Canada's Science Vision

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canada supports science and research. Including proposed measures in Budget 2019, the Government has provided more than $10 billion since 2016 for science, research and the people who power it. This includes the single largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history.

Why science and research matter

Scientific research expands our basic understanding of the world, generates new ideas, leads to new jobs for our children and grandchildren and helps to build a workforce that is better able to respond to challenges with creativity and confidence. This doesn't just have economic benefits—it also makes Canada a safer, healthier, better place to live.

Budget 2018 funding included the single largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history. It is part of our vision for Canada's labs and institutions that will strengthen science, support evidence-based decision making and nurture a culture of curiosity and creativity in Canada.

To deliver cutting-edge, world-class science, Canada's federal researchers and scientists need to work in an environment that encourages collaboration and be supported by state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure. That's why, in addition to the new funding, $2.8 billion has been allocated to renew federal laboratories and to provide needed infrastructure.

These investments are needed to keep Canada's science ecosystem strong and competitive. They also support the following outcomes:


Expected outcomes of Canada's Science Vision

1. Making Canadian science more collaborative

How? By investing in Canadian researchers through the granting councils; supporting universities, colleges and polytechnics; and helping businesses, academia and government to work together.

Increased support for research through the granting councils

Together, the granting councils have received nearly $1.7 billion in new funding from Budget 2018 to increase support and training opportunities for researchers, students and other high-qualified personnel. This includes:

Text version of graph: Increased support for research through the granting councils
Increased support for research through the granting councils
Year Total (billions)
2012-2013 $2.77
2013-2014 $2.76
2014-2015 $2.82
2015-2016 $2.92
2016-2017 $3.11
2017-2018 $3.16
2018-2019 $3.56
2019-2020 $3.69
2020-2021 $3.79
2021-2022 $3.92
2022-2023 $3.92

Other support for research and research infrastructure

Facilitate collaboration

2. Supporting evidence-based decision making

Canadians count on science to produce the evidence needed to keep their air clean, their food safe and their water fresh. That's why the Government of Canada is keeping science at the heart of federal decision making:

3. Fostering the next generation of scientists

Canada's next generation of researchers—including students, trainees and early career researchers—will be larger, more diverse and better supported than ever before.

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4. Promoting equity and diversity in research

Diversity makes science strong. Canada is building on its scientific excellence to continue to attract and retain the world's very best researchers. Strong science generates new ideas, creates middle-class jobs and helps to build a country that is better able to respond to challenges with creativity and confidence.

Diversify funding recipients

Recruit global talent

Build partnerships with indigenous peoples

Improve equity and equality for women in our labs and institutions

Message from the Minister

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"The Government of Canada has invested over $10 billion in science, research and the people who power it. At the same time, we are bringing equity, diversity and inclusion to the Canadian research world so that all Canadians can participate and benefit."

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

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