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Ontario Leading Brain Research

New Ontario Government Attracting Investments, Improving Health Outcomes

Office of the Premier

The new Ontario government is investing in world-leading brain research to improve health care and create new jobs for the people of Ontario.

Keeping the province on the cutting edge of research and innovation, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the Ontario government will provide $100 million over five years to support patient-focused neuroscience research.

The Province's support will help the Ontario Brain Institute expand its research into the areas of neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer's disease, and depression and continue its important research on cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.

It will also allow the institute to leverage additional investments from various partners including industry, philanthropic, federal and international sources.   

Investing in innovation and improving health care are part of the new Ontario government's efforts to build a strong economy and a fair society for the benefit of all.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Brain Institute was launched in November 2010 with the support of a $15-million provincial grant, which helped leverage an additional $26 million in funding from other sources.
  • One in three Canadians will be affected by a neurological or psychiatric disease, disorder or injury at some point in their lives.
  • Ontario is home to one of North America’s leading concentrations of biomedical research and development, with universities and teaching hospitals investing $1.7 billion a year in health research.

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“Research and innovation are vital in creating a better province for everyone. By investing in leading edge research, we’re helping to improve outcomes for patients and export Ontario expertise, and that helps create jobs.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“The Ontario Brain Institute’s collaborative, patient-focused approach to addressing brain disease and disorders is what makes it truly unique. Conditions like Alzheimer’s, stroke, depression and traumatic brain injury affect hundreds of thousands of Ontarians, so the institute’s work touches lives — family, friends, our own — and helps to bring better outcomes for patients.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The Ontario Brain Institute is harnessing Ontario’s world-leading research expertise to make new discoveries that will improve the lives of millions of people. Today’s announcement allows us to continue building on the OBI’s achievements and bring good jobs, investment, and the best minds to the province.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Research and Innovation

“We are just beginning to demonstrate the impact that the Ontario Brain Institute will have on research and innovation across Ontario. Going forward, we will continue to build on past investments and our many research strengths with the hopes of positioning Ontario amongst the world leaders in the global transformation occurring around brain research and neuroscience.”

Joseph Rotman

Chair, Ontario Brain Institute



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