Government of Canada and FCM Announce $31.5 Million for 20 Sustainable Municipal Projects

Government of Canada and FCM Announce $31.5 Million for 20 Sustainable Municipal Projects

Government of Canada and FCM Announce $31.5 Million for 20 Sustainable Municipal Projects:

OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2016 /CNW/ – The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Raymond Louie, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, today announced Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grants and loans for 20 communities across Canada. The $31.5 million in GMF funding supports plans, studies, field tests and capital projects to assist in making these communities more sustainable while taking into account environmental, social and economic considerations.

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Government of Canada Invests in New Research Partnerships

Government of Canada Invests in New Research Partnerships

 
CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 21, 2013)Invests in New Research Partnerships
 
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the Government of Canada's investment in 20 partnerships among colleges, universities and businesses through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program. The Minister made the announcement while visiting Conestoga College in Cambridge, Ontario.
 
"Collaboration between college and university researchers and the private sector is vital to improving the quality of life of all Canadians, while building a strong economy," said Minister of State Goodyear. "The College and Community Innovation Program supports the deployment of the talent and knowledge developed in our post-secondary institutions while providing invaluable industry experience for students. This is win-win for all involved and our Government is proud to support these partnerships."
 
In total, the Government of Canada will invest over $18 million in these new research partnerships. Conestoga College is receiving $515,000 over three years under a College-University Idea to Innovation grant to develop a portable device to detect the gold grade of mineral samples at mines and mineral exploration sites. It usually takes weeks or even months to ship mineral samples to labs for analysis and retrieve the results. This new gold detector will help speed up the process and increase production efficiencies of mining exploration companies. The college will collaborate with researchers at Laurentian University, as well as industrial partners Barrick Gold Corporation and Kendall Technology.
 
These investments provide businesses with access to the people, resources, and tools at Canada's colleges that companies need to be at the forefront of innovation," said Janet Walden, Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). "The ultimate goal is to create sustainable partnerships that will help sharpen our innovative edge and have a positive impact on the bottom lines for industry and our country."
 
The CCI Program is managed by NSERC, in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
 
NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging about 2,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.
 
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $9 billion in new funding for initiatives to support science, technology, and the growth of innovative firms. Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on this strong foundation, helping to position Canada for sustainable, long-term economic prosperity and a higher quality of life for Canadians.
 
For more information and the full list of recipients, please visit the NSERC Web site.
 
Contact InformationStephanie Thomas
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
613-947-2956Media Relations
Industry Canada
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Martin Leroux
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada
613-943-7618
media@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

 

Government of Canada : INVESTS TO HELP RECENT GRADUATES GET JOBS

Government of Canada : INVESTS TO HELP RECENT GRADUATES GET JOBS

 

North Bay, Ontario, June 7, 2013

INVESTS TO HELP RECENT GRADUATES GET JOBS

The Government of Canada announced funding to help a recent graduate in North Bay to gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Mr. Aspin. "The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."

The Capitol Centre is receiving over $19,000 from the Career Focus program to help a recent graduate gain on-the-job experience and apply the skills acquired through education to ease the transition to work. Career Focus is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

The graduate will gain career-related experience in history, heritage and the arts by working as a heritage coordinator over a 10-month period. The participant will perform various duties such as supervising and recruiting volunteers, organizing and conducting tours, as well as writing and executing a marketing campaign.

"The Capitol Centre is delighted to receive Government of Canada funding to provide career-related work experience," says Dee Adrian, General Manager, Capitol Centre.

With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years to create 5 000 more paid internships. This is further to the extra $50 million invested through Economic Action Plan 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians with jobs in high demand and helps them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and training they need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers and youth. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.

For more information, contact:

Jan O'Driscoll
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
819-994-5559
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Backgrounder

The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace.

Skills Link, which is part of YES, helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills to transition into the job market.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, visit youth.gc.ca.

Government of Canada Supports Scientific Discovery for Thousands of Researchers and Students

Government of Canada Supports Scientific Discovery for Thousands of Researchers and Students

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 21, 2013)

 

Scientists, engineers and students at universities across the country will receive significant support from the Government of Canada through the Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced 3,808 research awards that will advance research in a full range of fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

Discovery Grants is the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's flagship program and one of Canada's largest sources of funding for basic research," said Minister Goodyear. "It provides researchers with the means and freedom to pursue their most promising ideas. Our government is proud to support 10,000 researchers who are creating the advances that will drive tomorrow's innovations."

