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Ted Hewitt
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Ted Hewitt
2015-05-07 11:23
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Good morning, Mr. Chair, and thank you.
On behalf of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, I want to thank you and the committee members for the opportunity to appear before you today with respect to additive manufacturing and other disruptive technologies.
At SSHRC, we recognize the enormous potential that these fields possess in terms of stimulating the Canadian economy.
lt goes without saying that they create jobs and exports. When I think in terms of using 3-D printers to create custom-fit hip replacements, it's clear they can also improve Canadians' quality of life. At the same time, the rapid development of technologies like 3-D printing and robotics is generating the need for a better understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and legal implications of their adoption and use. More importantly, it can be argued that their very adoption depends on these implications. We know very well that early adopters generally have the competitive edge, but the flip side is that early adopters also face great uncertainty and risk, and their apparent advantages can be short-lived.
Societies adapt to rapid technological change best by understanding its impacts, capabilities and complexities. Social scientists and humanities scholars are uniquely positioned to address these issues with made-in-Canada solutions.
By that, I mean they bring critical and creative thinking to complex issues such as disruptive technologies. At SSHRC we understand that government, industry, and academia must work together to advance disruptive technology but also to embrace its enormous potential. With the launch of its renewed partnerships funding opportunities, SSHRC has reinforced its commitment to the power of all types of collaborations—multi-sector, multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional—to bring intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefits to Canada and to the world.
In our 2013-2016 strategic plan, SSHRC has identified multi-sector partnerships as an area where potential exists for improved and enhanced participation, development and sharing of best practices, and communication of results and impacts among a variety of stakeholders.
Multi-sector partnerships engage the users of research in the design and implementation of research projects at the start, thereby increasing the potential for that research to contribute directly to innovation in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
For example, take Aaron Sprecher, assistant professor at the school of architecture at McGill University and recipient of a SSHRC partnership development grant. Dr. Sprecher's laboratory for integrated prototyping and hybrid environments is helping to change the ways architects design, collaborate, and build. Working with an interdisciplinary team, as well as with external partners and companies, his work is advancing innovation in design, optimization process, the performance of materials, and fabrication. lt is a game-changing initiative with the end user in mind. Moreover, SSHRC-funded graduate students, whose research includes 3-D printing and additive manufacturing, are aligned with interdisciplinary practices in architecture, fine arts, and historical studies.
For example, François Leblanc is a doctoral candidate funded by SSHRC. He is exploring how 3D printing facilitates the design and production of complex and optimized structures that were inconceivable not too long ago. He is also looking at how this technology effectively optimizes the amount of material used in construction with a precise distribution of materials.
SSHRC's partnership with Mitacs will also continue to support the development of talent through support for internships for social science and humanities graduate students with both industry and community organizations. Further opportunities to provide training opportunities for students with industry involved with additive manufacturing can be explored to help Canadian businesses become more innovative, competitive, and productive.
At SSHRC, we recognize that dynamic new technologies are enabling, accelerating and influencing deep conceptual changes in the research environment, the economy and society.
As such, in collaboration with NSERC, CIHR, as well as with CFI, Genome Canada, and NRC, SSHRC has also been leading the creation of a new policy framework to address digital infrastructure challenges. The policy, which is being developed with the extensive engagement of multi-sector stakeholders, will enable best practices to manage and to grow the digital ecosystem required to meet 21st-century research needs, and thus contribute to Canada's social and economic prosperity.
In the absence of a standard definition, disruptive technology may perhaps be best described as lying at the intersection of various fields of research. In this regard, SSHRC will continue to explore opportunities to continue its efforts, and to coordinate its efforts, with federal agency partners as well as with the research community, industry, and organizations to create an enabling environment that advances research and the development of talent in this area.
I might add that these efforts are particularly well aligned with SSHRC's Imagining Canada's Future initiative, through which we are seeking to advance the contributions of the social sciences and humanities to future societal challenges and opportunities.
Following a comprehensive two-year exercise, six future challenge areas have been identified for Canada in an evolving global context that is likely to emerge in the next five, 10, 15, or 20 years.
The issue of leveraging digital technologies for the benefit of Canadians is one of those important challenges for SSHRC. This includes the need to understand the opportunities and risks associated with the adoption of emerging and disruptive technologies, as well as the need for effective training and tools that would maximize their utilization and enable equitable access to them.
