NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Collaborations between college researchers and businesses help our national and local economies thrive and prepare young Canadians for the jobs of the future. Canada’s colleges are at the heart of communities across the country and fuel research that helps businesses innovate and grow.
Today, Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced $1.75 million in funding to support research at Cambrian College. Earlier today, Minister Duncan announced more than $73-million dollar in national investments through the College and Community Innovation Program and the College-Industry Innovation Fund.
The investment will support 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country in partnering directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow. The investment will also be used for specialized equipment to help companies develop solutions to pressing issues in their regions.
At Cambrian College, the funding will support the creation of a TAC (Technology Access Centre) for expertise in mining. The TAC will enhance the capabilities of Northern Ontario’s dynamic small to medium-sized mining technology development firms by developing relationships between industry and the college. The partnership will enrich the student experience, champion innovation and enhance expansion and productivity for enterprises.
This investment is part of Canada’s Science Vision and the Government of Canada’s commitment of more than $10 billion to science and research, which includes a historic increase in funding for fundamental research and the largest boost for college research funding.
“With its wealth of experience, infrastructure, expertise and existing relationships with industry partners, Cambrian is extremely well-positioned to advance entrepreneurial activity in mining technology. We can confidently expect that through its Smart Mining Centre Cambrian will become an event greater resource for mining technology developers and producers in Nickel Belt/Greater Sudbury, Northern Ontario and around the globe.”
–Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“Our government is committed to returning science and research to their rightful place. We’re investing in students and small to medium-sized businesses, so they can work together on a diverse range of research projects to boost economic development and create jobs across the country. With these projects, colleges, cégeps and polytechnics will be making a real difference in the lives of Canadians in their communities.”
–The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
“NSERC values the tremendous contributions of Canada’s colleges in the research and innovation ecosystem. Today’s investment will enhance our country’s world-class research capacity, help businesses innovate to create growth, and train our next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs.”
–Dr. Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
“The power of research is exemplified when it is applied to tackling real-world problems. Whether addressing the development of novel agri-food products or expanding the frontiers of aerospace and manufacturing technologies, researchers at colleges and polytechnics are well equipped to partner with industry to help boost Canadian innovation.
–Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Cambrian and really does speak to the amazing work we’ve been doing in applied research. This TAC designation opens the door to more applied research projects involving our faculty and students, working with industry partners to come up with real-world, real-time solutions to challenges they’re facing now in the industry.
–Mike Commito, Cambrian College Director or Applied Research
- The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is led by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Funding support for infrastructure is provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
- The CCI Program is one of the largest vehicles for funding applied research at colleges, polytechnics and cégeps across Canada. Since its launch in 2008, the CCI Program has invested more than $553 million in 3,158 projects at post-secondary institutions across Canada.
- The College-Industry Innnovation Fund, led by CFI, is designed to support substantial research infrastructure projects that will enhance the existing applied research and technology development capacity of colleges and allow them to respond to important sector/industry needs.
- The Government of Canada recently launched Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada. This new pilot program, which is inspired by the United Kingdom’s internationally recognized Athena SWAN Charter, will address systemic barriers in research, particularly those experienced by members of under-represented or disadvantaged groups.
- College and Community Innovation Program http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/Info-Info_eng.asp
- College-Industry Innovation Fund https://www.innovation.ca/awards/college-industry-innovation-fund– 30
Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt