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Ontario Budget 2018 puts more support for scale-ups, startups and promising sectors

With elections just around the corner, Ontario Liberals released earlier than usual its 2018 budget, which includes at least $1.5 billion for R&D and innovation. The $158.5-billion spending plan focuses largely on enhanced social, education and healthcare initiatives but also commits millions to businesses as well as R&D, innovation and competitiveness.

Univ of Guelph receives $20 million donation from Arrell Family Foundation

The Univ of Guelph has received a $20-million gift that will be matched by the university to create a new food institute. The donation was made by the Arrell Family Foundation, founded in 1999 by U of G alumni Tony and Anne Arrell. The Arrell Food Institute will assemble cutting-edge research, agricultural expertise, big data…

U of Guelph undertakes $66.6 million in lab upgrades

The Univ of Guelph is receiving $26.2 million from the new Post-Secondary Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) to undertake $66.6 million in laboratory infrastructure improvements. Other funding for the new spaces and lab upgrades comes from the Government of Ontario ($4.7 million) and the university’s internal resources ($35.7 million). A key SIF-back project is a biocarbon…

Ontario boosts research collaboration with Israel

The Government of Ontario and several provincial universities have signed a series research, technology and innovation agreements with the Israeli government. The government-to-government memorandum of understanding includes $10 million in joint funding for academic-industry collaborations and $10 million forindustrial agreements through the Ontario-Israel Collaboration Program — the latter representing an additional $4 million over existing…

TRIUMF adds three new members

Three more universities have gained full membership at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. York Univ, Queen’s Univ and the Univ of Guelph now have a voice in setting

Ontario invests $7.5 million in biofuels research

The Government of Ontario is providing $7.5 million to two biofuels projects to support the new Bioproducts Initiative at the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO). UWO’s new Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources will receive $5 million to turn agricultural byproducts into fuel and chemicals such as organic insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers. The…

CFI announces Leaders Opportunity Fund awards

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced the winners of its Leaders Opportunity Fund. Of the $39 million in awards, $32.6 million went to 207 research projects. The remaining $6.5 million was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund to assist institutions with costs associated with the new projects. Ontario received the largest share ($14.2…

Ontario Research Fund announces new investments

The Ontario government has announced $45 million for five major research projects as part of $115 million in investments approved under the first round of the Ontario Research Fund‘s Research Excellence Program (ORF-REP). The REP funds typically cover one third of project costs led by provincial universities. The new investments are: Ontario BioCar Initiative, Univ…