For Immediate Release
Researchers receive new support to further studies in areas such as education, immigration, and technology
Government of Canada invests more than $265-million for social sciences and humanities research
November 17, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON — Government of Canada
Research is at the heart of understanding the challenges and opportunities people face in areas such as education, immigration and technology. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support the work of our country’s social scientists and humanities researchers. The evidence they produce informs policies that improve our understanding of each other and our communities.
To support their efforts, Hon. Patty Hajdu, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today met with some of the researchers receiving more than $776,978 in funding for Lakehead University. This funding is being awarded through scholarships, fellowships, and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting researchers whose work helps fuel a stronger economy, healthy communities and a growing middle class.
Minister Duncan announced more than $265 million for social sciences and humanities research at Concordia University Wednesday, where she discussed how social sciences and humanities research touches the lives of all Canadians, including in the areas of education, youth, Indigenous communities, immigration, refugees, technology and the environment. Today’s investment will help researchers build stronger partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors so they may improve the well-being of Canadians in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.
“I want to commend the grant and scholarships recipients whose tireless efforts help us better understand our world and our relationships with each other. Our government is proud to support these talented researchers and scholars who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge to the benefit of Canadians and our growing middle class.
—Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
“We know that good science leads to good policy. The research being done at Lakehead University, thanks in part to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding, will help shape our country’s social, cultural, technological, environmental and economic future.”
– Hon. Patty Hajdu, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North
“All innovation is inherently social, which means the social sciences and humanities are especially important in this time of rapid change. SSHRC-funded scholars and researchers can provide guidance on important changes that are affecting society. Developing a vibrant and long-term culture of innovation in Canada will is essential to building a bold and bright future for all Canadians.”
—Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
“Supporting the work in social sciences and humanities being done by Lakehead University researchers illustrates our government’s commitment to investing in fields of study that result in further understanding the many facets of our communities. Specifically, this funding will help fund research efforts to provide important perspectives on the ramifications of losing biological and cultural diversity, and examine how to communicate climate change impacts and solutions to promote citizen engagement.”
– Dr. Brian Stevenson, President & Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University
- On November 15, 2017, Minister Duncan announced more than $265-million in funding through SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Partnership programs that support postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.
- The SSHRC and Genome Canada Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research supports social sciences and humanities research and related activities that will enrich the understanding of the societal implications of genomics research.
- The Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela were launched in 2014 to honour the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid leader and first South African president elected in a fully representative democratic election.
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
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Ann Marie Paquet
Office of the Minister of Science
Media Relations Advisor
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
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Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North
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