Organization: Innovation

New advanced research agency high on federal innovation minister’s lengthy to do list

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.

Alberta’s major universities hit pause on new research initiatives with China

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.

How are Canada’s political parties promising to support research and innovation?

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.