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Today, Minister Bains announced continued investments of close to $230 million to support national research facilities through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund. This funding will support 14 cutting-edge collaborative national research facilities across Canada.

  • Researchers rely on state-of-the-art facilities to address key questions about the universe, the environment, and our health.
  • Canada’s major research facilities, whether they be physical spaces or virtual networks, serve tens of thousands of researchers tackling the most fundamental questions about existence and some of the most important research problems facing today’s society.
  • As a result of these ongoing investments, these facilities were able to adjust their work to quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Not only do these facilities make it possible for cutting-edge research to take place in Canada, they also position us as a top destination to attract world-class researchers and drive economic growth.
  • Our government is investing close to $230 million, to support cutting-edge collaborative research, bringing the total amount of support through the Major Science Initiatives Fund to $533 million, between 2017 and 2023.

The facilities receiving funding through this announcement are:

Institution Funded project City, Province Federal funding amount
University of Victoria Ocean Networks Canada Victoria, BC $29,696,374
Dalhousie University The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) Halifax, NS $13,384,080
McMaster University CRDCN: Evolving to Meet New Research Data Needs and Policy Priorities Hamilton, ON $2,156,624
McMaster University The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy Hamilton, ON $2,041,000
Queen’s University Canadian Cancer Trials Group Operations and Statistics Centre at Queen’s University Kingston, ON $3,825,000
Sinai Health System The Centre for Phenogenomics Toronto, ON $5,160,568
The Hospital for Sick Children Canada’s Genomics Enterprise Toronto, ON $11,386,816
Queen’s University SNOLAB Facility Operations Sudbury, ON $40,890,089
Queen’s University Canada’s National Design Network Kingston, ON $18,310,000
University of Ottawa The Andre E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility for Environmental Radionuclides Ottawa, ON $1,314,004
Université de Montréal Plateforme de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales – ERUDIT.ORG Montréal, QC $1,588,595
Université Laval Canadian Research Icebreaker Amundsen Quebec City, QC $20,764,321
University of Saskatchewan SuperDARN Canada:  A Global Space Weather Collaboration Saskatoon, SK $549,782
University of Saskatchewan Canadian Light Source Inc. Saskatoon, SK $76,920,176
Total     $227,987,429

Link to full news release on the CFI website here.