Business leaders supporting fundamental research in Canada

As a business leader, you have an opportunity to add your trusted voice to calls for increased federal support for fundamental research. 

Science and knowledge generation play a crucial role in protecting our health, safety, environment and high standard of living. Fundamental science in particular, plays a lead role in driving innovation, supporting graduate students and creating a highly trained and skilled workforce. This provides direct economic growth potential for our communities and country as a whole. So much is at risk when our fundamental science system is not well funded, independent, or efficient. Unfortunately Canada is falling behind its peers when it comes to support for fundamental research. Government funding for research has been steadily declining over the past 15 years, and Canada is no longer in the top 30 nations for research spending (relative to GDP).

Learn more about what is happening to Fundamental Research in Canada, and the "Naylor Report", or Fundamental Science Review.

Many organizations and individuals representing vast sectors including scientists, researchers, students, health groups, the philanthropic community and many more have been vocal in calling for increases in federal support for fundamental research since the Naylor Report was released in April 2017. As a business leader, this is your opportunity to add your trusted voice to this issue. Industry, business, and corporate leadership bring unique influence and viewpoints to the issue of science and research in Canada. This is a chance for you to speak up for science and research by participating in the pre-budget submission process. Here's how:

  • Send a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, voicing your support for fundamental research to be well-funded in Budget 2018. You can use this template letter.
  • Tweet about support for science using the hashtag #YourBudget2018
  • Share this information package and template letter with your contacts, business partners, and other leaders.


Kathleen Walsh

Director of Policy

Kathleen Walsh is driven by a passion for social innovation and finding ways to make policy more effective, inclusive, and based on robust evidence. She serves as Evidence for Democracy's Director of Policy, and was previously the organization's Interim Executive Director.