Colleges and universities throughout Quebec are set to receive a significant boost in their finances as Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and Quebec’s Premier, Philippe Couillard, announced the initiative.
The investment, designed to “equip young Quebeckers with the quality post-secondary education that will help them achieve their goals,” is comprised of funding from the federal and provincial governments, post-secondary institutions, and private donors. A main goal of this funding is to modernize research facilities on campuses across Canada, with a focus on improving environmental sustainability.
One of the major projects to be funded by a portion of this investment is a new science complex at the Outremont campus of Université de Montréal. It is expected that this complex “will serve as a multidisciplinary centre for research and science education at the school, giving researchers more opportunities to collaborate on major scientific and technological research initiatives.”
In a press release accompanying the announcement, Trudeau stated, “This investment is a historic leap to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes.”
Across Canada there is growing recognition that improving science and technology infrastructure is essential to educating the next generation of skilled workers and innovators. Quebec is home to some of Canada’s top institutions for both teaching and research. McGill University, for example, is renowned for its neuroscience research. On the same day Trudeau and Couillard announced the new investment, it was also announced that McGill had received $20 million in funding from private donors to fund the new Tanenbaum Open Science Institute to promote neuroscience research. This is just one example of how seriously Canadian universities and colleges take the mission to develop and innovate new technologies that improve the lives of people in Canada and abroad.
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