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Budget 2017 is an opportunity to get science right

(Ottawa January— 31, 2017) The upcoming federal budget is a critical moment for the Liberal government to deliver on its commitment to science and inclusion.  Ottawa must invest in fundamental research and focus on equity throughout the research ecosystem, says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). 

“This government has taken important steps recognizing the role of science and inclusion in building a prosperous future for all Canadians,” says CAUT President, James Compton. “Budget 2017 must build on last year’s momentum and lay out a long-term plan to support and sustain basic research.”

CAUT recommends:

  • Investing $500 million over three years in core funding for non-targeted fundamental research through Canada’s granting councils to return to 2007 levels.
  • Increase funding to postsecondary education by $400 million per year;
  • Increase funding to support Indigenous scholarship and research by at least $50 million.
  • Commit to increase the participation of equity-seeking groups at all levels in federally-supported research and innovation initiatives

 “Canada’s future rests on our ability to make new discoveries, and we need to make sure that there is fair access to these opportunities. The government has an unprecedented opportunity to get science right this budget,” adds CAUT Executive Director, David Robinson.

CAUT represents over 70,000 academic staff working in more than 120 universities and colleges across Canada.

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