University presidents, researchers call for stable funding to operate research facilities

December 11, 2009

While federal and provincial governments have spent a fortune building the uVic-led NEPTUNE (launched last week), uSask's Canadian Light Source, and the Sudbury-based SNOLAB, Ottawa has balked at providing funding needed to operate and sustain these facilities. It will cost $40 million annually to keep the 3 facilities running, leaving project leaders and university presidents scrambling to secure funding. The presidents of uVic and uSask say there is a critical need for stable, predictable operating funding to keep research facilities afloat. Science and Technology Minister Gary Goodyear says the federal government welcomes input and will review recommendations from major science facilities as it prepares for its next budget. CanWest News Service