Canadian government funding is to be delivered to Nova Scotia Community College to enable it to develop a clean marine propulsion lab, which will help companies in the region develop hybrid electric and fuel-cell systems.
Applied research taking place at colleges across Canada is key to advancing innovation. Whether that research supports “smart” farming technologies and practices, or helps Canadian companies stay at the forefront of the mining and green energy sectors, college-industry collaborations give businesses access to the knowledge, skills and equipment they need to stay ahead.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced investments through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) of almost $17 million for 16 research infrastructure projects at 15 colleges across the country that will support productive partnerships with Canadian businesses. The funding will allow colleges to obtain the state-of-the-art labs and equipment their researchers need to advance their innovative ideas. These projects will generate socio-economic benefits locally and nationally, and provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators.
Among the colleges receiving funding through the CFI’s College-Industry Innovation Fund is the Nova Scotia Community College: A new Clean Marine Propulsion Lab will help regional companies develop hybrid electric and fuel cell systems to operate marine vessels such as in-shore fishing craft and tour boats. These innovations will make the vessels cheaper to operate, quieter and less polluting.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry: “As we work together to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also look at the next big challenges in front us, with climate change at the top of the list. The projects we are funding today will allow colleges to provide the tools researchers need to find solutions to these great challenges and develop the world-class talent businesses covet.”
Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation: “Bringing industry partners together with researchers and students in spaces equipped with technology’s latest tools is a recipe for innovation and economic growth. This investment will enable bright ideas to be tested, applied and developed into new businesses in labs that have collaboration and partnerships at their core. The Canada Foundation for Innovation is proud to contribute to Canada’s future by supporting our extraordinary colleges, institutes and Cégeps.”