OTTAWA, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Today's federal budget shortchanges
Canada's academic research funding agencies while promising over a
billion dollars from future governments' budgets.
"We are disappointed that new money for the major federal funding
agencies barely keeps up inflation, which the government tries to hide
amidst dazzling promises totalling over $1-billion for years long after
the next election," said James L. Turk, executive director of the
Canadian Association of University Teachers. "The good news is none of
this year's new money for the funding agencies is targeted, unlike in
The three federal funding agencies will receive a total of only
$46-million in new base funding, while the government is giving
$50-million to a new Canada Research Excellence Fund about which no
specifics are provided. In addition, the budget promises more than four
times that amount to two selected research centres, most of which
starts after the next election. Part of this is financed by stripping
$96-million from the National Research Council.
"While the money for this year and next is modest, the government
clearly feels a need to appear to be committed to science," said Turk.
"This is a tribute to public pressure over the past year that has
stressed the importance of science and research."
The budget has no money to address student debt, no new funding for
graduate students, and no new money for Aboriginal post-secondary
A $40-million fund is created over the next two years for internships in
high demand fields, with the bulk of it going to the Industrial
Research Assistance Program to place interns in small and medium sized
enterprises. "We are disappointed that so little is being done to
address youth unemployment," said Turk.
Turk said one bright spot is the promised First Nations Control of First
Nations Education Act, although the core funding will not be available
The Canadian Association of University Teachers is the national voice of
68,000 academic and general staff at more than 120 universities and
colleges across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
For further information:
Angela Regnier, communications officer, (cell) 613-601-6304
James Turk, executive director, (cell) 613-277-0488