Speeding Canada’s response to future pandemics requires the highest level biosafety lab, facilities for exotic animals and more scientists. VIDO-InterVac is looking to the federal and Saskatchewan governments for funding.
Person: Navdeep Bains
The federal government needs to invest more strategically in clean technologies and improve data gathering to support climate goals, clean economic growth and Canadians’ well-being, says a new report by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. Yet despite several challenges which include COVID-19, Canada’s clean tech industry continues to grow, speakers told Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s annual meeting.
Last week, the governments of Canada and Ontario together pledged up to $500 million to enable Ford to build electric vehicles at the carmaker’s plant in Oakville. The investment comes just in time for Canada’s auto industry, which has lagged to 12th place internationally in EV production.
Carleton University and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (NND) have signed a 7-year MOU; Dr. Bartha Knoppers (PhD) won the 2020 Till & McCulloch Award; CANARIE selected four successful projects from its recent Research Data Management funding call; Ottawa is investing $9.4 million in tidal power in Atlantic Canada.
Global Affairs Canada is accepting submissions from Canadian software companies for its Fall 2020 Venture Capital Dealbook; The Canada Revenue Agency has extended reporting deadlines for SR&ED; the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor partners with Silicon Valley; and more.
Statistics Canada reported record gains in Canadian manufacturing sales; the underlying technology for a COVID-19 vaccine currently being blocked from entering Canada was licensed by the NRC; the Competition Bureau of Canada is investigating Amazon.ca to determine if the site is engaging in anti-competitive practices; and more.
On Tuesday, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced the second instalment of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund from 2017. The new parcel of operational funding amounts to nearly $230 million for 14 national research facilities at 10 universities.
INVESTING IN INNOVATION Alberta Innovates announced over $3 million in funding for 17 successful projects in its Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE) program. These projects will develop and bring technology to market that creates jobs in the digital economy, improves the efficiency of energy production, reduces GHG emissions and contributes to environmental innovations in water…
The new Multi-Jurisdictional Registry Access Service (MRAS) aims to build a seamless internal market within Canada. Corporations Canada will join this fall, with more jurisdictions to follow.
The federal and Quebec governments are teaming up on a $15-million investment to advance responsible development of artificial intelligence, including a new international centre of AI expertise in Montréal.