Canada invests in research infrastructure and in the next generation of scientists

Funding for colleges will help forge research partnerships that innovate for Canadians

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA — Modern, high-quality research facilities and infrastructure are essential for breakthroughs in Canadian research and science, helping drive scientific productivity, attracting the next generation of scientific talent and supporting cutting-edge research and innovation in Canada. 

Today, Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced more than $18 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support 23 research infrastructure projects at 21 colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country.

This contribution, made through the CFI’s College Fund, will help these institutions obtain the state-of-the-art labs and equipment they need to attract, train and inspire the next generation of innovators, and to build research collaborations with public, private and not-for-profit partners. These partnerships will seek to address social, business, health or environmental needs of Canadian industries or communities.  

By continuing to invest in Canada’s world-renowned researchers and scientists, the Government of Canada is supporting today’s problem solvers and innovators to succeed and reach their full potential.  

This funding for colleges will support a range of applied research, including: 

  • Resilient farms: Food security is a global concern, as farmers face challenges from unpredictable weather due to climate change and increased demand from a growing population. CFI funding will help establish the Agriculture Biotechnology Cool Climate Centre (ABC3) at Nova Scotia Community College in Middleton, N.S. The centre will have controlled indoor and outdoor testing environments as well as equipment for assessing soil gas emissions and nutrient leaching. The project will work with local businesses and focus on short-term solutions for disease mitigation and climate adaptation, as well as long-term sustainable agriculture practices. Research into biostimulants and soil amendments will help develop resilient crops and increase their yield.  

  • Recycling fashion waste: Fashion is often singled out as one of the most polluting industries in the world. In Quebec alone, more than 124,000 tonnes of textile waste are either sent to the landfill or incinerated every year. Researchers at Montréal’s Cégep Marie-Victorin’s affiliated non-profit Vestechpro will use CFI-funded equipment to develop a mechanical assembly line to recycle clothing and industry textiles. The research team will explore solutions at various steps in the circular economy — from recycling to uses for textile waste.  

  • Supporting skilled trades: Skilled trades play a vital role in our national economy, with the construction and manufacturing industries accounting for more than 17 percent of Canada’s GDP. But the sector is seeing record-high job vacancy rates. Over the next 10 years, researchers at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Cambridge, Ont., estimate a shortage of more than 170,000 workers in the province. To help build and sustain the workforce, they have identified challenges that need to be addressed, including high rates of injury, an aging workforce and barriers to job accessibility for underrepresented groups. The CFI is supporting CONSTRUCT: Centre for Ontario’s Network of Skilled Trade Researchers, Unions, Contractors, and Tradespeople with funding for equipment to measure workplace demands and hazards as well as workers’ physiological and cognitive responses. The information collected will help the research team collaborate with a range of partners to develop real-world solutions to reduce the risk of injury and attract a more diverse workforce.  


 "Today’s investment is a testament to our dedication to supporting the cutting-edge research and development at our colleges, cégeps and polytechnics and to giving a fair chance to success to every generation of researchers and scientists. This funding not only bolsters innovation at the grassroots level, but also equips our students with the tools and opportunities they need to excel in a rapidly evolving global economy. By fostering collaboration between industry and academia, we ensure Canada remains at the forefront of technological advancement and economic growth." 
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry 

" CFI's College Fund enhances the capacity of our colleges to drive innovation in agriculture and food production. By investing in research and innovation at the college level, we are ensuring that our farmers and food producers have access to the latest tools and knowledge to remain competitive and resilient. This initiative reflects our commitment to fostering a vibrant, sustainable agricultural industry that benefits all Canadians." 
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of National Revenue

“Our communities benefit from the partnerships Canadian colleges foster across public, industry and non-profit organizations. CFI support helps bolster their capacity to conduct meaningful research that positions them to develop the innovative products, processes and services the country needs to stay competitive.” 
Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation 

Quick facts 

  • The College Fund supports projects that enhance the capacity of Canadian colleges to carry out applied research and technology development and foster partnerships that generate innovative products, processes or services that address the social, business, health or environmental needs of a Canadian industry or community. 

  • Projects supported through the College Fund will also receive additional funding through the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF) to cover the costs of operating the research infrastructure. The total investment of $18.1 million includes $4.2 million from the IOF.

  • Budget 2024 includes an over $4.6 billion package to strengthen Canadian research and innovation.

Associated links

  • The CFI’s Research Facilities Navigator, an online directory of publicly funded labs working with partners in industry, academia and government

About the Canada Foundation for Innovation

With a bold, future-looking mandate, the Canada Foundation for Innovation equips researchers to be global leaders in their field and to respond to emerging challenges. Our investments in state-of-the-art tools, instruments and facilities at universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions underpin both curiosity- and mission-driven research that cuts across disciplines and bridges all sectors. The research infrastructure we fund mobilizes knowledge, spurs innovation and commercialization, and empowers the talented minds of a new generation.

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Sara Frizzell 
Media Relations and Social Media Specialist 
Canada Foundation for Innovation 
613 943 2580  
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Media Relations 
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 
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College Fund

Projects funded


Project title

Maximum CFI contribution

Assiniboine Community CollegeExpanding Horticultural Applied Research Capacity Addressing Climate Change and Food Security


Bow Valley CollegeAdvancing Applied Research in Health and Health Technology


Camosun CollegeSupporting Threshold Innovation: Infrastructure for Applied Research and Industry Training in Automation and Mechatronic


Cégep de la Gaspésie et des ÎlesMicroréseau à très haut taux de pénétration


Cégep de Sainte-FoyRenforcement intelligent de l'infrastructure de télédétection forestière multi-plateforme


Cégep de ThetfordPréparation de matériaux polymères pour les batteries et l'électronique organique


Cégep Édouard-MontpetitPlateforme d'essai en vol des systèmes des aéronefs de demain


Cégep Marie-VictorinPlateforme de recherche pour le recyclage mécanique de déchets textiles


Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced LearningCONSTRUCT: Centre for Ontario’s Network of Skilled Trade Researchers, Unions, Contractors and Tradespeople


La Cité collégialeInfrastructure en culture cellulaire animale en soutien à l’innovation et à la commercialisation


Lambton CollegeLambton Waste Valorization Research


 Electrical Energy Storage Research Platform (EESRP)


Mohawk College of Applied Arts and TechnologyMohawk College Additive Manufacturing 2.0: Advancing Industry with Process, Product and New Materials Innovations


North Island CollegeCanada's Seaweed Innovation Hub


Nova Scotia Community CollegeAgriculture Biotechnology Cool Climate Centre (ABC3) at Nova Scotia Community College


Okanagan CollegeInnovation and Sustainability in Western Canada's Beverage Sector


Olds CollegeSmart Agriculture Applied Research Ecosystem


Red Deer PolytechnicIntegration of Advanced Manufacturing into Design for Manufacturing and Circularity


Saskatchewan PolytechnicGeospatial and Remote Sensing Tools for Sustainability


 Cannabis Plant Quality Improvement Applied Research and Analytical Lab


Seneca CollegeSeneca Centre for Innovation in Micro Farming (SCIM)


Sir Sandford Fleming CollegeLaser Machining Technology for Circuit Board Prototyping for Wireless Communication and Internet of Things Applications


Southern Alberta Institute of TechnologyAerospace Composite Materials Laboratory


TOTAL23 projects


As part of this announcement, an additional $4,176,952 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.