Canadian Universities to receive $30 million in CFI infrastructure funding to support 187 new researchers

July 4, 2002

 Ottawa, July 4, 2002 – Today, Allan Rock, Minister of Industry joined the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Dr. David Strangway, in the CFI’s announcement of an investment totalling $30M at 39 universities across Canada. These funds will provide world-class research infrastructure support to newly recruited faculty members.

“Canada Foundation for Innovation’s New Opportunities Fund is one of the many programs that will improve Canada’s research performance and help us rank among the most innovative countries in the world,” said Minister Rock.

“Canada’s researchers have made outstanding contributions to the development of science and innovation in Canada," said Rey Pagtakhan, Minister of Veteran Affairs and Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development). Investment in knowledge will ultimately improve Canada's economic performance in the global market.”

“Providing Canada’s research institutions with state-of-the-art equipment will enable them to attract and retain some of the world’s best researchers," said Dr. Strangway. "This initiative will help ensure our country's continued leadership role in innovation."

The $30 million CFI investment is being awarded through two funds. Under the New Opportunities Fund, the CFI Board of Directors approved an investment of $23.1 million to support 146 infrastructure projects involving 187 researchers at 39 universities. This program is designed to help launch the careers of new and talented faculty members. By attracting and retaining new, high-calibre talent, the CFI is assisting Canada’s efforts to strengthen research training at institutions across Canada.

Under the Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF), the CFI provides a further $6.9 million associated with these New Opportunities awards to help universities with the operating and maintenance costs. Unlike other CFI programs the Infrastructure Operating Fund has no requirement for matching funds.

The CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997 to strengthen the capacity for innovation in Canadian universities and research institutions. The CFI has been entrusted with a capital investment budget of $3.15 billion and contributes 40 per cent towards eligible project costs, with universities identifying the remaining 60 per cent matching funds.

A list of the projects approved by the CFI to date, and a listing of the approved funding for this announcement, are available here.

For more information about Canada's Innovation Strategy or to obtain a copy of either Knowledge Matters: Skills and Learning for Canadians or Achieving Excellence: Investing in People, Knowledge and Opportunity, please call 1-800-0-CANADA (1-800-622-6232).

For further information:    

Selena Beattie
Office of Allan Rock
Minister of Industry
(613) 995-9001
Douglas Lauriault
Public Affairs
Canada Foundation for Innovation
(613) 996-3193
douglas.lauriault [at]

Canada Foundation for Innovation / 
Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation

New Opportunities Fund / Fonds de relève


- Alberta
- British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
- Manitoba
- New Brunswick / Nouveau-Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador / Terre-Neuve et Labrador
- Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse
- Ontario
- Prince Edward Island / Île-du-Prince-Édouard
- Quebec / Québec
- Saskatchewan    

Institution / Établissement Projects Approved /
Projets appuyés
Carleton University 4
Concordia 5
Dalhousie University 1
École polytechnique de Montréal 1
Lakehead University 1
Laurentian University 1
McGill University 10
McMaster University 9
Memorial University of Newfoundland 3
Queen’s University 5
Royal Military College of Canada 1
Ryerson Polytechnic University 2
Simon Fraser University 3
St. Francis Xavier University 1
University College of Cape Breton 3
Université Laval 6
Université de Montréal 7
Université de Sherbrooke 4
Université du Québec École de technologie supérieure 1
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Université du Québec à Montréal 1
Université du Québec à Rimouski 1
University of Alberta 7
University of British Columbia 9
University of Calgary 5
University of Guelph 8
University of Manitoba 3
University of New Brunswick / Université du Nouveau-Brunswick 4
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 2
University of Prince Edward Island 1
University of Regina 3
University of Saskatchewan 6
University of Toronto 10
University of Victoria 3
University of Waterloo 2
University of Western Ontario 4
University of Windsor 2
Wilfrid Laurier University 2
York University 3
Total of 39 universities / des 39 universités 146