Government of Canada awards two financial contributions totalling nearly $1,900,000 to the Institut national de la recherche scientifique
QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
Businesses need to be able to rely on adequate resources to create and commercialize innovative products. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting innovative Canadian businesses and organizations. As a true economic driver, innovation is the key to success because it generates growth that benefits businesses and communities.
Acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has been awarded two non-repayable financial contributions totalling $1,885,500 to support the deployment of environmental technologies developed at INRS and the upgrade of the Laboratoire de biotechnologies environnementales (LBE).
INRS's mission includes sustainable development and environmental protection in Earth and water sciences. In 2012, INRS acquired the LBE, a platform for the development and pilot-testing of bioprocesses, the latter step being essential in analyzing the cost-effectiveness of clean tech innovations.
The funding granted through CED's Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP) will help INRS add resources for a commercial deployment project for the environmental technologies it has developed. INRS will also acquire specialized equipment to improve the efficiency of the LBE so as to more effectively meet the needs of businesses that are developing industrial bioprocesses.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support INRS's efforts in improving the efficiency of a laboratory to facilitate the development of clean technologies for businesses. Research and development in the greater Québec City area is a powerful driver for economic development, as it is elsewhere in Quebec, and I am pleased that the government is supporting its responsible development."
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
"As the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, my goal is to help businesses grow, innovate and export so that they can create high-quality jobs and wealth for Canadians. That is why we support technological development partners like INRS."
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED
"We want to highlight this major investment by the Government of Canada and, more specifically, CED, which is critical for the transfer of clean technologies in businesses. Our laboratory is the missing link between research and industry, facilitating the commercialization of bioproducts. INRS is proud to contribute to environmental innovation."
Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Director General, INRS
- CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
For more information on CED's key directions until 2021, consult Strategic Plan 2021 or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.
SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions