Canada’s science and technology is healthy and growing

Council of Canadian Academies reports we are fourth globally.

September 27, 2012

OTTAWA — An independent panel has pronounced Canada’s science and technology healthy and growing.

An assessment requested by Industry Canada from the Council of Canadian Academies, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization, concludes “real improvements” in the “magnitude and quality” of science and technology.

Here are some highlights:

• Canada excels in clinical medicine, historical studies, information and communication technologies (ICT), physics and astronomy, psychology and cognitive sciences, and visual and performing arts.

• With less than 0.5% of the world’s population, Canada produces 4.1% of the world’s research papers and nearly 5%.

• In a survey of over 5,000 leading international scientists, Canada’s scientific research enterprise was ranked fourth highest in the world, after the US, UK and Germany.

• Canada is part of a network of international science and technology collaboration that includes the most scientifically advanced countries in the world. Canada is also attracting high-quality researchers from abroad. Over the past decade there has been a net migration of researchers into the country.

• Ontario, Quebec, BC and Alberta are the powerhouses of Canadian science and technology, together accounting for 97% of total output in terms of research papers. These provinces also have the best performance in patent-related measures and the highest per capita numbers of doctoral students, accounting for more than 90% of doctoral graduates in Canada in 2009.

• Several fields of specialization were identified in other provinces, such as agriculture, fisheries, and forestry in PEI and Manitoba; historical studies in New Brunswick; biology in Saskatchewan; as well as earth and environmental sciences in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

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