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Ontario Supporting Environmental Science Research

McGuinty Government Invests In 16 Projects

Ontario is helping university graduate students conduct research into a wide range of environmental issues through its Best in Science program.

Sixteen environmental science projects in Ontario will receive $1.7 million from the program to study a range of issues, including:

  • Brownfields remediation
  • Contamination of fish and the aquatic environment
  • The recharge of groundwater systems
  • The impact of geothermal systems on groundwater
  • The use of permeable pavements for stormwater management.

As part of the Best in Science Program the government is also sponsoring events and awards to honour Ontario's student science fair competitors and assisting with the coordination of an international green chemistry conference in Ottawa in 2010.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2005, the Best in Science Program has provided $9 million to support 106 environmental research projects. Projects are funded over a three-year period.
  • This $9 million investment is matched by contributions of $17.5 million from other project partners. These projects are expected to generate over 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

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“The answers to many of the environmental problems we face today will be found through science and research. The work undertaken by these graduate students and our universities is going to benefit all Ontarians by helping provide clean air, land and water. That means a better and safer environment for both current and future generations.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

“By supporting cutting-edge research through the Best in Science program, we can harness the incredible creativity and innovation of university researchers, faculty and students to make important new environmental discoveries that will improve all Ontarians' quality of life.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



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