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Government of Canada makes major investment in genomics research

Genomics research is driving innovation across fields such as health, forestry, agriculture, fisheries and energy, leading to major developments to our economy while improving Canadians’ health and environment.

That’s why, today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, was at the International Wheat Congress, to announce $41.2 million in federal funding to support 19 research projects. An additional $75.8 million is being invested by provincial governments, business and research partners, for a total of $117 million in support for these projects.

The investment will support important research collaborations, including the work of Drs. Curtis Pozniak and Sylvie Cloutier of the University of Saskatchewan and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who are using genomics to improve the breeding and production of wheat, a vital crop in global food security.

Investments like these help Canada remain at the cutting-edge of the agriculture and agri-food markets and create new and emerging opportunities.

Minister Duncan highlighted the Government of Canada’s Budget 2019 investment of $100.5 million for Genome Canada. This investment will enhance Genome Canada’s ability to advance the most innovative developments in genomics research and its applications.

While in Saskatoon, Minister Duncan also signed the Dimensions Charter with the University of Saskatchewan and Genome Canada. Institutions that endorse the Charter commit to embed the principles of equity, diversity and inclusiveness in their policies, practices, action plans and culture.

Quick Facts

  • The University of Saskatchewan is one of 14 Canadian universities to benefit from the $117 million to support 19 research projects at institutions across Canada.
  • Today’s announcement includes support for recipients of two Genome Canada programs: Large-Scale Applied Research Project (pdf file) and Rounds 11, 12, 13 and 14 of the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) (pdf file).
  • Since 2000, the government has made $1.5 billion in targeted investments for genomics research through Genome Canada.
  • The global genomics market is expected to reach $27.6 billion US dollars in the next six years.

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Government of Canada makes major investment in genomics research

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