The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
is a government
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ministry of the Province
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. The current minister is Glen Murray.
The research and innovation agenda in Ontario was previously the responsibility of the Science and Technology Division of the Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation (MEOI).
During the Harris
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conservative governments, the province organized itself to facilitate partnerships between the public and the private sectors. One such arrangement was a sole-source management agreement between the MEOI Science and Technology Division, and the Innovation Institute of Ontario (IIO). The IIO was essentially a private corporation that was contracted to administer the $1.25 billion Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund.
The Science and Technology Division of MEOI was the subject of a provincial audit in 2003. The Provincial Auditor was particularly critical and in the report said: "A major concern was that the Ministry had committed to spending $4.3 billion without an overall strategic plan to set parameters and consistent policies for existing programs or to guide the development of new programs to meet the objectives of promoting innovation, economic growth, and job creation."
At that time the division had 50 staff, had spent $1.3 billion, and had committed a further $4.8 billion primarily on research grants to universities, colleges, and research hospitals.
Research funding is also a significant source of funding for higher education. The creation of this new ministry is closely aligned with the 2005 provincial budget, and the "Reaching Higher" initiative to provide $6.2 billion in funding for higher education in 2005-2010.
Funding for research and innovation is also provided by the Canadian Government, and administered through Industry Canada
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. The Provincial-Federal relationship will be key to the success of the new Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and may present an opportunity for Premier McGuinty to further the "Strong Ontario" agenda which is attempting to close the $23 billion gap between the tax dollars collected in Ontario by the Federal Government, and the amount the Federal Government returned to the province through federal programs.
Program responsibility for the following initiatives is likely to transition to the newly created Ministry. Based on previous funding for these programs, it is expected that this new Ministry will command a sizable budget of several hundred million dollars
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- Biotechnology Cluster Innovation Program
- BiotechOntario Web Portal
- Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) Discovery District
- Ontario Research Fund
- Ontario Cancer Research Network
- Ontario Innovation Trust
- Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund
- Research Performance Fund
Skills Development and Resources
- Premier's Platinum Medal for Research Excellence
- Early Researcher Award
- Ontario Centres of Excellence
Technology Infrastructure Development
- Ontario Research Commercialization Program
Youth Science and Technology
- Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) ORION (Research and Education network)
- Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program
Ministers of Research and Innovation
- Glen Murray August 18, 2010 - present
- John Milloy June 24, 2009 – August 18, 2010
- John Wilkinson
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- Dalton McGuinty
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