Rebuilding research for all Canadians

July 19, 2017

Evidence for Democracy recently launched a campaign in support of the Naylor report recommendations to improve basic research in Canada.

Canada is emerging from a decade in which our government systematically dismantled the research capacity of our nation. 

The final report of the Advisory panel on federal support for fundamental science spearheaded by Dr. David Naylor, shows that Canada is falling behind other countries when it comes to fundamental research and development. Government funding for research has steadily declined over the past 15 years and Canada is no longer in the top 30 countries for research spending (relative to GDP).

The good news is that the Naylor report lays out a comprehensive set of recommendations presenting a bold vision for the future of science in Canada. For the first time in decades, we have a positive and ambitious roadmap for how to create a strong, thriving and accountable research sector in Canada. Implementing all of the recommendations in the Naylor report could establish Canada as an international leader in science. The $1.3 billion boost in research funding (0.4% of the annual federal budget) would support highly qualified staff and students, train the next generation of innovators, grow our economy and undoubtedly lead to discoveries that will make the daily lives of Canadians better.

Evidence for Democracy is aiming to receive 5000 researchers and science supporters to send a message to the Finance Minister and their MP before the next federal budget calling on them to implement the Naylor report recommendations. The petition can can be signed at: https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/en/rebuildingresearch

Also see Voices-Voix's related study: Chief Science Advisor.

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