In fact, emerging technology and how best to take advantage of it is the subject of a knowledge synthesis grant opportunity that SSHRC will be launching this fall. This funding opportunity will help our state of knowledge about emerging technology, as well as identify gaps in our knowledge and the most promising policies and practices related to it. More than ever Canada needs social scientists and humanists to focus on these matters.
In closing, a key point I want to emphasize is that in and of itself technology—disruptive or otherwise—is largely neutral. At the end of the day, innovation is a human endeavour. Technology is critical, but what makes it sing are the value-added elements that largely come from the research we fund at SSHRC—design, business planning, marketing, content, and training. To this end, SSHRC is focusing its efforts to encourage and promote research, talent development, and the mobilization of knowledge in this area, and we will be closely monitoring and assessing research capacity and the range of insights that are being developed across all our funding opportunities.
Thank you for this opportunity to discuss what SSHRC and its research community can bring to this important issue.
I'd be happy to answer questions you may have.
Thank you very much.
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View Scott Brison Profile
Lib. (NS)
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2014-10-01 17:41
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I would like to begin with Mr. Hamdullahpur.
In your presentation you discuss some of the challenges from a funding perspective in terms of research and granting councils. Federal funding for the tri-councils has not been keeping up with inflation in recent years. Accounting for inflation, SSHRC funding has dropped by more than 10% since 2007. NSERC is down 6.4%, again, accounting for inflation. CIHR is down 7.5%.
What is the impact of these cuts on the ground for the research community? What kind of trade-offs are your members making when it comes to research and innovation to account for that?
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Michèle Boutin
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Michèle Boutin
2014-04-09 16:03
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Thank you very much.
On behalf of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, or SSHRC, thank you for inviting me to appear before the committee today.
SSHRC is Canada’s federal agency to promote and support post-secondary research and research training in the humanities and social sciences, research that builds knowledge about people in the past and present with a view toward creating a better future.
SSHRC-funded research supports deep inquiry into the human condition in all its complexity and diversity, contributing to breakthrough insights into persistent social, cultural, technological, environmental and economic challenges. By investing in scholarships, fellowships and research training, SSHRC helps develop Canada’s best and brightest scholars and researchers into future leaders. It enables the highest levels of research excellence, and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, post-secondary institutions and all sectors of society.
With regard to the committee's study on economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women, I would like to highlight our recent efforts in the context of two programs that SSHRC administers on behalf of the three granting agencies. Those two programs are the Canada research chairs and the Canada excellence research chairs programs, where we face issues similar to the lower proportion of women entrepreneurs on the research side.
Since its inception in 2000, the Canada research chairs program, CRC, has enabled universities to attract and retain top scientists and scholars from Canada and abroad, to conduct cutting-edge research, and to train and mentor the next generation of highly skilled Canadians. The Canada research chairs program has ongoing expenditures of about $265 million a year to establish 2,000 professorships across Canada.
The Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program awards universities up to $10 million over seven years to support ambitious research programs at Canadian universities.
There have been concerns in both chairs programs regarding the number of female researchers nominated by institutions. In the early days of the first program, the CRC program, the proportion of female nominees was lower than their respective proportion among Canadian university faculties. In the case of the more recent Canada excellence research chairs, CERC, program, all the nominees put forward for the 19 inaugural positions were male. So a number of initiatives were subsequently implemented to ensure more representative nomination processes.
For the Canada research chairs, I'm just going to mention a couple of examples. We collect and monitor voluntary self-identification of designated equity group status for nominees and chair recipients. We maintain direct outreach and education with post-secondary institutions to establish equity targets. We have launched an annual process in which one university is publicly recognized each year for exemplary equity practices in recruiting, nominating, and appointing Canada research chairs.
For its part, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program is proactively promoting exemplary equity practices. In its second competition, the CERC program has taken several steps towards this end. We require universities to report on their recruitment processes and outreach efforts. We have added the quality of the recruitment process used by the institution to recruit their nominees as one of the selection criteria. We ensure that expert opinion on equity is gathered during the review and selection process. We also provide recruitment best practices to universities.
The results of all these actions indicate the situation is improving. The percentage of Canada research chairs awarded to women has almost doubled, from 14% in 2000 to 26% in 2014, and in the latest announcement just four weeks ago, 29% of all chair holders were women.
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Michèle Boutin
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Michèle Boutin
2014-04-09 16:08
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Now I'd like to introduce two SSHRC-funded scholars whose research and expertise provide important insight on this issue. I offer SSHRC's assistance in finding additional experts if you need them.
