Government of Canada Invests in Innovative R&D Projects with Canadian Auto
WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/22/13 -- The Honourable Gary
Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), was at the
University of Waterloo to announce funding for new research and
development projects that the automotive industry has identified as
priorities. Funded by the Automotive Partnership Canada initiative,
these projects will reduce harmful vehicle emissions, improve the
efficiency of electric and hybrid vehicles, and protect Canadian
drivers by upgrading vehicle safety.
"Our Government is investing in automotive research and development
to help usher in greener, better-performing vehicles. Our support
also creates jobs and strengthens the economy," said Minister of
State Goodyear. "Automotive Partnership Canada does this by enhancing
research capacity, driving innovation, and increasing the
competitiveness of our industries."
These university-industry partnerships will receive more than $21.4
million in total project support. This includes over $11 million in
funding through the Automotive Partnership Canada initiative, and
more than $10.4 million from industry and other partners.
The University of Waterloo is receiving$1.1 million to develop
high-strength steels tailored for individual car components, such as
fenders and door frames. These tailored components will have high
strength regions that prevent them from intruding into the vehicle in
the case of a crash. Of the total amount, the Government of Canada is
contributing $605,000, with the remaining support provided by Honda
R&D Americas, Magna, ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the Ontario Ministry
of Research and Innovation.
"Canada's automotive sector attracts some of the most talented
researchers because it offers opportunities for innovations that can
have a great impact on the lives of Canadians," said Dr. Suzanne
Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (NSERC). "These most recently announced projects
are helping to keep Canada on the leading edge of automotive
advancements in safety, efficiency and manufacturing."
Announced in April 2009, Automotive Partnership Canada is a
five-year, $145-million initiative that supports collaborative R&D
and pushes the Canadian automotive industry to greater levels of
innovation. As an industry-driven initiative, automotive companies
play a key role by providing both financial support and essential
in-kind contributions to ensure the research projects' success.
Other previously funded Automotive Partnership Canada research
focused on the development of a battery pack thermal management
system for hybrid electric vehicles, more efficient systems for
lightweight wheel production, enhanced performance catalytic
converters, improved fuel cell technology and improved automotive
manufacturing workplace design and ergonomics.
As the lead agency within Automotive Partnership Canada, NSERC is a
federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and
innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports almost 30,000
post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced
studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000
professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging over
2,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested nearly $8 billion
in initiatives supporting science, technology and the growth of
innovation firms in Canada, including $5 billion for advanced
research, education and training; $2 billion for post-secondary
infrastructure; and $1 billion for applied research and financing.
This funding has helped to make Canada a world leader in
post-secondary education research and to create the knowledge and
highly skilled workforce that are required for a more prosperous
For more information on Automotive Partnership Canada and the list of
recipients, please visit www.apc-pac.ca.
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada
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