Jean-Claude Poissant

Your member of parliament for

La Prairie

Jean-Claude Poissant

Your member of parliament for

La Prairie


$ 12.70 million to support research and innovation

June 19, 2017 – Laval, Quebec – Jean-Claude Poissant, on behalf of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development , The Honorable Navdeep Bains, and the Minister responsible for Seniors and the Fight against Intimidation, Francine Charbonneau, today announced an important investment to equip young Quebeckers with post-secondary education. Quality that will enable them to achieve their goals.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec will invest $ 11.73 million in the infrastructure of the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS). These funds will allow the institution to provide the training required for its students to take advantage of current and future high-class middle-class jobs.

Federal funding is provided through the Strategic Investment Fund for Post-Secondary Institutions to enable Canadian campuses to upgrade and modernize their research facilities and enhance their environmental sustainability.

The Québec government’s contribution is part of the Plan québécois des infrastructures, which provides for investments in all sectors of economic activity, including higher education.

The INRS will use these funds, in particular, to set up a laboratory that will accommodate a 600 MHz NMR instrument at the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier and to renovate a research center at the same center. Part of the funds will also be devoted to the development of an advanced imaging laboratory at the Center Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, one of the four research and training centers that make up INRS.

A total of $ 12.70 million will be invested in these projects:

  • The Government of Canada will provide $ 5.33 million;
  • The Government of Québec will provide $ 6.40 million;
  • INRS and other partners will provide $ 0.97 million.

In total, nearly $ 1.1 billion will be invested in universities and colleges in Quebec by the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, higher education institutions and donors or private organizations.

Through these investments in Quebec, students, faculty and researchers will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to conduct research that is among the most advanced in the country. They will have facilities well suited to their continuous learning and development needs. They will work closely with their partners to translate their findings into concrete products and services. In doing so, they will prepare themselves for high-value, value-added jobs and create tomorrow’s jobs. Their work and discoveries will promote the emergence of the next generation of innovators.


“This historic investment by the Government of Canada is yet another milestone to realize the government’s vision of making Canada a global center of innovation. We want to make the country a leader in transforming ideas into solutions, from science to technology, to middle-class job skills, and from internationally successful start-ups. ”

– The Honorable Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Canada’s future belongs to our youth. Investing in our schools is critical to modernizing our science facilities and giving them the tools to make Canada a world leader in the green economy. ”

– Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for La Prairie

Facts at a Glance

  • The Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, and the Honorable Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced in December 2016 that the federal government would provide over $ 385 million For the research infrastructure of educational institutions in Quebec.
  • Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education, also announced that the Government of Quebec would invest more than $ 345 million in the research infrastructure of post-secondary institutions in Quebec. Quebec.
  • The National Institute of Scientific Research has secured $ 5.33 million in federal funding under the Strategic Investment Fund for Post-Secondary Institutions.
  • Targeted and short-term investments under the Strategic Investment Fund for Post-Secondary Institutions will stimulate economic activity in the country and enable universities and colleges to train highly skilled workers, be incubators of discoveries , And to collaborate on innovative projects that will help Canadian companies remain competitive and expand in international markets.
  • The Strategic Investment Fund for Post-Secondary Institutions supports the Government of Canada’s climate change goals by supporting green and sustainable infrastructure projects.
  • Canada’s Skills and Innovation Plan seeks to ensure that Canada is competitive in terms of research, marketing of new products and services, accelerated business growth, and Helping entrepreneurs to successfully move from the start-up phase to international success.

Related Links

  • Strategic Investment Fund for Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Québec Infrastructure Plan
  • Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan

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