Supporting New Discoveries to Help People in Their Everyday Lives
Ontario Investing in 53 Research Projects
Ontario is supporting researchers in fields such as health care, advanced manufacturing, clean tech and computer technology to make new discoveries that will benefit people across the province.
Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, made the announcement at Brock University today, where research at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute is helping Ontario's grape and wine sector adapt to climate change.
This year the province is investing in 53 projects across 17 leading institutions through the Ontario Research Fund. These investments will help cover the cost of building or renovating and equipping facilities to conduct large-scale, collaborative research projects. This will allow researchers to develop new products or services, including new treatments and cures for illnesses while supporting high-quality jobs.
Other projects receiving support include:
- The University Health Network's Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Precision Medicine Program, which will advance knowledge of the genetic and non-genetic aspects of cancer
- RoboDrive, a research facility and test track for autonomous vehicles at the University of Waterloo
- Carleton University's Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research, which aims to develop new insulation technologies that will reduce heat loss in Canadian homes and buildings.
Investing in research and innovation is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- The province is investing more than $960,000 in the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute and close to $137 million in this round of the Ontario Research Fund.
- Projects were evaluated through a rigorous peer review process involving Canadian and international academic and industry experts. The successful projects were chosen based on their research excellence and their economic and societal benefits to Ontario.
- Ontario leverages matching federal funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for these projects. Ontario and the CFI each provide up to 40 per cent of the project value, with the institution providing the remaining funding.
- In other recent rounds of funding, Ontario invested more than $2.37 million in four research data infrastructure projects, and $21.7 million in 130 projects through the October 2016 and February 2017 rounds of the Ontario Research Fund – Small Infrastructure Fund.
- Since 2013, Ontario has committed investments of more than $750 million towards 1,235 research projects.
“Supporting Ontario’s researchers as they make breakthrough discoveries will help advance technology and drive economic growth across the province. Making sure they are working in state-of-the-art facilities with the most up-to-date technology will help researchers do their best work and lay the groundwork for new products and services, and economic opportunity for people in Ontario.”
“We are pleased that the Ontario government recognizes the important role Brock University’s research plays in helping Ontario’s grape and wine industry be more strategic and successful in a competitive global marketplace. For more than two decades, Brock researchers have worked hand-in-hand with that industry, helping them deal with pressing issues of the day, but also proactively discovering new and better ways to thrive.”