Budget 2016: Important new investments in Canadian science and technology

March 24, 2016

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) communicates with the government through its partnership with the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) - the largest advocacy coalition in Canada. Both CIC and CCR submitted pre-budget Briefs to the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) on Feb. 19, 2016 recommending i) increased funding to the tri-council programs, ii) increased financial support for post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows, and iii) investment into the development, maintenance and upgrading of Canada's science and technology infrastructure. The CCR response to the 2016 federal budget can be found here.

In addition to the CCR's comments, the CIC would like to draw attention to the government's significant investment into the research, development and demonstration of clean technologies, including support for the Mitacs Globalink program and the creation of two new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) in fields related to clean and sustainable technology - this is in addition to the 20 new Chairs already anticipated from the spring 2016 CERC competition.

The CIC looks forward to working with Minister Duncan in the coming year as she undertakes "a comprehensive review of all elements of federal support for fundamental science," and will continue to advocate for increased tri-council funding and financial support for students and post-doctoral fellows.

John Vederas
Chair, Chemical Institute of Canada

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is a national not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the chemical sciences and engineering through its three constituent societies: the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT).