On Feb. 5, 2016 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) called on Canadians to submit, by Feb. 19, written Briefs outlining their priorities for the 2016 Federal Budget. The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Board of Directors, under the leadership of Past Chair Bruce Lennox, submitted a FINA Brief detailing three main recommendations: (i) increased funding to tri-council programs which support innovation-enabling fundamental research, (ii) targeted fellowship funding to increase the quantity of applied and basic research undertaken in Canadian universities and to power the innovation agenda of Canadian industry, and (iii) investment in the development, maintenance, and upgrading of world class science and technology infrastructure in regional, national, and international shared facilities.
In addition to its Brief, the CIC speaks to government through strategic partnerships with the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) and the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE). Throughout the winter of 2016, CIC representatives will be meeting with MPs, granting council presidents and senior-level bureaucrats in partnership with PAGSE, CCR and their constituent societies.
The CIC also encourages its members to meet with their MPs to communicate the importance of the chemical sciences and engineering in building a prosperous future. The full Briefs from CIC, CCR and PAGSE are provided below, and would serve as an excellent starting point for such meetings. FINA will also be holding a pre-budget consultation meeting on Feb. 23 from 11:30-13:30 at Centre Block, Room 237-C. This meeting is open to the public and will be available to view on ParlVU.