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Federal government must invest in fundamental science

(Ottawa — 28 August, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is calling on the federal government to invest in basic research in its next budget as the foundation for a diverse and inclusive society, an improved quality of life, and a strong economy. CAUT is urging the government to act on the recommendations of its Science Review panel and invest $1.3 billion over 4 years.

“Their own review has shown that the government has to become a stronger partner on basic research,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Canada is losing ground on science compared to other countries.  Investing in research is investing in our future.”

CAUT’s pre-budget submission also makes recommendations to sustain Canada’s climate research networks, invest further in Indigenous education; strengthen employment equity programs, and increase federal transfers for post-secondary education.

“The next federal budget is a great opportunity for the government to show leadership and build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive Canada,” added Robinson. “To realize this vision it must boost investments in fundamental science and post-secondary education as the foundations for a better future”, added Robinson.

CAUT is the national voice of 70 000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals in 122 post-secondary institutions across the country.