Research and innovation

Our position

Canada has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to become a global research powerhouse. Thanks to  the report from the Fundamental Science Review panel, chaired by David Naylor, we now have a roadmap for how to do it.

Canadian universities strongly support the Naylor report recommendations and look forward to working with the government to advance federal support for Canada’s research ecosystem. In a global context of closing borders and closing minds, Canada must re-invest in discovery research, scale up its ability to attract top minds from around the world, and better support our future research and innovation leaders.

“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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