AUCC recommends federal investment in research, job opportunities, and Aboriginal Canadians

August 12, 2014

In its pre-budget submission, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recommends the federal government focus on funding for research and innovation, creating an opportunities strategy for young Canadians, and on initiatives to attract Aboriginal Canadians to PSE. In its report, AUCC urges Canada to commit to “predictable, multi-year funding for research funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation.” In order to maximize the number and variety of jobs for Canadians, AUCC also recommends that the government invest in programs including a voucher program to support the hiring of co-op students and interns; a federal tax credit for co-op and paid internship programs; funding for institutional support of co-op placements and internships; additional funding for research internships delivered through Mitacs’ programs; and expanded incentives for investing in young entrepreneurs. AUCC also recommends that the government triple support for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Postsecondary Partnerships Program, create 500 graduate scholarships for Aboriginal students, provide more funding to Indspire bursaries and scholarships, and invest in “reach back” and transition programs at Canadian universities. AUCC Submission