Research and innovation

Our position

Canada has all the right ingredients to regain its position as a world leader in groundbreaking research. Regrettably, the pace of government investment in research has slowed over the past decade and Canada is falling behind other nations. Now is the time to reverse this trend and enhance investment in our top research and innovation talent.

The recent report by the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science offers a thorough and evidence-based framework for long-term, globally competitive re-investment in Canada’s research ecosystem.

“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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