MONTREAL, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Greater Montréal ranked first among all
metropolitan areas in Canada, both in terms of funding allocated to university
research and in number of university researchers.
Such were the findings of an analysis conducted by Montréal International
based on ranking issued by the Research Infosource firm on research funding
attributed to Canadian universities by federal and provincial organizations,
and the private sector.
The study also found that in 2006, six of Montréal's main university
establishments managed research funds totalling a billion dollars, i.e. 18% of
the country's total research budget.
Greater Montréal is also the national champion in terms of number of
university researchers, who numbered close to 5,500 in 2006, i.e. over a
thousand more than its closest competitor, Toronto.
These statistics once again confirm Montréal's vocation as Canada's
capital of university research. Montréal has held on to the lead position in
this respect since 1999. During the 1999-2006 period, Montréal universities
alone had over $6.5 billion at their disposal, i.e. 20% of the Canadian total.
Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montréal
International, underscored the pivotal role of university research in the
context of today's knowledge-based economy: "Research activities and the
spinoffs of our university system help make Greater Montréal more competitive
on the world stage. Because innovation is a powerful driver of economic
development and a key element of the drawing power of urban centres,
particularly in the high-technology sectors, Montréal's universities can
certainly be considered as extremely strategic assets."
Recognized as a world-class centre for academic instruction, Montréal
boasts 11 university establishments, notably McGill University, Concordia
University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, Institut
national de la recherche scientifique and Ecole de technologie supérieure, all
of which are mentioned in the study.
About Montréal International
Montréal International was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Greater Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations
and strategic workers, and supporting the development of innovation and
high-technology clusters in the region. Montréal International is financed by
the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the City of
Montréal and the governments of Canada and Québec.
Since 2000, Montréal International has been involved in 379 direct
foreign investment projects totalling $5.6 billion. From these investments,
28,186 jobs have been created and 5,459 jobs have been maintained.
For further information:
For further information: Céline Clément, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390,