The Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) Submission: House Of Commons Standing Committee On Finance 2017 Pre-Budget Consultation.
Canadian Consortium for Research Submission:
House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
CCR makes pre-budget submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance; submission returned as Parliament was dissolved on August 2, 2015 in preparation for federal election. CCR_pre-budget_submission_29July2015
The Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) is a coalition of 15 national organizations representing over 500,000 individuals on the front lines of research and study in Canada. Our members are from the public and private sectors and engage in basic and applied research, study and practice in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The working experience of our members has informed the Consortium’s deliberations and shaped our recommendations to the Committee.
Our advice is straightforward. To build a dynamic and productive economy – one in which Canadians enjoy the best quality of life and the highest possible standard of living – the federal government must significantly increase its spending to support:
– the core operations of post-secondary institutions through a dedicated transfer;
– the federal research granting agencies; and
– its own research infrastructure.
The Consortium believes that a research intensive economy will provide Canadians with the best quality of life and the highest possible standard of living. We also believe that achieving this success depends on an accessible and high-quality post-secondary education system and a strong research sector.
The recent reports of the Standing Committee on Finance, and their emphasis on the need to invest to strengthen our knowledge-based society, have been applauded by the Consortium and its members. In this brief, the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) is seeking to underline several issues regarding post-secondary education and advanced research so that the progress begun by the Government of Canada in 1996 is continued. These issues are the following:
– That the Government of Canada continue to increase research activity in all sectors so that we meet the needs of Canadians and keep pace with our international competitors.
– That the Government of Canada pay particular attention to the social sciences and humanities, where there is presently an opportunity to advance Canada’s existing leadership in these fields, and in order to effectively invest in this chronically underfunded sector of research.
– That the Government of Canada move to quickly redress the question of core support for all Canadian universities by developing a pan-Canadian mechanism that ensures adequate, accountable and transparent funding support.