On Aug. 5, 2016, The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), under the leadership of Past Chair Bruce Lennox, shared its priorities for the 2017 Federal budget with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA). The CIC recommended that the Trudeau government: (i) provide targeted fellowship funding in order to strengthen the innovation agenda of Canadian Industry, (ii) revise the international student visa and permanent residence application criteria and processes to enable the best talent in the world to study and work in Canada on a permanent basis, (iii) increase funding to tri-council programs which support innovation-enabling fundamental research and, (iv) invest in the development, maintenance, and upgrading of world class science and technology infrastructure in regional, national, and international shared facilities.
CIC advocacy partners the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) and the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) also submitted pre-budget recommendations to FINA. The CIC encourages its members to meet with their MPs in the coming months and to communicate the key role that chemical sciences and engineering play in an innovative and prosperous Canada. The full Briefs from CIC, CCR and PAGSE are provided below, and would serve as an excellent starting point for such meetings.
In addition to the call for pre-budget recommendations, the Federal government is currently accepting input from Canadian scientists in a variety of areas. Some that may be of interest include: that FINA will be accepting requests to present budget recommendations in person until August 31, 2016, that the Advisory Panel of Canada's Review on Fundamental Science will be accepting input from Canadians until September 30, 2016, and that there is currently an open call for the submission of innovation ideas that will assist in the development of Canada's Innovation Agenda.