums and science centres
An interest in STEM can start with a simple visit to a local museum. The Canadian Museums Association provides a list of Canadian museums, and the Canadian Association of Science Centres lists many of the science-focused learning centres across Canada.
Canada's accredited zoos and aquariums
A key part of the mission of Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums is to encourage science education as a foundation for species preservation and biodiversity.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) provides a career tool to help users search for opportunities available to people in the STEM fields.
Students can gain invaluable work experience in the STEM fields by participating in one of ESDC's Student Work-Integrated Learning programs.
Her Excellency Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada and former astronaut, has influenced many women to explore STEM. Interested in working with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to reach for the stars? Read about the people who work at the CSA!
Interested in working in ocean science and technology? Learn more about science student employment opportunities at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs in Canada. Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies and federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds and maintains partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
Science fairs and STEM competitions
Canada's science fairs and STEM competitions
The Government of Canada supports the discoveries and the ingenuity of tomorrow's scientists, engineers and inventors. Here are some Canadian science fairs and STEM competitions:
- Canada-Wide Science Fair
- FIRST Robotics Canada
- Hydro-Québec Science Fair
- STEAM Horizon Awards
- Défi génie inventif (link in French only)
- Canadian Mathematical Society competitions
- Sanofi Biogenius Canada
- Little Inventors
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