Ontario Investing in Waterloo Region Research

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Waterloo — Today Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, visited the University of Waterloo with Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, to announce $3,251,978 in new provincial investments for eighteen local research projects at the University Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College on behalf of Minister Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade.

Across the province, the Government of Ontario is investing $41 million in 174 research projects through three separate funding programs. Ontario’s investments are helping newly appointed researchers build their teams; making sure colleges and universities have up-to-date labs and equipment and supporting key projects in the field of genomics.


“This substantial funding announcement is great news for Waterloo Region’s world-class post-secondary institutions,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “Our government’s support of these eighteen local projects will help young and established researchers innovate, strengthen our economy, and create jobs.”


Funded research includes projects focused on industry, the environment, and medical sciences. All research projects were selected for funding through a rigorous and competitive peer review process.


“The engagement of Waterloo Region's academic institutions in transformational research with national and international partners is second to none. Thanks to support from the Government of Ontario, Waterloo Region will continue to attract leading researchers whose curiosity and innovative thinking are having an impact worldwide,” said Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, Research and International, University of Waterloo.

The eighteen projects are being funded through the Ontario Research Fund, the Early Research Awards Program, and the Ontario Research Fund – Genomics Program. The specific institutions receiving funding are:  


  • University of Waterloo ($2,014,327)
  • Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning ($1,000,000)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University ($237,651)


On September 10th, MPP Harris announced, on behalf of Minister Fedeli, that the University of Guelph researchers would receive $2,518,825 for 10 projects under the Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards.




  • The Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure program provides research institutions with funding to help support infrastructure needs, such as modern facilities and equipment.
  • The Early Researcher Awards program helps new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions build their research teams.
  • Through the Ontario Research Fund – Genomics Programs, the government is investing in advancing our knowledge of genomics. Genomics, the study of the building blocks of life, promises many benefits, including speeding up the discovery of new drugs.




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