New information on COVID-19 emerges every day. Researchers and scientists in Canada and around the world are working hard to better understand the virus, and its impacts on people and communities. By keeping pace with this information, we can better protect the health of Canadians and set our country on the path to recovery. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today…
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The reaction of governments to the coronavirus pandemic perfectly illustrates the importance of maintaining strong links between the scientific and political communities. Federal and provincial political leaders in Canada are working closely with scientific experts to slow the spread of the infection, combat misinformation and respond quickly and effectively. Sadly, we have also seen in some cases the harm that…
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The Digital Technology Supercluster (the “Supercluster”) is supporting Canadians in the fight against COVID-19. The Supercluster is investing $60 million to deliver solutions to some of the biggest health and safety problems created by COVID-19. Four weeks ago, the Supercluster invited its network of over 500 organizations to submit ideas and proposals to address COVID-19 issues. Canadian companies responded, with…
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In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, Mitacs is offering a one-time call for proposals to support postdoctoral fellows in helping Canada fight COVID-19 and support future economic recovery. A national not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada, Mitacs helps solve business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. The new funding for postdoctoral fellows is available for…
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Genome Canada today launched another rapid response funding opportunity to invest in research with real potential to address near-term challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding opportunity is a response to the urgent need for further research on COVID-19 and represents a total Genome Canada investment of $1.5 million. Delivered together with Canada’s six regional Genome Centres, the fund aims to support…
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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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