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e-4604 (Awards and honours)

Initiated by Catherine Bibeau-Lorrain from 6217 rue St-André, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The graduate research student community is Quebec’s and Canada’s research and innovation workforce. They make discoveries on a daily basis that contribute to our society. These discoveries drive our economy, and their creativity and knowledge are needed to ensure that Quebec and Canada remain internationally competitive. Unfortunately, Canada’s graduate and post-graduate communities are poorly paid due to 20 years of stagnant funding from the federal granting councils. This lack of investment is resulting in a rapid loss of talent, with students who are abandoning their research and cannot afford to live in poverty. Quebec’s and Canada’s success depends on its ability to retain and attract the best graduate students and researchers.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Increase the value of tri-council graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships by 50% and index them to inflation;
2. Increase the number of tri-council graduate scholarships by 50%;
3. Increase the number of tri-council postdoctoral fellowships by 100%; and
4. Increase by at least 10% per year over the next five years the budget for tri-council research grants awarded to faculties in order to increase the remuneration of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
Open for signature
September 28, 2023, at 9:59 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 27, 2023, at 9:59 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Maxime Blanchette-Joncas
Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques
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