The U15 is pleased that the federal government increased by $37 million its investment in the granting councils: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We are also happy to see an additional $165 million for Genome Canada, continued support for The Canada Foundation for Innovation and the $141 million in new money to the National Research Council.
U15 particularly applauds the budget's support for the International Education Strategy, which includes $23 million over two years to attract more international students to Canada and provide Canadian students with more opportunities to study abroad.
“The budget demonstrates the federal government's recognition that attracting more international students to our universities deepens the experience of Canadian students and helps strengthen our international relationships and partnerships,” Chakma added.
For the first time, Canadian universities that support advanced research and teaching will be able to participate in the Building Canada Fund, under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. U15 members look forward to competing for this necessary funding.
The budget also signalled the federal government's plans to examine the Indirect Costs Program to support the indirect costs associated with federally sponsored research. U15 looks forward to participating in these discussions, along with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
Increasing the federal investments in research and innovation was not easy, given the economic and fiscal challenges Canada faces. Going forward, it will be critical that Canada keeps pace with the R&D investments emerging economies and our major OECD competitors make. We will continue to make this case as Canada's fiscal position improves.
Meantime, we are encouraged by the strong support for the research community and for our faculty, students, staff and institutions that this budget expresses. We look forward to working with the federal government to build Canada's research and development capacity and international competitiveness, in the months and years to come.
As Canada’s fifteen leading research universities, the U15 undertake 80 percent of all competitive university research in Canada, rank among the world’s premier institutions, and represent a research enterprise valued at more than $5 billion annually. Collectively, we produce more than 75 percent of all doctorates awarded in Canada.
The U15 University members:
University of Alberta – Indira Samarasekera
The University of British Columbia – Stephen Toope
University of Calgary – Elizabeth Cannon
Dalhousie University – Tom Traves
Université Laval – Denis Brière
University of Manitoba – David Barnard
McGill University – Heather Munroe-Blum
McMaster University – Patrick Deane
Université de Montréal – Guy Breton
University of Ottawa – Allan Rock
Queen’s University – Daniel Woolf
University of Saskatchewan – Ilene Busch-Vishniac
University of Toronto – David Naylor
University of Waterloo – Feridun Hamdullahpur
University of Western Ontario – Amit Chakma