Ontario gives $209 million for area research projects

The Ontario government is giving $209 million to support research projects and talent at leading research institutions across the province, including more than $10.6 million for 16 projects at the University of Guelph.

The research projects were evaluated through a peer review process involving Canadian and international academic and industry experts.

The 280 successful projects across the province were chosen based on “research excellence and their economic and societal benefits” for Ontario, officials state.

“Our capacity to compete globally depends on how well we can harness our research, innovation and entrepreneurial strengths” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation.

“Through these investments, Ontario is mobilizing and preparing our researchers to succeed, compete and create the jobs of the future.”

Some of the projects include using field techniques to investigate how soil’s productivity is affected by climate change and using new DNA sequencing techniques to fully document and protect biodiversity

These projects will build on research already underway throughout the province, foster new discoveries and support knowledge-based jobs in Guelph.