The awards totalling over $413 million comprise the 2013 competition results for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants, Discovery Accelerator Supplements, Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships, Postgraduate Scholarships, and the Postdoctoral Fellowships. Together they build a broad base of research capacity across the country.

 

An integral component of the government's efforts to promote research and training excellence at Canadian universities, the Discovery Grants Program funds basic research in a multitude of scientific and engineering disciplines.

"Through these programs, NSERC provides direct support to an exceptionally strong base of scientific and creative talent in every field of the natural sciences and engineering," said Janet Walden, Acting President of NSERC. "Our scholarships and fellowships programs help us recruit and retain the bright young minds that will lead the next generation of Canadian discoverers and innovators."

Of the 3,808 awards announced today, 2,026 are Discovery Grant recipients. As well, 125 researchers will also receive a Discovery Accelerator Supplement. Valued at $120,000 over three years, Discovery Accelerator Supplements are awarded to researchers whose proposals explore high-risk, novel or potentially transformative concepts and lines of inquiry, and are likely to contribute to groundbreaking advances.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided nearly $9 billion in new funding for science, technology and the growth of innovative firms. Of this amount, over $6 billion is in support of science and technology activities at post-secondary institutions, including increases in the budget of the Discovery Grants program. This funding has helped to make Canada a world leader in post-secondary education research and to create the knowledge and the highly skilled workforce required for a more prosperous economy.

For more information about NSERC Discovery Grants and Scholarships, please visit the NSERC Web site, where you will find videos, impact stories and frequently asked questions about the program.

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports almost 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging over 2,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

Backgrounder

NSERC Research Grants and Scholarships
2013 Competition Results

The 2013 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research grants and scholarships competitions resulted in the following awards being offered:
Program Number of Awards Total Value
Discovery Grants 2,026 $323,867,709
Discovery Accelerator Supplements 125 $15,000,000
Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's level: 800 $14,000,000
Doctoral level: 261 $25,550,000
Postgraduate Scholarships Master's level: 36 $622,800
Doctoral level: 450 $26,145,000
Postdoctoral Fellowships 110 $8,800,000
3,808 $413,985,509

The terms of the awards vary from one to five years.

Discovery Grants Program

 

The Discovery Grants (DG) Program is NSERC's largest program and a key element of Canada's support for excellence in science and engineering research and training at Canadian universities. The DG Program gives researchers the freedom and flexibility to pursue the most promising research directions as they arise, encouraging creative and cutting-edge approaches and international collaborations.


The objectives of the DG Program are:

to promote and maintain a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
to foster research excellence; and
to provide a stimulating environment for research training.

Discovery Grants support ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals), rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. Researchers are free to structure their program in the most appropriate way for their research area. The grants are awarded for one to five years, although most terms are five years.

After having introduced enhancements to the Discovery Grants peer review system in 2009 and 2010 that created a more dynamic and competitive funding system and introduce a more flexible review structure, NSERC has launched the next five-year review of the Discovery Grants program. To date, we have surveyed Discovery Grants holders, applicants and highly qualified personnel and have sought input from scientific societies and university administrators across the country. Next steps will include a survey and interviews with Evaluation Group members and chairs, followed by a thorough analysis of data, statistics and bibliometric information. These activities will culminate with a meeting of an international panel of experts to review the findings and with a report on the evaluation in early 2014.


Discovery Accelerator Supplements

The Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) Program provides substantial and timely resources to a small group of researchers whose research proposals suggest and explore high-risk, novel or potentially transformative concepts and lines of inquiry, and are likely to have impact by contributing to groundbreaking advances in the area. In particular, for the purposes of the DAS Program, a superior research program is one that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation. The timeliness of DAS support represents the potential for the researcher at this time to capitalize on an opportunity, such as a recent research breakthrough, a paradigm shift or a new strategy to tackle a scientific problem or research question. Each award is valued at $120,000 over three years ($40,000 annually) and provides recipients with additional resources to compete with the best in the world.


The Three Scholarships Programs

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) provide financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in master's or doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. A CGS is offered to the top-ranked applicants at each level (master's and doctoral) and the next tier of meritorious applicants is offered an NSERC PGS. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their studies and seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields. Overall support is limited to four years-a maximum of one year at the master's level and up to three years at the doctoral level.

The Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and universities.

Contact Information

Michele-Jamali Paquette
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State for Science and Technology
613-947-2956

Martin Leroux
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada
613-943-7618
media@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502