First is Dr. Alison M. Konrad, chair in women in management at Western University's Ivey School of Business. Dr. Konrad's research interests centre on gender diversity in organizations. She has produced award-winning papers on gender effects on earnings, affirmative action programs, and gender differences in job attribute preferences.
Next is Dr. Catherine Elliott, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. Together with colleague Joanne Leck, Dr. Elliott studies the challenges faced by women, visible minorities, immigrants, disabled persons, and aboriginal people in advancing to senior positions in the workplace.
Over to them.
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Alison M. Konrad
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Alison M. Konrad
2014-04-09 16:09
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Good afternoon and thank you.
I'd like to begin my remarks by emphasizing that there is a substantial amount of evidence showing that women who are interested in business are equally ambitious as their male counterparts and equally likely to desire advancement to top leadership positions, but several elements limit women's career progress compared to their male counterparts of equal ability and motivation. I will speak about two of the most important factors: first, unconscious automatic biases against women in leadership; and second, rigid systems of career progression.
Unconscious and unintended automatic biases are pervasive in social life. With computer-based tools, psychologists have documented that people respond quickly when asked to pair women with family and men with career. When asked to pair women with career and men with family, people are substantially slower. These response latencies demonstrate that in the structure of our cognition we show an automatic bias linking men with career and women with family, regardless of our intentions. This test has been run on tens of thousands of people, and the result is highly robust. One of the impacts on women’s careers is that people are more likely to associate men with success and women with failure in a leadership position.
In addition, people react in biased ways to women during negotiations. A review of 272 independent studies showed that both women and men are more likely to cooperate with a man than with a woman in negotiations. The impact is that women receive poorer material outcomes from negotiations than men do. Furthermore, women suffer social consequences when they negotiate. People rate them as less nice, more demanding, and are less likely to want to work for women leaders who negotiate. Men do not suffer these social penalties.
Beyond automatic gender biases, rigid systems of career progression limit women’s opportunities to lead. While the data suggest that the glass ceiling is cracking, there is evidence of a more damaging mid-level bottleneck in career progress. The mid-level bottleneck occurs for highly qualified, university-educated professionals who have moved past the entry level. At this critical stage, women are significantly less likely to be promoted than men. This career stage occurs when people are in their thirties and many have young children in the home. While some Canadian organizations—
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Catherine Elliott
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Catherine Elliott
2014-04-09 16:12
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I trust you'll cut me off when I get to the right place. Thank you.
Just to add to what Dr. Konrad said, what I want to speak about today is the need for this study. What I haven't seen recently in the last decade is a large-scale national study and research program on this topic, this at a time when women have retained some ownership in almost half of Canada's small businesses. What is notable is that the majority of female-owned firms are significantly smaller and less likely to grow than those of their male counterparts, even when we control for other salient factors such as sector, management experience, and age of firm. We really don't know why this is the case. This reflects an untapped source of economic opportunity. The Taskforce for Women's Business Growth reports that a 20% in total revenues growth among majority female-owned enterprises would contribute an additional $2 billion per annum to the Canadian economy.
What else did women business owners tell us? They told us that Canadian women are seeking more information about developing new markets and growing globally, and on how best to adopt technology and strategies to grow their firms. To inform these questions, it's unlikely that answers will come from analysis of secondary data. We feel that we need more multi-faceted models of inquiry, new diagnostics, and new perspectives. Here are two examples of how small-scale studies can inform policy and programs.
Our research has found that women's enterprise centres have a significant impact on the performance of their clients' firms. Women value women-centred programming, such as, for example, the ACOA-funded centres that we heard about, for many reasons. Along with the ABCs of business start-up and planning, they appreciate the opportunity to strengthen networks with other women business owners, build community, and better identify new markets, products, and services specifically targeted at women. This is how many are growing their businesses through these women-to-women types of businesses. Certainly, in post-secondary education institutions we could also learn much from how these enterprise centres educate and train young entrepreneurs.
Another example is in the area of women’s leadership attributes. We found that many women do not relate to the stereotypical language and images of the entrepreneurs as captains of industry. We see this played out in how women view innovation. They may describe themselves as creative problem-solvers, and yet they don't necessarily self-identify as innovators.
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Robert Dunlop
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Robert Dunlop
2014-03-05 16:48
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Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and thank you, committee members. It's our pleasure to be here today to answer any questions you may have on science, technology, and innovation issues relating to the supplementary estimates (C), which you are currently examining.
