StatsCan issues report on R&D spending in PSE

July 28, 2014

Statistics Canada reports that research and development spending in Canada’s PSE sector was up 2.3% between 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 and that, adjusted for inflation, R&D spending was up just 0.6% in 2012/2013. The 2012/2013 figure represents the smallest constant dollar increase in 10 years. Spending on R&D was up in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia, with NL seeing the largest year-over-year increase. 80% of R&D expenditures were allocated to natural sciences and engineering, with 20% going to social sciences and humanities. The report notes that R&D funding in the higher education sector comes from 6 sources: the business enterprise sector, the private non-profit sector, the federal government sector, the foreign sector, and from the PSE sector itself. Each source increased its funding for R&D save for the federal government. StatsCan Daily