Ontario is helping researchers in the Toronto area find solutions to global challenges with the potential for future job creation.
Through the Early Researcher Awards program, the McGuinty government is helping 28 recently appointed GTA-based researchers make new discoveries while helping to build their research teams, which will create additional jobs for graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants.
Ontario's investments in world-leading research include support for:
- Dr. Aimy Bazylak at the University of Toronto, who is designing next-generation materials for fuel cells, and
- Dr. Jason Fish of the University Health Network, who is looking for new ways to prevent and treat heart disease.
Supporting world-class research is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create a vibrant economy. A strong economy creates jobs for Ontarians and protects the services that matter most to Ontario families – health care and education.
"This research work is important to helping us meet our health care challenges while fostering long-term job creation and economic growth. Ontario is a leader in health care innovation and this furthers that position."
– Brad Duguid
Minister of Economic Development and Innovation
"The University of Toronto appreciates the Ontario government's commitment to path-breaking research in the arts and humanities, social sciences and sciences alike. The Early Researcher Awards are an important step in supporting promising young researchers as they seek solutions to the most pressing issues of our time."
– David Naylor
President, University of Toronto
- Across the province, Ontario is supporting the work of 62 researchers and their teams at 19 institutions in nine cities through the Early Researcher Awards program.
- More than $13.9 billion in R&D is performed in Ontario every year by businesses, universities and colleges, private non-profit organizations, governments and foreign firms.