Day after day, premiers have announced new restrictions on Canadians’ civil liberties that they say are critical to limiting the spread of COVID-19. But it is the chief medical officers at their side who provide the science buttressing the calls for sacrifice. Some have become stars in their own right, displaying a kind of televisual bedside manner that combines a…
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As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to impact Canadians, our society and the economy, it is critical that we stay informed with the progress being made by our scientists and medical researchers. With that in mind, TheFutureEconomy.ca asked expert Dr. Rob Annan, President and CEO of Genome Canada, to detail Canada’s response to this unprecedented crisis. Hear from Dr. Annan…
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Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Science to Fight COVID-19

The Government of Canada is supporting our country’s researchers as they do critical work to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, and people around the world, during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced support to quickly mobilize Canadian researchers and life sciences companies to support large-scale efforts towards countermeasures to combat COVID-19, including potential…
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada has consulted with experts from around the world and supported Canadian researchers to help combat this new coronavirus. On March 11, 2020, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, outlined an investment of $275 million to enhance Canada’s capacity in research and development, as part of Canada’s COVID-19 response, including research…
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Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Mona Nemer, was thrilled to receive 1,115 applications for her inaugural Youth Council. There is great enthusiasm among Canada’s youth population towards science and an eagerness to contribute to shaping the country’s science landscape. Below are the selected Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council (CSA-YC) Members. The mandate of our Youth Council includes: Providing accurate and…
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a $1-billion package to help Canadians cope with the spread of COVID-19, with half of the money going to the provinces and territories. During a news conference in Ottawa Wednesday, Trudeau said the federal government is “pulling out all the stops” to help Canadians through the global health crisis. The package includes $275 million…
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The Stem Cell Network (SCN) announced today $6.9 million in funding for innovative stem cell and regenerative medicine research that will help advance discoveries into better health and economic growth for Canadians. The announcement was made by Mr. Will Amos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science) in Montréal, where four of the new projects will…
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Every day, Canadian researchers are coming up with new ideas with the potential to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face today. By freely sharing and collaborating on these innovations, we can ensure a dynamic and transparent research community. The Government of Canada can now bolster its efforts in making federal science open and accessible to all thanks to…
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NSERC Announces Funding for Science Communications Skills

NSERC is launching a pilot funding opportunity to enhance the communications skills of students and researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. Such skills will contribute to science literacy, help counter science-related misinformation, and foster a role for science in evidence-based decision making. The new pilot program, Science Communication Skills grant (pilot), is targeted at organizations that provide science communication skills…
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Canadian researchers are raising concerns that the loss of a dedicated science minister signals a reduced voice for their agenda around the federal cabinet table. Wednesday’s announcement of the new federal cabinet included the revelation that Kirsty Duncan, most recently the minister of science and sport, has been moved from that post to deputy house leader. The science portion of…
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