Canadian research system

Canadian research system

Canada is a federal state composed of ten provinces and three territories. The Constitution Act of 1876 distributes powers between the federal and provincial governments. The Canadian research system is organized around three institutional structures: governments (federal and provincial), industry, and higher education. Each level of government is involved in research policy which makes for a decentralized research system with varying degrees of overlap and partnering. The backbone of the Canadian research system is the federal government’s 20 departments and agencies which fund and/or perform R&D. The principal research performers in Canada are the 100 universities and colleges, 120 federal government laboratories, 90 provincial laboratories, several dozen university / industry centres of excellence consortia, and a core of some 100 principal corporate R&D investors. In the higher education sector, the federal government is the principal funder of R&D undertaken despite education being a provincial responsibility. Canada has of the order of 125,000 researchers. Industry Canada is the lead federal government department in the portfolio for science, technology and innovation policy. The government, through the Minister of Industry, is advised by a Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC).

For more information about the Canadian research system, please visit the ERA-WATCH website.

 

Federal funding

The federal Canadian funding bodies are:

On 5 September 2011 opportunities for doing environmental research in Canada were promoted in Gdansk.

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On 9 June 2011 opportunities for doing health research in Canada were promoted in Brussels.

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