Canada Foundation for Innovation Launches National Consultation

September 3, 1997

OTTAWA, September 3, 1997 — The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced today the launch of a national consultation on proposed programs aimed at improving research infrastructure in Canadian research institutions. This consultation builds upon extensive informal dialogue with stakeholders over the last several months. 

Dr. John Evans, Chair of the CFI's board of directors, and Dr. George Connell, the CFI's Senior Policy Advisor, have had numerous meetings from coast to coast with representatives of the research community, provincial governments, and the private and voluntary sectors. Several of the ideas that emerged in these discussions have now been brought together in a program designed to bring the CFI into full operation. 

"Our meetings with the stakeholders so far have confirmed that there is an urgent need for new research infrastructure in Canada. They have also shown that there is determination in our research institutions to take full advantage of all the opportunities that are offered," said Dr. Evans." This final round of consultation will help ensure that CFI money is brought into action promptly and that it supports the best possible opportunities for the advancement of research in the national interest." 

The Canada Foundation for Innovation was established by the federal government in May 1997, to invest in infrastructure for research and development in Canadian universities, colleges, hospitals and other not-for-profit research institutions. The initial capital of the Foundation, $800 million, is to be committed over the next five years on research infrastructure projects. Organizations and individuals are invited to forward their comments to the Foundation by September 22, 1997.