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Raising the Profile of Underground Research in Sudbury

Ontario Investing in SNOLAB Research Facility

Ontario is investing in fundamental science and research that could reshape our understanding of the universe and lead to exciting new technologies.

Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, visited SNOLAB in Sudbury today to announce funding for the facility through the Ontario Research Fund.

At two kilometres below the surface, SNOLAB is the deepest underground laboratory in North America, providing ideal conditions for physicists studying dark matter and neutrinos. Ontario's investment in SNOLAB will:

  • Open the door to new discoveries about the universe
  • Attract research and investment partnerships and help maintain Ontario's leadership in the field of neutrino and dark matter physics
  • Inspire and train the next generation of Ontario scientists
  • Lead to exciting new practical applications. Neutrinos, for example, could enable us to create images of the Earth's interior, observe supernovas in space and send communications over long distances through solid rock.

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 investing $28.8 million over five years to support SNOLAB.
  • Every $1 invested in SNOLAB to date has returned an estimated $8 in economic activity and nearly $4 in GDP.
  • In 2015, Arthur B. McDonald received the Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, based on research conducted at SNOLAB.
  • The SNOLAB facility is administered by Queen's University in Kingston.

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Reza Moridi

“SNOLAB is a world-renowned underground laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics, and our government is proud to continue supporting this important research. Through investments in facilities like SNOLAB, Ontario is paving the way for future discoveries that can add to our understanding of the universe, as well as strengthening our province's competitive edge.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

Glenn Thibeault

“I am thrilled that our government is recognizing the level of innovation, scientific expertise and groundbreaking work being done in the Sudbury area. This investment in SNOLAB will allow researchers to continue to tackle the most complex scientific questions ever asked, and probe the very nature of the universe itself. SNOLAB is more than just a groundbreaking research facility, it is an inspiration to all young Canadians who dream of a career in science.”

Glenn Thibeault

MPP, Sudbury

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