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Help Recruit Ontario's First Chief Science Officer

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Help Recruit Ontario's First Chief Science Officer

Province Supporting Science and Innovation

Ontario is seeking public input on the skills and experience they would like to see in the province's first Chief Science Officer, and how this role could strengthen science and innovation across the province.

Feedback will be used to develop the mandate and help decide how the Chief Science Officer will: 

  • Accelerate Ontario's science and research and make this province a top destination for global research talent
  • Develop the long-term vision and strategic research agenda for Ontario to help address challenges and reach scientific frontiers in Canada and around the world
  • Help the government make decisions on science-based policy issues by relying on evidence and research
  • Cement Ontario's reputation as a jurisdiction that believes investing in knowledge and science is the key to success and prosperity

People can share their feedback online at Ontario.ca/ChiefScienceOfficer or via email by March 27, 2017. Ontario will report back on what we heard during this consultation in spring 2017.  

Supporting research and innovation is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is the largest life sciences jurisdiction in Canada with more than 50 per cent of the total Canadian life sciences economic activity.
  • The life sciences sector employs approximately 60,000 people in Ontario.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has committed close to $1.6 billion towards more than 2,400 research projects through the Ontario Research Fund.
  • Recruiting a Chief Science Officer is part of Ontario's five-year, $400-million Business Growth Initiative that is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

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“Everyone in Ontario can help decide the mandate of our province’s first Chief Science Officer. Not only is it important the search be open and transparent, but everyone should have a voice on how a Chief Science Officer would best serve the science community and Ontario.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

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