Fedcan responds to Federal Budget 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The announcements in yesterday’s federal budget laid out clear support for the critical role the social sciences and humanities in research and innovation. Among the announcements were $47 million in increased funding for the granting councils, including $7 million of untargeted funds for SSHRC.

In responding to the budget, CFHSS President Noreen Golfman said, “This investment, including an increase for the social sciences and humanities, recognizes that all researchers and graduates make a critical contribution to Canada’s economy and prosperity. Canada is sending a clear message to the world that it intends to stay on the leading edge, that innovation and critical thinking are essential and non-negotiable-in good times and tough times.”

Read our full summary, which goes into more detail on budget announcements. Briefly, other highlights in the budget include:

  • $53.5 million over five years to create 10 new Canada Excellence Research Chairs, some of which will be in fields relevant to the digital economy
  • $60 million over three years to promote enrolment in disciplines related to the digital economy
  • $100 million for the Canada Media Fund, which invests in the creation of digital content across multiple platforms
  • $80 million over three years to support collaboration between colleges and small/medium businesses, delivered under the Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Expanded eligibility for Canada Student Loans and Grants for part-time and full-time post-secondary students
  • $12 million for a competition to establish a Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence
  • $10 million over two years so support an international education strategy


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