Advancing Knowledge and Innovation in Ontario
Province Investing in 86 Research Projects
Ontario is investing in 86 research projects that will help make new discoveries, leading to new products and services, companies and jobs in fields like health care, advanced manufacturing, clean tech and computer technology.
The projects include:
- An approach to treating drinking water that reduces chemical and electricity needs at treatment plants, at Carleton University in Ottawa
- Research that will help develop personalized treatment plans for children with arthritis, at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
- Research on how children learn to tell the difference between reliable and non-reliable online content, at the University of Waterloo
- Work to develop and commercialize sustainable plastic packaging made from waste, a project that will reduce landfill, pollution and GHG emissions, at the University of Guelph.
Ontario is investing in these projects through three funding programs:
- Ontario Research Fund - Small Infrastructure program - helps cover the costs of research equipment
- Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence program - supports leading-edge, transformative, and internationally significant research
- Large Scale Applied Research Project competition - supports projects that use genomics to address challenges and create opportunities.
Investing in research is part of Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- In total, Ontario is investing close to $94 million in 86 research projects: close to $10 million in 53 projects through the ORF-Small Infrastructure fund; close to $70 million in 24 projects through the ORF-Research Excellence fund; and close to $14 million in 9 projects through the Large-Scale Applied Research Project competition.
- Projects were evaluated through a rigorous review process. The successful projects were chosen based on their research excellence and their economic and societal benefits to Ontario.
- Since 2013, Ontario has committed investments of more than $752 million towards 1,388 research projects through the Ontario Research Fund and Early Researcher Awards programs.
“From inventing sustainable packaging to exploring genomics to overcome disease, research projects across Ontario are expanding our knowledge, driving the creation and growth of innovative companies and improving our quality of life. Ontario is proud to support the work of the research teams who are carrying us into the future.”