● Recommendation 1: That the government ensures the post-COVID economic recovery uses science and engineering approaches to build a more resilient society for all Canadians.
● Recommendation 2: That government funding for science and engineering research considers the overall strength of our research infrastructure, ensuring continued support for Canada’s Tri-Council funding agencies, Innovation Superclusters, and federal research laboratories.
● Recommendation 3: That the government increase investment in postsecondary scholarship, fellowship, and retraining programs to ensure a stable pipeline of talent that enables today’s young creative minds to become tomorrow’s innovators, scientists, and engineers.
The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) is an association of 21 professional and scientific organizations. PAGSE seeks to advance research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. This submission presents a consensus statement based on consultations with representatives from PAGSE’s 50,000+ members throughout the Canadian science and engineering community. Canadians recognize that our health, prosperity, and safety depend on science, technology, and innovation (STI).1 Indeed, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, confidence and trust by Canadians of scientists has never been higher (at 82%), second only to clinicians (87%)2. Canadians will trust clinicians, scientists and engineers to provide the evidence needed to help restart the economy and ensure a healthy and resilient future for their communities and families, through research, scientific discoveries, new technologies and innovation. This brief provides recommendations to help restart the Canadian economy, as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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