The CFI Invests Over $24 Million at 38 Canadian Universities

November 3, 2003

OTTAWA, November 3, 2003—Today, Dr. David Strangway, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), joined by Allan Rock, Minister of Industry, announced an investment of $24.3 million to support 124 infrastructure projects in 38 universities across Canada.

“In the new knowledge-based economy, prosperity depends on the investments that we make in the creativity and talents of our people,” said Industry Minister Allan Rock. “Today’s CFI announcement will give these researchers the tools they need to contribute to building greater prosperity for all Canadians.”

“The CFI is proud to enable these universities to attract world-class faculty members in areas that are essential to their research objectives,” said Dr. Strangway. “By investing in these projects, the CFI is helping to strengthen research and training at institutions across Canada.”

“The promotion of an innovation culture and branding our country as a world-leader in this area is a priority for the Government of Canada,” added Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of State (Science, Research and Development). “This CFI investment will help strengthen Canada's economy in many regions and communities.”

The CFI Board of Directors approved a total investment of $24.3 million in infrastructure for 124 projects at 38 universities. They include:

  • University of Alberta – Infrastructure for establishing a communications research laboratory;
  • York University – A space instrument test laboratory;
  • Université de Sherbrooke – Infrastructure de recherche sur la matière molle :; glaces, polymères et cristaux liquides / Research infrastructure for soft matter: ices, polymers and liquid crystals;
  • Dalhousie University – An advanced geo-environmental engineering laboratory for petroleum waste management technologies.

The projects were selected on the recommendation of experts who thoroughly assessed each project against the three CFI criteria:

  • Quality of research and the need for infrastructure;
  • Contribution to strengthening the capacity for innovation;
  • Potential benefits of the research to Canada.

The $24.3 million investment has been awarded through two funds: $18.7 million under the New Opportunities Fund which enables universities to provide infrastructure for newly recruited faculty members; and $5.6 million under the Infrastructure Operating Fund which assists universities with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with new infrastructure projects.

A list of the projects approved by the CFI to date, and a list of the approved funding for this announcement, are available here.

The CFI is an independent corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997 to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other non-profit research organizations to carry out world-class research and technology development.

For more information:

Valérie Poulin
Coordinator, Media Relations
Canada Foundation for Innovation
(613) 996-3160
cell: (613) 447-1723
Mylène Dupéré
Press Secretary
Office of Allan Rock 
Minister of Industry 
(613) 995-9001
Daphne Guerrero
A/Director of Communications
Office of Dr. Rey Pagtakhan
Minister of Veterans Affairs and 
Secretary of State
(Science, Research & Development)
(613) 995-1333

Canada Foundation for Innovation / 
Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation

New Opportunities Fund / Fonds de relève


 - Alberta
 - British Columbia / Colombie-Britannique
 - New Brunswick / Nouveau Brunswick
 - Newfoundland and Labrador / Terre-Neuve et Labrador
 - Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse
 - Ontario
 - Prince Edward Island / Île-du-Prince-Édouard
 - Saskatchewan
 - Quebec / Québec

Institution / Établissement Projects Approved /
Projets appuyés
Concordia University 1
Dalhousie University 6
École Polytechnique de Montréal 1
École des Hautes Études Commerciales 1
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne 3
McGill University 3
McMaster University 7
Memorial University of Newfoundland 4
Mount Allison University 1
Queen’s University 2
Royal Military College of Canada / Collège militaire royal du Canada 1
Saint Mary’s University 2
Simon Fraser University 1
St. Francis Xavier University 1
Université Laval 4
Université de Montréal 3
Université de Sherbrooke 4
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 1
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 1
Université du Québec à Rimouski 1
Université du Québec Télé-université 1
University of Alberta 6
University of British Columbia (The) 12
University of Calgary (The) 5
University of Guelph 5
University of Lethbridge (The) 2
University of New Brunswick 3
University of Northern British Columbia 3
University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa 5
University of Prince Edward Island 1
University of Regina (The) 2
University of Saskatchewan 3
University of Toronto 9
University of Victoria 4
University of Waterloo 3
University of Western Ontario (The) 6
University of Windsor 4
York University 2
Total of 38 Institutions /des 38 établissements 124