Quebec to invest $3.7 billion in research

October 17, 2013

The Quebec government has unveiled a new National Research and Innovation Policy in which it will invest $3.7 billion over 5 years to boost research and innovation in Quebec. The funds will be spread among universities, colleges, businesses, and laboratories at public high schools in underprivileged areas. The government aims to boost the share of GDP devoted to research and development to 3% after it dropped to 2.4% in 2009. The policy will include $173 million for 3 important areas of research: demographic changes, sustainable development and the Quebec identity. McGill University has issued a statement to welcome the announcement. “The measures made public today by Minister Duchesne testify to the importance that the government of Quebec places on research and innovation,” says Rosie Goldstein, VP Research and International Relations at McGill. Montreal Gazette | McGill News