WITH the Government of Canada announcing the largest investment in research and science in Canadian history, presidents of British Columbia’s research universities say that the funding will position post-secondary institutions to push the frontier of knowledge, foster innovation, create successful collaborations and increase economic and social well-being.
It will ensure that Canada’s university-based research is internationally competitive, attracting top researchers and increased investment from knowledge intensive companies, say the presidents.
“Budget 2018 will strengthen research in Canada and invest in the next generation of Canadian researchers, reflecting the diversity of the country,” says Prof. Jamie Cassels, President of the University of Victoria and Chair of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia. “A strong base in fundamental research and access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities are essential to create a better Canada and succeed in the increasingly integrated global economy.”
Prof. Andrew Petter, President of Simon Fraser University, adds: “This investment in fundamental research will create valuable learning opportunities for students while developing the research capacity and talent base needed to drive innovation and build Canada’s economy.”
Prof. Santa Ono, President of the University of British Columbia, says: “This unprecedented funding is an important investment in the BC and Canadian research ecosystems. It provides critical support for investigator-led research and highlights interdisciplinary and international research collaboration that that is vital to confronting global challenges.”
Dr. Dan Weeks, President of the University of Northern British Columbia, says: “This renewed support will position Canada as a global research powerhouse, growing our capacity to innovate and producing better outcomes in terms of diversity and equity.”
Dr. Alan Shaver, President of Thompson Rivers University, says: “This budget will mean more programs, scholarships and facilities, providing crucial opportunities for Canada’s early career researchers.”
Dr. Allan Cahoon, President of Royal Roads University, adds: “This is about the renewal and revitalization of our scientific community. Investments in research and innovation have the potential to further Canada’s leadership on global issues.”