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17 Recipients Receive Best in Science Program Grants

Ontario is investing in scientific research to address environmental priorities such as combatting climate change and ensuring Ontario has clean air and water, safe communities and healthy ecosystems.

This year, 17 environmental projects are receiving support through the province's Best in Science program that focus on:

  • Climate change, through methods and technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, impacts of climate change on water quantity and quality
  • Water quality research, including prediction, monitoring and prevention of blue-green algae blooms, nutrient inputs to the Great Lakes, environmental impact of chlorides and road-salt alternatives on aquatic ecosystems
  • Pathogens and environmental pollutants, including measurement of pathogens and chemical contaminants in air, water and soil; and source tracking of toxic metals including chromium and mercury
  • Pollinator health, through the measurement of the effect neonicotinoid pesticides have on wild species of pollinators that could be at risk.

Enhancing the province's scientific expertise and encouraging the formation of research partnerships is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The 17 projects are receiving a total of $800,000 in grants from the province over three years.
  • The Best in Science Program was established in 2004 to encourage and promote scientific research in Ontario.
  • Since 2004, the Best in Science program has provided approximately $10.5 million to support 129 environmental research projects.

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“By investing in environmental research, we are supporting Ontario’s scientists and entrepreneurs in making discoveries that will help tackle some of the most pressing environmental problems we face today. Their creative and innovative work will benefit all Ontarians by ensuring a cleaner and safer environment for current and future generations.”

Glen Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

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