Canada Needs to Balance the Building Blocks for Health Research: Research Canada Responds to Budget 2007



    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Research Canada: An Alliance for Health
Discovery is pleased with a number of steps in the Federal Government's Budget
2007 to make Canada a global leader in research, development and innovation.
    "The Federal Government's increased public investment in health research
is strongly supported by Canadians in a recent Environics Research Group poll,
commissioned by Research Canada." says Dr. Ronald Worton, Chair of Research
Canada, and CEO and Scientific Director of the Ottawa Health Research
Institute at the University of Ottawa. "The key investments in health research
include an additional $37 million to the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR), $510 million to the Canada Foundation for Innovation and an
additional $100 million to Genome Canada. The latter two investments are
particularly important to sustain the growth of the health research enterprise
in Canada. We remain concerned, however, that without the increase to CIHR's
base budget recommended by the Standing Committee on Finance ($350 million
over three years), an imbalance in federal funding for infrastructure,
research personnel and operating grants will lead to CIHR not being able to
keep pace with the demand to fund critical, foundational research that
improves health, alleviates the disease burden and builds an efficient health
care system and vibrant economy," adds Dr. Worton.
    Research Canada also supported an expansion of the Scientific Research
and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED) to encourage
private sector investments in Canadian health research, and we are pleased
that the government will be identifying opportunities to improve the SR&ED
program over the coming year.
    "Within the next few weeks the Government will be finalizing its Science
and Technology Framework that builds the knowledge advantage in this country.
We look forward to working in partnership with this Government to maximize our
potential to bring discoveries to market and to keep our population healthy
and in value-added jobs that give our country its global competitive edge,"
says Ms Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada.

    Research Canada is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization working for
all Canadians. Its membership is drawn from all sectors and is dedicated to
making health research an investment in Canada's future.




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For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Patricia Coghlin, Manager, Communications and Membership Services, Research
Canada, (613) 234-5129, pcoghlin@rc-rc.ca, http://www.rc-rc.ca

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