Canada’s leading national research facilities receive significant investments to boost research and innovation


Canada Foundation for Innovation

More than $628 million will support 19 state-of-the-art facilities and drive innovative research

SUDBURY, Ontario, Aug. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada’s research infrastructure plays a vital role in advancing our society. that researchers use new techniques to preserve biodiversitymonitoring the oceans to understand climate change, or developing drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to prevent and treat diseasethey need state-of-the-art labs and equipment to drive innovations that benefit Canadians.

Today, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, recognized the key role of research infrastructure by announcing more than $628 million to support 19 research projects. research infrastructure at institutions across the country. From the Government of Canada and through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund, this investment will support the ongoing operation and maintenance needs of nationally significant research facilities .

One of the CFI-funded infrastructure projects is SNOLAB, an internationally renowned ultra-clean facility that focuses primarily on studying the properties and sources of neutrinos and the search for galactic dark matter. Research at the facility, located two kilometers underground and the deepest of its kind, also includes genomics and metabolism studies, ultra-sensitive environmental monitoring and test facilities for quantum computing.

Examples of other facilities funded by these investments include:

  • Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS): Based at the University of Quebec – National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), Canada’s most powerful laser is operated at ALLS, the first facility of its kind in the world. By using lasers to study matter, ALLS enables cutting-edge research in fields such as biology, medicine, chemistry, physics and telecommunications. Making more efficient batteries, using X-ray imaging for sustainable agriculture, and detecting disease at an earlier stage are some of the many applications of ALLS.

    LILY Make movies of matter as it changes, with the advanced laser light source

  • Canadian Cancer Trials Group Operations and Statistics Center at Queen’s University: With approximately 20,000 members worldwide, it is the only Canadian research center with the expertise and infrastructure capable of supporting the full range of cancer trial proposals. His patient engagement model has been widely shared nationally and internationally. It was created by cancer researchers and aims to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients. Research supported by this facility develops innovative therapies, advances understanding of cancer resistance, and reduces the burden of cancer treatment.

  • Coalition Publica: A partnership between Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project, Coalition Publica is an initiative led by the University of Montreal to advance research dissemination and digital scholarly publishing in Canada. By supporting the social sciences and humanities in areas such as Indigenous studies and education, Coalition Publica is developing a national, non-commercial, open-source infrastructure for digital publishing, dissemination and scholarly research.

  • The Global Water Futures Observatories (GWFOs): A network of 76 water monitoring sites across the country, GWFO encompasses lakes, rivers and wetlands in seven provinces and territories, including six major river basins, as well as the Great Lakes. This network provides researchers with important insights into how climate change and increased flooding, drought and contaminants are endangering Canada’s fresh waters.

    LILY Building an early warning system for the impending water crisis in Canada, through the Global Water Futures Observatories

  • Ocean Networks Canada (ONC): Harnessing a wide range of ocean observatories, from the deep ocean to coastal waters and on land, ONC provides unique technical capabilities to advance our understanding of the role of the oceans in climate change and the impact it has on them. The knowledge generated by this unique facility enables scientists, governments, organizations and citizens to make informed decisions for healthy ecosystems, strong economies and resilient communities. ONC is hosted and owned by the University of Victoria.

See the full list of recipients here.


“Through this investment, we are supporting our world-class research facilities that drive innovation and researchers who make important discoveries across the country. We are ensuring that Canada is equipped to support the next generation of researchers who will tackle the world’s most pressing problems and advance our society so that all can prosper.

– The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“These significant investments in world-class research infrastructure demonstrate the importance the CFI places on issues that affect our environment, health, prosperity and quality of life for all Canadians.

– Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

Fast facts

  • The total investment made today by the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation is $628,288,783.

  • In addition to supporting the ongoing operation and maintenance needs of nationally significant research facilities, the MSI Fund ensures that these facilities employ appropriate management and governance policies and practices.

  • A facility funded by the MSI Fund serves the needs of a community of researchers representing a critical mass of users spread across the country.

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About the Canada Foundation for Innovation

Since 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation has made financial contributions to Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and not-for-profit research organizations to increase their capacity to conduct high-quality research. The CFI invests in the infrastructure researchers need to think big, innovate and push the boundaries of knowledge. It helps institutions attract and retain the world’s best talent, train the next generation of researchers, and support world-class research that strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life for all Canadians.

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