Research and innovation

Our position

Canada has the talent needed to become a global research leader. Thanks to the 2017 report from the Fundamental Science Review panel, chaired by Dr. David Naylor, we now have a roadmap for how to do it. The federal government made important steps forward on that roadmap in Budget 2018, with historic investments in fundamental research and measures to advance equity and diversity in science.

Canada’s universities look forward to working with the government to further advance our country’s research ecosystem. In a global context of closing borders and closing minds, investments in discovery research and enhanced support our future research and innovation leaders are fundamental to building a better Canada.

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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.

“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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