February 27, 2018
The Trottier Family Foundation applauds the Government of Canada’s commitment to fundamental research in their 2018 budget.
The Government of Canada announced a new 3.2B$ commitment over five years to science and research in the 2018 budget released today. This is great news for the advancement of the Canadian economy, for the success of our young people, and for the health of Canadians and our environment.
The Trottier Family Foundation co-signed an op-ed in December 2017 urging renewed support for fundamental research, and we know that researchers across Canada have been mobilizing to highlight the importance of science for Canada. The 2018 Budget demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting fundamental research, which will have a profound positive impact for all Canadians.
“I was the first in my family to go to University, and I can draw a direct line from the training I received while doing research in graduate school and the success I have enjoyed as an entrepreneur, innovator, and employer of Canadian knowledge workers,” said Trottier Family Foundation President Lorne Trottier. “I strongly believe in the importance of science and fundamental research, and I am proud to have supported the work of Canadian scientists and researchers through philanthropy.”
The budget’s support of early career researchers and accent on equity and inclusion will ensure a focus on novel ideas and bring valuable diverse perspectives to Canadian science. This Government’s commitment to science will ensure that young Canadians from every background will have the necessary support to pursue advanced degrees and succeed in a new knowledge economy.
“I believe that investment in basic science is necessary for both the short term and long term success of Canada and our young people,” Mr. Trottier said. “Investments today will plant the seeds that will lead to major advantages for Canada down the road, as we have seen with the boom in AI. Support for research is also critical to ensure that our young people are equipped to have successful and fruitful careers. We look forward to continuing to play a role in supporting Canadian science.”
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