Regina-Wascana Member of Parliament Ralph Goodale was in Regina Wednesday to announce $4 Million in additional funding for science research.
The funding is part of more than $558 Million being invested into researchers and students at post-secondary institutions across Canada.
Biology Professor Peter Leavitt said the U of R runs the longest freshwater research program in the country, outside of the federal program.
“Federal funding combined with the a Canada Research chair funding will allow us to continue a 25 year program for another six years, so it’s a major affect.”
The $4 Million specifically heading to Regina is going to help about 20 researchers continue and evolve their studies at the U of R.
Leavitt said they are trying to understand how the climate and the people interact to impact the environment.
“So far we have discovered that the lakes capture CO2 from the atmosphere at the same rate as the boundary dam. That’s a third of all agricultural CO2 emissions just by the natural waters themselves.”
Goodale said these federal grants could lead to major discovery.
“These grants, in part, support applied research in partnership with the private sector.” Goodale said. “But there is a very large component that is focused on pure discovery research, discovery science, curiosity driven, fundamental pure science that builds the pipeline of new ideas and innovations.”
According to the federal government, the more than $558 Million of discovery science funding is the largest such investment in Canadian history.