Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne is facing a very busy year, with a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that includes more than 30 assigned tasks. They include establishing a new advanced research projects agency, launching a Canadian critical minerals strategy and a national quantum strategy and creating a global centre of excellence for eliminating methane gas emissions.
Canada’s cybersecurity talent shortage is making it more difficult to protect critical assets as large organizations and infrastructure become more vulnerable to online attacks, according to leading researchers in the area.
Alberta’s four major universities have put a hold on developing new research initiatives and renewing existing research agreements with entities in China, as directed by the provincial government. All four universities also have submitted reports to Alberta Advanced Education detailing all agreements, research relationships, institutional relations and joint ventures under way with entities connected to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party.
The growth of Kraken Robotics, based in St. John’s, has been possible only with the financial investment and support of many federal and provincial government agencies, says Bill Donovan, senior program manager at Kraken.
Ontario invests to attract and retain research talent, UOttawa launches the first Canadian research centre dedicated to studying Black health in Canada, Montreal’s BrainBox AI goes home a winner from COP26, and more.
Canada’s aerospace industry is calling for a national strategy for the sector and more government support for innovation. But critics argue that aerospace is already one of the most subsidized industrial sectors in Canada and, if can’t survive in the global marketplace without continuous public funding, should be allowed to die.
Research Money is tracking the parties’ pledges on research and innovation for the upcoming federal election. The Green Party was the latest party to release its platform, which includes promises to increase funding for the granting councils, create a $1-billion Green Venture Capital Fund and establish a new innovation agency.
The federal government’s new national security guidelines for research partnerships raise numerous concerns that range from discouraging research collaborations to potentially interfering with academic freedom, says Dr. Alex Navarre, PhD, a research associate at Université du Québec, in an op-ed.
Petronas Energy and Itochu Corporation consider exporting blue hydrogen from Alberta, a UWaterloo engineering team gets backing to secure Canada’s critical energy infrastructure, FedNor grows up, and more.
Ottawa and partners commit $60 million to natural resources and environmental genomics projects, applied research funding at Canadian colleges gets a boost, and more.