MIL-OSI Canada: Government of Canada supports leading research infrastructure across Canada

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Source: Government of Canada News

Funding will advance the next generation of cutting-edge Canadian research and innovation infrastructure

May 31, 2024               Ottawa, Ontario              Employment and Social Development Canada

Modern, high-quality research facilities and equipment are essential for breakthroughs in Canadian research and science. These laboratories and research centres are where medical and other scientific breakthroughs are born, helping to solve real-world problems and create the economic opportunities of the future.

Today, the Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Steven MacKinnon, Member of Parliament for Gatineau, highlighted $176 million over five years, through Budget 2024, to support CANARIE, a national not-for-profit organization that connects Canada’s researchers, educators, and innovators, to each other and to scientific data and instruments through an ultra high-speed network. CANARIE is also the Canadian operator for eduroam, the secure, global Wi-Fi network for students and researchers.

With network speeds hundreds of times faster than conventional home and office networks, this investment will ensure this critical infrastructure can securely connect researchers across Canada’s world-leading post-secondary institutions. CANARIE and its 13 provincial and territorial partners form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). The NREN connects Canada’s researchers, educators, and innovators to each other and to global data and technology. CANARIE collaborates with partners in the NREN, government, academia, and the private sector to strengthen cybersecurity at over 220 Canadian post-secondary institutions and research facilities.

Canada’s world-class research facilities play a critical role in finding solutions to major challenges and advancing a resilient and sustainable future. Investments in infrastructure drive innovation and help attract and train the next generation of scientific talent, creating a better future for all Canadians and people around the world.

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