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The Government of Canada recognizes the important role of researchers in developing innovative solutions to health and societal issues. We also recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on these operations. On Friday, our government announced $450 million in funding for universities and health research institutes across Canada. This funding will:

  • Provide wage support of up to 75% per individual, amounting to a maximum of $847/week, and will also apply to research staff whose work has been temporarily suspended. This is equivalent to wage support offered through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
  • Offer cost-coverage of up to 75% for current essential research and re-starting operations after COVID-19. This will support activities such as the safe storage of dangerous substances and restarting data sets that were interrupted during the pandemic.
  • Be distributed through the three federal granting agencies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
  • Build on the $291.6 million to federal granting agencies to extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants to support students and post-doctoral fellows, announced on April 22nd.
  • Allow all Canadian universities and health research institutes that are eligible for funding through these federal granting agencies, and ineligible for other COVID-19 emergency wage measures, to access support through this temporary program. The funding will be delivered as a block grant, so institutions can access help quickly to address their most pressing needs.

More information can be found here:

While my office is closed, my team and I are here to help. Should you need assistance in accessing the above funds, please feel free to contact us at the coordinates below.