I thought I might highlight a few of the programs that are involved in the main supplementary (C) transactions, by way of an introduction. The centres of excellence for commercialization and research program, or CECR, bridges the gap between innovation and commercialization. The program matches clusters of research expertise with the business community to share knowledge and resources to bring innovations to markets faster.
Created in 2007, the CECR program invests $30 million a year in Canadian innovation. The program is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the other two granting councils, and funds are appropriated to the three granting councils on the basis of competition results.
With supps (C), the subject of today's investigation, we are moving funds to NSERC and SSHRC according to the disciplines that were successful in the competitions. As a result of the latest competition, NSERC is requesting $6.1 million to support centres with activities in its disciplines, and SSHRC is requesting $2.8 million.
The business-led networks of centres of excellence program, sometimes known as the BL-NCE, funds large-scale collaborative research networks that bring academic and other research expertise to bear on specific R&D and commercialization challenges identified by an industrial sector. The BL-NCE program was created in 2007 and was made permanent in the 2012 federal budget, with annual funding of $12 million.
The BL-NCE program is administered by NSERC but managed on a tri-council basis. Funds for the program are appropriated annually to the three granting councils on the basis of their estimated shares, and then following competitions, adjustments are made between the three councils to reflect the actual results in each discipline. In these Supps C transactions, NSERC is transferring $1.4 million to CIHR and $238,000 to SSHRC on the basis of the latest competition.
The college and community innovation program supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation, and adoption of new technologies. It was designed to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly SMEs. The budget of CCI, in economic action plan 2013, was increased to $50 million a year.
CCI is administered by NSERC in collaboration with the other two granting councils. Funds for this program are appropriated annually to NSERC, and then further distributed to CIHR and SSHRC on the basis of competition results in those disciplines. In this case, $43,000 is being transferred to SSHRC to support two projects in the social sciences and humanities.
As part of the youth employment strategy, NRC-IRAP delivers an internship program to innovative SMEs, providing them with up to $30,000 to hire interns—who are post-secondary graduates—for a period of six to twelve months. These graduates work on innovative projects within an SME, and may participate in the research, development, and commercialization of technologies. The total budget of the NRC-IRAP youth employment program for 2013-14 is $5 million, with an additional $1.44 million provided through supplementary estimates (C).
Mr. Chair, with that brief opening remark on the main elements, we would be happy to take any questions from members of the committee.
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View Mike Lake Profile
CPC (AB)
The budget also provided the largest one-time increase to granting council funding in over a decade. I think it was $46 million per year on an ongoing basis to boost Canada's discovery and applied research while strengthening our knowledge economy and creating jobs.
I'm just wondering if the reps from NSERC and SSHRC could tell the committee how these new investments will be used by their respective councils?
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Ursula Gobel
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Ursula Gobel
2014-03-05 16:55
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For the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the increase was $7 million to our base budget, and that will be directed to our three programs of talent, insight, and connection. We're determining now the proportion across those three, but it will support research excellence and be peer reviewed, of course.
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Ursula Gobel
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Ursula Gobel
2014-03-05 16:57
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The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council supports students, scholars, and emerging scholars through its three programs in the disciplines of social sciences and humanities, which cover in fact 30 disciplines across campuses. Within our program architecture we support, tremendously, the knowledge mobilization to ensure that the research and the insights that are derived through the support that we provide really get into the hands of those communities, individuals, and businesses that can benefit from that research. That knowledge mobilization entity is critical within all of our support. In addition, within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, we have oversight for the three tri-council programs, which we can speak to if you're interested.
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View Raymond Côté Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay.
In real dollars, there are cuts in the various budgets of the granting councils. Has that created difficulties with respect to assigning those funds? I am thinking of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, which receives subsidies to the tune of $1 billion, or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Have all these subsidies been assigned or do you expect that some funds won't be used?
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View David Sweet Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Crockatt.
I want to thank the witnesses on behalf of the committee. We appreciate your taking the time especially as it was very limited notice that we gave you. So we appreciate your investment here in the committee to answer questions.
Colleagues, because of the nature of the next supply day, I was just advised that these supplementary estimates are deemed adopted by the end of the day today. So they're basically deemed reported back. In other words, you can choose if you want me to just submit something in the House but it's....
An hon. member: On division.
The Chair: Okay.
So even though they are deemed adopted tonight, do you still want a report in the House tomorrow, after the fact?
An hon. member: Yes.
The Chair: It's my understanding that it's done tonight. Is that a procedure we can do?
The Clerk of the Committee (Mr. Andrew Bartholomew Chaplin): Yes.
