Province Investing in Ontario-made Research and Innovation

Accelerating Ontario’s economic growth through world-class research

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TORONTO – The Ontario government is supporting Ontario-made innovation with an investment of more than $198 million in research projects at colleges, universities and research hospitals across the province. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Research Fund and Early Researcher Awards and supports researchers in making discoveries that advance knowledge, drive progress and create jobs for the people of Ontario.

“Cultivating research excellence and innovation are more important than ever as Ontario continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and lays the groundwork for robust long-term economic growth,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “These critical investments will ensure our world-class researchers have the technology and equipment to put Ontario at the forefront of innovation, supporting the development of homegrown ideas and products and creating jobs in local communities.”

The funding will support 241 research projects across the province and will be used to cover the costs of research operations and infrastructure, including building, renovating and equipping research facilities with the latest technology, and supporting researchers to attract and retain research talent.

Examples of funded research projects include:

  • Sinai Health System is receiving $5,830,254 to build an integrated platform to identify and characterize rare cells that contribute to cancer, neurodegenerative and other disorders and develop drug leads to treat these diseases. The platform will be accessible to the scientific community to enable further rare cell studies.
  • Durham College is receiving $788,509 to create a resource for Ontario small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to evaluate, develop and deploy cybersecurity systems, helping them to detect, prevent and respond to cyber-attacks efficiently. This will enable SMEs to monitor for vulnerabilities and protect data.
  • McMaster University is receiving $430,000 to purchase a transmission electron microscope that will support research focused on developing the next generation of advanced steels. Their work will seek to improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of passenger vehicles.
  • Lakehead University is receiving $127,079 for research that investigates innovative power conversion and control for next-generation offshore wind systems. This initiative aims to reduce the cost and size of existing wind systems while improving their efficiency and reliability.
  • The Hospital for Sick Children is receiving $164,620 to collaborate with Indigenous People, federal and provincial organizations and other conservation and wildlife groups to identify and create high-quality reference genomes for 400 Canadian species. The information will be made freely available on a user-friendly platform so that other researchers can use the data to support biodiversity conservation in Ontario.
  • The University of Waterloo is receiving $738,083 to improve the conversion of food waste into biodegradable bioplastic materials using novel genomic solutions. Through a collaboration of industry partners, this project aims to create a circular economy, which involves sharing, reusing, repairing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible.
  • Carleton University researcher Professor Laura Banducci is receiving an Early Researcher Award of $140,000 to train Ontario students in modern archaeological excavation, research methods, digital data management and 3D visualization by exploring the ancient city of Gabii, one of the largest settlements in pre-Roman Italy. This project builds on 10 years of work at the excavation site.

“Research and innovation are important drivers of Ontario’s economic growth, and through these investments, our government will ensure that our research and research infrastructure continue to be competitive and attract the best and brightest talent to the province,” said Minister Dunlop. “By supporting ground-breaking research, we can advance new discoveries and innovation, help create a skilled labour force and promote new business opportunities across the province.”

Quick Facts

  • The government is investing over $500 million over the next 10 years to support additional high‐value research undertaken across Ontario’s universities, colleges, research institutes and research hospitals.
  • Research projects were selected through a rigorous and competitive peer review process.
  • The awarded projects are funded through six different categories:
  • On March 3, 2022, the Ontario government announced the launch of Intellectual Property Ontario, a new board-governed agency will serve as a go-to resource for Intellectual Property (IP) expertise to help researchers and companies maximize the value of their IP, strengthen their capacity to grow and compete in the global market.
  • As announced in the 2022 Ontario Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Build, the launch of Intellectual Property Ontario is being supported by an investment of about $58 million over three years.
  • The launch of Intellectual Property Ontario is a significant milestone of the province’s Intellectual Property Action Plan.


“Clean energy production is key to tomorrow’s sustainable economies and communities. The funding Dr. Wei and his research team received will fuel the research required to develop the clean, more efficient, energy solutions needed for the future. We thank the Ontario government for their ongoing support of innovative research projects at Lakehead University.”

– Moira McPherson
President & Vice Chancellor, Lakehead University

“The Ontario Hospital Association thanks the Government of Ontario for the investments announced today through the Ontario Research Fund. Research hospitals are the largest contributors to health research in the province and are home to world-class scientists with international and commercial connections. As the province emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the future, the importance of cultivating local innovation and investing in Ontario’s health research sector has never been greater.”

– Anthony Dale
President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association

“Durham College is incredibly grateful for this investment from the Province of Ontario and the partnerships we’ve built with local industry to develop a robust cybersecurity training and development foundation. The Ontario Research Fund will add new capacity for Durham College’s Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation and scale our ability to serve the cybersecurity needs of industry, primarily SMEs in the Region of Durham. With these funds, we will work with industry partners to establish a source for SMEs to evaluate, develop and deploy cybersecurity systems to detect, prevent and respond to cyber-attacks efficiently.”

– Don Lovisa
President, Durham College

SOURCE Province of Ontario

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