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Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy consultation launched

On May 24th the Government of Canada launched a public consultation to inform a new Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy (PCGS) by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

Budget 2021 recognized the strengths and importance of Canada’s genomics ecosystem for the health and prosperity of Canadians and announced $400 million over six years to support the new PCGS—kick-started by a $136.7 million investment in Genome Canada’s challenge-driven programming.

Supported by this investment Genome Canada introduced a new genomics initiative on May 12, designed to drive climate-smart agriculture and strengthen food systems across Canada. We look forward to actively engaging in the PCGS consultation as we deploy this initiative and develop future genomics initiatives.

The following has been identified as priority for the PCGS:
•Canada’s genomics landscape – opportunities and challenges
•Attracting, developing, and retaining talent
•Management, standardization and use of genomics data
•Commercialization and use of Canadian genomics technology and innovations
•Adoption of genomics in key sectors: healthcare, environment, clean tech, food and natural resources

Over the last 20 years, Canada has built world-class strength in genomics across key sectors. Combined with Canada’s strengths and advances in big data, artificial intelligence, gene editing and synthetic biology, genomics offers an unparalleled opportunity to deliver homegrown biological solutions to complex challenges, such as pandemics, climate change, food insecurity and energy demands. Mobilizing Canada’s genomics excellence and capacity around shared challenges will improve lives and strengthen communities globally.

To learn more about the Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy and participate in the consultation click here. The deadline to share your views via the online survey is June 24, 2022.

For more information, please contact Pari Johnston, Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs at pjohnston@genomecanada.ca

Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy consultation launched

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