An hon. member: I thought it was by the seventh.
The Chair: Yes, the supply day was changed yesterday.
I need to go through the order here.
The chair calls vote 5c under Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and votes 60c, 65c, 70c, 80c and 95c under Industry.
ATLANTIC CANADA OPPORTUNITIES AGENCY
Department
Vote 5c—The grants listed in the Estimates and contributions..........$5,294,159
(Vote 5c agreed to on division)
INDUSTRY
National Research Council of Canada
Vote 60c—Operating expenditures..........$1
Vote 65c—Capital expenditures..........$1
Vote 70c—The grants listed in the Estimates and contributions..........$1
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Vote 80c—The grants listed in the Estimates..........$5,991,056
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Vote 95c—The grants listed in these Estimates..........$2,719,145
(Votes 60c, 65c, 70c, 80c, and 95c agreed to on division)
The Chair: Shall the chair report vote 5c under Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and votes 60c, 65c, 70c, 80c, and 95c under Industry to the House?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: We're adjourned.
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View Shelly Glover Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you very much, Chair. I am absolutely thrilled to be here.
Good morning, committee members.
With me today of course are two individuals who will be helpful, being that I am the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
I'm pleased to be here to speak about 2013 supplementary estimates. Before I do, I'd like to take a few moments to give this committee some insight into my first several months as the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
It was a tremendous honour to be asked to serve in this role by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and since July I have been focused on reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders and arts organizations across the country. For example, during a tour of parts of Atlantic Canada, I met with the Atlantic Provinces Art Gallery Association and members of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. In Toronto I met with Stephen Waddell from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, and with many great artists and creators at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In Alberta I held a round table related to arts and culture, and had the pleasure of meeting with folks at the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, as well as several other groups. I toured cSPACE, where artists affected by the flooding were able to salvage, clean, and repair their visual works of art. It was a touching collaboration of the arts community in Calgary.
In Quebec, I met with a number of people from the art world, including Simon Brault, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada and Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts.
I attended the 35th Gala de l'ADISQ, where I sat with Angèle Dubeau and her husband, Mario Labbé. Having an opportunity to talk to two renowned Quebec figures was truly a wonderful surprise and an honour.
I attended the 28th Gemini Awards. I was sitting close to the team of Unité 9, a television show I love.
I also had an opportunity to visit the facilities and meet the representatives of a number of organizations that are part of the Canadian Heritage portfolio. Here, I am thinking of Library and Archives Canada, CBC, the National Film Board and the National Arts Centre, to name only a few.
I participated in the FPT Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, which was held back home, in Winnipeg.
I also attended the federal, provincial, and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for culture in Iqaluit. We discussed our mutual investments in Canada's creative industries and shared ideas about increasing overall appreciation of our culture.
Last month I had the pleasure of hosting my first movie night with Telefilm Canada, showing The Grand Seduction. For those of you who couldn't make it, I highly recommend this charming Quebec-Newfoundland co-production filled with top-notch Canadian talent like Gordon Pinsent and of course Mary Walsh.
Today, I am appearing before you for the first time as a minister, and I want to highlight the important work you do on behalf of Canada's arts and culture. I hope to meet with you regularly.
Thank you for your commitment and your consistent contribution to promoting, preserving and celebrating our country's arts, culture and heritage.
So far as minister I have witnessed many parts of the dynamic cultural sector that generates close to $50 billion to Canada's GDP every year, and 630,000 jobs. I've seen how the Government of Canada's support is helping sustain this sector with initiatives right across the country.
I bring a strong interest in arts and culture to my new job, and each day I learn and appreciate more about the amazing Canadians who work to keep our arts and culture alive. All Canadians should be very proud of the talent we produce right here at home.
I was also happy that the government mentioned certain cultural priorities in last October's Speech from the Throne, such as our intention to unbundle television channels in Canada.
We clearly put forward our intention to unbundle television channels in Canada. We believe Canadian families should be able to choose the combination of television channels they want. That's why we issued a request to the CRTC under section 15 of the Broadcasting Act to report to the government on television channel choice. We are requiring the CRTC to undertake a full examination of unbundling of television services, and to report back no later than April 30, 2014.
The throne speech also mentioned the Canadian Museum of History. As you know, the relevant bill was passed by the House of Commons and is currently before the Senate.
The Speech from the Throne also noted two important sporting events that will take place in Canada in 2015. I'm delighted that Canada will be hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup.
