Ontario Strengthening Province’s Research and Innovation Sector
Updated: Jan 28, 2022
TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing more than $240 million over three years to help advance research at five leading research institutes across the province. By supporting advanced research, Ontario will continue to strengthen its existing innovation and commercialization capacity, grow its skilled workforce, and position itself as a global leader.
“Our government is supporting research and innovation that leads to discoveries that make a real impact on people’s lives,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “This investment will ensure that these five leading research institutes have access to state-of-the-art technology, talent and equipment and can continue their ground-breaking work propelling Ontario to a leadership position in advanced science, technology and innovation.”
This investment includes:
$216 million for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, a not-for-profit research institute that conducts and enables high-impact cancer research to accelerate the development of discoveries for patients in Ontario and worldwide.
$7.5 million for Ontario Genomics, a not-for-profit organization that is leading the application of genomics-based solutions — the science of interpreting and harnessing DNA codes of living organisms that help drive economic growth and improve people’s quality of life.
$6 million for Clinical Trials Ontario, a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening, promoting and capitalizing on Ontario’s competitive advantages for conducting high-quality clinical trials.
$6 million for The Fields Institute, a centre for mathematical research activity that brings together mathematicians from across Canada and abroad to carry out research and address problems of shared interest.
$4.74 million for Compute Ontario, which brings together many partners and stakeholders in the province’s digital research infrastructure ecosystem to coordinate provincial and federal investments and strategy to better support Ontario’s researchers.
This funding will help make clinical trials more timely, efficient and cost-effective; improve researchers’ access to digital research infrastructure (including in rural and underserviced areas); and develop the knowledge and tools to diagnose cancer patients as early as possible to dramatically transform their survival rate and quality of life.
Research and innovation are essential drivers of Ontario’s economic growth as the province continues to fight COVID-19. Providing funding to five of the province’s leading research institutes will help keep ideas, expertise, and intellectual property in Ontario. This investment will also foster a skilled labour force, support long-term economic growth, and promote new business opportunities across the province.
As announced in Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy – 2021 Ontario Budget, the government is investing over $500 million over the next 10 years to support additional high‐value research undertaken across Ontario’s universities, colleges, research institutes and research hospitals.
As announced in the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario, the Ontario government is investing $48 million over two years to support ground-breaking work at leading research institutes and universities across the province.
In 2020, the government released an Intellectual Property Action Plan, an important step in strengthening Ontario’s intellectual property, driving the province’s long-term economic competitiveness and helping the research sector commercialize their “Ontario made” innovations, ideas and products.
"Long after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended, cancer will continue to affect people in Ontario and around the world. This support will help us to continue our work with partners across the province and around the world to continue driving the world-class translational research OICR has become known for that helps ensure that those diagnosed with cancer live longer, healthier lives. Working together with our strategic partner FACIT, this continued support is also critical to ensure that the economic benefits of cancer research and innovation stay in Ontario. We thank the Government of Ontario for their continued support for cancer research and their long-term vision for a healthier and stronger Ontario."
- Dr. Laszlo Radvanyi President and Scientific Director, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
"This support for Ontario Genomics is critical to continue to accelerate ground-breaking technology development and research in Ontario’s life sciences and biotech communities. By supporting genomics work across many economy sectors, Ontario can create jobs, maintain competitiveness, and work to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, food insecurity, as well as acute and chronic diseases, including COVID-19."
- Dr. Bettina Hamelin President and CEO, Ontario Genomics
"We thank the Government of Ontario for its recognition of the vital role that clinical trials play in this province. At Clinical Trials Ontario, we leverage Ontario's world-leading health research capacity and work with industry, patient partners, and others to make clinical trials more timely, efficient, and cost-effective. This funding will allow us to continue strengthening the environment to ensure that high-quality clinical trials and new therapies are accessible to Ontarians."
- Susan Marlin President and CEO, Clinical Trials Ontario
"With an expansive vision for the role of mathematical sciences in the world — from fundamental research to innovative applications — the Fields Institute looks forward to continuing our work as an enabler for people to come together to learn, discover and use mathematics to advance human achievement."
- V. Kumar Murty Director, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
"At a time when nearly all research involves the use of digital tools, this vital investment supports the necessary digital research infrastructure and services to secure Ontario’s future as a research leader."
- Ranil Sonnadara CEO and Chief Research Officer, Compute Ontario