Research and innovation

Our position

University research drives innovation, strengthens the economy and improves quality of life for all Canadians. The pace of investments in researchers has slowed over the past decade and Canada is now falling behind other nations’ investments in R&D.

To advance Canada’s position as a global leader in research excellence, we ask the federal government to:

  • Provide sustained investments in discovery research through the federal research granting councils
  • Invest in sustained support for the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and mandate it to play a leadership role in developing and implementing a big science strategy for Canada
  • Help address gaps in Canada’s research and innovation ecosystem, including a new fund to support international research collaboration.

“Discovery research… is very important because it turns out that if you attempt to only do direct commercializable research, then you find that you run out of ideas fairly quickly.”

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By the numbers

  • $13B
    in R&D

    Universities performed $13 billion in R&D in 2014, accounting for 40 percent of total Canadian research and development.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Gross Domestic Expenditures on R&D in Canada, 2016.
  • $1B
    in research for business

    Canada’s universities conduct $1 billion in research for businesses and help build their competitive advantage.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Gross Domestic Expenditures on R&D in Canada, 2016.
  • $1.2B
    in research for not-for-profit sector

    Universities conduct $1.2 billion in research annually for the not-for-profit sector, which has nearly tripled since 2000.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Gross Domestic Expenditures on R&D in Canada, 2016.

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