I am also looking forward to welcoming the thousands of athletes and spectators who will come to Canada for the Pan American and Parapan American Games in 2015.
Long after the excitement of the games is over, they will leave a legacy of world-class sports facilities to be used by current and future athletes.
Of course, another passionate sporting event is just around the corner. I am talking about the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Millions of Canadians will encourage our athletes, and I am really looking forward to doing the same. The throne speech also stressed the importance of encouraging young Canadians to be more active. I personally consider this to be vital to the health of Canadians.
I was happy to be in Winnipeg to participate in the signing of a bilateral agreement on sports between the Government of Canada and the Government of Manitoba. That agreement will help encourage young people, disabled individuals and aboriginals to participate in sports. Our government is signing similar agreements with all the provinces and territories. Those agreements will have a positive effect on communities across the country for many years.
The throne speech also noted a milestone we're all eagerly awaiting. That is, of course, the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation in 2017. Since 1867, we have grown as a country and Canadians have made their mark in all fields.
I am thinking of Louis Riel, leader of the Metis people in the Prairies and founder of my province. I am thinking of Frederick Banting, Canadian Nobel Prize winner.
Of course, who could forget Alice Munro, who made us all very proud this year when she received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
I also think of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who worked hard on behalf of aboriginal women who had lost their Indian status under the law.
Each and every one of us could come up with a list of our own examples. It's quite possible none of our lists would be the same. Our country has a diverse and remarkable heritage that is well worth celebrating.
Canada's 150th anniversary belongs to all Canadians. We will hold consultations to see how Canadians would like to mark that anniversary.
Through face-to-face meetings and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, we'll reach out to Canadians from all walks of life to see how they would like to celebrate and commemorate our shared experiences, values, and pride. We want to work with Canadians to ensure that 2017 is a great success and a source of pride.
Now on to the estimates. Mr. Chair, the committee has asked me here to speak about supplementary estimates (B). Let me run through the most significant items.
We are reprofiling $1 million from 2012-13 to 2013-14 through the Canada cultural spaces program. That's for the completion of the Heritage Discovery Centre at Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site in Sault Ste. Marie.
As you'll see in the estimates documents, changes also involve several transfers to and from the departments. For example, $730,000 will go to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for research related to sport participation. At the same time, the department will receive $310,000 from Indian Affairs and Northern Development to promote National Aboriginal Day.
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will provide $300,000 to help build the National Holocaust Monument here in the National Capital Region. On October 24, Minister Baird and I announced the six finalists in the national design competition for the future monument.
All totalled, estimates (B) this year will result in a net increase of $0.5 million to the Department of Canadian Heritage spending authority.
In closing, I'd like to thank the committee for inviting me here today and for your ongoing work on behalf of this sector. I look forward to working with this committee and with all stakeholders to strengthen the arts, culture, and heritage of our country.
With that said, I'm happy to take any questions you might have.
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CPC (ON)
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2013-11-28 9:37
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One of the other transfers to the other organizations was from Canadian Heritage to the Council for the Arts, to support cooperation projects for French-language theatre as well as to ensure Canada's participation in meetings of the Commission internationale du théâtre francophone. I appreciate your response on that, because it is obvious we're focused there.
One of the other transfers that we've made—and it speaks a little bit to the original point we were talking about in terms of football, Mr. Chair—is the amount that Canadian Heritage transferred to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for research funding to inform policy development related to sport participation. We're doing a study looking at the upcoming Sochi Olympics and our involvement and investment there.
I wonder if you could, perhaps, comment on how this originated and what the purpose of this transfer will mean to those who are researching our participation in sport?
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View Shelly Glover Profile
CPC (MB)
I'm so pleased you mentioned your study, because I've heard wonderful things. I've heard about the testimony by Elizabeth Manley and some of these world-class Canadian athletes. I look forward to seeing the rest of the testimony.
This government has been steadfast in its support of sport. Along with sport, research must be done. Research is imperative to ensuring the safety and the wellness of the athletes who participate. It's important because we need to be able to train them in an effective manner—not only the athletes but also the coaches who participate. We are presently getting ready for the Sochi Olympics, which will, again, be an opportunity for us to showcase the best of Canadian athletes. We invest heavily in our athletes because we are proud of them and the recognition they bring to Canada.
This is a fund that we support very much. It will allow us to do essential research. Things like concussions are, of course, in the news continually. The ability to actually do some research there is important and I'm glad that Health Canada is also embarking...to ensure that we have what we need to protect our athletes.
Thank you for asking about it.
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