Our government is investing over $235 million in our local post-secondary institutions. This is a major down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making us a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes.
These investments will create the right conditions for innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive. Investments include:
- $75 million in funding for the University of Alberta to establish the Future Energy Systems Research Institute, which will focus on responsible development and use of Canada’s multi-trillion-dollar energy resources;
- $56 million in funding for the University of Alberta for 10 separate projects that will keep the university on the cutting edge of research and innovation;
- $34.9 million in funding for NAIT’s new productivity and innovation building;
- $26 million in funding to the University of Alberta into the scientists, engineers and students who are at the very heart of Canadian discovery and innovation through Discovery Grants ;
- $23.8 million for research equipment used for developing projects at the University of Alberta that lead to ground-breaking results in areas such as adapting forests to climate change, advancing heart failure research and detecting and studying dark matter through the innovation fund;
- $11.9 million in research funding for 13 Canada Research Chairs at the University of Alberta;
- $6.72 million to Concordia University to support the renewal and renovation of its Biology and Environmental Science Laboratories, and the construction of a new Centre for Science, Research, and Innovation;
- $3.7 million for three projects that will explore the environmental footprint of different cereal crops, cattle grazing systems, and shelterbelts at the University of Alberta;
- $2.1 million investment in 14 projects representing fields as varied as climate change, robotics and infectious disease research for the University of Alberta;
- $1.38 million in funding for NorQuest College to upgrade the South Learning Centre and to establish the NorQuest Innovation Studio;
- And $297.5K in funding for The King’s University to upgrade the fine arts building.