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Research & Development in British Columbia

Research and development operations thrive in British Columbia (B.C.), where innovation, collaboration, and inspiration intersect. Our universities are consistently among the top-ranked institutions in Canada, and our highly integrated education system is a global model for progressive, flexible education. Each year thousands of graduates from those institutions enter the workforce and contribute to the growing hub of research and development companies operating here.

Stemcell Researchers in Lab

B.C. is home to 25 publicly funded post secondary institutions

B.C. Government

There are over 50 public and private research centres, throughout British Columbia

B.C. Government

12 major Ocean observatories contribute to the study and monitoring of our expansive coastline

Ocean Networks Canada

B.C. Advantages

The B.C. Bioenergy Network works to maximize the value of B.C.’s biomass resources, develop mission-driven bioenergy research projects, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and leverage funding to support bioenergy technology.

The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund is the B.C. government’s major research infrastructure funding program. The fund provides up to 40 per cent toward the cost of a research project and is typically matched with federal funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

BCNET is a non-profit organization that provides high-speed optical network capabilities, often called advanced networks, to B.C.’s higher education and research institutions.

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is a private, non-profit organization that brings together top researchers from around the world to collaborate on innovative projects.

adMare BioInnovations promotes collaborations between researchers, universities, and industry to help researchers commercialize their discoveries.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit organization that creates scientific solutions to support the Canadian forestry sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners.

Genome BC invests in and manages large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects focused on strategic areas such as health, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, the environment, and ethics.

Geoscience BC is an industry-led applied geosciences organization. Through the delivery of new data, technology and ideas, Geoscience BC increases knowledge and promotes investment in mineral, oil, and gas exploration in B.C.

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research works to build health research capacity by helping universities, health authorities, and research organizations attract and train highly qualified health researchers.

Mitacs is a non-profit national organization that supports and co-funds internships for graduate students. MITACS links business, government, non-profits, and universities to develop tools to support the growth of the knowledge-based economy.

Ocean Networks Canada operates the world-leading NEPTUNE and VENUS cabled ocean observatories collecting data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods.

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a collaborative research organization of private sector, government, and research-intensive institutions to develop climate change solutions and lead B.C. into a low-carbon economy.

TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics research and related sciences. It provides scientific and engineering leadership, bringing together interdisciplinary talent, technical resources, and commercial partners.

The World Centre for Digital Media Education is a physical and virtual network of resources, programs, facilities, and initiatives to fuel the innovation, development, and commercialization of digital media products in B.C. and Canada.

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